Bertrand Schneider


A Few Words…

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 many countries and study in more than 5 universities across Europe and North America.


I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fribourg University (Switzerland), three masters’ degrees (one in Psychology from Geneva University, one in Learning and Teaching Technologies also from Geneva University, and one in Computer Science with dual depth in Human-Computer Interface and Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University), as well as a PhD from 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 datastreams 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).


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



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Curriculum Vitaeshort version(last update: June 2016)