Bertrand Schneider


Curriculum Vitae
Online version (last update: Nov. 2015)


A Few Words about me…
I am a swiss guy who loves to travel and discover new things.  I love to reinvent my routines, build new social networks and challenge my cultural assumptions. Over the past year I had the chance to live in several countries and study in more than 5 universities across Europe and North America.


I received three masters’ degrees: one in Psychology from Geneva University, another one in Learning and Teaching Technologies (also from Geneva University) and a masters in Computer Science (dual depth in Human-Computer Interface and Artificial Intelligence) from Stanford University. I am currently completing a PhD at Stanford University in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design program (LSTD).


My research interests include the development of new and original interfaces (tangible, multitouch, pen/paper-based) for collaborative learning as well as the analysis of multi-modal streams of data collected in those environments (e.g., eye-tracking, body gestures, arousal, speech, natural language processing). I situate my work at the intersection of psychology, education, interface design and data mining.


I like to create things, either digitally (apps, applets, programs, visualizations) or physically (tabletops, tangible user interfaces, learning artefacts). I also love to hike in the backcountry, especially in the swiss mountains!


When I was a kid, my first passion was soccer; I played in a club for more than 10 years and it is still my sport of predilection. As a good swiss, I am a decent skier and a relatively good snowboarder. Over the past years I switched to running and do it mainly to keep a balance between cerebral a physical activity; unsurprisingly, I always get insights and develop my best ideas when I run. More recently I have run a couple half-marathons and I am testing longer distances (full marathon).



  • My own Wiki [ link ]
  • Stanford Makers’ Club [ link ]
  • Google Scholar profile [ link ]
  • twitter [ link ]
  • youtube [ link ]


Favorite quotes

  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”
  • “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”
  • “Ce n’est pas parce qu’ils sont de plus en plus à avoir tort, qu’ils ont raison.”
  • “Computers in the future may weigh no more than one and a half tons.”
    (Popular Mechanics, Forecasting the Relentless March of Science, 1949)


Technical skills

  • Software Programming: Java, Python, Objective C/iOS, C/C++, C#/WPF, Lisp (MrScheme)
  • Web Programming: html/css/javascript, php/mysql, xml/xslt, ActionScript Flash/Flex, SVG/X3D
  • Visualization Tools: D3, Processing, Tableau, Flare, ggplot2
  • Data Mining: Network Analysis, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP) / Understanding (NLU)
  • Experiment programming: E-Prime, Matlab, Tobii Studio (Eye-Tracking)
  • Statistics: R, SPSS, Statistica