TEAM

We are multi-disciplinary

Our core team consists of researchers from various fields including technology management, computer science, and psychology. 30 additional researchers work at associated institutes at ETH Zurich and the University of St. Gallen.

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
Chair of Information Management, Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, and Chair of Operations Management, Institute of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen.
Lisa Marsch, PhD
Lisa Marsch, PhD
Director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Director of the Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network and the Andrew G. Wallace Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, USA.
Prof. Dr. Urte Scholz
Prof. Dr. Urte Scholz
Chair of Applied Social and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich.
Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim
Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim
Chair of Technology Marketing, Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich.

Center Leadership

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Assistant Professor for Digital Health at the University of St. Gallen and Scientific Director of the Center for Digital Health Interventions at ETH Zurich & University of St. Gallen.

Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D.), MSc in Business Informatics, MSc in Computer Science in Media (CSM) & Dipl.-Inform. (FH) in CSM.

Matthias Heuberger
Matthias Heuberger
Director of the CSS Health Lab.

MA in International Relations and Affairs.

Research Team

Alina Asisof
Alina Asisof
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, Technology Marketing Chair of Prof. Florian von Wangenheim

MSc in Business Management (HSG)

Focus: Development and Evaluation of Digital Coaching Approaches.

Filipe Barata
Filipe Barata
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, CSS Health Lab

MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Focus: Design and evaluation of digital health interventions for asthma.

Caterina Bérubé
Caterina Bérubé
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions

MSc in Psychology with specialization in Social Psychology, Economic Psychology and Decision Science

Focus: Design and evaluation of an in-vehicle hypoglycemia warning system.

George Boateng
George Boateng
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions

MSc in Computer Engineering

Focus: Design and evaluation of an open source multi-modal emotion recognition module for MobileCoach.

Christoph Gross
Christoph Gross
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, Technology Marketing Chair of Prof. Florian von Wangenheim

MSc in Business Management (HSG)

Focus: Digital delivery of health care services and how to actively manage chronic diseases at person in real-time

Jan-Niklas Kramer
Jan-Niklas Kramer
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, CSS Health Lab

MSc in Organizational Behavior and Adaptive Cognition

Focus: Design and evaluation of digital physical activity interventions.

Florian Künzler
Florian Künzler
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, CSS Health Lab

MSc in Management, Technology and Economics

Focus: Design and evaluation of digital health interventions for diabetes.

Yanick Lukic
Yanick Lukic
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, CSS Health Lab

MA in Design with a specialization in Interaction & MSc in Engineering with a specialization in Information and Communication Technologies

Focus: Digital biomarker for real-time feedback in physiotherapy and work-related stress.

Vera Lehmann
Vera Lehmann
MD-PhD candidate and assistant physician at the University of Bern and University Hospital Bern

Master of Medicine (MMed) and Swiss State Diploma “Ärztin”

Focus: Design and evaluation of an in-vehicle hypoglycemia warning system.

Marcia Katharina Nißen
Marcia Katharina Nißen
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, Technology Marketing Chair of Prof. Florian von Wangenheim

MSc in Industrial Engineering

Focus: Design and evaluation of conversational agents.

Joseph Brian Ollier
Joseph Brian Ollier
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, Technology Marketing Chair of Prof. Florian von Wangenheim

MSc Strategic Marketing with Chinese

Focus: Understanding the psychological evaluation of conversational agents on outcomes such as trust and satisfaction.

Dominik Rüegger
Dominik Rüegger
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions

MSc in Computer Science

Focus: Design of a MobileCoach-based intervention for intentional personality change.

Theresa Schachner
Theresa Schachner
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, Technology Marketing Chair of Prof. Florian von Wangenheim

MSc in Cognitive Science

Focus: Development and evaluation of different relationship styles between chronic patients and conversational agents.

Chen-Hsuan (Iris) Shih
Chen-Hsuan (Iris) Shih
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions

MSc in Computer Science

Focus: Design and evaluation of health information systems on the PathMate2 project.

Gisbert Teepe
Gisbert Teepe
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, CSS Health Lab

MSc in Psychology and Computational Neuroscience

Focus: Design and evaluation of adaptive digital physical activity interventions.

Peter Tinschert
Peter Tinschert
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, CSS Health Lab

MSc in Business Psychology

Focus: Design and evaluation of digital health interventions for asthma.

MobileCoach Team

Sascha Gfeller
Sascha Gfeller
MobileCoach Software Engineer and Community Manager at the Center for Digital Health Interventions

Bachelor in Medical Informatics

Focus: MobileCoach, an open-source platform for digital biomarker and digital coaching research.

Prabhakaran Santhanam
Prabhakaran Santhanam
MobileCoach Software Engineer and Community Manager at the Center for Digital Health Interventions

MSc in Computer Science

Focus: MobileCoach, an open-source platform for digital biomarker and digital coaching research.

