Volker M. Koch started his career with an industrial apprenticeship in electrical engineering. Afterwards, he studied at universities in Paderborn (Germany), Waterloo (Canada), and Karlsruhe (Germany). He received his MSc degree in electrical engineering and information technology from the University of Karlsruhe in 2001. His area of specialization was biomedical engineering. He obtained a master’s degree in management in 2004, a PhD in biomedical signal processing in 2007, and the Certificate of Teaching Ability in Electrical Engineering in 2010, all from ETH Zurich (Switzerland). As a student, he worked on projects at the University of Waterloo (Canada), a Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan), MIT (USA), Stanford University (USA), the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan), and the VA Palo Alto Rehabilitation R&D Center/Stanford University (USA). During his PhD studies, he was a full-time research and teaching assistant at the Signal and Information Processing Lab of ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and a part-time lecturer at HTA Lucerne (Switzerland).
After graduating as Dr. sc. ETH, he became a consultant in Zurich (Switzerland). Since 2008 he has been a professor of biomedical engineering and a Co-Director of the Biomedical Engineering Lab at BFH-TI (Switzerland). He participated in and lead several R&D projects, including CTI- and Nano-Tera-funded projects. Furthermore, he has been the Deputy Program Director of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Bern (Switzerland). In this program, he is also responsible for the Electronic Implants major. In 2013, he became the Director of Master's Programs and a member of the Board of Directors at BFH-TI.
Prof. Koch is a Senior Member of the IEEE, the Senior Past Chair of the IEEE Switzerland Section, the Chair of the Swiss IEEE EMBS Chapter, and the Vice President of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering.