Referenten 2020

Dominik Bohn

Atlantik Elektronik


Dominik Bohn arbeitet seit seinem Studium ( B.Eng WI Elektrotechnik & M.Eng Information, Technology & Management) bei der Atlantik Elektronik. Von 2013 an betreute er dort das embedded Portfolio als Field Application Engineer und ist seit diesem Jahr als Product Manager für 5G & KI Lösungen basierend auf Qualcomm & Thundercomm Technologien verantwortlich.

Johannes Boyne

Boston Consulting Group


Johannes joined the BCG group four years ago. Since July 1, 2020, he is Associate Director, located in the Munich office. With BCG, and it’s subsidiary BCG Digital Ventures, he worked on multiple end-to-end software-driven, and Cloud/IoT related business builds and product definitions. Before BCG, Johannes held multiple senior software management and engineering positions. Johannes designed one of the first Edge-powered industrial robot setups. Therefore, BCG and AWS cooperated on a demo setup for a large manufacturer and demonstrated the results on the HMI in 2017. It was one of the first AWS Greengrass installations.

Robert Cohen

Economic Strategy Institute


Robert Cohen is an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, USA. He has been Associate Professor of International Business and Finance at New York University Business School, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at York College of the City University of New York, and Senior International Economist at the Futures Group. Dr. Cohen served as executive director for the TM Forum’s Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council. He is a past president of the Forecasters Club of New York.

Rob Conant (en)



Rob Conant has a long history in the Internet of Things and connected products. Rob was a pioneer in the Internet of Things as a co-founder of Dust Networks in 2002 where he ran sales and marketing for the company and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial markets. After Dust, Rob joined Trilliant to bring the benefit of connected products to the energy industry, where he delivered smart meters and energy management to millions of customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Rob first ran the engineering team to ensure the company had market-leading products, then took the position of Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company's growth. Rob's deep technical background and business orientation (ran sales and marketing at multiple companies) gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between business models, technology, and consumers. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Maximilian Fischer



Max ist Maschinenbauingenieur und fasziniert davon, Fertigungsprozesse mit Software zu verbessern. Er schloss sei Studien an der ETH Zürich, Caltech, Duke und EPFL Lausanne ab. Bevor er Actyx mitbegründete, forschte er auf dem Gebiet der physikalischen Chemie.

Tobias Gaukstern



Tobias Gaukstern führt bei Weidmüller die Business Unit Industrial Analytics. In dieser Rolle baut er ein skalierendes SW-Geschäft für die Weidmüller Gruppe auf und führt Weidmüller von einem führenden Anbieter der elektrischen Verbindungstechnik zu einem Machine Learning Champion. Seine Vision: Die Anwendung von AI und ML zu vereinfachen und zu beschleunigen, so dass es gelingt mit diesen Technologien signifikante Wertschöpfungspotentiale in der Industrie in der Breite zu erschließen. Vor seiner aktuellen Tätigkeit war er als Industry Develo-pment Manager und als strategischer Produktmanager tätig.

Dr. Pierre Gembaczka

Fraunhofer IMS


Dr. Pierre Gembaczka is a scientific assistant since 2014. He studied Microtechnology and Medical Technology and held a Master's degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Gelsenkirchen. Afterward, he completed his doctorate at the Fraunhofer IMS in cooperation with the University of Duisburg Essen and obtained the academic degree of a doctor of engineering. From 2014 to 2017, he worked as a research assistant in the department Micro- and Nanosystems - Pressure Sensors at Fraunhofer IMS. Since 2018 he works in the embedded systems group at Fraunhofer IMS and researches embedded AI solutions for various applications. He is the primary developer of the AI software framework AIfES (Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Systems)

Lukasz Grzymkowski (en)



Lukasz Grzymkowski is working with Arrow as Technical Lead for Embedded Software. He started his career as a software engineer for Intel in the Data Center Group and joined Arrow in early 2018. In parallel, he is currently working on his Ph.D. degree focused on artificial intelligence and control theory.

