WHO WE ARE

ALUMNI

Gabrielle Gantos, Data Scientist

Gabrielle received her MSc in The Foundations of Data Science from Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. She previously worked for over half a decade performing data and risk analysis in the energy industry. Gabrielle directed her experiences and education towards data science in order to apply her skills and interests in a variety of domains. Gabrielle enjoys hiking and skiing, new foods and cooking, and is training for her first marathon.

Gabrielle has relocated to Colorado for family reasons.

Nicole Andriaharifara, Graphic Design Trainee

In 2015, Nicole joined a school called CPNV (Professional Center of Northern Vaud). She spent a year at the SDSC as a graphic design intern and has now returned to school to get her diploma. At the end of her training, she will get a CFC Mediamaticienne (“médiamatique” includes design, photography and computing skills).

Mathias Humbert, Sr. Data Scientist

Mathias received his Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences from EPFL in 2015. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) at Saarland University, Germany, where he worked on genomic privacy and privacy in social networks. His current research interests lie at the intersection of privacy and machine learning, with a special application focus on biomedical data.  He is currently the lead scientist for the SDSC of the PHRT project “DPPH: Data Protection in Personalized Health”. He is also co-principal investigator of a project funded by the Leenaards Foundation on evaluating and preventing privacy risks in biomedical databases.

Mathias has decided to take a Scientific Project Manager position at the new Cyber-Defense Campus (armasuisse) on the EPFL Innovation Park.

Jiří Kunčar, Sr. Computer Scientist

Jiří is a Sr Software Engineer with a master degree in Computer Science from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and a M.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden. He has been a staff member at CERN — European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Switzerland for five years. Before joining the SDSC, Jiří was a core member of Invenio development team working on a framework that covers all aspects of digital library management or document repository on the web. During his work at RedHat and in his free time he has contributed to many open-source packages. He is active as a maintainer of several Python packages and contributor to libraries around Flask framework.

Jiří now lives in Bilbao and joined StubHub (eBay) as a software engineer.

Sandra Savchenko-de Jong, Sr. Computer Scientist

Sandra has studied astrophysics at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) and obtained her PhD from the Observatoire de Paris (France). Afterwards she worked as a Scala developer at one of the largest banks in the Netherlands. At SDSC (Lausanne) she contributes to the RENKU platform as a software engineer, and she is involved in several on-going data science projects, including a project on food safety with a large industrial group.

Sandra relocated to Kiev and now works for BT9 as a data analyst.

Johann Thiebaut, Sr. Computer Scientist

Johann holds a Master’s Degree from École Polytechnique, Saclay and joined the Swiss Data Science Center in early 2017. Before joining the team Johann-Michael has worked at IBM Research in Dublin where he covered a variety of topics such as Big Data Analytics and Predictive Maintenance. He is now focusing on development and deployment of the Renku platform along with projects involving industry partners.
Johann joined Google Zurich in January 2019 and is working on the Google Assistant.

Julien Eberle, Sr. Computer Scientist

Julien joined the Swiss Data Science Center in January 2017, after he got his PhD degree, as well as his Master degree with an Excellence Fellowship, from EPFL’s school of Computer and Communication Sciences. In parallel, he is one of the co-founder of Arcanite Solutions, a growing consulting company, with some former PhD fellows and friends. During his PhD he had the chance to work at the Nokia Research Center, located on EPFL’s campus, on context awareness in mobile devices. He also spent half a year at Nestlé/Nespresso designing and setting up the infrastructure for centrally managing the development of mobile applications for all Nestlé’s subsidiary brands.
As of 2019, Julien is dedicating all of his time to Arcanite, the successful start-up he co-founded a couple of years ago