Scaling State Machine Replication

Faculty of Informatics


Eugène Horber

University of Geneva

Eugène Horber is professor emeritus of methodology at the Department of political science and International relations, University of Geneva, as well as affiliated researcher at FORS. 

He holds a PhD degree in Political Science and has taught social science methodology (both quantitative and qualitative), applied computer science, and statistics at the University of Geneva.

He is the director of the Summer School in Social Science Methodology; main teaching activities in the past include the Essex Summer School, the Carcassonne Summer School, the PRESTA Programme (EU programme for South America), Eurostat/TES, ENSAE (Paris) and ENSAI (Rennes). His research interests and publications are in the area of statistical methodology (data exploration, visual data analysis), survey research and aggregate data analysis, as well as applied computer science (didactical software, hypertext) and computer assisted qualitative data analysis. He is the author of a software package for exploratory data analysis.


Sebastian Kernbach

Sebastian Kernbach has a PhD in Communication Science in which he focused on Visual Collaborative Knowledge Work in knowledge-intense collaboration in Professional Services Firms and Design Thinking. He is with the University of St. Gallen where he works as project manager, research associate, and instructor at the Institute of Media and Communications Management.

His research focuses on the role of visual thinking in interpersonal interactions. He is particularly interested in enhancing interactions between consultants and clients through visualization. In addition he provides workshops for professionals, researchers and lecturers on the usefulness of visual thinking.

Prior to his research he worked as consultant for Interbrand, as Head of Branding and Communication of a Swiss startup and as Manager for Marketing and Communication for XEROX. He studied Business Administration and Communication in Breda, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Lugano and St. Gallen. His latest book covers visual thinking, storytelling and other elements as part of creativity and productivity in research which was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. 


Michael Gibbert

Faculty of Communication Sciences, USI

He is a Full Professor of Marketing at the Institute of Marketing and Communication Management (IMCA) at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

Among other things his competence areas are: Branding, Buyer-supplier Relationship, Customer Value, Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Management, Innovation management, Marketing, Marketing Research Methodologies, Onerous Consumption, Public Administration, Supplier Relationships, Sustainable Resource Utilisation.


Max Bergman

Chair of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel

Max Bergman is Chair of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His main research focus is on sustainable business-society relations. Beyond this, he also teaches and publishes on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. He chairs the World Sustainability Forum and is president of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology.


Patrick Gagliardini

Faculty of Economics, USI

Patrick Gagliardini  has been visiting fellow at the Laboratoire de Finance-Assurance of CREST (Paris) and assistant professor at the University of St. Gallen in the School of Economics and Political science. Since 2012 Patrick is full professor of Econometrics at USI, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics for the term 2015-2019, and has been recently appointed as Pro-Rector for Research.

Patrick research interests are in the area of Econometrics and Financial Econometrics. Broadly speaking, his work is devoted to mathematical modeling of economic and financial problems - such as understanding asset prices, measuring risks in financial markets, modeling contagion phenomena - and developing novel statistical methodologies for bringing models to data. His current research focuses on large-dimensional factor models for inference on equity risk premia using single stocks returns, the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) and its use for statistical inference and model comparison in asset pricing, and state space models for time series analysis.



Andrew Bell

Director of Research and Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences, University of Sheffield

His current substantive research focuses on mental health from a life course perspective, but also spans a diverse range of other subject areas, including geography, political science, social epidemiology and economics.

Methodologically, his interests are in the development and application of multilevel models, with work focusing on age-period-cohort analysis and fixed and random effects models.


Oliver Lipps

FORS and University of Bern

He is lecturer in survey methodology and survey research at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Berne and at the Swiss Summer School in Lugano, focussing on methods of panel data analysis.

He published more than 25 papers about survey data quality issues with a focus on nonresponse and attrition in panel surveys. He also wrote articles on social inequality and representativity of minorities in surveys.


Ursina Kuhn

FORS and member of the Swiss Household Panel team

She is currently co-investigator for the project “Wealth distribution in Switzerland and Germany: Evidence from Survey Data” financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the German Research Foundation.

She has research experience in political science, sociology and economics, mainly using panel data and she is involved in different areas of research: income inequality in Switzerland, stability of voting behaviour (PhD), life satisfaction, labour supply decisions and has implemented a simulation of taxes for the SHP.


Véronique Mottier

University of Lausanne and Jesus College, Cambridge

She is a Professor in Sociology at the University of Lausanne and Fellow & Director of Studies in Human, Social, and Political Sciences.

Véronique Mottier's research and teaching interests include: Social and political theory, Gender, sexuality, and the state, Modernity, race, and identity politics, Welfare states and social exclusion, Coerced sterilisation policies and child removal programs in the Western world, Interpretative research methods, discourse, and narrative analysis.


Caroline Roberts

University of Lausanne

Caroline Roberts is Assistant Professor in Survey Methodology in the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne, and affiliated survey methodologist at FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences.

She teaches courses on survey research methods, questionnaire design, public opinion formation and quantitative methods for the measurement of social attitudes. Her research interests relate to the measurement and reduction of different types of survey error, particularly in mixed mode surveys, and to ways of improving the measurement of social attitudes.

Her most recent research has been focused on challenges and opportunities in implementing surveys on smartphones. She is currently Chair of the Methods Advisory Board of the European Social Survey and President of the European Survey Research Association. She has a PhD in Social Psychology and Masters in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also worked in the coordinating teams of a number of large-scale surveys, including the European Social Survey at City University, London, and the American National Election Studies at Stanford University, and at the UK Office for National Statistics.


Eldad Davidov

Universities of Cologne and Zurich

He is professor of sociology at the Universities of Cologne and Zurich. He was president of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) between 2015 and 2017.

His research interests concentrate on structural equation modeling especially applied to cross-cultural and longitudinal survey data. In his research he analyzes human values and attitudes toward immigrants or other minorities.


Peter Schmidt

University of Giessen

Peter Schmidt is Professor emeritus of social science methodology at the University of Giessen.

His research concentrates on foundations and applications of generalized latent variable models, especially structural equation models. Applications include cross-country, repeated cross-sections, and panel data. The substantive topics deal with values, attitudes toward minorities, national identity and innovation and the reasoned action approach. He is together with A. Heath, E. Green, E. Davidov and A. Ramos member of the Question Design Team for the immigration module of the ESS 2014.


Thomas Hills

He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Warwick and he is currently the Director of the Bridges Doctoral Training Centre in Mathematical and Social Sciences and the Co-Director of the Behavioural Science Global Research Priority at the University of Warwick, both of which aim to provide and develop quantitative approaches to data in the social sciences.

His publications include work in psychology, communications, education, and economics, and focus on issues associated with large-scale analysis of language. He teaches courses in quantitative approaches to behavioral science, language, and computational social sciences. 


Tobias Arnold

Head of the Department Transport and Space at Interface

Tobias Arnold is Head of the Department Transport and Space at Interface. The main focus of his work is on evaluations of transport projects, analyses of mobility behaviour and research pro-jects relating to transport, spatial development and energy policy issues. Currently, he is finishing his PhD at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern.


Chantal Strotz

Lecturer for political science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Chantal Strotz holds an MA in Political Science.

Her focus is on evaluations and research projects relating to transport, spatial develop-ment, environmental and energy policy issues.


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