we are cynkra


cynkra was founded by Christoph and Kirill in early 2018. We share our passion about the R ecosystem. By joining forces, we are able to cover a broader range of applications and better serve our customers.

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Kirill Müller

Kirill works on the boundary between data and computer science with more than 20 years of software engineering experience. He enjoys working with and contributing to the R ecosystem since 2012.

Kirill has been awarded three R consortium projects to improve database connectivity for R, and one project to streamline performance optimization. He is a core contributor to several tidyverse packages, including dplyr and tibble.

Kirill holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from ETH Zurich (thesis: generating synthetic populations) and a Diploma from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (computer science, majors: algorithm engineering and databases).

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Christoph Sax

Christoph is a passionate economist and data scientist with more than 12 years of experience in R.

Christoph has an extensive experience in consulting private companies and governemental offices. He helped organizations to use R and tailor it to their needs. Christoph is the author of several R packages that are related to time series processing, such as seasonal and tsbox.

Christoph holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Basel. His thesis on the economics of population growth has won the Faculty Award for the best thesis in economics in 2007. For several years, he was teaching and researching at the University of Basel, at Brown University, USA, and at the University of Trier, Germany.

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Thomas Knecht

Thomas got his Master of Science in geography from the University of Zurich. He gained experience in data processing and data analysis in the field of permafrost research and at the Statistical Office of the Canton of Zurich.

Thomas is a GIS expert and a master of spatial analysis in R. Among other things, he authored functions for time series analysis of soil surface temperatures, created automated reports and wrote extensions to ggplot2. Thomas is with cynkra since June 2019.

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Tobias Schieferdecker

Tobias holds a Ph.D. in physics (with focus on climate science) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Data Science from ZHAW. He is an expert in data cleaning, transforming, and modeling. He is familiar with both R and Python.

Tobias wrote his thesis on the mid-term development of stratospheric water vapor, which involved working with massive data amounts, as well as the handling of large models. He joined cynkra in July 2018.

How to find us

Our city office is located at Badenerstrasse 21, directly at Stauffacher. If you walk, you reach it in less than 10 minutes from Zurich Hauptbahnhof - or take one of the direct trams from there. The entrance is on the left next to Starbucks.