Software Development

  • Developing and maintaining software for medical education, in particular e-assessment and e-learning applications for desktop and mobile devices
  • Developing and maintaining applications for processes within our institute: 

    • Planning of and consultancy for software development projects
    • Requirements engineering
    • Software architecture
    • Back-end and front-end development
    • Testing and quality assurance

User Experience & Usability Services

  • Consulting on and accompanying software development projects within our institute
    in all project phases
  • Providing various usability services for projects of external clients: 

    • Project management of various SW development projects
    • Usability evaluations in the lab or in situ
    • Expert evaluations of usability and accessibility
    • Interactional and screen design of user interfaces
    • Creating and evaluating prototypes
    • Planning and running focus groups and story-mapping workshops

Operation and Maintenance of IT Infrastructure

  • Operating and maintaining servers, networks and applications
  • Planning server and network architecture
  • Planning and monitoring measures for data security and data protection
  • Monitoring and running servers and applications
  • Supporting processes of software development
  • Consulting on IT matters within the institute
  • Documentation and quality assurance

IT Strategy and Coordination

  • Strategy development
  • Planning and monitoring resources and costs
  • Coordinating procurement, operation, support and development
  • Quality assurance


  • Teaching at various Swiss universities
  • Supervising Bachelor, Master’s and PhD works


  • Providing research methodological consultancy for internal and external clients
  • Research activities in the areas and interfaces of: 

    • Medical education
    • Usability
    • Human-computer interaction
    • Interaction design
    • Digital education
    • Medical informatics

Dr. sc. ETH Philippe Zimmermann Head of ASCII Department

+41 31 684 62 06
philippe.zimmermann (at)