In 2012, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer took up the post of President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He is also co-chair of the German federal government’s High-Tech Forum and on the executive boards of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and Germany’s Platform for AI, launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. From 1994 until 2012 he was the sole director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU. Prof. Neugebauer graduated from the Technische Universität Dresden with a degree in mechanical engineering and was awarded the academic degree of Doktor-Ingenieur habilitatus in 1991. He also holds ten honorary doctorates from respected universities, incl. Technical University of Munich, KU Leuven and South Africa’s Stellenbosch University.
In 2016, Sophie Hippmann became head of the Corporate Think Tank of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich. This interdisciplinary Think Tank acts as a corporate hub for support of the decision making process of the Fraunhofer-Board by analysis, development of new concepts, identification of new focus areas of research. It reports directly to the president of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Prior to her activities as head of the Think Tank, Prof. Hippmann was scientific officer to the president, Prof. Neugebauer. Her professional background is mechanical engineering and production technologies with the focus on castings. Prof. Hippmann graduated at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and received her PhD degree at TUM Munich, in forming and casting technologies. Since 2018 she is Associate Professor Extra-ordinary at University of Stellenbosch, Faculty of Engineering.
Since 2002, Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel is Director of the Fraunhofer IAIS and Professor of Computer Science at University of Bonn. He is also speaker of the “Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance”, director of the “Fraunhofer Center for Machine Learning” and senior expert of the EU High-Level Expert Group on AI. Professor Wrobel’s work is focused on intelligent algorithms and systems for the large-scale analysis of data. He is the author of a large number of publications on machine learning and an elected founding member of the “International Machine Learning Society”. He studied computer science and artificial intelligence in Bonn and Atlanta, Georgia/USA and obtained his PhD at the University of Dortmund.
Moderated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, acclaimed international speakers present research and innovation that enable AI to arrive at conclusions in a sensible, reasonable and understandable way.
Since January 2003, Prof. Hubert Lakner is the executive director of Fraunhofer IPMS. In parallel, he has been appointed Professor for “Optoelectronic Devices and Systems” in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University Dresden. Since January 2011 he is also chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fraunhofer Group Microelectronics. Hubert Lakner (born 1958) received his diploma-degree in physics at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen in 1986. After a year in industry he joined the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität in Duisburg working in the field of nanocharacterization of mesoscopic semiconductor structures. There he received his Dr.-Ing. in 1993. Prof. Lakner is also chairman of the steering committee of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany and Chairman of the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics.
Dr. Susanne Biundo is a Professor of Computer Science at Ulm University and Director of the university’s Institute of Artificial Intelligence. She is also the chair of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 62 "Companion-Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems". Dr. Biundo received her Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe in 1989. She held a Senior Research Position at the Intelligent User Interfaces Lab of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) from 1989 to 1998. Since 1998, she is a Professor of Computer Science at Ulm University. Among other professional activities, she served as the Conference- and Program Co-chair of ICAPS 2005, the "15th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling", as the Conference- and Program Co-chair of the "27th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence" (KI 2004), and as the Program Chair of the "5th European Conference on Planning" (ECP-99). Susanne Biundo was the initiator and coordinator of PLANET, the "European Network of Excellence in AI Planning", which she led from 1998 to 2003.
Douglas Lenat is the CEO of Cycorp, Inc. of Austin, Texas, and is a prominent AI researcher. Cyc, the system developed by Cycorp, is the world's longest-lived, still active AI project attempting to assemble a comprehensive ontology and knowledge base that spans the basic concepts and "rules of thumb" about how the world works, with the goal of enabling AI applications to perform human-like reasoning and be less "brittle" when confronted with novel situations that were not preconceived. Already in 1976 he was awarded the biannual IJCAI Computers and Thought Award for creating the machine learning program, AM. He has worked on symbolic machine learning, knowledge representation and "cognitive economy". Lenat was one of the original Fellows of the AAAI, and is the only individual to have served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of both Microsoft and Apple.
Prof. Sami Haddadin is Director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and holds the Chair of Robotics and System Intelligence. His research interests include intelligent robot design, machine learning for physical systems, collective intelligence, learning robots, autonomous task planning, human-robot interaction, nonlinear control, optimal control, human neuromechanics and prosthetics and robot safety. Prof. Haddadin holds the German Future Prize of the Federal President and the Leibniz Prize. He is expert member of the AI enquete commission of the German Bundestag and member of the EU high-level expert group on artificial intelligence.
Dr. Heike Riel is a distinguished scientist known for advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. She is responsible for leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and Technologies, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Precision Diagnostics and Smart System Integration. Dr. Riel is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology and nanosciences and focuses her research on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. Her research has contributed to advancements in OLED display technology, molecular electronics and semiconductor nanoscale materials and devices. Her recent research interests include topological states of compound semiconductor nanowires for quantum information processing. In 2013, Heike Riel was named IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical distinction, and inducted into IBM’s Academy of Technology. She studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and received a PhD from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2003 for her work on optimizing multilayer organic light-emitting devices performed at IBM Research. In 2011, Heike graduated with an MBA from Henley Business School.
