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Why Consumers Feel Creeped Out by Smart Devices

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Smart home assistants are becoming increasingly popular. However, they are not only perceived by users as practical, but also as creepy. A study…
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How does data become powerful? Definition of ethical data market

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With the Posmo project, researchers at BFH are developing a trustworthy data space for mobility. Our Scientists are developing and automating…
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Approach ChatGPT like an Online Community and You are Good to Go

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When reading across mainstream media and scientific magazines, it's hard not to buy into a collective frenzy that says that generative AI systems…
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How the TecLab promotes young STEM talents

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Bats, solar systems, recyclable bridges or collaborative robots - the range of topics at the TecLab is broad. The aim behind the workshops and…
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How Bern masters the balancing act between participation and data security

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What opportunities does digitalisation offer Swiss authorities - and what needs to be considered? Jonathan Gimmel, Head of Digital City of Bern,…
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How ‘big visual data’ can be explored and shared in a digital archive

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With over 105,000 images, the photo archive of Empirical Cultural Studies Switzerland is an important part of Switzerland's cultural memory.…
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How AI is revolutionising work at the Federal Supreme Court – a podcast episode

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Public authorities and the judiciary enjoy our special trust. The requirements for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) are therefore particularly…
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The Federal Supreme Court, Microsoft and a Christmas surprise

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A few sentences on the freehand awarding of IT services and the moment when a swear word means something positive. Have you ever used a swear…
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From technology to farm management – how smart is Swiss agriculture, part 2

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Smart farming and technology in agriculture are the topics of the moment, which are also of concern to the Fenaco agricultural cooperative. What…
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From technology to farm management – how smart is Swiss agriculture, part 1

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Apps and digital business models have also long been used in agriculture. Although not everything is running smoothly, Switzerland is still in…
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How are pharmacies supporting digitalisation in the healthcare sector?

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The situation in the healthcare sector is not rosy. Switzerland is facing major challenges; for example, the Swiss general practitioner and paediatrician…

How cities and authorities are becoming smarter – a podcast episode about transformation

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Chatbots are already supporting some authorities. But overall, the Swiss are dissatisfied with the pace of digital transformation in the administration.…
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Networking and loss of consistency – Part 2: Distractions from the essentials

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Almost 10 years ago, the insider discourse on data protection changed fundamentally. The residual utilisation of the findings of that time is…
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How public procurement supports the digitalisation of schools

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Schools are not just educational facilities. They have evolved into high-tech hubs with huge demands for hardware and software. In their study…

Focus on external hospital care: identifying communication barriers with mapping methods

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Functioning communication and smooth information flows play an important role in the complex setting of outpatient care. The CuraComm project…
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Networking and loss of consistency – Part 1: In the chaos of exploding transparency

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The digital transformation regularly offers us various kinds of shocking experiences: firstly, bizarre mistakes in implementation, in which the…

Using Artificial Intelligence in Care – an ambivalent attitude

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The attitude of nurses towards the use of artificial intelligence in clinical practice remains ambivalent. It ranges from the hope that artificial…

Why start-ups benefit from experience and diversity – a podcast episode

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Start-ups drive innovation. Start-up expert Martin Murmann from BFH Wirtschaft analyses why older founders often pursue more risk-taking ideas…

Does “fuzzy voting” increase satisfaction with democracy?

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Anyone who has ever been undecided about whether to write "yes" or "no" on the ballot paper before a vote is in good company: a survey conducted…

With enthusiasm and pragmatism for digital change

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On 1 September, Christian Geiger took up his professorship in Digital Government, Innovation and Transformation at Bern University of Applied…

The Debiaser – Novel Tools for Bias Detection and Mitigation in AI Systems

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Bias in AI is a major challenge of today’s artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The proof-of-concept technology developed in the Horizon…

How neurofeedback training can influence the perception of tinnitus

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Neurofeedback training is an innovative technique that enables people to observe their own brain activity. A joint research project between Bern…

Why meaning is the point in our job

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Lead ergänzenYerin, you are an expert in positive psychology with a special interest in meaning. How do you find meaning in your own work?I…

Between high performance and a feel-good job – a podcast episode on personnel development 4.0

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In times of rapid change and growing and more complex tasks, employees and companies alike are facing major challenges. Is the shortage of skilled…

A platform for the health of pigs

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How healthy are Swiss pigs? The "Pig Health Info System" (PHIS) application has been providing information on this since 1 May. It enables data-supported…

