Julien Weissenberg

Alumni, Global Shapers Community, VisualSense

Dr. Julien Weissenberg is an AI Expert and (social-)entrepreneur.

With world-leading expertise in algorithms to analyze and understand images, he is the founder of VisualSense AI, which offers scientific advisory in AI.

He also co-founded Free Walk Switzerland (largest tour organization in Switzerland: 7 cities, 50+ guides, 250+ tours/month, rated #1 tour in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich on TripAdvisor).

Julien was Head of Projects and Events in the Global Shapers Zurich hub, where he also led two projects:
"Y generation helpline": helping the Swiss suicide helpline to use top online marketing to reach younger generations (suicide is the first cause of death amongst youth in Switzerland).
Covid-19 response: coordinated the response of the Zurich Hub. The Hub contributed to mitigating the crisis with "Heroes against Loneliness" which connected thousands of participants across generations on the phone, initiated the use of anonymized mobile data to support the Swiss Federal Council in policy-making and reached out to comedians who spread the word amongst over 1.2 million followers on hygiene and distancing measures.

Julien is interested in leveraging tech to help people, and understanding how people think to foster creativity, collaborative thinking and AI.

Julien holds a PhD in Computer Vision from ETH Zurich (2014) and an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College (2009)