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

Martin Hubschneider

An entrepreneur by nature, recognized by many for his passion and visionary approach to Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Martin Hubschneider, CEO of CAS Software, has consistently driven the development of networked future technologies.

He founded SmartWe World together with a constantly growing number of co-creators to establish a revolutionary new platform for company software in the WeConomy.

Designing a business and management culture which focuses on developing individual potential and is based on common values are matters which are very close to his heart. As is the “Customer Centricity” company mission statement and strong focus on developing products and services to help customers become more successful.

Besides his entrepreneurial activities, he also works voluntarily as the CEO of the CyberForum e.V. company network, as vice-president of the Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V., as CEO of VDMA Software and as an expert on future issues to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

His motto: "Positive thinking won’t fix everything, but it will help you to do everything better."

Martin Hubschneider

CEO of CAS Software AG

Andreas Eckleder

Andreas has been with Google for more than 6 years, working on Software Engineering tools.

He is passionate about software engineering at scale, open source software, and about finding and supporting new talents, e.g. as a "Jugend forscht" jury member for math / computer science.

Before joining Google, he lived in the Karlsruhe region and worked at a company called Nero.

He holds a M.Sc. degree from the University of Bamberg.

Andreas Eckleder

Software Engineer at Google

Yasemin Keskintepe

She is a curator and researcher.

Since 2016 she is working at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, where she is the co-curator of the exhibition "Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds".

She finished her studies in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldmisths College London in 2015, having previously studied Cultural Policy and obtaining an undergraduate degree in law.

She was involved in several projects for the Istanbul Biennial, Contemporary Istanbul and the ICA London.

Her research interest lie in the cross section of art, technology and politics with a specific focus on machine learning.

Yasemin Keskintepe

Co-curator at the ZKM