Dr. Alpha Tom Kodamullil works as researcher at the department of bioinformatics at Fraunhofer SCAI. Alpha has many years of experience in bioinformatics, especially in the field of big data analysis and knowledge mining in neurodegenerative diseases. Apart from working as a scientist at Fraunhofer SCAI, Alpha also co-founded a "knowledge modelling" company in India called Causality Biomodels. Alpha is also involved in many research projects and collaborations with European and US partners, and has many publications in high ranking peer-reviewed journals.
Moderated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, acclaimed international speakers present research and innovation that enable AI to communicate with humans in a natural and intelligible way.
Prof. Dr. Christian Bauckhage is a professor of computer science at the University of Bonn, scientific director of the Fraunhofer Center for Machine Learning and lead scientist at Fraunhofer IAIS. He obtained a PhD in computer science from Bielefeld University, Germany, was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Vision Research in Toronto, and worked as a senior research scientist at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin. His research focuses on efficient and informed algorithms for data mining, pattern recognition, and machine learning. Practical applications of his research can be found in areas as diverse as finance, production, and medicine. He is a frequent public speaker and passionate proponent of open science.
Dr. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová is a senior researcher and project leader in the Language Technology and Multilinguality Lab of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbruecken, Germany, where she is leading the Talking Robots Group. Her research includes various topics in discourse and dialogue modeling and context-sensitive natural language processing for dialogue systems and human-robot interaction. She has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and has been involved in numerous national and international research projects, often in leading functions. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Czech Technical University (1992) and a PhD in mathematical linguistics from Charles University (1998), Prague, Czech Republic. 1999-2000 she held a British Academy Visiting Fellowship and a Royal Society / NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in discourse semantics at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. 2001-2010 she held a research position at the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University, Saarbruecken.
Jeremie Lecomte is Senior Technical Program Manager in the Alexa Artificial Intelligence team working on conversation AI. Driving development of next generation core AI for conversational understanding, unsupervised learning and deep insights in Alexa. “Here in Alexa, we're building the operating system of the future. We foresee a time in which people no longer hunch over their desks staring at a screen, a time in which human/computer interactions are as intuitive and simple as a conversation between two old friends. To achieve our vision, we implement cutting edge techniques in the fields of machine learning, deep neural networks, automatic speech recognition, and natural language understanding more broadly, we're building artificial intelligence.“
Steve Worswick is the creator of the Mitsuku chatbot, the four-time winner of the Loebner Prize, an annual AI competition that awards the computer programs that are considered most human-like by a human jury.
Kenza is Senior Manager for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, driving the RPA and AI solutions within the IT department of Deutsche Telekom. She leads the consulting of the Robotics and AI hub and her role resides in helping the business units of Deutsche Telekom identify automation and AI usecases and develop the best solutions to cover their automation needs. She was born in Morocco, studied Telecommunications Engineering in Spain. A Master in Project Management followed in Germany, then Chinese as a foreign language in China. After spending some years developing hardware in Spain and a stopover in Shanghai during the world Expo in 2010, Kenza joined T-Systems in Berlin in 2011. She has a track record managing big projects, such as ICT outsourcing tenders, agile transformations, new IT applications or new network architectures for Deutsche Telekom. In December 2018 Kenza was awarded with the Digital Female Leader Award in the category IT/Tech, and in April 2019 with the Engineer Power Women Award from Deutsche Messe, for her engagement and commitment for more Diversity in the IT and AI world.
Prof. Dr. Jens Lehmann is lead scientist for knowledge graphs and conversational AI at Fraunhofer IAIS. His research interests involve machine learning, question answering & dialogue systems, distributed computing and knowledge modelling. Prof. Lehmann authored more than 120 articles in international journals and conferences winning 12 best paper awards. His articles are cited more than 15000 times. In his work, he unites knowledge modelling with statistical methods to build new hybrid AI approaches. For instance, he is investigating conversational AI methods, that are used in chatbots or speech assistants, which can use knowledge graphs to give more informative and precise answers. Prof. Lehmann studied Computer Science at TU Dresden and Bristol and did his PhD at the University of Leipzig with research visits in Oxford. He led a large research group at the University of Leipzig before being appointed as professor at the University of Bonn and Fraunhofer IAIS.
Moderated by the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploita-tion IOSB, acclaimed international speakers present research and innovation that enable AI to perceive and make sense of its surroundings.
