Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Andreas Martin
Professor of Applied Artificial Intelligence

Andreas Martin, PhD, is professor of applied artificial intelligence at the FHNW. He focuses on artificial intelligence covering dialogue systems, knowledge representation and machine learning and lectures on intelligent digitalization and automation of business processes. He is also a Judo coach.

Academic Positions
Professor of Applied Artificial Intelligence
2024 – current
School of Business, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Research and teaching, focusing on Intelligent Information Systems, which encompasses Artificial/Hybrid Intelligence, Dialogue Systems, Machine Learning & Reasoning, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Responsibilities include module leadership within the BSc Business Informatics, MSc Business Information Systems, and MSc Medical Informatics programs, covering areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Business Process Automation, and Software Engineering
  • Involvement extends to the management and co-organization of international conferences dedicated to artificial intelligence and intelligent information systems
  • Deputy dead of the BSc in Business Artificial Intelligence
  • Programme manager of the CAS Business Process Management
Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence and Information Systems
2018 – 2024
School of Business, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Deputy Head of BSc in Business Artificial Intelligence
  • Programme Manager of CAS Business Process Management
  • Research on Intelligent Information Systems (Artificial/Hybrid Intelligence, Dialogue Systems, Machine Learning & Reasoning, HCI) with Project Management and Acquisition
  • Module responsibility in BSc Business Informatics, MSc Business Information Systems and MSc Medical Informatics on Business Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering
  • Lecturer in Business Informatics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Business Process Management, Digitalisation and Software/Web Engineering
  • Management and co-organisation of international conferences on artificial intelligence and intelligent information systems
Researcher
2012 – 2018
School of Business, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Scientific activity in European and national research projects in the field of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Project management of national research projects
  • Teaching in consecutive study programmes and in continuing education
  • Research coordinator in the MSc BIS programme
Scientific assistant
2008 – 2012
Institute for Information Systems, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • Collaboration in European and national research projects
  • Teaching in consecutive study programmes and in continuing education
Education Highlights
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Systems
2012 – 2016
University of South Africa, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Thesis: A combined Case-Based Reasoning and Process Execution Approach for Knowledge-Intensive Work
  • Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Knut Hinkelmann, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW and Prof. Dr. Alta van der Merwe, University of Pretoria
Master of Science (MSc) in Business Information Systems
2008 – 2010
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Olten, Switzerland
  • Thesis: Linked Enterprise Models and Objects providing Context and Content for creating Metadata
  • Principal subjects: Technology-oriented Management, Business Process Management, Quantitative Methods, Economics, E-Business, Information Systems Architecture, Knowledge Engineering, Research Methodology
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Information Technology
2005 – 2008
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Olten, Switzerland
  • Thesis: Evaluation of a Petri-Net / XPDL- based approach to implementing business processes
  • Principal subjects: Information Retrieval, Information Management, Applied Information Systems, Applied Mathematics, System Development, Software Engineering, Business Process Management, Strategic Management, Finance, Controlling, Supply Chain Management, Data Warehousing, E-Business, Communication, Languages and Social Skills.
Professional Baccalaureate (Professional Maturity Certificate)
2004 – 2005
Berufsbildungszentrum, Olten, Switzerland
  • Professional matura with technical focus
  • Distinction in economics and history
Vocational Education as Computer Scientist and Software Developer (Swiss Federal Certificate)
1999 – 2003
Gewerblich-industrielle Berufsfachschule, Muttenz, Switzerland
  • Employer: SyncMedia Global Processing AG (a subsidiary of the Basler Zeitung Medien)
    • Design and implementation of subsystems
    • Development of the core system, moving the system from a 2-tier to a 3-tier architecture
    • Reimplementation of the core system from a C++ to a Java-based application.
Project Management & Principal Investigator
RepoChat - a document-based dialogue system
2024 – 2026
HNW Project | Funded by the Innosuisse IP-ICT

In the RepoChat project, a dialogue system with a large language model / LLM, retrieval mechanism and knowledge graph is to be researched and implemented, which should enable the addressee-oriented accessibility of Nagra reports via a chat interface and make statements verifiable.

Researching Intelligent Chatbots as Healthcare Coaches
2022 – 2025
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – SPIRIT funding instrument

The aim of the research project is to demonstrate the positive health effect of the use of an intelligent health chatbot by young Nigerian adults living with HIV. In addition to the FHNW, the Faculty of Public Health Department of Health University of Ibadan and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute are project partners.

