Overview of Speakers and Programme for the BTD9 on June 3rd, 2016

An overview of the programme can be found here.

Robotics & Hardware Hacking

Avatar - telepresence Robotics with Nao and Kinect

Martin Förtsch and Thomas Endres - TNG

Humanoid robots, virtual reality glasses and 3D camera sensors for gesture recognition combined allow you to see the world through a new perspective - the eyes of a robot - and control it remotely without any contact. The TNG Hardware Hacking Team has implemented a telepresence robotics system based on a NAO robot, an Oculus Rift and a Kinect One in order to enable an immersive outer-body experience - similar to the one in the movie "Avatar". In this presentation, by giving interactive live coding examples, the easy programming of the robot with languages ​​such as Python or Java will be shown. After a live demonstration you will be guided through the entire program sequence of the telepresence system and also learn about the challenges that came up during the implementation. You will get an insight into the world of telerobotics and, after a brief historical overview, catch up on current trends and applications.

Forget GUI, think Dialog User Interface with Humanoid Robots (in English)

Jonas Lerebours - Field Engineer Manager, and Andrea Mestre - Sales Manager Central Europe, SoftBank Robotics

Aldebaran is the worldwide leader in humanoid robotics. The company was founded in 2005 and is a subsidiary of SoftBank Robotics headquartered in Paris (France). Further offices are located in Boston (MA, USA), San Carlos (CA, USA), Shanghai (China) and Tokyo (Japan). Aldebaran has already sold more than 20.000 robots. This talk shows how humanoid robots are able to improve your customer experience. After a brief review of the state of the art in humanoid robotic, we will highlight the value of emotion perception. Furthermore, a small tutorial on developing a retail point-of-sales app will be given to make you "forget GUI, think Dialog User Interface with Pepper". With a quick overview of the programming tools, we will have a look at the SDK and qiChat and interfacing it with Pepper's tablet. Finally, you will discover how to program animations and packaging the app for the end customer.

Jonas graduated from the Polytechnique of Montreal in Electrical Engineering. Since 2013, he has been exploring use cases for several industries using NAO/Pepper humanoid robots. Therefore he is mainly programming in Python, C++, Java, HTML, and JavaScript. 

Since 2010, Andrea is in charge of developing business partnerships to extend the use of humanoid robots. Widely used in research and education, the use of Aldebaran robots is now rapidly expanding to new markets such as healthcare, banking and retail.

The Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation concept proposed by Elon Musk in 2013. By reducing air drag and friction the full-scale concept allows passenger capsules inside a semi-vacuum tube to reach speeds up to 1200 km/h. Mariana Avezum and Johannes Gutsmiedl are part of a 35-students team in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. The TUM team is one of the only 30 teams worldwide to get to the final round. Construction is well underway for a 4m long prototype which includes a turbo-compressor and a magnetic levitation system. Since its foundation, 7 months ago, the team has gone through several iteration cycles in order to achieve a safe and scalable prototype design. The design and build process will be explained by presenting the challenges faced and the solutions found along the way. The advantages of a dynamic and multidisciplinary student team can be quickly seen in the amazing amount of work that has been achieved in such a short amount of time.

Originally from Brazil, Mariana Avezum is currently finishing her master degree in Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich. After hearing about the competition announced by Elon Musk, she decided to start a student project to compete. 

Diana Papyan studies Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich. She is the computer lead of the WARR Hyperloop project and is responsible for the real-time requirements of the system. In such a large project, it is essential that all subsystems have a reliable communications mechanism and all safety critical information is duly processed.

Arduino in Robotics

Alexander Entinger - CEO/CTO, LXRobotics

In this practice-oriented talk Alexander Entinger reports about his personal experience using Arduino in robotics. As a first step the historical development of Arduino will be described, and then the concept behind Arduino. Afterwards several robots built by the speaker himself will be presented, in which Arduino technology in one way or another was implemented. The presentation begins with such simple machines like the Mini-Sumo Robot Sergeant Pain in which an Arduino similar control system is used to operate all sensors and actuators of the robot, an ends with more complex ones, ROS-based robots like the SLAM demonstrator Beauty Queen or the rescue robot Conrad.

Alexander Entinger is founder and CEO of LXRobotics GmbH. LXRobotics develops, manufactures and sells Arduino Shields for Hobby, Research, Education and Rapid Prototyping. He is also software developer for embedded systems at DS Automotion, Europe's leading supplier of automated guided vehicles. In addition, he supervises the student project RoboCupRescue at the Fachhochschule Hagenberg, in which a rescue robot is being designed for use in disaster scenarios. The source code of the developed modules will be made available under a permissive open source license to the general public. In his spare time Alexander Entinger has built many robots and thus successfully participated in various competitions. He won with the Featherweight Schnauzer the Mad Metal Machines Vol. 19 Event as well as the European Robot Combat Cup, 2015.

Big Data, Big Systems and IoT

Future of Hardware Development - Do we need new System Concepts for Artificial Intelligence?

