René Pfitzner

I am the Lead Data Scientist at Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland's newspaper of records. I am interested in media innovation, especially algorithmic approaches for newsmedia.

Before joining NZZ, I spent three years at ETH Zürich as a Research Assistant. My research broadly evolved around the topics "network theory" and "information networks". Before that I spent one year at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

I've always been searching for challenges and opportunities, intellectual and societal -- and being in (news) media these days one definitely finds both.

I am the organizer of TechTuesday Zurich.


Feel free to stay in touch with me using any of the following.
  • Twitter

  • I am a very active Twitter reader, and tweet myself from time to time.
  • LinkedIn

  • I have a LinkedIn Profile and use it as my "digial wallet of business cards". I am not actively posting content on LinkedIn.
  • Email

  • Certainly the best way to get in touch with me. Mail me at contact(at)renepfitzner(dot)net.

Some interesting links

  • My Weblog

  • Blog with things-to-remember and some of my thoughts. Irregularly updated.
  • My slides

  • Recently I started publishing slides of my talks to slideshare. I might add some older slides as well.
  • Neue Zürcher Zeitung

  • With 236 years of age, it feels like the oldest Startup of Switzerland. To be in news media these days is super exciting. I am happy to be part of it's transformation towards (tbd).


Back in 1995 (ish) ...

... something like this is what my webpage would have looked like. I was 10 years old at that time and never heard of the "World Wide Web". Being born in communist GDR and, by 1995, living in a western democracy for as little as five years, my family just got used to having a landline phone at home.
I still remember my first encounter with, and fascination by, an i386 PC in the early 90's, playing Lemmings for hours and hours. My first own computer was a VTech Genius Leader 2000. I found all games on this machine to be stupid (or more precise: found myself to be too stupid/young to answer questions on world geography) and usually "played" with Basic -- which is then how I learned to code.
As is true for many of us, I certainly would have not imagined that the web, and computer technologies in general, would become such an important part of my life and the backbone of modern society.

© René Pfitzner, 2016

Hands down, this site could never be 1995 ...