AAAI-MAKE 2024: Empowering Machine Learning and Large Language Models with Domain and Commonsense Knowledge
2024
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Chair and member of the symposium organizing committee of the AAAI 2024 Spring Symposium on Empowering Machine Learning and Large Language Models with Domain and Commonsense Knowledge (AAAI-MAKE) at Stanford University, California, USA on March 25-27, 2024.

The AAAI-MAKE 2024 symposium brings together a diverse community of researchers, practitioners, and industry professionals from the fields of machine learning, knowledge engineering, and large language models (LLMs) to explore the synergy between these domains. The symposium aims to address the critical challenges of trustworthiness, interpretability, and the integration of commonsense reasoning in AI systems.

ChEdventure: learning to question with a chatbot-based educational project simulation
2023 – 2024
FHNW Project | FHNW Lehrfonds & Hochschullehre 2025

In the ChEdventure project, a simulation environment is being developed in which students can practise complex issues through dialogues that often occur in business workshops. ChEdventure offers virtual interlocutors with whom students can learn skills such as asking relevant questions, critically questioning answers, placing them in the overall context and resolving contradictory statements.

AAAI-MAKE 2023: AAAI Spring Symposium on Challenges Requiring the Combination of Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering
2023
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Chair and member of the symposium organizing committee of the AAAI 2023 Spring Symposium on Challenges Requiring the Combination of Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering (AAAI-MAKE) at Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport, California, USA on March 27-29, 2023.

The AAAI-MAKE 2023 symposium brings together researchers and practitioners from machine learning and knowledge engineering to reflect on how combining the two fields can contribute to tackling future societal, environmental, business, and fundamental AI challenges.

BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Business – Business AI
2019 – 2022

Design of a new degree programme for the School of Business FHNW in the field of artificial intelligence, business and socio-technical information systems.

AAAI-MAKE 2022: AAAI Spring Symposium on Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering for Hybrid Intelligence
2022
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Co-chair and member of the symposium organizing committee of the AAAI 2022 Spring Symposium on Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering for Hybrid Intelligence (AAAI-MAKE) at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA on March 21-23, 2022.

The AAAI-MAKE 2022 symposium aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from machine learning and knowledge engineering to reflect how combining the two fields can contribute to hybrid intelligence systems.

A Conversational AI Workbench Platform for the Development of Legal Chatbots
2020 – 2021
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss Confederation's Innovation Agency Innosuisse

The purpose of this Innosuisse’s innovation cheque project is to test the feasibility of the idea to offer a platform that enables organisations such as law firms or associations to develop their own chatbots for legal advice ("legal chatbots") with little effort. The project partners are the Velex GmbH, the FHNW Intelligent Information Systems Research Group lead by Prof. Dr. Knut Hinkelmann and FHNW Competence Center Cloud Computing, Digitalisation & Transformation lead by Prof. Dr. Stella Gatziu Grivas.

AAAI-MAKE 2021: AAAI Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering
2021
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Chair and member of the symposium organizing committee of the AAAI 2021 Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering (AAAI-MAKE) at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA on March 22-24, 2021.

AAAI-MAKE 2021 aims for bringing together practitioners and researchers from various companies, research centers, and academia of machine learning and knowledge engineering. Furthermore, participants should reflect on the progress made on combining machine learning and knowledge engineering approaches now two years later, after being raised in the AAAI spring symposium series in 2019 for the first time. The participants should continuously work together on joint AI for practice that is being explainable and grounded in domain knowledge. Last but not least, participants shall benefit from each other to avoid pitfalls on the one hand and provide the ground for synergetic co-operations to identify the most promising areas for better results. For more details, see www.aaai-make.info.

AAAI-MAKE 2020: AAAI Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering in Practice
2020
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Chair and member of the symposium organizing committee of the AAAI 2020 Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering in Practice (AAAI-MAKE) at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA on March 23-25, 2020.

This symposium brings together practitioners and researchers from various companies, research centers and academia of machine learning and knowledge engineering working together on joint AI that is being explainable and grounded in domain knowledge. For more details, see www.aaai-make.info.

AAAI-MAKE 2019: AAAI Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning with Knowledge Engineering
2019
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Chair and member of the symposium organizing committee of the AAAI 2019 Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning with Knowledge Engineering (AAAI-MAKE) at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA on March 25-27, 2019.

This symposium brings together researchers and practitioners from various communities of machine learning and knowledge engineering working together on joint AI that is explainable, compliant and grounded in domain knowledge. For more details, see 2019.aaai-make.info.

A combined Case-based Reasoning and Process Execution Approach for Knowledge-Intensive Work
2012 – 2016
PhD Thesis Andreas Martin

First, the cognitive adequacy of business process models was described and assessed. Based on these findings, a business process modelling language was selected to describe process fragments. Finally, a new combined approach consisting of process execution and case-based reasoning was described, evaluated and instantiated as a software demonstrator called ICEBERG-PE. The thesis contains a well-founded literature framework and follows a design science research (DSR) strategy. Four conference and workshop publications, as well as a journal article and one book chapter, have emerged from this work. The triangulated evaluation of the ICEBERG-PE instantiation confirmed the transferability of this approach.

[sic!] – Software Integration with Ontology-Based Case-Based Reasoning
2012 – 2016
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss Confederation's Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

The aim of the project was the implementation of knowledge management supporting software integration projects using case-based reasoning and an enterprise ontology. The project goals were the development of an ontology-based context model, the elaboration of a structured language for describing integration project knowledge and the prototypical implementation of an ontology-based reasoner.

Research & Engineering
Innovation Assistant
2020 – 2021
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss Confederation's Innovation Agency Innosuisse

The aim of this Innosuisse Innovation Check project was to test the feasibility of the idea of a digital innovation assistant. The project partners are the Superloop Innovation GmbH and FHNW Competence Center Cloud Computing, Digitalisation & Transformation under the lead of Prof. Dr. Stella Gatziu Grivas.

DSSA – Digital Self-Study Assistant
2019 – 2020
FHNW Project | FHNW Lehrfonds & Hochschullehre 2025

This didactic development project investigated how a prototypical chatbot as an intelligent and dialogue-oriented tutoring system supports coaching in project-related teaching and thus supports the respective learning progress of individual students working in teams.

SBICC – Smart BI Cloud Configurator
2017 – 2019
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss Confederation's Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

The aim of the project was to develop a digital assistant, which supports the customers of a BI consulting provider in the selection and configuration of business intelligence services in the cloud. The assistant is based on a case-based reasoning based recommender that accesses a case base and automatically derives recommendations to the customers.

SAWEILIB – Situational selection and use of instruments of supplier management in the international procurement
2017 – 2019
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss Confederation's Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

More complex requirements for SMEs force the transition from a supplier- to a network-management to handle hidden risks adequately. With the implementation of a case-based reasoning approach, tools for “Supply Network Management” have been made available.

Effects of Digital Transformation on the Management Education
2016 – 2017
FHNW Project | Funded by the Stiftung FHNW

In the 21st century, progressive digitalisation has brought forth new types of machines and tools and made new business models and forms possible. This project provided guidance on how the education and training of the FHNW School of Business should adapt to progressive digitalisation.

Learn PAd – Model-Based Social Learning for Public Administrations
2012 – 2016
FHNW Project | Co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Learn PAd was an interdisciplinary project with the aim of providing learning solutions for public administrations that focus on their business processes and context.

DokLife – Supporting Document Life-Cycle-Management based on semantically enriched annotations
2010 – 2012
FHNW Project | Funded by the Swiss Confederation's Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

The scientific goal of the project was to transfer semantic technologies into the application. By using formalised contextual information and classical information extraction, the content of a document is to be made accessible and metadata automatically generated.

MATURE – Continuous Social Learning in Knowledge Networks
2008 – 2012
FHNW Project | Co-funded by the European Commission, Unit for Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL), FP7

The EU project MATURE was based on the concept of knowledge maturation, which is understood as goal-oriented learning on a collective level. The project explores how knowledge maturation takes place within and between organisations, what barriers exist and how socio-technical solutions can be used to overcome/manage these barriers.

Consulting & Advisory
Consulting in BPM, Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence
2018 – current
FHNW Consulting Services

Consultant for Business Process, Case Management and Decision Modelling, Conversational AI, Workflow Automation, Enterprise Integration and OMG Specs (BPMN, CMMN, DMN).