Heiko Schick, Director of the Advanced Computing Lab, Huawei Technologies

Mr. Heiko Joerg Schick received his diploma degree in Communications and Software Engineering. He joined in 2004 the IBM Research and Development laboratory in Boeblingen where he held various positions as hardware and software developer, project and bring-up manager. In these positions he led globally integrated teams to build energy-efficient supercomputers, high-performance computing and big data systems. Since 2015 he works as Chief Architect for Advanced Computing for Huawei’s German Research Center. In this role he works on new architecture to overcome the tremendous challenges of future workloads, like Artificial Intelligence.

Apache Flink(tm) - A Next-Generation Stream Processor

Aljoscha Krettek - PMC Member at Apache Flink and Co-Founder and Software Engineer at Data Artisans

In this talk we will first have a brief overview of the current state of the streaming data analytics space. Then we will go on to a short introduction to the Apache Flink real-time data analytics system before diving into some of the interesting features that set Flink apart from other players in the field. For this, we will look at example use cases that are either directly from users or are based on our experience with users. Among the special features we will look at are support for sessionization of events based on the time at which the event happened (event-time), savepoints for storing the state of a streaming program for later restarts, efficient handling of very large stateful streaming computations and accessibility of the state from the outside world.

Aljoscha Krettek is a PMC member at Apache Flink and co-founder and software engineer at data Artisans. Aljoscha studied Computer Science at TU Berlin, he has worked at IBM Germany and at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose.

Connecting to the Core of the Internet - Insights from an Internet Exchange Operator

Sascha Bleidner - Head of Research and Development at DE-CIX

Over the past 20 years, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) have become a essential part within the Internet interconnection system. While growing in both numbers and size, the largest IXPs carry over 5 Tbps at peak traffic. This enormous amount of traffic is backed by the popularity of peering relationships among IXP customers. While the business model for IXPs has been proven to be successful for the past years, IXP operators are thrilled to push the interconnection business even further with innovation at the core of the Internet. This talk will give a brief history of the rise of IXPs while focusing on the technical challenges and solutions for successfully establishing and operating an IXP.

Sascha Bleidner received his M. Sc. degree in Communication Systems Engineering from the TU Darmstadt, Germany in 2015. He joined the DE-CIX Research & Development department as a Junior Researcher in mid-2015. In his work he focuses on the application of Software Defined Networking at Internet Exchange Points. Thereby, he is conducting research in the area of routing, large scale Internet measurements and network monitoring systems. In February 2016, he was promoted as Head of the Research & Development at DE-CIX.

How to Connect Billions of Things to the Internet, in 3 Easy Steps

Jan Metzner - Solutions Architect Mobile/IoT EMEA, Amazon Web Services

This session will show you, how you can start building your own IoT platform connecting and integrating millions of devices. How to securely connect the devices to the cloud, how to react instantly on data, collect data to do analytics and how to talk back to a device regardless of the device being online or not. The session will also cover integration to AWS and 3rd party services for analytics, storage and prediction. We will dive deep into the authentication and authorization at scale, the data flow and device synchronization and how the AWS components can help with speeding up development as well as with running complete platforms without the need to manage server instances.

Jan Metzner is a Solutions Architect for IoT and Mobile in EMEA at Amazon Web Services. In his work, Jan helps customers to architect, develop and operate scalable and highly innovative solutions on the AWS platform. Jan likes to push the limits of technology and has a passion for mobile and IoT applications. Prior to joining AWS, Jan spent more than 12 years working in high-tech startups and enterprises, serving customers by helping them develop innovate software solutions.

Telefónica Data Anonymization Platform - Anatomy of a Big Data Application

Jonathan Ukena - Telefónica and Michael Pisula - TNG

More and more applications that simplify our lives are based on the analysis of data: Internet searches generate matching results within milliseconds, packets arrive punctually and spam filters block unwanted emails by detecting patterns of text. The basis for this are statistical methods. They can examine data for recurring patterns and derive valuable information from it. Here, a simple relationship applies: The greater the data basis is, the clearer the patterns and more reliable are the findings derived. In order to implement statistical analysis responsibly, Telefónica has developed a new and innovative anonymization process in Germany and also applied for a patent: The Telefónica Data Anonymization Platform (DAP). It was developed in close coordination with the German data protection authorities and thus meets the highest standards. The new process will ensure that when creating statistics, no conclusions on personal data are possible. This presentation introduces the key concepts behind the DAP, focuses one on some of the technical choices and challenges and deals with Big Data as the central module of the application.

Jonathan Ukena has been working since 2010 in the digital division of Telefónica Germany. Here he is responsible since 2012 for the business development activities regarding Big Data. He was in charge among other things for the conception and design of Telefónica’s Data Anonymization Platform (DAP). Mr. Ukena now heads in the position of Business Owner the strategic development of the platform as a technical and legal basis for a variety of business models in the newly founded German Division Advanced Data Analytics, globally a section of the Telefónica S.A. Group as well as with other partners. Mr. Ukena has 15 years of practical experience in the fields information technology and software development, in which he worked as project manager in a medium-sized system house, as an independent consultant and co-worked in the university research group wi-mobile. After finishing an IT systems technician certificate, he concluded his studies in information-oriented business administration at the University of Augsburg, focusing on Business Intelligence and Mobile Commerce, and acquired two degrees, Bachelor of Science and Diploma.

Michael Pisula studied computer science at the University of Passau. His special interest lies in distributed systems, in particular the increasingly important Big Data world. As a senior consultant with TNG, he has been supporting customers in issues regarding Big Data, Akka, continuous integration and generally complex problems.

Unlocking the True Value of Big Data with Open Data Science (in English)

Dr. Kristopher Overholt, Solution Architect, Continuum Analytics

The high potential of Big Data Analytics is clear across all verticals and the industry, yet organizations still struggle to unlock its true value. Even with the latest distributed execution frameworks in the Hadoop ecosystem, they are challenged with leveraging Big Data, advanced analytics and computing power in their clusters. Organizations need to enable data scientists and analysts to leverage solutions that include data analytics, visualization, parallelization and optimization. Also, they need to scale up and scale out to perform distributed computations in cluster environments using tools in Open Data Science, including the Python and R ecosystems. Enterprises demand flexibility, high performance and efficient use of memory to scale up their Big Data workloads, especially for numerical and statistical computations. They need cost effective business results from their Big Data investments and the ability to leverage the latest innovations to outperform their last generation technology. In order to deliver on this promise, Big Data Analytics has to be simplified so that the skills that exist in the enterprise can easily maximize the benefits of Big Data. This requires scalable package and dependency management of existing analytics tools, as well as flexible parallel frameworks to scale up their Big Data workflows, including machine learning, image processing and natural language processing. In this session, enterprises will learn how to leverage the power of Open Data Science to extract value and get high performance and interactive analytics from Big Data. The speaker will demonstrate examples of high-performance, distributed Python computations that include:

  • In-memory natural language processing and interactive queries on text data in HDFS
  • Analysis of NYC taxi data through distributed dataframes on a cluster on HDFS
  • Creation of interactive distributed visualizations of global temperature data
  • Parallelization of existing legacy code with custom file formats

Data Scientists will hear about how to achieve lightning fast processing of computationally intensive distributed analytics with Python to realize the full value of their Big Data.

Kristopher Overholt is a solution architect at Continuum Analytics who works with scientific software development and distributed/cluster computing, including Python, Hadoop and Spark for data analysis and data engineering workflows. Kristopher received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering. Prior to joining Continuum, he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at Austin. Kristopher has more than a decade of experience in areas including applied research, scientific computing, small-scale and large-scale experiments, system administration, open-source software development, computational modeling and hands-on technician/electronics work.

Future Technology

A Perspective on Wearable Computing Platforms (in English)

Toby Martin, Head of SW-Development, Bragi

Wearable technology, and especially Hearables, have seen significant advances in the past few years. Bragi, with The Dash, has been at the forefront of these advances. This talk will detail some of the enabling technologies, practical difficulties and some possibilities for the future.

Small Satellites for Big Duties - Applications in Earth Observation and Telecommunications

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling - Chair for Robotics and Telematics at the University Würzburg

Modern miniaturization technique enables the production of complete satellites – with only a few kilograms mass – that are amazingly powerful. Formations of micro-satellites can be brought into orbit cost-efficiently and allow many innovative applications for telecommunication and earth observation. For industry, this creates interesting opportunities regarding industry 4.0 and digitization, preparing the ground for offering global services such as remote maintenance of machinery and production facilities, also on other continents. Such earth observation and communication networks also open up new horizons for logistics with respect to global tracking of the transport of goods. The more reliable on-board electronics as well as the more powerful position and orbit control have paved the way for commercial applications here. Only during the last two years 200 micro-satellites were brought into the Earth orbit.

Prof. Dr. Schilling was involved in the realization of interplanetary satellites (such as HUYGENS to Saturn's moon Titan or ROSETTA for exploring comets) in the aerospace industry before he was appointed to the Chair of Computer Science VII: Robotics and Telematics at the University of Würzburg. Concomitant he is in the board of the non-university research institute "Center for Telematics (ZfT)". He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and worked as a Consulting Professor at the Stanford University between 2002 and 2006. In 2012 he received an ERC Advanced Grant as well as the Walter-Reis-Award for Innovations in Robotics for his work in 2008 on robotic vehicles and in 2012 on medical robotics applications. He supports IFAC as Coordinating Chair "Computers and Control" and was chairman of the "Technical Committee on Networked Robotics" with IEEE.

Quantum vs Classical Optimization: A Status Update on the Arms Race (in English)

Prof. Helmut G. Katzgraber - Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University - Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico

Can quantum computers meet the tantalizing promise of solving complex calculations - such as optimization problems or database queries - faster than classical computers based on transistor technologies? Although IBM recently opened up their five-qubit programmable quantum computer to the public to tinker with, the holy grail of a useful large-scale programmable universal quantum computer is decades away. Although working mid-scale programmable special-purpose quantum optimization machines exist, a conclusive detection of quantum speedup remains controversial despite the promising results by Google Inc. In this talk I will outline how we can predict the typical difficulty of optimization problems without solving them with the goal of "tickling" any quantumness out of these machines while, at the same time, aiding in the search for the "killer" application domain where quantum optimization might excel. Finally, an overview of different sequential, non-tailored, as well as specialized tailored classical state-of-the-art algorithms is given. Current quantum annealing technologies must outperform these to claim the crown in the race for quantum speedup.

Helmut Katzgraber was born in Lima, Peru and is Austrian citizen. After growing up in Lima and completing military duties in the Austrian army, he studied physics at ETH Zurich where he graduated with a Diploma with distinction under the supervision of Prof. Gianni Blatter. He received his PhD in Physics in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. A. Peter Young at the University of California Santa Cruz for numerical studies of spin-glass systems. After a one-year postdoctoral position with Profs. Gergely Zimanyi and Richard Scalettar at the University of California Davis where he worked on numerical studies of magnetic recording media, he returned to ETH Zurich in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Gianni Blatter at the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2007 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship and in 2009 he joined TAMU as a tenure-track assistant professor. In 2011 he received an NSF CAREER award. In 2012 he was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at TAMU and in 2015 promoted to professor. In parallel, since 2014 he is external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. His main research fields in computational physics are the investigation of disordered and complex systems, as well as the study of problems related to quantum computing.

Driving without Drivers: What works (and how) and what doesn’t (and why)?

Prof. Dr. Ralf G. Herrtwich - Director Vehicle Automation and Chassis Systems, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development, Daimler AG

With the introduction of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, autonomous driving celebrated the entry into the car: Since 2013, Daimler limousines can drive self-motivated in traffic jams without the driver having to take his hands on the steering wheel. The automotive sector – and not only them – is working relentlessly on further solutions for automated driving functions. The lines of attack are varied: from the self-parking operation to the autonomous highway driving up to the fully driverless car everything is included. Let's talk about the difficulties and chances of implementation of each approach and take a look into the future of the automobile, which has perhaps only then really deserved its name!

Ralf G. Herrtwich creates self-driving vehicles for Mercedes-Benz. In 2013, his team made an S-Class re-enact the world’s first overland drive, covering the historic 65-miles Bertha Benz Route autonomously in regular traffic. As Director of Vehicle Automation and Chassis Systems, Dr. Herrtwich is in charge of conceiving and developing future safety and comfort innovations for Daimler vehicles. A computer scientist by education, he started his career in academia at TU Berlin and UC Berkeley. He then held management positions with IBM and several telecommunication startups before joining Daimler in 1998 to manage its research on telematics and in-car infotainment. Since 2009, he also is honorary professor for vehicle information technology at TU Berlin.

Cities and towns are currently looking for new strategies to improve the quality of life and the quality of economic systems, that do not hamper subsistent social values. The tale of two cities shows how we are strengthening the concept of Smart City in the two latest projects we won and how data is changing the city space and the architecture in order to create new spaces and regain the quality of life. This will be shown in two distinctive cases: Barcelona, with more than 2 million inhabitants in the urban area [representing 75% of the urban population], and Beasain, a very potent industrial town in Gipuzkoa with 9.500 inhabitants.

Iñaki Arbelaiz [MSc Architecture and Urban Planning, MSc Interaction, PDD Business Development and Growth] is the CEO of KUDA! [culture+urbanism+design+architecture] and has been focused on city planning and the systems attached to cities. He is part of the board of several territorial management and policy councils and has been collaborating with the cities of Barcelona, London and Rotterdam on the development of the public space and strategic plans for the environmental building and energy on several levels. His prior experiences include Project Architect and Project Manager positions at many organizations like EEA Rotterdam, EEA Moscow, EEA Budapest, OMA Rotterdam and Llinás in Barcelona, working in several countries and cities such as Moscow, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Milan, Dubai and South Korea.

IT Security and Data Protection

Privacy is often a killer argument why things do not work. It is often used by those who have little understanding of privacy. On the other hand, one may feel safe about data protection laws and then be surprised by strange rules. Privacy: a mix of Voodoo and rules fury? This lecture aims to illustrate the basic principles and shows with the help of some cases where you might intuitively be wrong, where the pitfalls lie. On the other hand it shall point out that consistent data protection is a central element of functioning compliance and is rewarded by the market.

Prof. Dr. Gregor Thüsing, LL.M (Harvard) is a board member of the Association for Data Protection and Data Security e. V., the largest data protection organization in Germany. He is professor at the University of Bonn and engaged in particular with data protection and compliance issues. He is considered an excellent orator and outstanding expert of his subject.

The Internet is a networked system whose services are of major relevance to the population. At the same time Internet-based services are subject to many threats that are being discussed among experts for many years. Nevertheless, only since Edward Snowden made several documents publically available, it has become a topic of general interest. In this presentation, first you will get an overview of attack possibilities known since the Snowden revelations. Subsequently, we will demonstrate how it is possible to implement reliable Internet-based services even under eventual strong attacks.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Carle holds the Chair "Network Architectures and Services" at the Technical University of Munich and is Information Officer and RBG-Director of the Computer Science Faculty. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris and made his master degree in Digital Systems at the Brunel University in London. At the Institute of Telematics, University of Karlsruhe, he received his doctorate in 1996 as a fellow of the Research Training Group "Manageability of Complex Systems". In 1997 he worked at the Institute Eurécom in Sophia Antipolis financed by the European Community. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin, where he worked from late 1997 to late 2002, he headed the Competence Center 'Global Networking'. In 2003 he started a new position in the University of Tübingen, as head of the newly created Chair "Computer Networks and Internet." In 2008 he was appointed to a Professorship at the Technical University of Munich. His current focuses are Internet technologies and network security.

The IT security often seems to be a neck-to-neck race between those who hack systems and those who mend gaps. It shouldn't be like that! This talk pleads for a scientific approach in IT security: following the example of Cryptography, based on clear definitions, explicit assumptions and evidence in (mathematical) models. This approach makes it possible to generally exclude broad classes of attacks, even those who have never occurred. With some examples from Cryptography and IT Security it will be demonstrated how to model attackers and application environments, to define and to prove security in modern Cryptography. The focus lies on a modeling, which allows a modular design of complex, more secure systems.

Professor Jörn Müller-Quade studied computer science in Erlangen and Karlsruhe and received his PhD in the field of computer algebra at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in 1998. In the years 1999 to 2001 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Imai Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. From 2001 to 2003 he lead the part of Karlsruhe for a BMBF project for quantum cryptography. 2003 to 2007 Jörn Müller-Quade was research group leader within the Emmy Noether Program and did research on lon-term secure cryptography. In 2008, Jörn Müller-Quade and his group received the German IT security price for the electoral process "Bingo Voting". Jörn Müller-Quade was consulted as an expert for voting machines by the Federal Constitutional Court in 2008. The same year he was appointed to the KIT, where he holds the Chair of Cryptography and Security since 2009. Since 2010 Jörn Müller-Quade is a Director at the FZI. In 2011 he initiated the competence center KASTEL. In 2014, the German IT security price for the software protection method Blurry Box was awarded, a cooperation of Prof. Müller-Quade, his research group and the WIBU Systems AG. In addition to his scientific work, Prof. Müller-Quade also seeks dialogue with the public. The Kryptologikum aims to make the subject of cryptography understandable to laymen and Prof. Müller-Quade repeatedly exhibited works in the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), for instance in the exhibitions Future Cinema, Light Art from Artificial Light and Global Control and Censorship.

Computational Biology

Analysis of Genome Data and the Move to Precision Medicine (in English)

Klaus Maisinger - Director Bioinformatics, Illumina

High throughput sequencing has enabled cost effective analysis of large cohorts of human genomes. The cost of sequencing has fallen at a faster rate than Moore’s law in the last decade, and the availability of DNA sequence data is promising to open up applications of molecular and genetic data to Precision Medicine. In some disease contexts genetic tests are already in widespread clinical use, and population scale sequencing projects such as Genomics England’s 100,000 genomes project are aiming to provide large cohorts for translational research while pioneering the use of whole genome sequencing in a national health system. Significant challenges lie in the analysis and clinical interpretation of genetic tests, where computational methods, Big Data and learning techniques may be able to accelerate improvements in diagnostic yield.

Klaus is a Director of Bioinformatics at Illumina, a company developing genetic analysis tools and systems. He joined the DNA sequencing start-up Solexa 13 years ago, which was later acquired by Illumina and developed the currently most widely used high throughput DNA sequencing technology. In his current role, Klaus is involved in projects ranging from signal processing and data compression to large scale analysis of genomic data and its interpretation. Educated as a physicist at the University of Munich (Diplom) and at the University of Cambridge (PhD in astrophysics), Klaus fondly remembers his time in Munich. 

The idea that cancer is an evolutionary disease has originally been formulated in the 70s. Random mutation and selection inside the body slowly transform healthy cells into aggressive clones that spread through the body, colonise distant tissues and ultimately kill the patient. The path to cancer in each human is therefore highly individual and so is the genetic makeup of cancer cells inside each patient, an effect known as tumour heterogeneity. Only over the last years have next-generation sequencing efforts revealed the extent of inter- and intra-tumour heterogeneity. Large amounts of genomics and transcriptomics data on all known human cancer types have been assembled to provide us with a picture of the genetic landscape of cancer. The big challenge of the years to come is to make sense of that data, requiring us to change the way we think about data storage, distribution and analysis. As an example, I will introduce the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes project, a joint international effort by the two leading cancer resource consortia, the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), to generate and analyse more than 2500 complete cancer genomes and transcriptomes. I will describe how the total amount of over 300TB of data lead to adoption of cloud computing resources for scientific data analysis and what the amount of data means for the everyday work of scientists. Challenges aside, we will see how Big Data can feed novel machine learning algorithms, and how information extracted from such datasets can be transferred to the clinic in translational efforts.

Roland is currently an interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the EBI in Hinxton. Having worked previously at the CRUK Cambridge Institute, he studies genome evolution and systems genetics with a focus on translational cancer medicine. In particular, he develops machine learning and statistical methods to model evolutionary processes at the genome level. One example is the development of a method for computing evolutionary distances between tumour copy-number profiles (MEDICC, Schwarz et al. 2014, PLoS Comp Bio) and an accompanying clinical study on ovarian cancer patients where it was shown that differences in tumour heterogeneity predict chemotherapy resistance in the clinic (Schwarz et al. 2015, PLoS Medicine). Alongside his research, Roland teaches the Network Biology module in the MPhil for Computational Biology, organises Phylogenetics seminars, supervises Part II Computer Science undergraduates in Bioinformatics and gives outreach lectures to lay audiences and younger students. In his free time he is a keen horse rider with the CURC and enjoys sailing and windsurfing. For a full list of publications, please see: https://scholar.google.com/citations 


As we are the only company developing full stack software for real banks on Ruby and Rails and as we regard our stack as one of the few that is API based we see ourselves as the "Pirates of Banking". Our one code base stack currently runs 3 different bank use cases in 2 different countries with different languages and currencies. This year we will expand on at least two more countries with more more languages and currencies. Our software stack runs hosted by us or on premise. This talk we deal with the challenges and advantages the decision to run on Ruby and Rails gives us. I'll talk about how we leverage on Rails and Ruby to apply modern methodologies like micro services, agile product teams, cloud and container technologies and much more to deliver scalable, stable and reliable banking software. Further on it deals with how we use Rails to move from a single customer installation to multi customer on premise packaged software solutions.

Since end of 2014 Marc Grimme is responsible for the Software Development at FidorTecs the outsourced IT department of the FidorBank Germany. Since then he is responsible for the Software Development and involved in many of the projects. As of beginning of 2016 FidorTecs was moved to Fidor he now is CTO and leads the engineering at Fidor. Before he was 20 years one of the 4 CEOs/founders - responsible for Software Development and execution of technical projects - at ATIX AG a company dedicated for delivering innovative products for Linux based data centers. He believes in Agile methodologies as being the key to successful Software Development projects and products.

Banks and financial service providers depend - more than many other industries - on available and secure IT for their business operations. Due to the nature of their core business, financial transactions and their mapping in IT, they are of course especially interesting for cyber criminals. But not only. Within the last years particularly the banking supervision nationally and internationally has been interested in the topic cyber risk and cyber security, too. By means of concrete examples the talk reflects which threats banks were recently exposed to. Apart from that, it shows which regulatory demands in relation to cyber security in processes and IT systems supervisory authorities must implement.

Dr. Walter Kirchmann is chairman of the business management of Finanz Informatik Technologie Service GmbH (FITS). There he is amongst other things responsible for distribution, finances, human resources and compliance. Prior to his function at FITS he was responsible for Global Business Services at Allianz Global Investors as director and for risk management and data balance at BayernLB as department head of application development. Before, he was employed at Softlab as consultant and project leader. He graduated in electrical engineering at Hochschule München, possesses an MBA of the Henley Management College (UK) and received his doctorate in economic and organizational sciences at Universität der Bundeswehr.


Dr. Alexis Eisenhofer - CEO, financial.com

Banks and financial services companies transform themselves increasingly in IT companies. Because of legacy systems and regulatory requirements, the adjustment speed however is extremely slow, so they are often attacked by innovative start-ups (" FinTechs "). It 's not just about making banking better than a bank, but also, through peer-to-peer platforms, about banking without a bank ("banking is essential, banks are not." - Bill Gates, 1998). The presentation gives an overview of the best offers in the area of financial services in the Internet.

Alexis Eisenhofer studied from 1993 to 1997 economics at the University of Munich, where he subsequently received his doctorate at the Institute for Capital Market Research and Finance. Since 1999 he is a founding partner and CEO of financial.com AG, a provider of capital market information systems headquartered in Munich. In addition, since 2005 he is a founding member and honorary board member of the Munich Finance Forum e.V., which is dedicated to the promotion of exchanges between finance and institutional investment.


Germany 2064: Our children´s future and the future of value creation!

Dr. Martin Sonnenschein - Partner und Managing Director Central Europe, A. T. Kearney

How will value creation look like in 2064? No one knows exactly what consequences the digital technology and its networking potential will have. The time in which factories offered several jobs, competition took place within the limits of its own industry and mass products were widely sold, seem to be over. Thus we are witnessing a redefinition of what we name "industrial value creation": The whole process from the planning of a product throughout its production to its sale undergoes a radical redesign. How much will Germany as an industrial location have to adapt when every second company starts fearing competition from other sectors – and every third starts planning to attack? How the dissolution of business sectors and industry boundaries in consequence of the digitalization will look like? Which challenges managers and their development strategies will have to face? This talk covers a small crop of a large-scale study carried out by A.T. Kearney about "Germany in 2064 - the world of our children". The associated futuristic thriller "Germany 2064", by Martin Walker, was many weeks on bestseller lists.

Dr. Martin Sonnenschein is Partner and Managing Director Central Europe at A.T. Kearney, a leading international management consulting company. He has 16 years of consulting experience with a focus on industrial growth opportunities and operational improvements as well as entrepreneur and manager. Prior to being named Central European Chief in 2009, he was responsible for counselling telecommunication and high-tech companies around the world. Since 2011 he is an elected member of the Global Board of Directors of A. T. Kearney. Martin Sonnenschein has led numerous projects for companies in various industries throughout the world and is responsible for some of the major clients of A.T. Kearney. The focus of his work are transformation, growth & innovation and digital excellence. He was involved in the development of today's most successful B2B marketplace. Prior to joining A.T. Kearney in 2000 and after finishing a doctor degree in industrial engineering in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology he gained ten years extensive management experience as Managing Partner of fast growing service companies. Martin Sonnenschein supports leading industry initiatives and Think Tanks and is on the board of several companies and the co-author of numerous books. He is the initiator of "Germany 2064 - The world of our children". He is also co-founder of the Falling Walls Lab, an interdisciplinary platform for outstanding talents and repeatedly invests in startups.

The Boss is dead - long live the Team? - Leadership in an agile Organization

Dr. Martin Wagner - CTO, Mercateo

The classic hierarchic leadership pattern of the omniscient and everything controlling boss does not work in highly creative working environments like in particular in software development. Mercateo currently starts out to construct an extensive B2B transaction platform. The scaling ability that is therefore necessary does not only have technical but also especially organizational implications. Since we are convinced that a scaling organization must allow as much autonomy as possible, we have reorganized the leadership model radically within the last year. In the IT organization of Mercateo we have built up a leadership model that is based on four columns. It separates the responsibilities clearly into subject-specific, technical, organizational and personnel leadership functions. This talk not only shows the challenges with change management during the buildup of such a model, but also the chances that arise from it. We present our introduction concept within and outside the IT organization and by means of examples we show how conflicting interests between content-related product development, further team development and individual development, and unfolding in the interaction of now several players become clearly visible and thus workable. Finally, we present the challenges regarding the organization of comprehensive technological subjects and first approaches in the field of tension “uniform architecture vs. team autonomy”.

Martin Wagner is CTO at Mercateo since 2011. Focus of his work is to build up the structure of the software landscape, particularly the organizational structure of the IT organization for the change of Mercateo, to a comprehensive B2B transaction platform. Prior to this he learned much about IT in diverse projects at TNG. He studied computer science at TU Munich and did his doctorate in the area of software engineering of distributed systems for augmented reality.

 On the one hand, software is becoming more and more important for businesses. On the other hand, it is now cheaper than ever before. In addition, as a consequence of the influence of the World Wide Web and cloud computing, it has been increasingly provided in the form of services rather than products. The successful establishment of basis technologies, platforms and associated business ecosystems thus plays an increasingly significant role for software. Therefore, decisions concerning software, both regarding the utilization as well as the development, are essential to economic success. Open source software and handling with it has proven to be an effective tool for the achievement of strategic goals. Since 2012

Steffen Evers is responsible for all matters relating to open source software such as strategy, community management and compliance management at Bosch Software Innovations GmbH. This field has been since 2000th his main professional focus. At the Technical University Berlin he researched, hold lectures and completed his PhD on the subject of open source development. Subsequently he worked for various companies in this field.

Industrie 4.0 - Entering the Digital World of Products

Dr. Andreas Ritzenhoff - Geschäftsführer, Carus

The company Seidel GmbH & Co. KG has been producing for more than 180 years mechanical products for the international cosmetics industry. From this company out Dr. Ritzenhoff founded 2014 the Carus GmbH & Co. KG. Carus produces LED lamps containing digital technologies. In the production of many components the company makes use of the profound know-how of Seidel. The digital expertise has been developed intensively over the years. Unlike the competitors the production is fully automated and takes place in Germany.

Dr. Andreas Ritzenhoff is owner and CEO of Seidel GmbH & Co. KG and Carus GmbH & Co. KG. He studied medicine at the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Heidelberg, Santiago de Chile. Between 1984 and 1986 he was assistant physician for internal medicine at the University Hospital of Dusseldorf. He is a Board member of the Universitätsbund of the University of Marburg and founding member of the Initiative Bio- and Nanotechnology Marburg. He was awarded 2014 with the Deutscher Unternehmer Preis (Harvard Club of Germany) and 2016 with the Dieselmedaille, Germany’s oldest innovation award.