Since 2004, Prof. Beyerer is executive director of Fraunhofer IOSB. He also holds the chair of Interactive Real-Time Systems (IES) at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Prof. Beyerer’s research topics include automatic visual inspection and image evaluation, pattern recognition and signal and information processing. He is also speaker of the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security and of the competence center ROBDEKON, an initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research for developing robot systems for dangerous environments. Prof. Beyerer is author of the prominent scientific textbooks “Machine Vision” and “Pattern Recognition”.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tanja Schultz is head of the Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL) and professor at the Department of Mathematics/Computer Science at the University of Bremen.
The Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL) focuses on human-centered technologies and applications based on biosignals, such as capturing, recognizing, and interpreting speech, muscle, and brain activity. In the area of speech processing the CSL conducts research on algorithms and tools to rapidly adapt speech and language processing systems to new domains and languages. Further research investigates the interpretation of biosignals for the purpose of intuitive and efficient human-machine interfaces. Currently we develop a variety of interfaces and applications based on electromyographic, electroencephalic and biomechanic signals.
Dr. Babak Hodjat is VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, and former co-founder and CEO of Sentient, responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed artificial intelligence system. Dr. Babak was also the founder of the world's first AI-driven hedge-fund, Sentient Investment Management. Dr. Babak is a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. Prior to co-founding Sentient, Dr. Babak was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Prior to Sybase, Dr. Babak was co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc.. Dr. Babak is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri. Dr. Babak is a published scholar in the fields of Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence, and has 31 granted or pending patents to his name. He is an expert in numerous fields of AI, including natural language processing, machine learning, genetic algorithms, distributed AI, and has founded multiple companies in these areas. Dr. Babak holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
Jana Eggers is CEO of the neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence platform company, Nara Logics. She’s an experienced tech exec focused on inspiring teams to build great products. She’s started and grown companies, and led large organizations at public companies. She's active in customer-inspired innovation, the artificial intelligence industry, Autonomy/Mastery/Purpose-driven leadership, as well as running and triathlons. She’s held technology and executive positions at Intuit, Blackbaud, Los Alamos National Laboratory (computational chemistry and super computing), Basis Technology (internationalization technology), Lycos, American Airlines, Spreadshirt (ecomm), and start-ups that you’ve never heard of.
MonitorFish develops smart diagnostic systems for intelligent real-time monitoring of fish health and conditions in aquacultures. The Berlin-based company employs a multicultural team of innovation-driven experts offering cognitive AI capabilities in fish farming. The company provides local fish farmers with the precise action plan in real-time to maintain the highest quantity and quality fish and to reduce fish mortality in ponds so that the farmers’ investments are secured.
Dr. Arens currently works at the Department of Object Recognition (OBJ) at Fraunhofer IOSB. His research focus is on Artificial Intelligence, algorithms and "Semantic Video Analysis".
Prof. Ralf B. Wehrspohn was elected to the position of Executive Vice President, Technology Marketing and Business Models of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and will take up his position on the Executive Board on October 1, 2019. He is currently Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle and Professor of Microstructured Material Design at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Prof. Wehrspohn’s work focuses on nanotechnology and the elucidation of microstructures. In recent years, he has also stepped up his research into the digitalization of materials. His work has garnered him several prizes, including the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) TR100 Innovation Award.
Moderated by the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research, acclaimed international speakers discuss the question in how far AI can gain self-awareness have experiences.
Professor Bauer is also chairman of the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research and a member of numerous committees as well as advisor to policymakers and the business community. As executive director of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Professor Bauer leads a research institution with some 650 employees. He is responsible for research and implementation projects in the areas of innovation research, technology management, living and working in the future and smarter cities.
He has authored more than 350 scientific and technical publications and is an associate lecturer at the Universities of Stuttgart and Hannover. Above this, he has been honored with the “Übermorgenmacher” distinction for innovators by the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
Prof. Sabina Jeschke is a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Bahn as well as professor of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Her research interests include AI, robotics and automation technology, autonomous and semi-autonomous traffic systems, international logistics, Industrie 4.0/IoT, multi-agent systems, cognitive computing) and human-machine interaction. She is also interested in assessing the implications of AI on society as well as innovation research in order to maximize the potential of AI for companies and customers.
Born 1978 in Berlin, Germany. 1998 onwards studies of medicine and physics at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany (Medical license and Diploma in physics). Brief interlude as strategy consultant with McKinsey. Doctoral thesis with Bert Sakmann and Post-Doc with Winfried Denk at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. 2011-2014 Research Group leader and Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Munich. Since August 2014 Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. For his research activities, Moritz Helmstaedter was honored with the Otto Hahn Medal and the Bernard Katz Lecture.
