Bertrand Schneider


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 two masters’ degrees, one in Psychology and one in Learning and Teaching Technologies from Geneva University. I am currently completing a PhD degree at Stanford University in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design program (LSTD) as well as a masters in Computer Science (dual depth in HCI and AI). My research interests include the development of new and original interfaces (tangible, multitouch, pen/paper-based) for collaborative learning.


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).


I have done quite a few short trips in Europe: France (Paris, Grenobles, Cane), Italy (Roma, Milano, Pise, Venice), Germany (Berlin, Heidelberg), Finland (Helsinki), Norway (Oslo), Spain (Fuerteventura), Tunisia (Tunis), Greece, Czech Rep (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), Morocco, Egypt, Mexico (Mexico City and other smaller cities), Turkey (Ankara), … I will add pictures when I find the time!

Longer stay:
1984 – 2006: Fribourg (Switzerland)
2006 – 2007: Montreal (Canada)
2007 – 2009: Geneva (Switzerland) – [ CRAFT ]
2009 – 2010: Boston (USA) – [ SDR lab ]
2010 – … : Stanford (USA) – [ TLTL lab ]



  • 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