How virtual reality supports performance skills

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How effective is Virtual Reality Public Speaking Training (VRPST) compared to conventional preparation for oral presentations? Researchers from…

Open Source Business Potential: A Look at Odoo’s Open Core Model

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Open source software (OSS) has long been a cornerstone of the IT industry. But how can money be made with freely available software? This article…

What values the Humane Digital Transformation needs

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BFH is committed to a responsible and people-centred digital transformation. What does that mean in concrete terms? In particular, what factors…

Two sides of the same coin: together, CSR and ESG concepts unfold their effectiveness

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In public and in business, the demand is becoming louder and louder that companies must play an active role in sustainable development. And companies…

When ChatGPT helps with the exam – a podcast episode about AI in studies

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Will students have their theses written by AI in the future? How are universities dealing with this? And how does technology help lecturers with…

Digitalisation – beneficial development or social exclusion?

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What opportunities and risks does digitalisation bring for people with mental illness and those affected by poverty? What is the role of social…

Law, Law and Artificial Intelligence – Summary of the Conference on Computer Science and Law

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What changes does the new Swiss data protection law bring? When is cloud computing legally compliant? What should be considered when using AI…

Sensor Technology in Health Care – Sensor Data and Algorithms (Part 2)

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Older people often move unsteadily and can easily fall and injure themselves. To prevent this, sensors could record and analyse movement patterns…

How digital tools improve cooperation in the export business

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In an Innosuisse project, the Bern University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences Grisons investigated how digital tools…

A “data bridge” for business relationships

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Business processes between two and more companies, so-called business-to-business (B2B) relationships, are mostly handled electronically today.…

When Peanut serves the tea – a podcast episode about robots in care

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The future of care seems bleak because more and more skilled workers are lacking. At the same time, our society is ageing and more and more people…

The Data-Centric Enterprise: Where Revolutions Converge

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Recent months have seen an explosion in articles about the generative-AI revolution and its effect on economy and society. But in fact there…

How Diversity and AI Will Shape the Fintech Industry

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What does the future of artificial intelligence (AI) look like in the fintech industry? What role do female scientists play? These were the questions…

Diffusion Models: A New Horizon in Image Generation

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As the curtain fell on last year, most conversations about generative AI in public forums and the media orbited around text generation, with…

Between Innovation and Security – Digital Working in the Legal Sector

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The summer ends on a heavy note. On 29 August, the biennial conference Computer Science and Law will take place at Bern City Hall. BFH Wirtschaft…

Sensor technology in healthcare – opportunities and challenges (Part 1)

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How can digital technologies be used in health care and prevention? Can technology relieve the burden on nursing staff? And what does it take…

All hope lies in stakeholder management

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Switzerland is limping behind in e-health - although individual institutions spend sums that the e-health pioneers can only dream of, even at…

“Open by default” as law

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EMBAG obliges the federal administration to publish all software under open source licences in future and to release government data as Open…

A vision for 2035: How will the timber industry produce?

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Industry 4.0 is also being implemented in the wood industry. When looking into the future, however, it is not primarily about machines, but mainly…

What artificial intelligence is already doing in healthcare today

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AI could extend the healthy life years of many people. But technological progress does not make it into practical implementation. We are researching…

Why digital and sustainable transformation must happen simultaneously

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Several 2022 reports from government and academic organisations contain the key message that sustainable development can be achieved using digital…

Making the world more sustainable with second-hand clothes

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Solving social problems that would otherwise fall through the cracks? More and more start-ups see this as an opportunity to implement their sustainable…

From tree to board – on the digital transformation in the forestry and timber industry

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Trees and technology - the forestry industry is also digitalising. The BFH is promoting the digital transformation in the forestry and timber…

How business design principles are contributing to the digitisation of healthcare

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The digitisation of the healthcare system is strongly encouraged, but in practice it is often carried out in a careless and haphazard way. Successful…

Traumatic Click Work: The People Behind ChatGPT

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The capabilities of new generative AI models or products based on them like ChatGPT are fascinating. Besides the concerns about what this will…

Interactive visualisation of cooperation in the National Council and Council of States

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The National Council elections are coming up in autumn. So it's high time to take stock and take a look behind the scenes of parliament: Do the…

“With process mining, we are helping to reduce CO2 emissions”

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Founded by three students, Celonis has grown from a start-up to one of the fastest growing software companies in Europe. They develop process…

“Failure without a happy ending is not publishable” – Podcast about the dark side of entrepreneurship

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Successful entrepreneurs have visions, turn them into sensational business models and only sleep 4 hours. We know this glorified image, but hardly…

How Basel-Stadt wants to prevent over-indebtedness with a tool from the BFH

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Thanks to digitalisation, data from existing administrative registers can increasingly be used in a fruitful way to monitor social issues such…

Algorithms and Natural Language Processing in the Public Sector – A Review of the Transform Conference 2023

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The theme of TRANSFORM 2023, which took place on 3 May 2023 in Bern City Hall, was "artificial intelligence in the public sector". Machine learning,…

When the public sector authorities use foreign cloud providers for data storage

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Digital sovereignty is one of three annual focus topics of the "Digital Switzerland Strategy". It is about the question of how dependencies in…

Three facets of the humane digital transformation

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How will the digital transformation affect our society and our lives, and what do we need to keep in mind so that people remain at the centre?…

How Open Data can work in the social sector

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In the course of the digitalisation of social institutions, a tension is emerging between two issues that are gaining increasing attention: the…

Digital & AI Literacy as a Pillar of Digital Responsibility – A Report from the Shift Conference on Digital Ethics

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Digital ethics is central to the use of artificial intelligence. It was the topic of the recent Shift conference in Zurich. The speakers come…

How a 3D printer “cooks” food for sick children

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Malnutrition in hospitalised children is a major problem. That's why the Bern University of Applied Sciences, together with the Fribourg University…

“Feelings need more space in the work context” – a podcast episode about New Work

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What if we could let out anger in a meeting and our need for calm was taken seriously in the company? Feelings at work are important for our…

How humour influences trust in smart home products

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19Smart home technologies (SHT) often perform tasks in the most intimate parts of their users' lives - their homes. To build trust in these technologies,…

ChatGPT: an oracle, a doctor or a joker? – Ethical boundaries of different tools usage

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ChatGPT is not a perfect, but effective tool for working with information. But a higher level of anxiety is justified by the emergence of…

How can inclusion succeed with the help of digital skills?

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Social organisations are directly affected by the digital transformation .It is not only a question of whether today's work components could…

Humane Digital Transformation: Towards a human-centered digitalization

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Digital technologies are changing the way we live and work with consequences that are difficult to assess. The Bern University of Applied Sciences…

A Primer on Explainable AI for Natural Language Processing  

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Major breakthroughs in AI are accelerating the adoption of AI-driven tools in industry, research, and government. However, the reasoning process…

How Digital Twins are utilised in industry

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Digital twins enable completely new possibilities in different sectors such as industry or medicine. But what is a digital twin anyway? We discussed…

“We need to remove bias from language models” – a podcast episode about AI in administration and justice

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Chat GPT is all the rage right now. The trained programme can actually chat about any topic and hold conversations that seem human. But ChatGPT…

How Swiss banks and insurance companies implement sustainable measures

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How can the finance and insurance industry also contribute to a more sustainable economy? This question is at the centre of current debates in…

From Big Data education to regulations – the recommendations of the NRP 75 experts

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Big Data has the potential for comprehensive social, industrial and scientific value creation. The National Research Programme "Big Data" (NRP…

What solutions exist for the transfer of identity information

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Business processes between two and more companies, so-called Business-To-Business (B2B) relationships, are mostly handled electronically today.…

How a digital coach helps with rehabilitation

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As part of the international eHealth project "CARE", the company Ateleris have developed a digital exercise coach that accompanies people as…
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Diversity and precise blurring

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We know from pre-digital times: Transformation processes should be set up as programmes consisting of small, focused projects. The programme…

Is Mastodon a new Twitter?

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As alternative to Twitter, many users have recently been switching to a platform called Mastodon. Our author has investigated, why, at a technical…

“Sustainability must become a criterion for quality” – a podcast episode on sustainable procurement

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While the Bernese police correctly procured its new fleet of electric cars, another canton fluffed because it focused on Tesla. In the 13th episode…

What Citizen Scientists can do against visual hate

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Facebook was one of the first social platforms to go online on 4 February 2004. Youtube was founded a year later in 2005, and Twitter has been…

“The customer need is more important than the technology”

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Thanks to the Internet of Things, processes can be digitised and thus often made more efficient thanks to data exchange via sensors and applications.…

Which canton offers the most digital political participation?

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Digitalisation is impacting everything, including democracy. Young people live in an ever more digitalised world. Democracy, therefore, is adjusting…

Programming? It’s also easier!

