Research partner in Eastern Switzerland

The Institut für Modellbildung und Simulation of the Fachhochschule St. Gallen (IMS-FHS) analyses complex technical, economic, and social systems, develops quantitative, simulation-capable models and offers decision support for strategic, tactical, and operational issues. In recent years, the IMS-FHS has successfully specialised in algorithmic disposition support in production and logistics. In the area of dispatching support in the rescue services, IMS-FHS has developed into one of the leading research partners in Europe over the past 5 years. Dozens of successfully implemented customer projects impressively prove this.

Fabian Leuthold

Research associate IMS-FHS
Institut IMS-FHS

Fabian Leuthold is a computer science engineer (FH) with many years of experience in software development and technical project management. Since mid-2017 he has been working at the FHS St. Gallen at the Institut für Modellbildung und Simulation in various research and service projects and teaches Operations Research in the Industrial Engineering and Management course. Last year he also successfully completed an Innosuisse project in the field of transport logistics, in the frame of which a route planner for transport companies was developed. Now he is taking over the technical project management for the Innosuisse project «Echtzeit Ressourcen­disposition von Personal und Rollmaterial in der Eisenbahnbranche» (real-time Resource Planning of Personnel and Rolling Stock in the Railway Industry), which is currently running with Qnamic AG, the Institute for Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the railway companies SOB and CFL.

Prof. Dr.
Harold Tiemessen

Institute director
Institut IMS-FHS

Harold Tiemessen is Professor of Operations Management & Logistics and has been head of the Institut für Modellbildung und Simulation at the FHS St. Gallen since 2014. He earned his doctorate at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) with a thesis on real-time resource planning in service and production networks. His core expertise is the development and application of optimization algorithms for complex production and logistics systems. Before joining the FHS St. Gallen, he gained more than 10 years of industry experience at Philips in the Netherlands and at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich. Even today his work is still very application-oriented. In the Innosuisse project «Echtzeit Ressourcendisposition von Personal und Rollmaterial in der Eisenbahnbranche» (Real-time resource planning of personnel and rolling stock in the railway industry), Harold Tiemessen will focus on the development of mathematical models and algorithms.

Prof. Dr.
Katrin Hügel

Project manager
Institut IMS-FHS

Katrin Hügel is a professor at the FHS St. Gallen and has been working in research and teaching at the Institut für Modellbildung und Simulation (Institute for Modelling and Simulation) for over 10 years. She is originally a civil engineer and received her doctorate in environmental engineering from the ETH Zurich. She then spent 5 years with the Swiss Association of Raiffeisen Banks in the Risk Controlling Department, where she was responsible for setting up a system for monitoring operational risks. At the FHS St. Gallen she is active in the areas of System Dynamics and Operations Management both in teaching and in applied research projects. Katrin Hügel is characterized by a quick grasp and the ability to develop consistent, descriptive and solution-oriented model concepts from a multitude of individual pieces of information. In the Innosuisse project «Echtzeit Ressourcen­disposition von Personal und Rollmaterial in der Eisenbahnbranche» (Real-time Resource Disposition of Personnel and Rolling Stock in the Railway Industry), she will focus on modelling, i.e. on sharpening the understanding of the phenomenon of "disturbance", working out archetypal patterns and thus creating the prerequisites for algorithmic approaches to solutions.

Research partner in North-western Switzerland

The Institute for Information Systems (IWI) has over 50 employees who actively shape digital transformation and support society and our research and practice partners in managing future challenges. In our nine areas of expertise we investigate, research, teach and shape digital change in the business world and society. Our key competence lies in managing complex systems and in the interplay between humans, data, information, knowledge and processes – with artificial intelligence whenever and wherever appropriate.

The research with Qnamic AG and her customers is trusting, pragmatic and rigorously focused on customer benefit. The Institute for Information Systems greatly values our long-standing partnership.

Prof. Dr.
Joachim Ehrenthal

Lecturer 
Institute for Information Systems

Prof. Dr.
Rainer Telesko

Lecturer 
Institute for Information Systems

Prof. Dr. 
Thomas Hanne

Lecturer 
Institute for Information Systems

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