Viktor Gsteiger

About Me

Hey there, folks! I’m Viktor, and I’m here to spill the beans on my academic and professional journey. Currently, I’m knee-deep in the fascinating world of Data Management Systems at ETH Zürich, chasing that elusive Master’s degree.

You might also catch me working on my thesis, which is on the topic of Geo-Distributed Serverless Computing Systems at the University of British Columbia.

When you don’t find me in front of a computer screen, I’m probably out and about, exploring the world as I’m a big fan of hiking. I also quite enjoy reading, and I’m always on the lookout for a good book recommendation. Please also feel free to reach out to me on Goodreads.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me via email or LinkedIn. I am always happy to chat!

Formal Education

Master Thesis

2023 - 2024 (expected)
University of British Columbia

My masters thesis is on the topic of Geo-Distributed Serverless Computing Systems under the supervision of Mohammad Shahrad at the University of British Columbia Cloud Infrastructure Research for Reliability, Usability, and Scalability (CIRRUS) Lab. The thesis is supervised from ETH Zürich by Ana Klimovic. Additionally, the thesis is supported by the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, the Swiss-European Mobility Program Worldwide Project, and the Zeno-Karl Schindler Foundation.

MSc in Computer Science

2021 - 2024 (expected)
ETH Zürich

During my masters studies I focus on Data Manamgement Systems as well as cloud applications. I participated in various courses on the topics of cloud computing, high performance and parallel systems, serverless, and code optimization. Additionally, I participated in practical labs where I contributed to paper submissions under Prof. Dr. Ana Klimovic.

  • Major: Data Management Systems
  • Minor: Programming Languages and Software Engineering

BSc in Computer Science

2018 - 2021
University of Basel

Gained fundamental knowledge in computer architecuteres, algorithm theory, theoretical computer science, network secutiry, artificial intelligence, software architecture and engineering. Contributed to two papers as part of my bachelors thesis in the Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) group under Prof. Dr. Heiko Schuldt.

  • GPA: 5.7/6 where 6 is best
  • Bachelor Thesis: “Evaluating Algorithms for Temporal Queries in Ad-Hoc Video Retrieval”

Professional Experience

Research Assistant

October 2023 - November 2023
ETH Zürich

Research assistant at the Systems Group under Prof. Dr. Ana Klimovic. Responsible for the porting of a storage system wrapper from Python to C++.

Forward Deployed Software Engineer Intern

July 2023 - September 2023
Palantir Technologies

Developing customs solutions based on the Palantir Foundry techstack.

DevOps Engineer

January 2022 - June 2023
Business Systems Integraions AG, Zürich, Switzerland

Responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining complex infrastructure systems. This includes using technologies such as Kubernetes, Helm charts, Artifactory, GitLab, Ceph storage, S3, OpenShift, Docker, PostgreSQL, and Oracle databases.

Full-Stack Software Engineering Contractor

February 2020 - September 2021
Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland

Partnership of the BIS and the University of Basel under the direct supervision of Prof. Dr. Heiko Schuldt. Responsible for contributing to a natural language processing project stack in a Linux/Python/PostgreSQL/Azure DevOps/Angular environment, development and maintenance of information retrieval system.

Teaching and Research Assistant

September 2019 - December 2021
University of Basel Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Basel, Switzerland

As a Research Assistant under the supervision of Prof. Dr. sc. techn. ETH Heiko Schuldt, I was responsible for completing a variety of tasks related to graphical and analytical analysis of an international competition evaluation, as well as contributing to an analysis paper of the Video Browser Showdown 2021. Teaching Assistant for the following lectures:

  • 2x Extended programming basics (Java)
  • Algorithms and Data Structures (Python)
  • Programming Language Paradigms and Concepts (C++, Haskell, Prolog)
  • Pattern Recognition (Python, Tensorflow)


I have contributed to the following projects:

modyn - Modyn is a research-platform for training ML models on dynamic datasets.
vitrivr - vitrivr is an open source full-stack content-based multimedia retrieval system with a focus on video.

Academic Publications

  • Towards A Platform and Benchmark Suite for Model Training on Dynamic Datasets
  • Maximilian Böther, Foteini Strati, Viktor Gsteiger, Ana Klimovic
    Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Machine Learning and Systems (2023)
  • Multi-modal Interactive Video Retrieval with Temporal Queries
  • Silvan Heller; Rahel Arnold; Ralph Gasser; Viktor Gsteiger; Mahnaz Parian-Scherb; Luca Rossetto; Loris Sauter; Florian Spiess; Heiko Schuldt
    International Conference on Multimedia Modeling (2022)
  • Interactive video retrieval evaluation at a distance: comparing sixteen interactive video search systems in a remote setting at the 10th Video Browser Showdown
  • Silvan Heller; Viktor Gsteiger; Werner Bailer; Cathal Gurrin; Björn Þór Jónsson; Jakub Lokoč; Andreas Leibetseder; František Mejzlík; Ladislav Peška; Luca Rossetto et al.
    International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval (2022)