Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe
Gerhard Schwabe has been a full professor at the University of Zurich since 2002. He has graduated from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1988 and received his doctoral and postdoctoral education at the University of Hohenheim. He was appointed tenured professor at the University of Koblenz-Landau in 1998. In Zurich he leads the information management research group. His research interests focus on the intersection of collaborative technologies and information management. Since starting as researcher in 1988, he has studied collaboration at the granularity of dyads, small teams, large teams, organizations, communities and social networks. In doing so, he follows either an engineering approach („design science“) or an exploratory approach – frequently in collaboration with companies and public organizations. He has published in computer science conferences (like the ACM conference on CSCW & Social Computing) and well as in major information systems conferences and journals. Currently, his research interests focus on Blockchain applications and augmenting advisory services (e.g. in banks) with conversational agents. Current application areas are the financial sector (banks, insurances), government (employment agencies), health and the automotive sector.
1. Advisory Support (financial advisory, employment counselling, doctor-patient dialogue): Designing and studying tangible interfaces, conversational agents and persuasive practices.
2. Blockchain Applications (financial sector, automotive sector): Designing and studying technology, value generation, governance, trust and self-souvereign identity
Gerhard Schwabe is co-founder and co-head of the UZH Blockchain Center uniting professors from computer science, business administration, finance, economics and law.