Dr. rer. nat. Nikolai Hlubek

Bürkert Fluid Control Systems


Nikolai Hlubek is a Research and Development Engineer at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and has been doing data science for more than ten years. Nikolai is the winner of 2017 What The Data!? Hackathon.

Matt Holdsworth

Lattice Semiconductors


Matt Holdsworth is an FAE for Lattice Semiconductors with over 20 years’ experience as an FPGA and ASIC engineer. Having graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Electronic Engineering he spent time in the Royal Navy and at an ASIC verification company before joining Lattice in 2006. He brings a deep technical background in FPGA design specialising in Video Processing and AI implementations.

Jasmin JAHIC

University of Cambridge


Jasmin is currently working as a research assistant in the Computer Architecture Group at the University of Cambridge, UK. For seven and a half years, he was working as a researcher and a project manager in the Embedded Software department at Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In his Ph.D., he was investigating concurrency issues in embedded software, from both the code level and architectural level. Jasmin's research interests include high-performance concurrent computing, engineering and software architecture of concurrent embedded systems, improving living conditions using low-power embedded systems, and application of AI in Software Engineering.

Dieter Kiermaier



Dieter Kiermaier works with Arrow as a Technical Solution Architect. He started his career as a developer for embedded Linux systems. For six years, he is active in the area of electronic component distribution, working as Technology Field Application Engineer for High-End processors and System-on-modules. At the beginning of this year, he moved into the role of a Technical Solution Architect for Embedded Systems and Cloud-based solutions at eInfochips (an Arrow Company).

Marco Krause



Marco Krause is Global Account Director at Adlink. He is responsible for global TIER1,2 accounts and heading the CEE team. Marco has 15+ years of experience in the Embedded, IPC, Distribution & IT environment. His special interest is in AI/KI related topics and applications (i.e. robotics, AGV´s, autonomous cars).

Dr. Nicolas Lehment



Nicolas Lehment is a systems architect at NXP’s Industrial Competency Center, where he advises on strategic topics such as ML/AI, connectivity and safety for industrial automation. Before joining NXP, he designed cutting-edge computer vision and robotics systems for ABB and Smartray. He’s collaborated on research papers for topics ranging from ML-driven video classification over human pose tracking to collaborative robotics. This academic work earned him a doctoral degree at the Technical University of Munich.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Mayr

Technische Universität Dresden


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christian Mayr leitet seit 2015 die Professur für Hochparallele VLSI-Systeme und Neuromikroelektronik an der Technischen Universität Dresden. Sein Forschungsinteresse gilt insbesondere bio-inspirierten IC-Systemen, biologisch inspirierter künstlicher Intelligenz, Brain-Computer-Schnittstellen, A/D-Wandlern, sowie allen Aspekten des Mixed-Signal VLSI-Entwurfs. An seiner Professur arbeitet Christian Mayr im Rahmen des EU Flagships „Human Brain Project“ (HBP) an der Forschung neuromorpher Schaltungen. Insbesondere entwickelt seine Professur im HBP zusammen mit der Universität Manchester die zweite Generation der SpiNNaker-Plattform zur Gehirnsimulation/künstlichen Intelligenz. Darüber hinaus verfolgt Mayr das Ziel, mit Hilfe herkömmlicher Silicium-CMOS-Technologien bzw. mit neu erforschten nano-Materialien bisher einzigartige SoCs zu entwickeln, die neben konventionellen Prozessorkernen auch aus biologischen neuronalen Netzen abgeleitete Prozessorelemente enthalten.

David Nguyen (en)



David Nguyen is the Head of Engineering & QA at Raima. He started his career as a QA Software Engineer with work on the creation and maintenance of a fully automated testing QA framework and a complete daily build system. As the Director of Engineering he is leading the development in modernizing the database product line with a feature focus on AI, autonomous driving and edge IoT while ensuring the customer experience is as straightforward and easy to use as possible. David holds a B.S. in both Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Quang Hai Nguyen



Quang Hai Nguyen is working as Technology Field Application Engineer at Arrow Central Europe GmbH. He joined Arrow in 2015 as a Junior Engineer in the Graduate program. After the Graduate program, Quang Hai worked as an Application Engineer focusing on microcontrollers. Since 2019, he has been working as a Technology Field Application Engineer for high-end processors and security in embedded systems. At the beginning of this year, he has taken up additional responsibility supporting customers with AI at the edge technology.

