Disclaimer: We are announcing our jury step by step over the next few weeks.
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Prof. Dr. Torsten Kröger

Torsten is a Professor of Computer Science, Director of Intelligent Process Control and Robotics Laboratory (IPR) and Co-Chair of the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

He is the CEO of Tirac Engineering, a Visiting Scientist at Stanford University, and the founder of Reflexxes.

From 2014 to 2017, he was a Staff Roboticist and the Head of the Robotics Software Division at Google.

His research interests are real-time motion planning, transfer learning and deterministic distributed real-time systems.

He received the Early Career Award of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Kröger

Prof. and Director

Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel

Alexander is a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

He is the director of the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (interACT) and Fellow of the IEEE Fellow. He and his team invented the “Time-Delay Neural Network” (now also known as “convolutional” neural network) which is at the heart of many of today’s AI technologies.

System breakthroughs that followed suit included early multimodal dialog interfaces, the first speech translation system in Europe and USA, the first simultaneous lecture interpretation system, and Jibbigo, the first commercial speech translator on a phone.

During his career, Dr. Waibel founded and built 10 successful companies.

Following the acquisition of Jibbigo by Facebook, Waibel served as founding director of the FB Language Technology Group. He also deployed speech translation technologies in humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel

Prof. at the CMU and KIT

Bernhard Janke

He is a Principal at LEA Partners where he invests in B2B companies from seed to growth.

He previously was Principal at Global Founders Capital / Rocket Internet SE and built up the deal flow americas wide.

He co-founded a venture backed company in Silicon Valley after starting out his career as the first employee at the German Accelerator in Silicon Valley.

He helped building up the accelerator from his early beginnings and was successful to expand the size of the program and into new regions.

Bernhard studied Business Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Bernhard Janke

Principal at LEA Partners

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One new jury member is announced every week. Stay tuned!