New DSI Infrastructure & Lab Call

The Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Universities (DIZH) and the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) are announcing a new Call for DSI Infrastructures & Labs. The focus of the DSI Infrastructure & Lab Call is on the establishment of jointly usable infrastructures or structural vessels to promote collaborative settings for research that touches upon the idea of digital transformation. The bundling of existing competencies and persons should enable synergies and new… Read More »New DSI Infrastructure & Lab Call

Explaining and understanding artificial intelligence made easy

What is “artificial” and “intelligent” about technology? For people outside this field, it is often difficult to understand how artificial intelligence works. ZHAW researchers are developing methods to help here.

The technology that lies behind artificial intelligence (AI) can seem invisible and sometimes even scary to many. People often do not realise that applications are underpinned by an AI system. This is the case, for example, when AI makes recommendations based on our previous decisions when we are browsing Netflix or shopping online. Manuel Holler from the ZHAW School of Management and Law refers to this as an “AI moment,” in other words an everyday situation in which the effect of AI is surprisingly felt.

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Verena Ziegler and Ulrich Götz are among the Digital Shapers 2021

For the sixth time, Bilanz, in collaboration with the Handelszeitung, PME magazine and Digitalswitzerland, has chosen the Digital Shapers, those 100 people who are driving digitization in the country. Among them is Ulrich Götz, Professor and Head of Game Design, in the “Creatives” category. Verena Ziegler, research assistant and doctoral student at the Department of Design, Interaction Design, made it into the category “The Robot Masters”. Susanne Schumacher, co-chair of… Read More »Verena Ziegler and Ulrich Götz are among the Digital Shapers 2021

New calls for proposals

Rapid implementation or establishment of long-term innovation structures: The two calls for proposals of the DIZH Innovation Program are aimed at different target groups. With the call for “Rapid action proposals” of the Innovation Program, the Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Higher Education Institutions (DIZH) supports projects that respond to immediate challenges with measures that can be implemented quickly. The first call for Rapid action proposals has the motto “The Last Mile”… Read More »New calls for proposals

ZHAW digital funds seven additional projects as part of the “Digital Futures Fund”

Seven new projects will receive funding in the third and final Digital Futures Fundaward date in 2021. This year, for the first time, the Digital Futures Lab community was involved in the selection process. “We thank our community members for their support and will take the feedback into account when designing the next call”, says Daniel Baumann. Here’s an overview of the new projects Find out more about all projects here. More information

Opening “Nüü” & Swiss Digital Day

10 November, from 4 p.m., Lagerstrasse 45 in Zurich Would we thank a robot if it poured us a beer? There will soon be a space for such and similar questions about digital transformation: the “Nüü”. The opening and the first event will take place on the Swiss Digital Day and will focus on artificial intelligence. More information will soon be available at

Launch of the new creative economies website

During the Creative Economies Forum, the new website was launched, providing access to ongoing research initiatives and projects. As an international research and competence center, the Zurich Centre for Creative Economies engages in research, teaching, promotion and consulting in and with the Creative Economies.

Privacy statements in fitness apps – the most boring research topic of digitalization?

Every app collects data about its users. Privacy statements indicate whether personal data is passed on to third parties and how long and where it is stored. But does anyone really read that? DIZH Fellow Nico Ebert knows how to get people to read through the boring privacy statements after all.

“We don’t care about your privacy at all” could be written in a privacy statement online and many people would still click “Accept”. Terms and conditions, imprints and privacy statements are important legal components of websites and apps. They inform users about the terms of use, which company or person is responsible, and which of the user data is used for which purposes. You can read all of this – but does anyone ever do that?

“Privacy statements are probably the most boring research topic in the world,” says Dr. Nico Ebert of the ZHAW School of Management and Law. “But I want to show that it’s not as boring as it looks.”

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