PhD School Business Informatics 2024 [under construction]

The PhD School on Business Informatics is a joint project initiated by Prof. Hans-Georg Fill and Prof. Edy Portmann of the Department of Informatics and funded by the rectorate of the University of Fribourg. The goal of the PhD school is to give an introduction into scientific research, the methods used in business informatics and computer science, insights into concrete research activities, and for PhD students to receive feedback on their research projects. This is complemented with talks from experts in neigbouring fields and from industry.

The PhD School is open for all PhD students in business informatics and computer science of University of Fribourg as well as external PhD students upon registration. External PhD students need to submit a recommendation letter from their supervisor upon registration.

Date: September 9-11, 2024

Location: University of Fribourg, Boulevard de Pérolles 90, PER 21 G230, CH-1700 Fribourg

Registration: (tbd)

Deadline for Registration: August 1, 2024

Fees: 300 CHF, students of UniFR sponsored by rectorate

Number of participants: Max. 20 (preference given to UniFR PhD students)


On the first day,  introductions into scientific research, research methods, paper writing and the management of open science and open data as well as ethics in research are given.

Day 1TopicLecturer(s)
9:00 - 10:00WelcomeHans-Georg Fill, Edy Portmann
10:00 - 11:30Demo-Driven InnovationTudor Gîrba (tbc)
11:30 - 12:30Metamodeling for Artifact Creation Hans-Georg Fill, University of Fribourg
12:30 - 14:00Lunch 
14:00 - 15:30Industry TalkMartin Nemetz, Hilti AG
15:30 - 15:45Coffee break 
16:00 - 17:30 (tbc) 


On the second day, further current research activities and methods are presented. At the end of the day, a joint dinner will be organized to which all participating PhD students and professors will be invited.

Day 2TopicLecturer(s)
9:00 - 10:30Recommender Systems (tbc)Luis Teran (tbc)
10:30 - 10:45Coffee break 
11:00 - 12:30Artificial Intelligence within the CompanyCristina Puente Águeda
13:00 - 14:00Lunch 
14:00 - 15:30(tba)Frantisek Zapletal (tbc)
15:30 - 15:45Coffee break 
16:00 - 17:30Computing with Words Edy Portmann
18:00 - 21:00Joint Dinner at Brasserie du Commerce 


On the third day, the participating PhD students will briefly present the current state of their PhD and receive feedback from the participating professors. Finally, there is also an industry talk showing the perspectives of a PhD in industry.

Day 3TopicLecturer(s)
9:00 - 12:00PhD Student Presentations and Feedback Session (20 min./person: 12 minutes presentation, 8 minutes discussion)c
12:00 - 14:00Lunch 
14:00 - 15:30tbaPhilippe Cudré-Mauroux (tbc)
15:30 - 16:00Coffee break 
16:00-17:00PhD Student Presentations and Feedback Session (20 min./person: 12 minutes presentation, 8 minutes discussion) 
17:00 - 17:30Final Session and RecapAll


Abstracts of the Talks: