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Inaugural CDOIQ European Symposium brings more than 150 data leaders to University of Lausanne

We were happy to host the Inaugural European CDOIQ Symposium on the 8th of September on the campus of University of Lausanne!

In 2022, the #CDOIQ brings the globally renowned Chief Data Officer & Information Quality Symposium (CDOIQ) hosted at MIT to Europe for the first time, in cooperation with the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality (University of Lausanne – UNIL) and the Swiss Data Science Center (ETH Zurich & EPFL).

Under the theme “Data Strategies driving Business Values”, the inaugural European CDOIQ Symposium provides a platform for data leaders from industry and academia to collaborate on Europe’s hot topics and share ideas on data-driven innovation. 

Some key facts about the Inaugural Symposium:

  • 3 tracks 17 speakers and 20 panelists
  • 162 participants from 116 organizations and 20 industry sectors
  • 16 countries
  • 30 CDOs/CAOs and 66 senior data leaders

Participants commented on the excellent quality of speakers, content and appreciated the exchange between practitioners, academics, and partners.

Save the date for next year – September 14, 2023

Faculty Prize for Martin Fadler’s Dissertation on Enterprise Data Mangement

Congratulations to Dr. Martin Fadler who was awarded a Faculty prize for his PhD thesis on “Big Data and Analytics as a New Frontier of Enterprise Data Management”!

His dissertation comprises five excellent academic publications and contributions to the following topics:
* Building business intelligence and analytics capabilities
* Data & analytics governance
* Data ownership
* Machine learning for enterprise data management
* Data catalogs as emerging platforms for data democratization

Link to dissertation on SERVAL

Link to News on HEC website

Graduation at HEC Lausanne & Best Teacher Award

At this year’s Graduation Ceremony, the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne awarded the “Best Teacher Awards for the Master in Information Systems” to Professors Christine Legner and Mauro Cherubini who distinguished themselves for the success of their courses as evaluated by their students.

Congratulations also go to the students in Information Systems for their achievements that our team supervised in their Master thesis and their excellent results:
Maxime Bayle – Data quality monitoring (Lonza)
Gabin Flourac – Developing and operating data sharing communities (CDQ) 
Sadek Helbawi – Prioritization and invoicing of support tickets (Agentil)
François Grau – Big data quality (academic thesis)
Anika Haque – Dashboard design for IT controlling (Centrale de Compensation)
Joël Kuflom – Redesign of processes for robotics process automation (Bank Santander)
Bryan Lam – Knowledge-sharing in professional communities (CDQ)
Arnaud Lebet – Data-driven product portfolio (Victorinox)
Cyrill Oswald – Affordances, constraints & misfits of a qualification management system (Merck)
Abirami Raghupathy – Cloud-based customer analytics service (Accenture)
Abdul Rahman Aloraib Alsalim – Selection process for digital solutions in the social and solidarity-based economy (Eternitee)

Open PhD position (100%) in the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality

We invite applications for a

PhD position (100%) at HEC Lausanne
in the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality (CDQ)

Data sharing platforms and open/external data services

The PhD position will contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of a Data App Store that supports businesses in the discovery, integration and use of external data. The PhD candidate will be employed at HEC Lausanne and work in the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality (CC CDQ – CC CDQ is an industry-funded research consortium that is researching, developing and testing solutions that advance data management in digital and data-driven enterprises. CC CDQ is being conducted between the Universities of Lausanne and St. Gallen and 20 renowned European companies (Bosch, Merck, Nestlé, PMI, SBB, Siemens etc.).

Desired qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or related field
  • Strong interest in one or more of the following topics: data catalogs, data sharing platforms, linked and open data, semantic Web and ontologies
  • Professional experience (e.g. as consultant) and/or relevant internships
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Good writing skills and fluency in English; German and/or French are a plus

Employment rate is 100% with a competitive salary and maximum contract  duration isfive years. Starting date is negotiable from October 2018 until the position is filled.
The PhD candidate is expected to enrol in the doctoral school in information systems at HEC Lausanne and will be supervised by Prof. Christine Legner.

Job announcement: UNIL-CDQ-PhD_201809_cle.pdf

Informal inquiries and how to apply:
For any inquiry about the PhD positions, please contact Prof. Christine Legner: or +41 21 692 3432.


Related information:
Competence Center CDQ
HEC Lausanne,
Prof. Christine Legner,

Matthieu Harbich joined the CC CDQ research team

We welcome Matthieu Harbich as new researcher in our team!

Matthieu received his M.Sc. in Information Systems at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC), University of Lausanne. Previously, he worked at the Kudelski Group as a Data Scientist intern. His Master’s thesis suggested a generative clustering algorithm to understand customer’s behaviors in the Pay-TV industry and reduce churn. He completed his B.Sc. in Media engineering at the HES-SO with a Bachelor’s thesis on building and designing a web-based interactive video editing product, based on an open-source JS library written for this purpose.