Oliver Niedung



Oliver Niedung grew up in Hannover, Germany, had various object-oriented software development roles before and after finishing his degree in Medical Informatics at the University of Hildesheim. He had development and sales roles at Berner & Mattner and Visio, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1999. At Microsoft, Oliver managed the Embedded Server activities in EMEA with leading global OEMs until 2015. Since then, Oliver works with the most strategic Microsoft OEMs and partners in Europe on digital transformation and highly innovative IoT solutions.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Niggemann

Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg


Oliver Niggemann studierte Informatik an der Universität Paderborn, wo er 2001 mit dem Thema „Visual Data Mining of Graph-Based Data“ promoviert wurde. Anschließend arbeitete er als Software-Entwickler bei der Firma Acterna in der Telekommunikationsbranche. Bis 2008 war als Lead-Produktmanager bei der Firma dSPACE tätig. Niggemann war aktiv im AUTOSAR-Gremium und bis 2008 Beiratsvorsitzende des s-labs der Universitat Paderborn. 2008 folgte Niggemann dem Ruf auf die neu eingerichtete Professur für Technische Informatik an der Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, wo er das Labor für „Artificial Intelligence in Automation“ leitete. Von 2008 bis 2019 war er Vorstandsmitglied des Instituts für industrielle Informationstechnologien (inIT). Bis 2019 war Niggemann auch stellv. Leiter des Fraunhofer IOSB-INA Institutsteil für industrielle Automation. Am 1. April 2019 übernahm Niggemann die Universitätsprofessur „Informatik im Maschinenbau“ an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg. Dort forscht er am Institut für Automatisierungstechnik im Bereich der Künstlichen Intelligenz und des Maschinellen Lernens für Cyber-Physische Systeme.

Frank Poignée

infoteam SET


Frank Poignée is Chief Engineer and Safety Consultant at infoteam SET. He is a Project Manager for industrial automation, medical engineering, and life science. Frank is also the Product Owner of the infoteam Functional Safety Management Process iFSM. Frank is ASQF/ISTQB Certified Tester and TÜV Functional Safety Engineer for Hard- and Software.

Ralf Pühler



Ralf Pühler is President/CEO Europe of KUDA llc, and a business development as well as an operations professional. Understanding customer needs and priorities lead to continuous customer dialogue from the initial idea until market breakthrough incl. quantifying the value and impact of ideas by testing them on the market. Ralf has been connecting things to the Internet for years and has helped customers transform from traditional into connected processes, to optimize cost, eclipse the competition, and create new revenue. He believes in success through providing industry-relevant concepts for value-adding IoT solutions.

Alexander Samuelsson (en)

Imagimob AB


Alexander Samuelsson is CTO of imagimob, which he founded together with Tony Hartley and Anders Hardebring in 2013. Alex has extensive experience in software development in areas such as mobile apps, mobile games and cloud systems. Previously he studied Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Imagimob offers artificial intelligence products for edge devices. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, the company has been serving customers within the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and lifestyle industries since 2013.

Thomas Schildknecht

Schildknecht AG


Thomas Schildknecht ist Gründer und Vorstand der Schildknecht AG, einem Spezialisten für Industrie-Datenfunk und das industrielle Internet of Things. Das Unternehmen entwickelte u.a. ein zukunftsweisendes Funksystem für den industriellen Einsatz, um sichere und stabile Funkübertragungen möglich zu machen. Das Unternehmen ist zudem Systemanbieter im Bereich Fernüberwachung und Fernwartung, Telemetrie sowie M2M.

