Plenary Talk Speakers

Ewan Barr (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie)

Ewan Barr

Ewan received his PhD in astronomy from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in 2012. During his PhD he worked with the 100-m Effelsberg radio telescope, searching for pulsars and fast transients as part of the High Time Resolution Universe North project. Since then he has worked on the generation of high-performance, hardware-accelerated digital signal processing pipelines, the refurbishment and commissioning of the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST), the Survey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts (SUPERB) with the Parkes radio telescope and more recently has been developing a state-of-the-art correlator/beamformer and real-time pulsar processing system for the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa. Ewan is also the project scientist for the Central Signal Processor (CSP) element of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

Timo Bingmann (KIT)

Timo Bingmann

Timo Bingmann is currently wrapping up his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Prof. Peter Sander's group. He received a Diploma degree in Computer Science in 2010 at the same university, and a second Diploma degree in Mathematics from the FernUniversity in Hagen in 2016. His main research topic is algorithm engineering for the basic toolbox focused on modern parallel and distributed computing architectures. His current project is called Thrill, which is a C++ framework for high performance distributed computing with a convenient interface.

Rainer Blatt (Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information)

Rainer Blatt

Rainer Blatt is Professor of experimental physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). He has carried out trail-blazing experiments in the fields of precision spectroscopy, quantum metrology and quantum information processing. Blatt works with atoms caught in ion traps which he manipulates using laser beams. This work is based on suggestions made in the mid-1990s by theorists Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller. In 2004 Blatt’s research group succeeded for the first time in transferring the quantum information of one atom in a totally controlled manner onto another atom (teleportation). Two years later, his group already managed to entangle up to eight atoms in a controlled manner. Creating such a first “quantum byte” was a further step on the way towards a quantum computer. 2011 the team managed to push this record to 14 entangled atoms. Furthermore Rainer Blatt took important steps towards successful quantum error correction and the building of quantum simulators. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the fields of quantum optics and meteorology. In 2012 the German Physical Society awarded him the Stern-Gerlach-Medaille. Together with Ignacio Cirac he won the 2009 Carl Zeiss Research Award. He also received a Humboldt Research Award (2013) and an ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (2008).
In 2013 the Australian Academy of Science announced Rainer Blatt as the 2013 Frew Fellow. In 2014 he was awarded the “Tiroler Landespreis für Wissenschaft 2014” (science award of the state of Tyrol) and in 2015 the Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications.
Rainer Blatt is full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Peer Hasselmeyer (NEC)

Peer Hasselmeyer

Peer Hasselmeyer has many years of experience in the fields of distributed computing, software-defined networking, and service-oriented architecture. He received a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and a Ph.D. from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. Peer has been contributing to NEC's research and development activities on OpenFlow, SDN, NFV, cloud computing, and data center and servicem anagement in various roles for more than twelve years. He published numerous research papers in international conferences and magazines, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and exhibitions.

Benedikt Hegner (CERN)

Benedikt Hegner

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Andreas Herten (FZ Jülich)

Andreas Herten

Andreas made his PhD as an experimental particle physicist at Forschungszentrum Jülich/Ruhr University Bochum. He investigated the application of graphics processing units (GPUs) for track reconstruction in the online event selection system of the PANDA experiment. After graduating he joined the NVIDIA Application Lab of the Supercomputing Centre of Forschungszentrum Jülich, where he enables scientific applications for GPUs and improves their performances.

Mohamed Khafagy (Fayoum University Egypt)

Mohamed Khafagy

Mohamed Khafagy is a Vice Dean of the faculty of computers and information Fayoum University Egypt. Mohamed is the Head of Big Data Research Group in Fayoum University. Mohamed received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2009. He also works at Oracle Egypt as a consultant . He is a scientific consultant of Fayoum University. Mohamed worked as project manager of many Projects and also he is the manager of the Management Information System center in Fayoum University. Mohamed worked as a postdoc in DIMA group in Technique University Berlin in 2012. Mohamed shares to establish the first Big data Research group in Egypt with Cairo university in 2013. He has many publications in the area of Big Data, Cloud computing, and database. Mohamed has been in final round of the Social Entrepreneurship Track in 9th MIT EF Arab Startup Competitioni.

Dario Mapelli (WikiToLearn)

Dario Mapelli

Dario Mapelli is a graduate student of Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He joined the collaborative textbooks platform WikiToLearn a year and a half ago and now he is its content maintainer.

