CLAIRE | Zurich

“The CLAIRE vision –based on excellence and human-centred research and innovation– provides a blueprint to steer AI as a transformative force for the benefit of all.”

Ricardo Chavarriaga, Head of CLAIRE | Zurich

Our Swiss CLAIRE office was initially founded in 2020. Given the strength of its academic and industrial ecosystem, its economic landscape and tradition on the protection of human rights, Switzerland plays an essential role in the advancement of human-centred AI.

We are focusing on empowering the Swiss AI community by connecting European partners and fostering the development of ethical humane, trustworthy AI-powered solutions that are compatible with the social and economic interests of all humans.

For this purpose, the CLAIRE office Switzerland is establishing an active network comprising academia, industry, public entities and international organizations. We actively engage with media and general public through outreach and participatory activities that inform society at large about the state-of-the-art in AI and provide spaces to discuss the effects of these technologies. CLAIRE Switzerland is currently supported and hosted by ZHAW digital , Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur.

Our Team

Hannah Lea Dykast–Wildhaber, Strategist & Communication Officer
Ricardo Chavarriaga, Head of Office

Our Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Boi Faltings, EPFL
Prof. Dr. Daniel Gatica-Perez, Idiap Research Institute
Prof. Dr. Malte Helmert, Uni Basel
Prof. Dr. René Schumann SGAICO; HES-SO Wallis
Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann, ZHAW

AI for all humans made in Europe / Switzerland

AI is at the heart of almost every technological innovation ahead. Our network members are at the forefront of cutting-edge AI research. We are connecting the brightest minds within the field across all European nations. It is our quest to create the future for the generations ahead by using AI for the benefit of society, enhancing legislations and regulations for AI usage and implementation based on ethical foundations and human dignity.

Technology is there to support us, to improve lives, processes and products. Technology won`t replace us. We are catering for a human-centered approach of AI as a major driver for innovation, societal and economic growth and competitiveness on a global scale. Europe can ensure that many of tomorrow’s advanced technologies, products, systems and services are European/Swiss based and reflect European realities, needs and values.

Read some recent interviews about AI, politics and ethics

Highlights 2020

  • CLAIRE Offices in 9 countries with support from national governments, act as national contact points on AI 
  • Major involvement in ICT-48-2020 RIA + CSA (VISION) / Involved in the coordination efforts for the European AI PPP
  • Promotes cross domain collaborations: CLAIRE community platform on Zulip
  • Creation of an industry network (fosters bridges between industries and academics) 
  • Strong cooperation with the European Space Agency

Partners & Collaborators

Swiss Partnerships signed

  • Marie Curie Alumni Association 
  • Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences 
  • SGAICO – Swiss group for artificial intelligence and cognitive science

Swiss Network Members


CLAIRE Office Zürich
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