Speaker 2020

Dominik Bohn


Dominik Bohn has been working for Atlantik Elektronik since his studies (B.Eng WI Electrical Engineering & M.Eng Information, Technology & Management). From 2013 on he was responsible for the embedded portfolio as Field Application Engineer. Since 2020 he is Product Manager for 5G & AI solutions based on Qualcomm & Thundercomm technologies.

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 is a mechanical engineer fascinated by improving manufacturing processes with software. He completed his studies at ETH Zurich, Caltech, Duke and EPFL Lausanne. Before co-founding Actyx, he was researching the area of physical chemistry.

Tobias Gaukstern



Tobias Gaukstern heads the Industrial Analytics business unit at Weidmüller. In this role, he is building up a scaling SW business for the Weidmüller Group and leading Weidmüller from a leading supplier of electrical connection technology to a Machine Learning Champion. His vision is to simplify and accelerate the application of AI and ML to develop significant value-added potential in the industry across the board. Before his current position, he was Industry Development Manager and Strategic Product Manager.

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, Department of Computer Science and


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

Technsiche Universität Dresden


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Mayr holds the professorship for Highly Parallel VLSI Systems and Neuromicroelectronics at the Technical University of Dresden since 2015. His research interests include bio-inspired IC systems, biologically inspired artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, A/D converters, and all aspects of mixed-signal VLSI design. At his professorship, Christian Mayr is working on neuromorphic circuits' research as part of the EU flagship "Human Brain Project" (HBP). In particular, his professorship at HBP is developing the second generation of the SpiNNaker platform for brain simulation/artificial intelligence together with the University of Manchester. Also, Mayr is pursuing the goal of using conventional silicon CMOS technologies and newly researched nano-materials to develop unique SoCs that contain traditional processor cores and processor elements derived from biological neural networks.

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. Photo: Attached.

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 studied computer science at the University of Paderborn, where he received his doctorate in 2001 with the topic "Visual Data Mining of Graph-Based Data." He then worked as a software developer for Acterna in the telecommunications industry. Until 2008 he was a lead product manager at dSPACE. Niggemann was active in the AUTOSAR committee and until 2008 was chairman of the advisory board of the s-lab of the University of Paderborn. In 2008, Niggemann accepted the call to the newly established professorship for Computer Engineering at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. He headed the laboratory for "Artificial Intelligence in Automation." From 2008 to 2019, he was a member of the board of the Institute for Industrial Information Technologies (inIT). Until 2019, Niggemann was also deputy director of the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA Institute for Industrial Automation. On April 1, 2019, Niggemann took over the university professorship "Information Technology in Mechanical Engineering" at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg. There he is researching at the Institute for Automation Technology in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cyber-Physical Systems.

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.

Robin Roitsch



Working as Business Development Manager in the domain of embedded and industrial systems, Robin's daily challenge is to update customers with the latest upcoming technologies and trends - especially in reasonably new technology like artificial intelligence, which is going beyond traditional HW/SW approaches. As an NVIDIA employee and former Technical Feld Application Engineer at Arrow Electronics, Robin engages many different customers with a wide range of various projects and use cases. When it comes to AI, his primary task is to identify the current status of the customers' project and to provide support in case of fundamental questions, deep-dive technical assistance, and general shortcomings throughout the complete project lifetime.

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 is the founder and CEO of Schildknecht AG, a specialist for industrial radio data transmission and the industrial Internet of Things. The company has developed a future-oriented radio system for industrial use to make secure and stable radio transmissions possible. Schildknecht is also a system provider in remote monitoring and remote maintenance, telemetry, and M2M.

Muhammad Shafique

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.

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 is CEO of SSV Software Systems GmbH in Hanover and is well known through lectures at international events as well as articles in technical journals. He has published four professional books on the topic of embedded systems. In 2007 Mr. Walter co-founded the M2M Alliance e.V., and was on the board of directors for many years. He is also a board member of the industry forum VHPready to create a communication standard for virtual power plants. Mr. Walter has been a member of the Internet of Things expert group within the Intelligent Network focus group of the Digital Summit of the German Federal Government since 2012.

Markus Weishaar



Markus Weishaar holds a degree in electrical engineering (B. Eng.) at Ulm University of Applied Sciences in 2012. He supplemented it in 2017 with a degree in industrial engineering (M. Sc.) while working. After 11 years in packaging machine construction in various software and management functions, Markus has been Product Manager for IIoT and software at Dunkermotoren since May 2019.

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.

Olaf Wilmsmeier



Olaf Wilmsmeier is Business Development Manager at the Harting Technology Group in Espelkamp. After education as an energy electrician, he was studying electrical engineering at the FH-Osnabrück. Wilmsmeier has been active in various roles in automation technology for more than 20 years, including project manager at ABB in Switzerland. He has been working for the HARTING Technology Group since 2010. Olaf Wilmsmeier is responsible for the development and expansion of the UHF RFID division as well as the MICA Edge Computing division within the HARTING Technology Group, which has been available since 2016. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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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