Keynote 2 - ICEDEG 2023

AI for the Public Sector and the case of Legal NLP


Recent innovations such as ChatGPT have increased citizens' interest in artificial intelligence (AI). The keynote will explain why AI is not just a short-term hype but has a long history. AI has especially great potential in the public sector. For example, a new multilingual legal language model for over 20 languages, developed for the Swiss Federal Court, offers opportunities to increase the accessibility of legal documents for citizens while preserving the digital sovereignty of governmental institutions.



Matthias Stürmer is a Professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), Head of the Institute for Public Sector Transformation at the BFH Business School, and Head of the Research Center for Digital Sustainability at the University of Bern. As a lecturer ("Privatdozent"), he is teaching, researching, and consulting on digital sustainability, open source software, open data, open government, ICT procurement, and natural language processing (NLP). Previously he worked as IT advisory Manager at EY (Ernst & Young) and as project leader at Liip AG, a Swiss software company creating agile Internet solutions based on open source technologies. In 2009 Matthias finished his doctoral dissertation as the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation at ETH Zürich, focusing on open-source communities and firm involvement. He studied business administration and computer science at the University of Bern until 2005, writing his master's thesis on open-source community building.


Matthias Stürmer is president of the Digital Impact Network, president of the open source association CH Open, and co-founder and member of the board of, the Swiss chapter of the Open Knowledge foundation. As a member of the Smart Capital Region's steering committee, he supports digital transformation in the cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Wallis, Neuenburg, and Solothurn. He is the secretary of the Swiss Parliamentarian Group for Digital Sustainability (Parldigi) and was a member of the city parliament of Bern (2011-2019).



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11 - 13 June 2025
Bern, Switzerland

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