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The digital world also includes time-consuming programming. Although many things can now be "taught" or "parameterised", can 't it besimpler?…
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Artificial creativity (part 2) – the precarious aspects

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Artists are different than we like to imagine them. That's why many don't see AI as a threat, but as an opportunity. Why is that? Let's first…

Why platforms drive the circular economy

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The use of digital technologies (DT) to promote circular practices in all industrial sectors plays a key role in addressing the issues of sustainability,…

12. Procurement Conference: Call for Speakers

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Speakers are still being sought for the twelfth IT Procurement Conference until 1oth February . The Institute Public Sector Transformation at…

Generative AI – what is it and what is it capable to do?

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In the media, there have been more and more special coverages on the topic of artificial intelligence in recent times, for example in the Tagesanzeiger…

How Spitex is becoming all-round digital – a pilot project by Spitex and BFH

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Spitex Bern has launched a pilot project together with the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH): Over a period of four years, the Spitex…

Why eating spaghetti can earn you minus points

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From environmental protection to customs clearance to taxes - the Chinese government also monitors companies. Researcher Omar Serrano from the…
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Artificial creativity (part 1) – a first approach

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Can AI do art? This question is becoming increasingly important. However, only the question mark is clear about this sentence. None of the three…

Hi ChatGPT, are you biased?

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ChatGPT is a recent language model that is being prominently discussed in the media. Since we know from our previous research that language models…

How a Triplestore can publish data of the Swiss lakes

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The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) uses a TripleStore database to publish environmental data on the Internet. This article shows which…

Do citizens’ councils bring a democracy update for cantons and communes?

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In many countries, participatory and deliberative approaches have been used in recent years to increase the direct involvement of citizens in…

“Ten per cent are LGBTIQ” – a podcast episode about diversity in working life

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Whether age, gender or sexual orientation - colourfully mixed teams work together more productively and are increasingly encouraged in companies.…

Towards deep learning-based weather reconstruction of the Great Frost

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In the early 18th century, Europe experienced a mini ice age, which has been proven to be the coldest period of the last 1000 years [1]. Our…

Do we need a new mindset for Smart City & Living?

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The planning of our built world must evolve to be climate compliant. The climate will dictate the building plan of the future. Concepts of sustainability…

Energy and climate data in the canton of Bern presented on a new platform

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BFH Business School makes data visible: The Digital Sustainability Lab of the Institute Public Sector Transformation has realised a platform…

The revolution of polymer trading: how Meraxis drives digital innovation across their ecosystem

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Working sustainably with plastics and recycling - that is the goal of the Bern-based company Meraxis. Michael Grysczyk, Head of Digital and Disruptive…

Bringing open data to life and making it tangible through visualisations

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Which members of the Grand Council intervene the most, and with whom? Do parliamentarians work together across political divides? Are men more…

How can digital platforms enhance circular economy practices in value chain networks?

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The emergence of digital technologies (DTs) to promote circular practices across all industries plays a key role to tackle challenges we currently…

The Future of Democracy: Why the Trends of Participation and Deliberation Give Hope

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What can be done when citizens do not trust their governments or do not exercise their rights of participation? Innovative approaches are needed…

“We are all connected to the phenomenon of data colonialism”

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The media scientist and expert on data sovereignty, Ulises Mejías, was a guest at BFH Wirtschaft for a few weeks last May on the occasion of…

How technology helps us navigate around the data protection icebergs

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Privacy enhancing technologies ensure that the security risks of processing customer data remain manageable, your customer data is protected…

Exploring democracy 2.0 with experiments

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From fuzzy voting to liquid feedback - how much change does democracy need? The project "Democracy Lab Basel" by BFH Wirtschaft and Smart Regio…

“Equal opportunities are an economic necessity” – a podcast episode

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Three women from politics who are keen to see more female-led start-ups: in the 9th episode we talk to Aline Trede, National Councillor for the…
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Obituary: A great champion of Open Access is no more

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Daniel Hürlimann, Professor of Legal Informatics and IT Law at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and Attorney at Law by Laux Lawyers…

How routine clinical data help with quality measurements in hospitals

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The advancing digitalisation in hospitals means that clinical data are increasingly available electronically in the hospital information system.…

How companies use our data, but also protect it

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Companies have immense potential with our data, which they can use to develop products and applications. At the same time, they must also take…

Creating a future: The tower of Babel or a bridge?