Muhammad Shafique (EN)

Mentor, a Siemens Business


Muhammad Shafique is Product Manager at Embedded Platform Solutions division in Mentor, a Siemens business. He has over 17 years of experience in the embedded software and his experience spans from deeply embedded software to all the way up to the higher layers of embedded software stack and device management in cloud (e.g. Internet of Things, edge stacks, industrial connectivity, etc.). In his current role, he is responsible for IoT/Cloud integration strategy for embedded Linux as well as real-time operating system products from Mentor Embedded Platform Solutions division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Oliver Stollmann


Johannes Traxler



Johannes Traxler attended the HTBLuVA for telecommunications and computer science in St. Pölten. Thereupon he studied technical physics and astronomy at the TU in Vienna. During his studies, he concentrated on “Artificial Intelligence“-research and development with machine learning, based on early recognition of tumor cells. In between 1999 and 2002, he worked as director of research and development at “ArtiBrain Forschungs- und Entwicklungs GmbH” to implement machine learning-based tunnel safety and incident detection systems for the first time. In 2013, he founded the “AVI-Systems GmbH,” where he started with deep-learning-based applications for manufacturing inline inspection systems in 2014. Since this period, he acted as CEO, invented new approaches for real-time video transmission with his team, and collaborated with different research organizations to develop deep-learning applications. Mr. Traxler is head of the task force “Videodetektion in VBA, “which is a part of the German Road and Transportation Research association and makes significant contributions to the development of technical standards and guidelines for Germany.

Fiona Treacy (en)

Analog Devices


Fiona Treacy is a strategic marketing manager for Process Control and Automation focused on Industrial Connectivity at Analog Devices. Before this role, Fiona led the Marketing effort for MeasureWare and other Precision Instrumentation initiatives. She also held positions in Application Engineering and Test Development. Fiona holds a BSc. in Applied Physics and an MBA from the University of Limerick.

Klaus-Dieter Walter



Klaus-Dieter Walter ist CEO der SSV Software Systems GmbH in Hannover und durch Vorträge auf internationalen Veranstaltungen sowie Beiträge in Fachzeitschriften bekannt und hat vier Fachbücher zum Themenbereich Embedded Systeme veröffentlicht. 2007 hat er den M2M Alliance e.V. mitgegründet und war viele Jahre im Vorstand. Außerdem ist er Vorstandsmitglied des Industrieforums VHPready, um einen Kommunikationsstandard für Virtuelle Kraftwerke zu schaffen und ist seit 2012 in der Expertengruppe Internet der Dinge innerhalb der Fokusgruppe Intelligente Vernetzung des Digital Gipfel der Bundesregierung.

Markus Weishaar



Markus Weishaar hat 2012 ein Studium der Elektrotechnik (B. Eng.) an der Hochschule Ulm abgeschlossen und dieses 2017 berufsbegleitend durch einen Abschluss in Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (M. Sc.) ergänzt. Nach insgesamt 11 Jahren im Verpackungsmaschinenbau in unterschiedlichen Software- & Leitungsfunktionen betreut Markus Weishaar bei Dunkermotoren seit Mai 2019 als Produktmanager die Themengebiete IIoT und Software.

Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner

Fraunhofer FOKUS


Dr.-Ing. Alexander Willner is head of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Center at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and head of the IIoT research group within the chair of Next Generation Networks (AV) at the Technical University Berlin (TUB). In collaboration with the Berlin Center of Digital Transformation (BCDT), he works with his groups in applying standard-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to industrial domains, such as Industry 4.0. With a focus on moving towards the realization of software-based industrial communication infrastructures, the most important research areas include industrial real-time networks (e.g. TSN/5G), middleware systems (e.g. OPC UA), distributed AI (e.g. via Digital Twins) and distributed Cloud Computing (e.g. Edge Computing) including management and orchestration.

Elin Wollert (en)

Texas Instruments


Elin Wollert is an applications engineer at Texas Instruments in Norway. TI is a founding member of the MIOTY Alliance, and in Elin's role as project manager for MIOTY at TI, she is pushing the MIOTY technology forward.

Veronika Zellner



Veronika Zellner is an Architect for Data & AI at Microsoft and passionate about all data-related topics. Especially Machine Learning in the cloud and on the edge. She has several years of experience in the Business Intelligence and IT consulting. Currently, Veronika is working at Microsoft in Munich, Germany.

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