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

Prof. PD Dr. Volker M. Koch received an MSc degree in electrical engineering and information technology with a focus on biomedical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). He obtained a PhD in biomedical signal processing, a certificate of teaching ability in electrical engineering, and a master's degree in management, technology and economics with a focus on innovation management, all from ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He was granted the title Privatdozent (PD) in biomedical engineering from the University of Bern (Switzerland).

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). 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 the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 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 being an IT consultant in Zurich, he became a professor of biomedical engineering at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). He participated in and lead several R&D projects in the areas of biomedical instrumentation and devices, including Innosuisse- and Nano-Tera-funded projects. He is the deputy director of the joint MSc in Biomedical Engineering program of the University of Bern (UniBE) and BFH and responsible for the electronic implants major. He is the director of the master's programs division and a member of the board of directors at BFH's School of Engineering and Computer Science. He is also a member of the steering committee of the School of Biomedical and Precision Engineering of UniBE and BFH.

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