Matthieu is currently working in the CTI project “Open Data to Business – Data App Store for the discovery, integration and use of open data in business environments”. Its aim is to link heterogeneous open datasets in a knowledge graph to increase quality and trust and to unlock the potential of open data for companies.

Nomination as Best Theory Development Paper at ICIS 2017

Our paper “Leveraging Market Research Techniques in IS – A Review of Conjoint Analysis in IS Research” co-authored by Dana Naous and Christine Legner was nominated as Best Theory Development Paper at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017) in Seoul. The paper summarizes results of the SNF project “Don’t Guess, Simulate! – Understanding User Preferences for Cloud Services”.

ICIS is the most prestigious international conference in the Information Systems discipline, and provides a forum for networking and sharing of latest ideas and highest calibre scientific work amongst the IS profession. The ICIS Conference Proceedings are available for download in the AIS Electronic Library.

With the increasing importance of mass-market information systems (IS), understanding individual user preferences for IS design and adoption is essential. However, this has been a challenging task due to the complexity of balancing functional, non-functional, and economic requirements. Conjoint analysis (CA), from marketing research, estimates user preferences by measuring tradeoffs between products attributes. Although the number of studies applying CA in IS has increased in the past years, we still lack fundamental discussion on its use in our discipline. We review the existing CA studies in IS with regard to the application areas and methodological choices along the CA procedure. Based on this review, we develop a reference framework for application areas in IS that serves as foundation for future studies. We argue that CA can be leveraged in requirements management, business model design, and systems evaluation. As future research opportunities, we see domain-specific adaptations e.g., user preference models.

Congratulations to Kenny Lienhard on his successful PhD defense!

On December 5, Kenny Lienhard successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Routines in Patient Care: Essays on the Design and Use of the Information Technology Artifact”. Members of the jury were Prof. Christine Legner as supervisor, Prof. Mauro Cherubini as internal expert, Prof. Tobias Mettler (IDHEAP) and Prof. Albert Boonstra (University of Groningen) as external expert, and Prof. Olivier Cadot as president of the jury. Kenny’s dissertation comprises 6 essays, thereof 5 published conference articles (among them 1 x ECIS and 2 x ICIS) as well as 1 manuscript for an IS journal.

The BISA team congratulates Kenny on his successful PhD defense!

Presentation at the First Swiss Data Day “Managing Data as a Strategic Resource “

More than 250 participants attended the first Swiss Data Day on November 9, 2017 at EPFL in Lausanne. Professor Christine Legner held a keynote presentation on “Managing Data as a Strategic Resource – Foundation of the Digital and Data-Driven Enterprise”. She addressed the need for organisations to think about data and its management in new ways, as they engage in the digital and data-driven transformation of their business. The presentation concludes with three recommendations: (1) assess data’s business value and impact, (2) measure and improve data quality, and (3) democratize data and support data citizenship.

The presentation is available for download on Slideshare.

CTI awards R&D grant for “Open Data to Business – Data App Store”

The partnership between HEC Lausanne, CDQ AG, Nestlé and Swisscom on the project “Open Data to Business – Data App Store for the discovery, integration and use of open data in business environments” has been granted a research & development fund by the Commission of Technology and Innovation (CTI) of the Swiss Confederation. This innovative R&D project starts in January 2018 and will be finalized in December 2019.

For more information about the project, please check out the project description or contact Andreas Lang.

Andreas Lang and Martin Fadler joined the CC CDQ research team

We welcome two new researchers in our team – Andreas Lang and Martin Fadler!

Andreas Lang joined the CC CDQ research team on May 1, 2017. Previously, he worked at the European Research Council of the European Commission in the support to the Scientific Council. Andreas received his M.Sc. in Life Sciences and Technologies at the EPFL and proposed in his Master’s thesis a computational model for explaining the psychological phenomenon of illusory conjunctions. Before, he completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Geneva with a Bachelor’s thesis on Neuro Evolutionary Meta-Optimization.

Andreas is currently working in the CTI project “Open Data to Business – Data App Store for the discovery, integration and use of open data in business environments”. Its aim is to link heterogeneous open datasets in a knowledge graph in order to increase quality and trust and to unlock the potential of open data for companies.

Martin Fadler started on September 1, 2017 as PhD student in the CC CDQ research team.  Previously, he  worked in a data-driven startup as a Data Scientist where he learned to manage and build data products with advanced analysis methods and technologies. Mr. Fadler received a M.Sc. in ICT Systems and Management from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany.

In his research, Martin Fadler will focus on data management for Big Data and AI. He also investigates machine learning techniques within the data management lifecycle.