Prof. Sid Kouider is professor of cognitve neuroscience at CNRS and director of the Brain and Consciousness Lab at École Normale Supérieure. As cognitive neuroscientist he is working on neurophysiological signatures of cognitive processing. His work relies on psychophysics and brain imaging (fMRI/EEG) for researching neurophysiological signatures of conscious and unconscious mental states in the human brain, and for applying these neurophysiological signatures to probe mental states when humans cannot report their own thoughts like infants, sleepers and coma patients. Recently he founded Nextmind, a spin-off from his lab in Paris. This startup uses the expertise in real-time EEG, machine learning, visual attention, consciousness, and metacognition to build the next generation of brain-computer interfaces.
Dr. Yamakawa is an AI researcher interested in brain science. His specialty includes brain-inspired Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), concept formation, neurocomputing, and opinion aggregation technology. He is a former Chief Editor of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI ) and co-organizer of AEGAP workshop of IJCAI 2018 and 2019. Dr. Yamakawa received an MS in physics and PhD in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1989 and 1992 respectively and joined Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. in 1992. He founded Dwango AI Laboratory in 2014 of which he is currently director. Also he co-founded the Whole Brain Architecture Initiative (WBAI) in 2015 and currently holds the position of chairman. Dr. Yamakawa is a visiting professor of the University of Electro-Communications and co-author of the Japanese books “Religion and life” and “The Constitutional Theory of the AI Era”.
Gesine Last is Lead Scientist in the field of Transformative Science Communication in the multidisciplinary team Design-based Strategies at CeRRI. Her expertise is to transform complex research topics and future trends into new communication formats for different audiences and channels. In her work, she explores interdependencies as well as new bridges between societal trends and future technologies. CeRRI develops process models for stakeholders from business, science and politics and enables them to design innovations according to the wishes and demands of citizens and users.
Moderated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, acclaimed international speakers present research and innovation that enable AI to understand human needs, intentions and emotions.
Since 2011, Prof. Albert Heuberger is executive director of Fraunhofer IIS. He also holds the chair for information technology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research interests are communication technologies for Internet of Things and 5G communications. He oversees numerous technology development activities for cognitive sensor technologies for mobility, industrial control and health applications.
Simone is a product and interaction designer based in Shanghai, where he works with international clients and institutions like BMW, Philips, Google Creative Labs and the Dubai’s Museum of the Future. His work focuses on building experiential versions of the future and exploring the implications of living and interacting with networked, smart and autonomous things. Simone holds an MSc in Design for Interaction from Delft University of Technology and a BSc in Industrial Design from Polytechnic University of Turin. He published ‘Design for Living with Smart Products’ with O'Reilly and he is visiting Lecturer at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). He has been lecturing and talking at international conferences like Tedx, IxDA, SolidCon, Thingscon, and Dconstruct. His works have been published internationally on Wired, Fast Company, The Atlantic and Designboom, awarded by Red Dot Design Award, Core77, Interaction Awards and Internet of Things Awards and exhibited in galleries and museums like Vitra Design Museum, Triennial Museum in Milan and MAK Vienna.
Dagmar Schuller is an expert in digital strategy and innovation. For more than 10 years she has been involved with (emotional) artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data. At audEERING Dagmar Schuller shapes the strategy, business development and operations. The tech company is innovation leader in the field of intelligent audio analysis and artificial emotional intelligence. Through innovative machine learning and big data processes, audEERINGs technology analyses the acoustics of surroundings, speech and more than 50 mental states of the speaker. With a lot of passion and dedication Schuller led audEERING from a startup to a multi-million company with currently 60 employees at two locations in Munich and Berlin.
Christian Karrasch studied physics at the University of Bonn and earned his doctorate at Ruhr University Bochum. Together with his colleagues from the ISS Human Spaceflight department, he provides support for the German contributions to the horizons mission of Alexander Gerst. Karrasch is also the project manager responsible for CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion). CIMON is an astronaut assistance system funded by the DLR Space Administration in Bonn, developed by Airbus together with IBM, which can see, hear, understand, speak - and fly. It is an initial technology demonstrator that Alexander Gerst tested during his work on the 'horizons' mission in 2018. In the medium term, CIMON will also assist other astronauts operating in the microgravity environment of the ISS. Voice-controlled document access is one of the major advantages of CIMON, because astronauts can keep both hands free for their work.
Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a nonprofit independent research institute with mission of AI for social good. Founded by tech entrepreneurs Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani, Wadhwani AI will develop AI based solutions in a variety of domains of societal importance, including agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure. The institute will also be a hub for collaboration between top global AI researchers, social sector organizations, and governments.
Dr. Jens Garbas holds a doctor in electrical engineering from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He joined Fraunhofer 2010 and is now heading the "Campus of the Senses", a joint initiative of Fraunhofer IVV and IIS dedicated to the digitization of human senses. He is also responsible for industrial and public research projects as well as software licensing in the area of real-time computer vision, affective computing, and facial analysis. In 2017 he completed the Fraunhofer Research Manager program, extending his qualifications and expertise in the area of entrepreneurship, organization, corporate governance, strategic development, and open innovation.