Project Advisory Board: AI Tutor for Students
2023 – 2024
School of Engineering FHNW

The project is developing an AI Tutor to assist students in learning and to research the impact of AI on learning processes.

  • In mandate of the School of Business FHNW
  • Contribution of the Conversational AI expertise
Legal AI for Contract Analysis
2023
FHNW consulting & implementation project

In this consulting & implementation project, a prototype was developed using Large Language Models (LLMs) that can be used effectively to analyse and identify high-risk clauses and entities in contracts.

ICT Consulting for Government Bodies and School Administrations
2005 – 2014
Sole Proprietorship
  • Advice to government bodies, municipalities, and school administrations
  • Support for public schools and ICT working groups
  • Creation of ICT concepts and management of tenders
Technical Expertise
  • Programming languages such as Java, C / C++, Python, JavaScript, PHP, TypeScript and Kotlin
  • Coding environments and notebooks such as GitHub Codespaces, JetBrains tools, VS Code, Deepnote, Google Colab and SageMaker Studio Lab
  • Conversational AI frameworks such as Voiceflow, Rasa, Dialogflow, Microsoft Bot Framework, Botpress and IBM Watson Assistant
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) frameworks such as GATE, spaCy, various HuggingFace models, Rasa NLU, Duckling, Stanford Parser/NLP and MALLET
  • Language model frameworks such as LangChain, Chainlit, Langflow, Flowise, Haystack, Hugging Face transformers
  • Machine learning frameworks and deployment such as scikit-learn, Orange Data Mining, TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch, Microsoft Azure, Hugging Face Spaces and Modelbit.
  • Vector stores and search frameworks such as Chroma, FAISS, Pinecone, Apache Lucene and Tika
  • Modelling languages such as BPMN, DMN, CMMN, UML
  • Semantic Web technologies such as RDF, RDFS, OWL, TTL, SPIN, SHACL, SWRL and SPARQL
  • Knowledge graph technologies such as Stardog, Apache Jena/Fuseki, GraphDB, Neo4j and Eclipse RDF4J (Sesame)
  • Software frameworks such as Spring and Spring Boot, Java EE, FastAPI, JavaFX, Hibernate, Vue.js, Ionic, Angular and Laravel
  • Enterprise application integration frameworks such as Apache Camel, Apache Kafka, RabbitMQ and AMQP
  • Enterprise architecture languages/frameworks such as ArchiMate, Zachman Framework and TOGAF
  • Software development frameworks such as extreme programming (XP), Unified Process including RUP & OpenUP, model-driven engineering (MDE), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Kanban, Scrum, DevOps and MLOps
  • Ideation and requirements engineering including Conversational Design, Design Thinking, UX Mapping and domain-driven design (DDD)
  • Software architecture styles such as Microservices and templates such as arc42.
  • API paradigms such as REST style, GraphQL, OpenAPI/Swagger and SOAP/WSDL.

 

