Prof. Dr. Edy Portmann

Assistant Professor of Information Science, Swiss Post Endowed Professor

+41 31 631 38 10
Postal Address
Institute of Information Systems (IWI)
Engehaldenstr. 8
CH-3012 Bern

Mini CV

  • Since 2013-09-01: Swiss Post Funded Assistant Professor of Information Science at the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Bern
  • 2012-2013: SNF-founded Postdoctoral Researcher at BISC Program at the University of California at Berkeley, USA (on invitation of Prof. Dr. Lotfi Zadeh)
  • 2012-02-21: PhD in Computer Science at the University of Fribourg
  • 2010: Visiting Researcher at the Keio-NUS CUTE Center, National University of Singapore (on invitation of Prof. Dr. Adrian Cheok)
  • 2008-2010: Researcher in the Distributed Secure Software Systems Research Group of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • 2008-2012: Research Assistant and PhD Student in the Information Systems Research Group of the University of Fribourg
  • 2007-2009: Studies in Business and Economics at the University of Basel; Degree: MSc Business and Economics with Major in Information Systems
  • 2006: IT-Auditor at Ernst & Young AG Zurich
  • 2005-2006: Business Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Zurich
  • 2004-2005: Contract Manager at Swisscom Mobile AG Bern
  • 2002-2004: Interviewer und Supervisor at LINK Marketing Services AG Lucerne
  • 1999-2003: Studies in Information Systems at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts; Degree: BSc Information Systems

Further Activities

Research Fields

  • Search architectures, experiences, interactions, interfaces, patterns, etc.
  • Emergent semantics, collective intelligence, fuzzy ontologies, etc.
  • Soft/granular computing for business intelligence, competition/reputation analysis, etc.

Application Fields

  • electronic/mobile Business & Commerce
  • electronic/mobile Governance
  • electronic/mobile Health
  • Smart/Cognitive City

The research topic Cognitive Computing explains my transdisciplinary design science oriented research in more detail.


  • Modern Information Retrieval


  • AdWords
  • Business Information Analytics
  • Computing with Words and Perceptions
  • Web Analysis and Monitoring