Corinna Mitrohin (Robert Bosch GmbH / Cloudera)

Corinna Mitrohin

Dr. Corina Mitrohin, senior expert at Robert Bosch GmbH, Chassis Systems Control, in Abstatt, Germany, is responsible for the technical strategy Big Data of the entire division since 2016. This includes both optimally deployed IT infrastructures, middleware solutions and artificial intelligence methods which enable the use and evaluation of data in a streamlined manner. Between 2012 and 2016 she was with ETAS GmbH in Stuttgart and acted as Chief Product Owner for an X-in the Loop integration and simulation platform. She holds a PhD title in the field of verification of hybrid systems and model checking, awarded by the University in Freiburg in 2012. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in computer science at the universities in Iasi, Romania, and Freiburg, Germany, respectively. Dr. Mitrohin is present at international conferences and conferences with topics from her responsibility area.

Jens Reinhardt (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin)

Jens Reinhardt

Jens Reinhardt is a research assistant at the research group INKA (information and communication applications) at HTW Berlin. He is currently working as a project coordinator in the ERDF project APOLLO, a joint project of the HTW and the Konzerthaus Berlin. He also teaches as a lecturer in the Bachelor's degree program in Applied Computer Science at the HTW-Berlin.
Since August 2016, the APOLLO project has developed innovative mediation concepts for classical music in digital space. The focus is on immersion in virtual worlds, virtual reality (VR), and on the other hand on the expansion of reality through virtual elements with the help of Augmented Reality (AR).
His research interests are in the field of interaction in cultural institutions with a strong focus on multimedial installations, AR and VR.

Morris Riedel (FZ Jülich)

Morris Riedel

Prof. Dr. - Ing. Morris Riedel is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the University of Iceland. He received his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and works in the field of parallel and distributed systems for over a decade. He is the head of a scientific research group on ‘High Productivity Data Processing’ and the ‘Cross-Sectional Team Deep Learning’ of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany. Lectures given in universities such as the University of Iceland, University of Applied Sciences of Cologne and University of Technology Aachen (RWTH Aachen) include ‘High Performance Computing’, ‘Statistical Data Mining’, ‘Cloud computing & Big Data’, ‘Handling of Large Datasets’ and ‘Scientific and Grid computing’. His current research focusses on parallel and scalable machine learning including deep learning models in the context of scientific applications using innovative supercomputer architectures like in the DEEP-EST EU project for example.

Johannes Scheuermann (Inovex GmbH)

Johannes Scheuermann

Johannes is a cloud platform engineer with a software development background. He's been working with Containers and Kubernetes for over years. He has a strong interest in modern infrastructures and building infrastructure software.

Alexander Schug (KIT)

Alexander Schug

Alexander Schug works since 2011 as a group leader at the Steinbuch Centre for Computing at KIT. He obtained his PhD 2005 at the University of Dortmund and has worked as Postdoctoral Scholar in Kobe (Japan) and San Diego (US) before returning as an Assistant Professor to Europe (Umeå, Sweden). His research interests include Theoretical Biophysics, Biomolecular Simulations, and High Performance Computing. His work has received multiple awards including a FIZ Chemie Berlin Preis from the German Chemical Society GdCH and a Google Faculty Research Award 2016.

Graeme Stewart (University of Glasgow)

Graeme Stewart

Graeme is the current ATLAS Offline Software Coordinator, after previously having senior software roles inside the ATLAS experiment of Core Software Coordinator and Future Software Technology Forum Convenor. Graeme has a PhD in Plasma Physics from the University of Glasgow and also worked as a Solar Physicist on the sun's large scale magnetic field configuration at the UNAM in Mexico. Currently his main interest is in modernising ATLAS software towards High Luminosity LHC, though he maintains an active interest in all cool parts of software and computing for particle physics.

J. Stoll (Der Hessische Datenschutzbeauftragte)

J. Stoll

Born in 1969 Frankfurt/Main. She received a Master Degree in Computer Science (Diploma) from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1998. During her working experiences, she spent almost 10 years in different European countries, like France, Finland and the Netherlands. Her technical interests encompass identity management, distributed systems containing its foundation in IT security and concepts and realization of web portals in detail. Thus, she has working experiences in interdisciplinary teams, including various activities in software development. Since January 2012, she has been following the chances in the Data Protection Directive 95/96 to the General Data Protection Regulation. Since August 2015, she is head of the unit Computer Science II at the Data Protection Commissioner of Hessen (Germany), including technical aspects of European law matters.

Bernd Wiebelt (University of Freiburg)

Bernd Wiebelt

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