Prof. Dr. Kerstin Denecke


Prof. Dr. Kerstin Denecke Co-Leit. Patient-centered Digital Health

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Engineering and Computer Science
    Höheweg 80
    2501 Biel


  • Textmining, Natural language processing, mHealth, Conversational User Interface, Artificial Intelligence


  • Bachelor Medical Informatics

  • Clinical Studies

  • Quality management in healthcare

  • Seminar and Living Cases

  • Clinical Apps for Tablets

  • Participatory Design in Healthcare


  • Textmining and information discovery in healthcare

  • Knowledge management and medical ontologies

  • Sentiment analysis

  • Natural language processing

  • Participatory health informatics

  • Conversational User Interfaces / Chatbots

  • Information Discovery in Medical Information Systems

  • Participatory health informatics

  • Mental health

  • Safety and quality of digital therapeutics

  • Patient centered Digital Health


  • 2004-2007 Medical Informatics at ID GmbH Berlin
  • 2007-2012 Research Associate at L3S Research Center / Leibniz University Hannover, Project lead of national and EU projects
  • 2013-2015 Head of the Digital Patient Modeling group at University of Leipzig
  • Since August 2015 Professor of Medical Informatics at BFH
  • Since 2020 Co-Lead BFH Centre Health Technologies
  • Chair IMIA Working Group Participatory Health and Social Media
  • Since 2021 Associate Editor of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  • Since 2023 Co-Lead Institute Patient-centered Digital Health
  • Since 2023 Co-Lead Institute Patient-centered Digital Health
  • Since 2023 Co-Lead Institute Patient-centered Digital Health
  • Since 2023 Co-Lead Institute Patient-centered Digital Health
  • 2022 Research visit University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2019 Research visit University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2000-2004 Diploma studies in Computer Science and Medical Informatics Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • 2004-2008 Doctoral studies (Dr. rer. net.) Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • 2011-2012 Diploma studies Journalism (Dipl. Journalist) Freie Journalistenschule Berlin
  • 2021 Bachelor of Music (BA mus.) Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Halle / Saale


  • A Chatbot for Self-Anamnesis with an Example in Music Therapy (Hasler Foundation, 2017-18)

  • New Approaches in Information Extraction (Partner ID Suisse AG, 2016-17)

  • Emotion Analyzer (Research Visit funded by SNF)

  • Relevance of Semantic Enrichment for Clinical Event Prediction (Hasler Foundation, 2019-20)

  • Implementation of a search algorithm based on Deep Learning (Partner: ID Suisse AG, 2017- 2019)

  • Development of an Evaluation Framework for Conversational Agents in Healthcare (Research Visit funded by SNF)



  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie (GMDS)

  • IMIA Working Group Participatory Health and Social Media

  • Deutscher Fachjournalistenverband


Nachwuchspreis der Friedrich Wingert Stiftung für herausragende Ansätze in der medizinischen Linguistik und Semantik

Supervised theses

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • French - Limited working proficiency