Vice-Rector International Relations, Digitalisation and Interdisciplinarity
Bernard Ries gained a PhD in mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2007. Between 2008 and 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University (USA) in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (UK), before becoming an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Paris Dauphine (France). He was also Deputy Director of the Laboratory of Analysis and System Modelling for Decision Aiding (LAMSADE) between 2013 and 2015. Having arrived at the University of Fribourg in 2015, he now leads the research group Decision Support & Operations Research with Marino Widmer.
His research comprises the representation of complex (economic) decision-making problems with the aid of mathematical models and structures and then the development of quantitative methods and algorithms to solve them. He works mainly with graph modelling, an extremely useful mathematical tool.