Student Research Assistants

Amanda Cotti
Amanda Cotti
Student Research Assistant

Focus: Assessmtent of digital health interventions

Valérie Erb
Valérie Erb
Student Research Assistant

Focus: Evaluation of a digital physiotherapy coach.

Samira Harperink
Samira Harperink
Student Research Assistant

Focus: Assessment of digital health interventions

Aline Herzog
Aline Herzog
Student research Assistant

Focus: Design of digital health interventions for asthma

Kamila Ismailova
Kamila Ismailova
Student Research Assistant

Focus: Systematic review of mobile health interventions for physical activity

Giuliano Ligi
Giuliano Ligi
Student Research Assistant

Focus: Design of digital health interventions for asthma

Alexander Hess
Alexander Hess
Research Assistant

Focus: Systematic review of mobile health interventions for physical activity

Visiting Students

Álvaro Hernández
Álvaro Hernández
Jul-Sep 2019

Bachelor Student in Medicine

University of Sevilla, Spain

Focus: Efficacy evaluation of a smartphone-based breathing exercise for stress management.

Grace Xiao
Grace Xiao
Jun-Aug 2018

Neurobiology & Economics

Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Focus: Design of digital health interventions for chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes).

M.Sc. Varun Mishra
M.Sc. Varun Mishra
Feb/March 2018

Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Dartmouth’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health

Focus: Investigation of states of receptivity and vulnerability in MobileCoach-based physical activity and personality change interventions.

M.Sc. Bastien Presset
M.Sc. Bastien Presset
Feb 2017-July 2019

PH.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), MSc in Human Movement and Sport Sciences (UNIL)

Focus: Understanding the role of socio-economical factors in the appropriation of digital health interventions.

Bachelor & Master Students

Yeliz Cay
Yeliz Cay
Master Student in International Affairs & Governance

2019

Focus: Personalization of chatbots in healthcare based on user group data.

Fenja Persello
Fenja Persello
Master Student

2019

Focus: Value-centered onboarding design for chatbots in a health service context.

Maximilien Schweitzer
Maximilien Schweitzer
Bachelor Student

2019

Focus: Implementation science in practice: market access, challenges, and regulations in digital health startups.

Julian Ventouris
Julian Ventouris
Master Student

2019

Focus: Chatbot-based service encounter in health care: Structuring the chatbot market and literature using archetypes and elaborating their impacts and challenges.

Ralph Forsbach
Ralph Forsbach
Master Student

2019

Focus: Data-driven diabetes type 2 prediction at employer wellness programs in the US.

Valentin Kölbener
Valentin Kölbener
Bachelor Student

2019

Focus: Review of biofeedback-based relaxation trainings

David Wiprächtiger
David Wiprächtiger
Master Student

2019

Focus: Digitalization of Swiss hospitals and its financial implications for insurance companies

Franz Josef Groß
Franz Josef Groß
Master Student

2018-2019

Focus: Development of a digital coach to strengthen the connection between pharmacies and their patients in Kenya.

Leo Schittenhelm
Leo Schittenhelm
Master Student

2018-2019

Focus: Introduction of a digital physio coach to the Swiss health care system.

Valérie Erb
Valérie Erb
Bachelor Student

2018-2019

Focus: Evaluation of Digital Physiotherapy Coaching.

Samira Harperink
Samira Harperink
Bachelor Student

2018-2019

Focus: Evaluation of Health Literacy Intervention for Children with Asthma.

Roman Iten
Roman Iten
Master Student

2018-2019

Focus: A Market Analysis of Chatbots for Swiss Public Organizations.

Yuya Zhi
Yuya Zhi
Master Student

2018

Focus: On the Impact of Chatbots with Self-Awareness Design on Users’ Perceptions, Trust and Intention to Adopt.

Ivan Gautschi
Ivan Gautschi
Master Student

2018

Focus: Impact of General Privacy Concerns on Chatbot Design Elements’ Influence on People’s Willingness to Disclose Personal Information.

Max Baum
Max Baum
Bachelor Student

2018

Focus: User perceptions of a Digital Coaching App for Physical Activity.

Alina Asisof
Alina Asisof
Master Student

2017-2018

Focus: User Onboarding Design for a Fully Automated Conversational Agent (“Chatbot”) in Mobile Health Interventions.

Jael Denicola
Jael Denicola
Master Student

2017-2018

Focus: Characteristics of a diabetes self management app: Identification of patient needs and comparison of existing solutions.

David Boutellier
David Boutellier
Master Student

2017-2018

Focus: Cash Flow Modelling of Digital Asthma Interventions in the Healthcare System.

Michael Klemmer
Michael Klemmer
Master Student

2017-2018

Focus: Development of an Application Enabling Separation of Audible Symptoms for People with Chronic Diseases.

Laura Caviezel
Laura Caviezel
Bachelor Student

2017-2018

Focus: Rebuilding Trust: The Effect of Chatbots on Doctor-Patient Interactions.

Valerio Signorelli
Valerio Signorelli
Master Student

2017

Focus: Analyzing Success Factors for Disruptive Innovations in the mHealth Ecosystem for Diabetes Care.