Programme Management
CAS Data & AI for Business (PostFinance AG)
2024 – current
FHNW School of Business | PostFinance AG
  • Co-head of a CAS programme on Data and AI for PostFinance AG
CAS Business Process Management
2023 – current
School of Business FHNW
  • Management of the CAS programme
Bachelor of Science in Business Artificial Intelligence
2023 – current
School of Business FHNW
  • Deputy head of the Bachelor programme
Teaching
Machine Learning
2024 – current
Bachelor of Science in Business Artificial Intelligence FHNW
  • Methods and applications of machine learning
  • Introduction to data science with Orange Data Mining
  • Training of ML models in Python notebooks with scikit-learn
Artificial Intelligence
2023 – current
Bachelor of Science in Business Artificial Intelligence FHNW
  • Introduction and comprehensive overview of the methods and applications of artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence for Business Processes
2022 – current
Master of Science in Business Information Systems FHNW
  • Training of ML models in Python notebooks with scikit-learn and others
  • Integration of AI services such as ML and LLMs into workflows
  • Role of workflow and synthetic data for ML services
IBM Watson Chatbot / Generative AI Challenge
2021 – current
Independent Learning Module for FHNW Masters of Sciences
  • Independent Learning Module with IBM Switzerland AG and 3-5 other Swiss universities
  • Teaching Conversational AI and Large Language Models (LLMs)
Introduction to Business Process Management
2023 – current
Course in CAS Business Process Management
  • Introduction to the BPM Life Cycle
Artificial intelligence in Business Processes
2023 – current
Course in CAS Business Process Management
  • Use of AI such as ML or LLMs in business processes
Digitalisation of Business Processes in Healthcare
2019 – current
Master of Science in Medical Informatics FHNW
  • Digitalisation of business processes in the field of life sciences
  • Service integration and implementation in Python
Conversational AI – Virtual Assistants & Chatbots
2019 – current
Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology FHNW
  • Design and implementation of dialogue-based systems
  • Use of generative AI and large language models (LLMs)
CMMN and DMN
2019 – current
Course in CAS Business Process Management
  • Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN)
  • Decision Model and Notation (DMN)
Digitalisation of Business Processes
2019 – current
Course in CAS Business Process Management
  • Digitalisation and automation of business processes
Digitalization of Business Processes
2017 – current
Master of Science in Business Information Systems FHNW
  • Digitalisation of business processes
  • Service Integration in Java, Python and No-Code
Business Process Management
2014, 2017 – current
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik FHNW
  • Comprehensive aspects of the BPM life cycle
Digital Enterprise
2020 – 2023
Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology FHNW
  • Technical realisation of automated business processes
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns, DevOps and SAFe
  • Microservices in Java, Python, Node.js
Pre-Master Information Systems
2013 – 2023
Master of Science in Business Information Systems FHNW
  • E-learning-based teaching on information systems including Java and databases
Internet Technology
2018 – 2022
Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology FHNW
  • Design and implementation of web applications using Java EE, Spring Boot, HTML and JavaScript
Web Engineering
2016 – 2019
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik / Business Information Technology FHNW
  • Design and implementation of web applications using PHP, HTML, and JavaScript
Enterprise Application Integration
2018 – 2019
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik / Business Information Technology FHNW
  • Service integration and enterprise integration patterns
Enterprise Software Architectures and Engineering
2012 – 2018
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik / Business Information Technology FHNW
  • Design of software architectures
  • Implementation using Java EE and web technologies
  • Mobile application development
Introduction to Business Information Systems
2016 – 2017
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik FHNW
  • An introduction to the discipline of business information systems
Business Information Systems II, Theory
2013 – 2017
Bachelor of Science in Betriebsökonomie FHNW
  • Data modelling
Business Information Systems I
2011 – 2013
Bachelor of Science in Betriebsökonomie FHNW
  • Introduction to business information systems
Web of Data
2011 & 2013
Course in the CAS Information and Records Management FHNW
  • Web technologies
Data modeling & XML
2009 – 2010
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik FHNW
  • Data modelling, databases, SQL and XML
Programming with Java
2009
Bachelor of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik FHNW
  • Programming with Java
Alter Ego Resume
Judo coach with Swiss federal approval and black belt
2002 – current
SC Shin Do Kan
  • Weekly judo lessons for kids and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 20 years
  • Weekly judo lessons for adults
Vice president and board member
2002 – current
SC Shin Do Kan
  • Head of the judo section and supervision of coaches
Head of a youth centre (part-time job)
2006 – 2023
Youth centre Jugendhaus Dorneckberg JUHU
  • Management of a youth centre of five association municipalities
  • Leadership of staff and supervision of young people
Municipal council
2005 – 2009
Municipality of Gempen
  • Head of the education department, director ad interim of the primary school Gempen and board member of the primary schools of the district Dorneckberg
Municipality delegate
2005 – 2013
District school Dorneckberg
  • Municipality delegate, representing the municipality of Gempen
Civilian service as teaching assistant
2004, 2005, 2006 & 2012
Sonnhalde Gempen

The Sonnhalde Gempen social therapeutic institution, for people with autism and other sensory processing disorders.

  • Teaching assistant secondary school of the Sonnhalde Gempen
Board member of a foundation (association)
2003 – 2010
Gönnervereinigung für die Jugend des Dorneckberg
  • Board member of the society for the young people of the district Dorneckberg
Coach in snowboard, ski and allround (kids)
2001 – valid
Swiss federal approval (youth and sports programme)
  • Snowsports coach in various school camps at the secondary education level
  • Diverse and child-friendly training in basic movement and play forms for children between 5 and 10 years old
Leisure activities
  • Judo, jogging / trail running, hiking, climbing, fitness, skiing and snowboarding, mountaineering, cycling