The Samwald research group works on identifying high-impact digital interventions at the interface of health, technology, ethics and education. Our group is part of the Section for Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

Research topics

Clinical decision support systems for personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics and drug safety
Deep learning technologies; cognitive computing
Enabling effective altruism

Past research topics:
Semantic Web technologies in health care, life science and pharma
Ontologies and reasoning systems
Information retrieval systems for medical professionals and patients


Asst.-Prof. Matthias Samwald, PhD (principal investigator) → more information
Dr. med. Kathrin Blagec (project assistant)
Sebastian Hofer, MSc (PhD student, project assistant)
Anna Riedl (project assistant)
Hong Xu, BSc (project assistant & diploma student, medical informatics)
Wolfgang Kuch (diploma student, human medicine)
Hans Kerschbaumer (diploma student, human medicine)
Paul Schrödl, BSc (diploma student, medical informatics)

Jose Antonio Miñarro Giménez, PhD (Postdoc)
Georg Petz
(external diploma student, computer science)


Granted August 2015: Horizon 2020 project “Ubiquitous Pharmacogenomics (U-PGx): Making
actionable pharmacogenomic data and effective treatment optimization accessible to every
European citizen”. Role: Co-initiator, work package leader and executive board member. Total EU contribution 14,9 million €, budget for Medical University of Vienna:  1.429.783 €

Granted March 2013: FWF stand-alone project “Information technologies for clinical pharmacogenetics”, P 25608-N15. Budget: 295.942 €