Prof. Dr. Volker M. Koch

Bern University of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology

+41 32 321 63 84
Postal Address
Quellgasse 21
2501 Biel/Bienne

Volker M. Koch started with an industrial apprenticeship in electrical engineering. Afterwards, he studied at universities in Paderborn (Germany), Waterloo (Canada), and Karlsruhe (Germany). He received his MSc degree in electrical engineering and information technology from the University of Karlsruhe in 2001. His area of specialization was biomedical engineering. As a student, he worked on projects at the University of Waterloo (Canada), a Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan), MIT (USA) and Stanford University (USA).
He obtained a master's degree in management, technology and economics with a focus on innovation management in 2004, a PhD in biomedical signal processing in 2007, and the Certificate of Teaching Ability in Electrical Engineering in 2010, all from ETH Zurich. In 2021, he was granted the title “Privatdozent (PD)” in Biomedical Engineering from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern.
During his PhD studies, he was a full-time research and teaching assistant at the Signal and Information Processing Lab of ETH Zurich and a part-time lecturer at HTA Lucerne. As a PhD student, he also worked at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan) and the VA Palo Alto Rehabilitation R&D Center/Stanford University (USA).
After graduating as Dr. sc. ETH, he became a consultant in Zurich. Since 2008 he has been a professor of biomedical engineering and a director of the Biomedical Engineering Lab at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. He participated in and lead several R&D projects, including CTI- and Nano-Tera-funded projects. Furthermore, he has been the Deputy Program Director of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Bern. In this program, he is also responsible for the Electronic Implants major. In 2013, he became the Director of Master's Programs and a member of the Board of Directors at BFH-TI. Since 2021, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the School of Biomedical and Precision Engineering and the project manager at BFH for the establishment of the Master of Science in Precision Engineering of the University of Bern and the Bern University of Applied Sciences.
Professor Koch is a board member of the Competence Center for Medical Technology (CCMT). As a Senior Member of IEEE, he was Chair of the IEEE Switzerland Section and the Founding Chair of the Swiss IEEE EMBS Chapter. He was also the President of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering and a founding board member of the Professional Group Life Science of Swiss Engineering.

Courses in the BME master's program