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In the digital age, we benefit from the achievements of research and technology more than ever before. At the same time, facts are also doubted…

Why usability testing does not guarantee a successful product

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As someone who has been teaching usability and human-centred design for many years and in various countries, I am of course pleased that the…
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Myth of digitalisation – reasons for not happening

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"The digital transformation is not happening." This finding applies to many areas. It means that while digital tools are being introduced for…

How Satellite Images help to detect the Severity of Wildfires

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Wildfires lead to changes to our ecosystems and can have serious social and economic impacts. In the last few years, the number of wildfires…

Digital transformation at the Swiss Post – when digital meets physical

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More than technology, successful digital transformation is about the changes in processes and structures in an organization - in other words,…

“It’s neither fair nor economically wise” – a podcast episode about the situation of female founders in Switzerland

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For every 10 men who start a business, there are only 6 women. In the 8th episode of our podcast, we talk about the reasons for this and how…

Digital Physiotherapy – A Future Model in Switzerland?

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The nationwide lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic led to an increase in digital services in outpatient physiotherapy. The Bern University…

What skills the employees of a digital administration need

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Digital services for citizens and more efficient processes - these are two of the goals of an administration of the future. In order for this…

From blended care to virtual reality – the transformation of the healthcare system

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The Digital Health innovation field at Bern University of Applied Sciences conducts research in the area of digitalisation and technologisation…

Will Digitalization aid the world’s quest to net-zero emissions?

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The increasing global awareness of climate change and the irreversible damages caused has led the world to a code red. Wildfires, floods, heatwaves,…

How to detect and reduce bias in AI systems

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Bias is a major cause of unfair and discriminatory decisions in the use of AI systems. For example, well-paid job offers were algorithmically…

Why we accept automated products less out of nostalgia

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Artificial intelligence again increases the workload of automated products. The resources freed up are valuable for consumers - at least in theory.…

How can the digitalization improve the sustainability in agriculture?

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We live in a world with limited resources. Ignoring that fact, led us to become a throwaway-society. Most business models are based on waste…

How the Fashion Industry can become more sustainable

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When you think of the fashion industry, fast fashion and poorly paid seamstresses in Asia might first come to your mind. In a personal report,…

Smart tourism: where digitalization meets sustainability

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Yes, traveling is a wonderful thing. But so is protecting the environment! Our  our Master's student writes about his world trip and what sustainable…

What moral values mean for corporate social responsibility

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More and more companies are taking on social responsibility. The role of moral values in this is the subject of a study written by David Risi…

Posmo: Ethical revolution in the mobility data market

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To revolutionise the Swiss mobility data market and thereby help us to better understand our mobility behaviour and thus shape our living space…

How the app Memorybox helps foster children to remember

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Children who grow up in institutions or with foster parents are often unable to develop a continuous memory. The Departments of Technology and…

Agility – more than the sum of its parts

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Agility is a key competence in the 21st century and not only determines projects but also influences ways of thinking and acting of entire organisations…

Pinkwashing – all foam or real inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people?

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The rainbow is in high season during Pride Month in June. The rainbow flag flies on company roofs and messages, logos and websites become colourful.…

How prototypes influence the success of technology crowdfunding

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When technology companies seek financial support via a crowdfunding platform, they have more success if their prototype is not yet final and…

How we can improve the framework conditions for female founders in Switzerland

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In Switzerland, women are less likely to start an innovative company than men. Researchers at BFH Wirtschaft have investigated the reasons for…

How we can make cities more sustainable – a podcast episode about smart cities

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Making cities greener, rethinking mobility, using energy cleverly and involving as many citizens as possible in democratic processes - smart…

The New Way to Trade Art – An Insight into NFT Marketplaces

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2021 is a year in which a JPEG - a digital image - sold for 69 million dollars, in the midst of a global pandemic and at a time when the digitisation…

What contemporary identity management must fulfil

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With increasing data protection requirements, it is becoming more and more important to take the data sovereignty of users into account. Therefore,…

Free the data! – How the health sector is overcoming the system blockade

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The fourth Praevenire Digital Health Symposium in Seitenstetten, Austria, focused on the use of health data and how this would improve healthcare.…

Why better usability makes the digital world more socially just

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Simple, easy-to-use interfaces should be a matter of course today. But machine logic is still too often in the foreground and leads to unnecessary…

Data Colonialism and the Role of the Public Sector 

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Data is not only the oil of the digital age, but also a commodity that can be unethically obtained or misused. Prof. Dr Ulises Mejîas from the…

The future of healthcare: from vision to best practices

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On the one hand, the pandemic has posed new challenges for the healthcare system, on the other hand, it has provided a considerable impetus for…