Abraham Bernstein appointed new Chairman of the Department

The University of Zurich has appointed Prof. Abraham Bernstein as new Chairman of the Department of Informatics as of February 2016. With his valuable input and support, the department will maintain its excellence and sustain its reputation as a leading Swiss research center in informatics.

Abraham Bernstein has been Professor of Informatics at the University of Zurich since 2002. He brings broad international experience, having taught at New York University and having been Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and the University of Sydney in Australia. In addition to his academic work, Prof. Bernstein has been actively promoting Informatics in Switzerland serving on the boards of ICTswitzerland, eZurich, and as president of SIRA, the Swiss Informatics Research Association. As former Deputy Chair and member of the faculty board of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics he not only is well equipped for the chairmanship, but also recognizes the hard work and dedication behind such a responsible position.

After sixteen years as vice dean (2000-2006), deputy department head (2003-2007) and department head (December 2007 until January 2016) Prof. Martin Glinz has decided to step down and continue to work as a full professor at IfI until his retirement in July 2017.

In the last years the Department of Informatics has attained excellence in several research areas and established itself as one of the leading Swiss research centers in Informatics. By being a persistent driving force and by providing a firm platform for these achievements, Martin Glinz contributed hugely to the department’s success during these years. The department would like to thank Martin Glinz wholeheartedly for his commitment and his outstanding leadership.