Dr. Stefan Hild

Computer and Data Scientist, Engineer, Entrepreneur

Dr. Stefan Hild is a veteran in the global IT industry with over 25 years of experience as a mentor, innovator, and business executive. He has a proven track record of capturing emerging trends and developing them into products, contributing to 44 issued patents to date. Dr. Hild joined ei3 in 2017 to spearhead the data science team. During his tenure, he conceived the concepts behind ConnectedAI, a groundbreaking innovation that makes AI-based problem-solving accessible to industrial clients at scale.


Dr. Stefan Hild is an expert in mobile data communications, data science and artificial intelligence. He completed his doctorate at Cambridge University, worked for IBM, created AI-startup Cognitive Solutions AG that was ultimately acquired by ei3 Corporation, which he now serves as a member of the Board of Directors and VP of Data Science. He is being credited for developing fundamental concepts that allow the implementation of web browsers on mobile phones, and the “mobile internet.”

He is author or co-author of 44 issued patents covering the implementation of mobile phone browsers, infrastructure components, and mobile transaction security. In 1999, while at IBM, his team implemented the world’s first mobile phone-based check-in solution for airline passengers, for now defunct “Swissair.” His research has been published in academic journals, including the IEEE Personal Communications Journal, IBM System Journals, the Journal of Visual Languages amongst others.

Early Life and Education

Dr. Hild attended Regiomontanus-Gymnasium in Hassfurt, Germany, where he specialized in mathematics and physics in his final year. As a secondary student, Dr. Hild won aJugend Forscht” Young Scientist award, which granted him the opportunity to conduct research at the University of Wuerzburg, as well as an internship with the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. At the University of Wuerzburg, Dr. Hild helped conduct research for a PAKMA project involved with creating software capable of measuring and modeling experiments. PAKMA stands for Physik Aktiv Messen, Modellieren, Analysieren. Dr. Hild designed the software conceptually, implemented the software, and delivered a functioning system which garnered recognition from project members.

While still in high school Hild became contributor to “Bit, Byte, Gebissen”, Germany’s first radio show focussed on the topic of “home” computers and video game consoles, which was produced and broadcast by German broadcaster “Bayerischer Rundfunk” from 1985 to 1993.

He completed his undergraduate degree at King’s College, and St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge, England, where he received both his Masters and his PhD in Computer Science. He holds distinction as a life fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, and published his Ph.D. thesis, “Managing mobile connections” in 1997 while working under Professor Peter Robinson, at the University of Cambridge “Rainbow” Graphics and Interaction Group.

Also in Cambridge, Dr. Hild published “A brief history of mobile telephony” in 1995. Dr. Hild attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a visiting student during the 1995-1996 academic year, where he worked in the group of Professor David L. Tennenhouse. He is also a member of the Association for Computing Imagery (ACM), the Institution of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and Mensa

Dr. Stefan Hild on the set of Bit, Byte, Gebissen in 1991
Dr. Hild on the set of Bit, Byte,
Gebissen in 1991
Dr. Stefan Hild on the right at the Cambridge University campus in 1996
Dr. Hild on the right at the Cambridge University campus in 1996


Dr. Hild’s professional career spans consulting, project management, IT strategy, solutions architecture and integration. He is often referenced as an expert on the industrial applications of artificial intelligence.


He began his career at IBM in 1997 as a manager and research staff member at the world-renowned IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Ruschlikon, Switzerland, before transitioning to become a senior manager in 2002 in IBM’s Research headquarters in Yorktown Heights, New York. Dr. Hild’s project – the mobile phone-based check-in solution developed for Swissair, built upon his PhD work in Cambridge and was completed during his tenure in Zurich. This project saw the first implementation of software giving customers online scheduling information and flight change notices. In 2006, Dr. Hild was appointed to an executive role and returned to Zurich, where he led IBM’s customer project development activities, liaising with clients in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEEMEA), and Austria and Switzerland. During his leadership of the IBM Industrial Sector group, he was involved in the release of the Watson products, a line of products combining  techniques of natural language understanding (NLP), speech to text, and translation to incorporate AI-driven insights into specific industry environments. 

Among major projects developed under his leadership, Dr. Hild delivered a “digital consultant” to LafargeHolcim to support operators to make correct decisions for cement manufacturing, leading to significant advances in efficient and sustainable industrial manufacturing.