Susanna Giovanna Nicola Groth
Susanna Giovanna Nicola Groth
Master Student

2017

Focus: Efficacy of a biofeedback-based breathing exercise.

Robert Jakob
Robert Jakob
Master Student

2016

Focus: Behavior Change Techniques in mHealth Interventions for People with Asthma.

Mauro Ammann
Mauro Ammann
Bachelor Student

2016

Focus: Digital Health Business Models.

Jannie Reher
Jannie Reher
Bachelor Student

2015-2016

Focus: Job strain detection by mouse movements.

Anna Tanner
Anna Tanner
Bachelor Student

2015

Focus: Evaluation of a MobileCoach-based intervention for adolescents with eating disorders.

Lea Bollhalder
Lea Bollhalder
Master Student

2015-2016

Focus: Literature review on mental health information systems.

Alexander Müdespacher
Alexander Müdespacher
Master Student

2015

Focus: Design of a MobileCoach-based intervention for adolescents with eating disorders.

Affiliated

Prof. Dr. Stefan Feuerriegel
Prof. Dr. Stefan Feuerriegel
Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems, ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
Assistant Professor in Technology Management, University of St.Gallen

Scientific Director Bosch IoT Lab, ETH Zurich & University of St.Gallen

Prof. em. Dr.Dr.h.c. Hubert Österle
Prof. em. Dr.Dr.h.c. Hubert Österle
Research Head Independent Living

Alumni

Dr. Benjamin Ryder
Dr. Benjamin Ryder
Postdoctoral researcher at the CSS Health Lab

Doctor of Sciences and MEng in Computer Science

Focus: Ubiquitous Digital Coaching.

Sigrid Beer-Borst
Sigrid Beer-Borst
Senior Researcher

MSc in Human Nutrition and Home Economics

Focus: Public health nutrition and technology-driven diet interventions.

Sergei Liubich
Sergei Liubich
Researcher at the Health-IS Lab

MSc in Computer Science

Focus: Emotion recognition for MobileCoach interventions.

Andreas Filler
Andreas Filler
Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Health-IS Lab

MSc in Computer Science in Media and Dipl.-Inform. (FH) in Computer Science in Media

Focus: Health information systems architect & lead developer of the open source MobileCoach platform.

Dr. Dirk Volland
Dr. Dirk Volland
Dr. oec., Dipl.-Winf. (Business Informatics)

Focus: Impact of technology-driven innovations in healthcare.

Ioannis Tarnanas, PhD
Ioannis Tarnanas, PhD
Senior Researcher

PhD in Neuroscience, MSc in Computer Science, BSc in Cognitive Psychology

Focus: Design of a MobileCoach-based intervention for people with mild cognitive impairment.

Dr. Fabian Wahle
Dr. Fabian Wahle
Founder Altoida

Focus: Artificial Intelligence in emerging Health Information Systems with emphasis on Machine Learning and Big Data.

Gabriella Chiesa
Gabriella Chiesa
Director CSS Health Lab

MSc Pharmacy

Niklas Elser
Niklas Elser
Director CSS Health Lab

MA HSG in Strategy and International Management & MSc CEMS MIM

Dr. Flavius Kehr
Dr. Flavius Kehr
Dr. des. oec.

Focus: Supporting human behavior by technology with a focus on privacy and health care.

Jannie Reher
Jannie Reher
Student Assistant

Focus: Study Design & Evaluation.

Anja Hörni
Anja Hörni
Research Associate

MSc Psychology

Focus: Design of health interventions.

Anna Hanulova
Anna Hanulova
Research Associate

MSc Computer Science

Focus: Development of Health Information Systems.

Jost Schweinfurther
Jost Schweinfurther
Research Associate

Dipl.-Designer (FH)

Focus: Interaction design of health information systems.

René Eber
René Eber
Bachelor Student

2014

Focus: Health economic evaluation of IT-supported interventions.

Leonard Witteler
Leonard Witteler
Bachelor Student & Co-Founder of MovingTwice

2013-2014

Focus: Mobile Sports Applications.

Andreas Hächler
Andreas Hächler
Master Student

2013-2014

Focus: Top 10 eHealth Applications.

Andres Saxer
Andres Saxer
Bachelor Student

2013

Focus: Business Models for eHealth.

Jeanine Wiedemeier
Jeanine Wiedemeier
Master Student

2013

Focus: Gamification in Online Psychotherapy.

Ioana Dabacan
Ioana Dabacan
Master Student

2012

Focus: Persuasive Technology.

David Brückner
David Brückner
Master Student

2012

Focus: Mobile After-Care Operations.

Kemeng (Jeene) Zhang
Kemeng (Jeene) Zhang
Student Research Assistant

Focus: Lightweight Voice Activity Detection Algorithm

Sarah Schellenberg
Sarah Schellenberg
Bachelor Student

2012

Focus: Health Insurance Mobile Apps