Research Centre of Cognitive Computing in Life Sciences
With cognitive computing, we develop new software technology, algorithms, and systems for signal processing, data analytics and process control in life sciences.
The Research Center of Cognitive Computing in Life Sciences develops and applies computational methods and models inspired by learning and self-organisation principles of biological neural systems to problems in life sciences, such as activity recognition, bio-signal processing, environment monitoring and assistive autonomous systems.
Methods we use
Combination of model-based approaches and data-driven machine learning:
Self-organizing and complex systems
- Dynamical systems, cellular automata, physics-constrained DL
- Event-based vision, neural motion planning and control, autonomous learning, power-efficient AI, real-time AI
Classical and deep learning based machine learning
- NLP, Generative AI, Multi-modal modelling, explainable AI
- Reinforcement learning, Bayesian modelling, predictive analytics, signal processing
Examples of application domains
- Environmental systems and sustainability
- Remote sensing
- Spectral analysis in food industry and material science
- Protein engineering
- Process automation
- Predictive maintenance
- Bio-signal analysis and sports analytics
- Smart farming
- Collaborative and assistive robotics
Autonomous Learning Systems (ALS)
Group leader: Dr. Claus Horn
The research group is specialized in developing next-generation AI systems by integrating deep learning and reinforcement learning techniques to create autonomous AI agents. These agents can be applied to a wide range of process automation tasks across the life sciences. A special focus is the development of AI solutions for protein engineering.
Advanced Signal Analytics (ASA)
Group leader: Dr. Matthias Nyfeler
This research group works on the analysis, modelling and classification of signals as as well as statistical modelling and consulting. Our experts use physical and statistical models as well as deep learning applied to problems in the life sciences such as agricultural systems, chromatography or signals from drones. The group consists of data science and statistics experts with backgrounds in theoretical and applied physics and mathematics with a long experience of research and teaching in the life sciences.
Computational Environment Group (CEG)
Group leader: Dr. Martin Schüle
The research group focuses on the modeling of natural systems and their interaction with humans. This also includes sustainability topics in a more general context such as in view of social and economical questions. Our experts approach the challenges with data science, deep learning and modeling. A special methodological focus is on deep learning methods, multimodal learning with natural language processing and on modeling with discrete systems such as cellular automata.
Neuromorphic Computing Group (NCG)
Group leader: Dr. Yulia Sandamirskaya
The research group develops advanced neural-network based algorithms, software libraries, and systems with the new generation of computing chips – brain-inspired neuromorphic sensing and computing hardware. Our experts focus on perception, motion planning, and control for robotic actuators with applications in there fields: healthcare, agriculture, food processing, and smart environments. Our research group follows a human-centered design approach to develop new generation of physical AI systems that are power-efficient, adaptive, and safe.
Group leader: Dr. Krzysztof Kryszczuk
The research group's focus is on applied research in statistical modeling and machine learning for pattern discovery, as well as data mining, pattern recognition, and forecasting in life sciences. Our experts have a proven track record in the areas of med-tech, personalized health and sports analytics. The group's expertise lies in the fusion of heterogenous information sources and ensemble methods, in particular for time series and image/video analytics. In the context of Industry 4.0, the group conducts research in the area of predictive and prescriptive maintenance.
The centre includes teaching engagements at BSc and MSc level as well as in continuing education. At BSc level, basic subjects in mathematical and physical modelling, statistics and information processing are offered in all study programmes of the department. Furthermore, teaching includes specific subjects in the field of data science with a focus on "machine learning, neural networks, signal and image analysis" in the institute's own BSc ADLS and MSc ACLS programmes and in continuing education. Thirdly, specific subjects are offered, especially in the "Digital Environment" specialisation of the ADLS.
Team Cognitive Computing in Life Sciences
Head of Research/Focus Area, Digital Environment
Programme Director, MSc specialisation in Applied ...
Head, Autonomous Systems and Reinforcement ...
Head, Predictive Analytics Group (FS)
Prototypes for the Sustainable Digitisation of University Teaching
The COVID-19 Pandemy has forced higher education into fast forwarding their digitisation across the board. This creates valuable and relevant information for the sustainable digitization beyond the crisis mode. The project structures evidence-based digital teaching exsperiences and digital competences at the ...
Food Waste Indicators and Data Monitoring Concept
The Sustainable Development Goals require halving food waste by 2030. The goal of this project is to develop indicators and a data monitoring concept for food waste in Switzerland. The goal is to measure food waste amounts annd environmental impacts periodically in order to evaluate if the reduction target is being ...
PiaBreed: Machine Learning for automated ovulation and birth monitoring in horses
The project comprises the tasks of a comprehensive data collection (Piavita/ University of Bern) and the development of a mobile, non-invasive system (Piavita/ZHAW) for veterinarians and breeders. The goal is to collect important vital data and to develop a new algorithm scheme with which - ovulation in mares can ...
Sensor for a wearable device for early detection of symptoms of possible neurodegenerative diseases
We propose to develop and implement a sensor for a wearable device with the functionality of early detection of symptoms associated with the following neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Parkinson's Disease (PD). Specifically, we focus on the detection and quantification of symptoms associated ...
Fighting bites with bytes: Promoting public health with crowdsourced tick prevention
Ticks are on the rise and transmit several infectious diseases, leading to serious illness or even death. The smartphone App “Zecke–Tick Prevention helps people, to remember the tick bite location and to check it for potential Lyme disease symptoms. In an interdisciplinary approach, ZHAW-scientists want to find out ...
Horn, Claus; Nyfeler, Matthias; Müller, Georg; Schüpbach, Christof,
Drone radio signal detection with multi-timescale deep neural networks [paper].
Yurish, Sergey Y., ed.,
Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advances in Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence.
4th International Conference on Advances in Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence (ASPAI), Corfu, Greece, 19-21 October 2022.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-27185
Müller, Antonia; Glüge, Stefan; Vidondo, Beatriz; Wróbel, Anna; Ott, Thomas; Sieme, Harald; Burger, Dominik,
Increase of skin temperature prior to parturition in mares.
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Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2022.07.007
Rerabek, Martin; Schiboni, Giovanni; Durrer, Lukas; Oliveras, Ruben; Eib, Philippe; Rouchat, Fabien; Probst, Anja; Schmidt, Markus; Kryszczuk, Krzysztof,
Circadian rhythm tracking using core body temperature estimates from wearable sensor data.
7th International Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies (IHIET), Lausanne, Switzerland, 23-25 April 2022.
Frick, Thomas; Glüge, Stefan; Rahimi, Abbas; Benini, Luca; Brunschwiler, Thomas,
Explainable deep learning for medical time series data [paper].
Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare.
International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare (MobiHealth), Online, 18 December 2020.
Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering ; 362.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70569-5_15
Glüge, Stefan; Amirian, Mohammadreza; Flumini, Dandolo; Stadelmann, Thilo,
How (not) to measure bias in face recognition networks [paper].
Schilling, Frank-Peter; Stadelmann, Thilo, eds.,
Artificial Neural Networks in Pattern Recognition.
9th IAPR TC 3 Workshop on Artificial Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition (ANNPR'20), Winterthur, Switzerland, 2-4 September 2020.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; 12294.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58309-5_10