Dr. Stefan Hild (third from the left) accepting the special jury award from the Association of Swiss Management Consulting Organization ASCO in 2016 for the "Plant Advisor" Project for Lafarge Holcim
Dr. Stefan Hild (third from the left) accepting the special jury award from the Association of Swiss Management Consulting Organization ASCO in 2016 for the "Plant Advisor" Project for Lafarge Holcim


In January of 2017, Dr. Hild founded Cognitive Solutions and Innovation AG and led the company to develop AI and data-backed solutions to industrial manufacturing problems. Cognitive Solutions AG aimed to provide clients with analytics driven insights into operator practices, asset utilization processes, and sustainable development strategies. In its first 2 years of operation Cognitive Solutions became profitable and delivered AI projects to industry heavyweights such as ABB, Andritz, Milacron and Bobst.  In 2019, Cognitive Solutions partnered with ei3 and finally merged based on a stock-swap agreement in 2021. He presented “From Hype to Reality” in Brussels in 2019 at the smart production solutions messe (sps), where he discussed the tangible benefits underlying the excitement of artificial intelligence applications.

Dr. Hild founded COGSI AG in 2017


Since the merger, Dr. Hild has acted as Vice President of data science at ei3 and is a member of ei3’s board of directors. Dr. Hild has overseen the development of ConnectedAI, which offers manufacturers AI-based solutions for increased industrial efficiency and sustainability.

During his tenure with ei3 Dr. Hild has also presented at various conferences in Porto, New York, and Zurich, where he has shared use cases of Artificial Intelligence to improve product quality, reduce energy consumption and ultimately improve productivity.

At the International Textile Manufacturing Federation in Porto in 2019, Dr. Hild presented “The Future of Artificial Intelligence is Human,” where he shared ideas regarding the usability of remote service data and the efficiencies of the data sets offered by ConnectedAI. He has been cited in the development of ConnectedAI, where “ORBIS, a leading manufacturer of reusable plastics and containers uses groundbreaking AI technology from ei3 to save more energy per machine per day than an average American household uses per month.”

Dr. Stefan Hild presents "The Future of Artificial Intelligence is Human" at the ITMF in Porto in 2019


Some of Hild’s inventions include a patent for monitoring events in a computer network and managing access to wireless communications in an enclosed system.


  • US7930312B2, Hild, Stefan G.; Pawlitzek, Rene A. & Rjaibi, Walid W. et al., “System for consolidating data from distributed databases”, filed April 28, 2003, and, issued April 19, 2011.
  • US7482929B2, Bowers, Richard G.; Hild, Stefan G. & Lindsey, Paul D. et al., “Point-of-sale activation of consumer electronics”, filed May 1, 2006, and issued January 27, 2009.
  • US7324108B2, Hild, Stefan G.; Pawlitzek, Rene & Stolze, Markus, “Monitoring events in a computer network”, filed March 12, 2003 and issued January 29, 2008.
  • US8452286B2, Binding, Carl & Hild, Stefan G., “Wireless communication”, filed November 11, 2002, and issued May 28, 2013.

Awards and Fellowships

  • IBM master inventor honorific award, 2009
  • Elected student fellow of the IEEE, 1996
  • Life fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1995
  • Alan Fairburn Memorial Prize for BSc Thesis at King’s College, Cambridge, 1995
  • Sambrooke Exhibition Prize, 1992
  • Scholarship of the British Council; Scholarship of the “Max-Plank Gesellschaft”, 1991
  • Schaeffler FAGF.A.G Foundation Prize, 1991

Selected Publications

Personal Life

Stefan Hild is a certified private pilot with instrument ratings, having accumulated more than 1000 flight hours by 2021. He enjoys flying his Piper Malibu (a 1985 PA46-310P)  in his spare time. His flight experience spans instrument flying in the European and North American airspace environment. He is recognized as a ferry pilot with experience flying the North Atlantic route in single engine airplanes.

Dr. Stefan Hild making a stop in Iceland during North Atlantic crossing in his Piper Malibu in May 2021
Dr. Hild making a stop in Iceland during North Atlantic crossing in his Piper Malibu in May 2021