Who we are

SpinningBytes AG was founded in February 2015 by Mark Cieliebak, Martin Jaggi and Fatih Uzdilli. It is a joint spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). The main goal of the company is to build a bridge between research and industry and to develop solutions for automatic text understanding, based on machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence.

With more than 40 years of combined experience in software development and numerous scientific publications, our team today consists of highly knowledgeable experts in machine learning, data mining and software engineering. We develop state-of-the-art software for text analysis, which can be integrated into existing software landscapes of companies of all sizes and industry backgrounds, without the data having to travel through foreign channels and being exposed to security and privacy risks.

 

Meet our Team

Mark Cieliebak

Mark Cieliebak

CEO and Co-Founder

Mark did his PhD on efficient algorithms and data analysis, and is co-author of more than 40 research papers and book articles. He is also Associate Professor at ZHAW, where he teaches courses on Algorithms, Text Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. In 2014, he received the Best Teaching Award of his university.

Martin Jaggi

Martin Jaggi

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder

Martin was a postdoc at ETH Zürich, at the Simons Institute in Berkeley, US, and at École Polytechnique in Paris before he joined SpinningBytes. He is the founder of the Zürich Machine Learning and Data Science Meetup, and he is also Assistant Professor in Machine Learning at EPFL at EPFL.

Ralf Grubenmann

Ralf Grubenmann

CTO

Ralf studied computer science at ETH Zurich and FHNW, and has over 10 years work experience in software engineering. He is interested in machine learning, AI and image recognition. He works on and manages projects for SpinningBytes AG.

Michaela Hnizda

Michaela Hnizda

Communication and Marketing

Michaela has over seven years of work experience in Communication/ Marketing and administrative work and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich.

Pius von Däniken

Pius von Däniken

Machine Learning Expert / Data Scientist

Pius studies Computer Science at ETH Zurich. He’s interested in Machine Learning, AI and Robotics.

Dirk von Grünigen

Dirk von Grünigen

Scientist / NLP Expert

Dirk is a Research Assistant at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, where he obtained his bachelor degree in Computer Science in 2017. While pursuing his degree, he has already worked in the field of sentiment analysis and end-to-end dialogue systems. His main interests lie in natural language processing, machine learning and software engineering.

Fernando Benites

Fernando Benites

Scientist and Machine Learning Expert

Fernando obtained his Diploma at the University of Bielefeld with focus on Computer Vision. Since then, he has been working on Data mining and Multi-label Classification applied to text corpora, and he received his PhD in this field in 2017 from University of Konstanz.

Jan Deriu

Jan Deriu

Deep Learning Expert/PhD Student

Jan received his Master degree at ETH, and was part of the team that won the SemEval2016 task for Sentiment Analysis. His main interests lie in Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning. In parallel to his employment at SpinningBytes, he is pursuing a PhD on dialogue systems at University of Zurich and ZHAW.

Don Tuggener

Don Tuggener

Scientist / NLP Expert

Don obtained his PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich. He has been working the last years on Text mining, Sentiment Analysis and Coreference Resolution, and is now also active researcher at ZHAW.

Raphael Emberger

Raphael Emberger

Student and Developer

Raphael studies Computer Science at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in the sixth Semester.

Yvonne Gyr Gautschi

Yvonne Gyr Gautschi

Administration

With years of experience in business and administration, Yvonne manages the administrative tasks and the bookkeeping of SpinningBytes.

Christoforos Nalmpantis

Christoforos Nalmpantis

Machine Learning Engineer

Christoforos holds an MSc from University of Manchester and has over 6 years work experience in software engineering. In parallel to his employment at SpinningBytes, he is pursuing a PhD on Ambient Intelligence at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is interested in AI,  Deep Learning and Time Series.

Alan Omar

Alan Omar

Frontend Developer

Alan is web development enthusiast. Currently, he is completing a six month internship as front-end developer at SpinningBytes.

Benita Camenzind

Benita Camenzind

Administration and Marketing

Benita has completed a commercial apprenticeship and is a graduated nurse. In addition, she holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Managed Health Care.

Arno Schneuwly

Arno Schneuwly

Student and Developer

Arno studies Communication Systems at EPFL. He is interested in Machine Learning, Signal Processing and Software Architecture.

Our Scientific Advisors

Thilo Stadelmann

Thilo Stadelmann

Scientist and Machine Learning Expert

Thilo is associate professor of computer science at ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur. His current research focuses on applications of machine learning to diverse kinds of data. He is head of the ZHAW Data Science Laboratory and vice president of SGAICO, the Swiss artificial intelligence society.

Oliver Dürr

Oliver Dürr

Scientist and Machine Learning Expert

Oliver is associate professor for data analysis and applied statistics at the ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences). After his PhD in theoretical physics he worked 10 years in a bioinformatic company developing and applying machine learning and statistical methods to all kind of -omics data. He is now working mainly on deep learning.

Thomas Hofmann

Thomas Hofmann

Scientist and Machine Learning Expert

Thomas is the Professor for Data Analytics, ETH Zürich Departement of Computer Science. Previously, he was a Google Zurich Director of Engineering and co-site lead. He is also co-founder and CTO of 1plusX, and co-founder of Recommind.

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