Werner Schneider (CV)

Werner Schneider was born 1935 in Bern, Switzerland, where he attended Primary and High School with classical languages as specialty. After studies at the Dept. of Mathematics and Physics, Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, he obtained his Master Degree in Experimental Nuclear Physics in 1959.

From 1959–1963 he created the Section of Computational Physics at the Institute of Physics, Uppsala University, on behalf of the later Nobel Prize winner Professor K. Siegbahn. After having obtained his Ph.D., he presented an inaugural dissertation on “Applications of Digital Computer Techniques to Theoretical Investigations and to the Analysis of Experimental Data in Nuclear Spectroscopy” in 1963, and became Assistant Professor in Computational Physics at Uppsala University.

From 1963–1965 he was Assistant Professor in Technical Physics at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH).

From 1965–1995, Schneider was director of UDAC, an Uppsala based IT&T service organization, (1995: MSEK 120 annual turnover and 165 employees; 100%-owned by Uppsala University).

From 1987–1997, he was head of CMD, the Center for Human-Computer Studies at Uppsala University. From 1998–2000 he was professor in the field of Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Information Science (DIS), Uppsala University, and professor in IT&T at Mid-Sweden University.

From 2001 until July 2003, Schneider was Main Advisor to the Portuguese Catholic University, Campus Regional da Beiras, Viseu, in the fields of Health Informatics and Innovative Learning Environments and Methods.

From September 2003 until April 2007 he was contracted by Lusitânia ADR, Ranhadas-Viseu, as Assistant Project Leader of “ViseuDigital”, a project, aiming at transforming Lusitânia region into a showcase of a digital societal region, both in a national and international context and perspective.

Schneider has been heavily engaged in research and development of medical informatics since 1960. In addition to a considerable number of papers in national and international scientific journals and conference proceedings, he was engaged in various international scientific projects, as well as in international cooperative work, such as different activities within IMIA, the International Medical Informatics Association. From 1980–1995, Schneider was head and main investigator of the WHO (World Health Organization) Collaborating Center in Medical Informatics at UDAC, Uppsala. From 1970 until 2003, he was scientific counselor to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare in the field of data processing. He was named Doctor h.c. in Medicine by the University of Uppsala in 1978, and by the Medical Academy of Dresden in 1987. He is Honorary Fellow of EFMI, the European Federation of Medical Informatics.

Since 1963 Schneider has specialized in research work concerning the possibilities and limitations of formal representation of human ‘interactive behavior’, ‘knowledge’, ‘know-how’, ‘competence’ and ‘skill’, the domains of special interest being theory formationin clinical psychology and human-computer interaction. Since 1987 he is professor in the field of human-computer studies at Uppsala University. In 1984 he received an award for human computer technology by the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees.

Schneider’s R&D-work comprises multimedia and virtual reality based decision support systems, with special regard to the potential and limitations of human information handling and processing. In the EC sponsored R&D-project ORATEL, Telematic Support System for Quality Assurance in Oral Health Care (1992–94), Schneider was responsible for the technical part of the proactive support components of ORATEL at the chairside. He was technical manager of the EC-TAP-ORQUEST-project (Telematic System for Quality Enhancement in Oral Health Care, 1996–99), and from late 1995 until 1998 manager of CMD’s participation in the Esprit-projects VIP (Virtual Plane), and VIP+.

From 1998 until 2000, Schneider acted as member of the leading team of the G7/G8-health project SIPP, Special Interactive TV & and MultiMedia Programmes for Professionals and Public in Dentistry.

Schneider has published more than 100 scientific papers.

From 1970–1997 he was Managing editor of the scientific journal Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (Elsevier Publ. Co, Amsterdam).

During all his life, Werner Schneider has had a profound interest in languages, and speaks fluently Schwitzerdeutsch, German, English, French, Swedish and Portuguese.

Watch Werner Schneider’s skills as a lecturer. (In Swedish.)