Organisation of the Faculty of Informatics
The Faculty Council exercises its authority on all general matters related to the interests of the Faculty, especially those pertaining to teaching and research activities. More information are available in the Faculty statute. The list of professors and representatives of students, Phds, post-docs and lecturers is available in Plan of Studies of the Faculty.
Dean and Vice Deans
The Dean and the Vice Deans act as the Faculty's executive body. The Dean, assisted by the Vice Deans, leads and manages the Faculty by implementing the decisions of the Faculty Council and the Board of Professors. The Dean represents the Faculty in the USI Council. More information are available in the Faculty statute.
Current Dean and Vice Deans:
Dean of the Faculty of Informatics
Marc Langheinrich is Full Professor at the USI Faculty of Informatics. He received a Master's degree (Dipl.-Inf.) in computer science from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 1997, and a PhD (Dr. sc.) in the areas of ubiquitous computing and privacy from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2005. Prior to joining the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2008, Prof. Langheinrich was a senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computer Science of the ETH Zurich. He also worked for two years as a researcher at NEC Research, Tokyo, Japan, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His main research interests are privacy, security, and usabilityissues, in particular in the areas of ubiquitous and pervasive computing.
Patrick Thomas Eugster
Vice-Dean for Education
Patrick Eugster joined USI as a Full Professor of Computer Science in 2017. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at Purdue University (where he was a regular faculty member 2005-2016) and at TU Darmstadt (2014-2017). Patrick holds M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees from EPFL. Patrick is interested in software systems, with a particular focus on distributed systems and programming models/languages, and the intersection between the two. He has co-authored over 120 scientific articles on these topics. His research has been awarded by various funding agencies and companies.
Ernst-Jan Camiel Wit
Vice-Dean for Strategy & Development
Professor Ernst C. Wit is Professor of Statistics and Data Science and serves as the director of the Institute of Computing. He obtained PhDs in Philosophy (1997, Penn State) and Statistics (2000, University of Chicago) in the US. From 2000 until 2005 he was in the Statistics Department at the University of Glasgow, where he became a Reader. In 2005 he became head of the Medical Statistics Unit (12 FTE) at the University of Lancaster as full professor. From 2008 until 2018 Wit was at the University of Groningen. Since 2018 he is working in Switzerland, where he has continued to work on methodological development in high-dimensional inference with a specific focus on network modelling.
Board of Professors
The Board of Professors identifies the Faculty members that are called upon to sit in a commission for the appointment of professors, assigns courses to lecturers, and proposes the awarding of Honoris Causa and Professor Emeritus. More information are available in the Faculty statute.
Other contact persons
Below is a list of other persons who hold managerial positions within the activities of the Faculty.
Coordinator of Faculty activities / projects and external relations
Ing. Mauro Prevostini
Prof. Natasha Sharygina
Study curricula Directors
Prof. Laura Pozzi
- Master in Informatics
Prof. Kai Hormann & Prof. Evanthia Papadopoulou
- Master in Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Luca Maria Gambardella & Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber
- Master in Computational Science
Prof. Olaf Schenk & Prof. Ernst Wit
- Master in Financial Technology and Computing
Prof. Marc Langheinrich & Prof. Fernando Pedone / Prof. Erik Nowak & Prof. Paul Schneider
- Master in Management and Informatics
Prof. Marc Langheinrich & Prof. Gianluca Colombo
- Master in Software and Data Engineering
Prof. Cesare Pautasso & Prof. Gabriele Bavota
- Master in Informatics
Prof. Walter Binder & Prof. Silvia Santini
Dean's office and services
Please visit the following page:
The responsibilities, tasks, organisation and members of the Institutes are defined by specific agreements between the Faculties and the Rectorate. These agreements set the scope and limits within which an Institute can engage in its own right with third parties. The contract has limited duration and is renewable.
The Institutes do not have a distinct legal personality and are headed by a Director appointed among professors (Full or Associate) of the Institutes, according to the terms of agreement. Specialised sub-units (centres, observatories, laboratories, groups ...) can be created inside or in cooperation between the institutes, with the aim of carrying out specific research projects and/or handling specific aspect of the training.
The list of the Institutes supported by the Faculty of Informatics is available at this page: