Welcome to the Institute of Computer Science at the Faculty of Science of the University of Bern.
Computer Science is the science of representing and processing information, and it lies at the foundation of today's Information Age. By performing research in various ares in computer science, the Institute of Computer Science contributes to the development of one of the most important branches of science in the 21st century. In our Bachelor, Master, and PhD programs we educate the next generation of innovators in computer science. Enjoy your visit on our web pages!
Christian Cachin, professor of Computer Science, has been named a Fellow of the IACR in 2022 "for far-reaching contributions in the fields of cryptography and distributed systems, and for outstanding service to the IACR."
The International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) is a scientific organization whose purpose is to further research in cryptology and related fields. Cryptology is the science and practice of designing computation and communication systems which are secure in the presence of adversaries.
The IACR Fellows Program recognizes outstanding members of the IACR for technical and professional contributions. Fellows are expected to be "model citizens" of the cryptologic community and to have demonstrated sustained
and significant accomplishments. The number of Fellows selected in any one year does not exceed 0.5% of the total membership of the organization.
Christian Cachin leads the Cryptology and Data Security Research Group at the University of Bern. His research covers all aspects of security in distributed systems and especially cryptographic protocols, consistency, consensus, blockchains, and cloud-computing security.
Prof. Timo Kehrer has joined the Institute of Computer Science in January 2022. With a PhD from the University of Siegen (DE), and after holding a post-doctoral research fellow position at Politecnico di Milano (IT) and being a visiting researcher at the University of Leicester (UK), he previously was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (DE).
He is currently establishing the new Software Engineering Group (SEG) at the institute. He has active research interests in various fields of software engineering, with a particular focus on model- and data-driven methods which enable formal reasoning and simulation, and which facilitate the automated transition between informally sketched requirements or designs and implementations. Investigated application areas comprise classical information systems and web applications, embedded systems, automated production systems, cyber-physical systems, internet-of-things applications as well as scientific software and data analytics.
After establishing the Pattern Recognition Group in 2021, PD Dr. Kaspar Riesen has joined the Institute of Computer Science as a docent in early 2022. He was previously a professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Kaspar Riesen graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Bern.
The Pattern Recognition Group investigates algorithms in pattern recognition, machine learning, and data mining and has strong expertise in graph-based representations in intelligent information processing.
Our faculty and the joint alumni association in CS of Bern, Neuchâtel, and Fribourg have awarded a price to five theses.
Two researchers from the University of Bern have each been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Computer science professor David Bommes is seeking a breakthrough in the field of digital 3D models and geologist Pierre Lanari will be using new computer simulation to explore fluid pathways in the Earth’s interior.