Programming Languages

JavaScript in 2016: Beyond Harmony (in English)

Brendan Eich - President and CEO, Brave Software

I will present the latest developments in JavaScript, both the core language governed by Ecma International's "TC39" Technical Committee, and the browser APIs commonly associated with JS and even now usable on the server side in various "headless browsing" and "server side rendering" systems. JS has become so fast and ubiquitous, it has spawned a new transport syntax, WebAssembly, which promises to grow into its own protocol for safe native-speed Web applications. Therefore I will give an update on WebAssembly as well as JS. I'll close with some fun games demonstrating these innovations on the bleeding-edge versions of today's top browsers.

Brendan Eich is the co-founder and CEO of Brave Software (https://brave.com/), a start-up that aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with faster and safer browsing, as well as micropayments and better ads to give users and publishers a better deal. Eich previously served as CTO, then CEO of the Mozilla Corporation. Prior to that, he co-founded the Mozilla project and foundation. While at Mozilla, Eich helped launch the award-winning Firefox web browser. Eich is also the inventor of JavaScript, the Internet's most widely used programming language.

Idris is a general purpose functional programming language with full dependent types, building on state-of-the-art techniques in programming language research. Dependent types allow types to be predicated on any value - in this way, required properties of a program can be captured in the type system, and verified by a type checker. This includes functional properties (i.e. does the program give the correct answer) and extra-functional properties (i.e. does the program run within specified resource constraints). Idris aims to bring type-based program verification techniques to programming practitioners while supporting efficient systems programming via an optimising compiler and interaction with external libraries. In this talk, I'll use a series of examples to show how dependent types can be used for verifying realistic and important properties of software, from simple properties such as array bounds verification, to more complex properties of communicating and distributed systems.

Dr. Edwin Brady is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK. His research interests there include programming language design, in particular type systems and domain specific languages. Since 2008, he has been designing and implementing the Idris programming language, a general purpose functional programming language with dependent types, which he uses to implement verified domain specific languages. When he's not doing that, he's likely to be playing a game of Go, wrestling with the crossword, or stuck on a train somewhere in Britain.

Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety. Modern language features, such as closures, type inference, pattern matching, and trait-based generics, are supported in tandem with low-level features like zero-cost abstractions, efficient C bindings, and a minimal runtime. With the stable 1.0 release of the language in May 2015 Rust has seen widespread growth and adoption as well as continuous iteration on both the language and the libraries. This talk will explain the fundamentals of Rust and how they're leveraged to achieve the language's lofty goals as well as give a preview of some of Rust's upcoming features.

Alex is a Senior Research Engineer at Mozilla since late 2013. As a member of the Rust core team, library team, and leader of the Tools team, Alex has been working on Rust since late 2012. He is the author of the current std::sync::mpsc module in the standard library, and in the past has architected the runtimes of the standard library (which have since been removed). Currently Alex works on Cargo, Rust's package manager, the standard library, and fostering development of libraries in the community at large.


Microelectromechanical Systems

Dr. Roland Helm - Senior Director, Infineon

MEMS Sensors in consumer devices can be categorized in inertia (mainly accelerometer, gyroscopes and magnetometers), environment sensors (microphones, pressure, temperature and humidity as well as the upcoming gas sensing), and optical sensors (light detection and emerging heart rate measurement). Main players in the capital-intensive MEMS industry are semiconductor manufacturers. The technology is based on etching microstructures into the semiconductor, defining movable parts with specific mechanical properties. Innovation speed is on the edge of physical. For main applications like location detection or sound processing there are combined improvements from software and hardware ongoing, supporting the ongoing transformation of the mobile phone to a personal assistant.

Dr. Roland Helm joined Infineon in 2003 after working in a technology start-up and in a business consultancy. Since 2006 he is responsible for the consumer sensor business, where he has been growing the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) microphone biz from technical feasibility to significant market share by working with leading smartphone customers, driving the leading performance MEMS and ASIC designs as well as securing volume manufacturing and delivery capability. Now he is extending the Microphone Business to a Consumer Sensor MEMS business, including optical and pressure sensing. He is passionate to match capabilities of new technology to the needs of modern society. Roland has a Ph. D. from Technical University of Munich where he majored in physics.

Computer and Games

Modern Chess Preparation – The role of computers in professional chess

Gawain Jones - Chess Grandmaster

Chess playing machines have interested the public for hundreds of years. From The Turk to Deep Blue, people have been fascinated by the contest between man and machine. The engines are now much too strong for even the top human players but they can still be very useful. This talk charts the historical development of chess technology, how it has affected the way that the game is played, how the top players prepare and the possible dangers inherent with more powerful hardware in competitive chess.

Gawain Jones is an English professional chess player. He was born in Yorkshire but he has lived in Italy, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and speaks decent Italian. He enjoys travelling, rugby, and playing all board games. He became an International Master at 16 and a Grandmaster at 19. He has written 3 books on chess openings: The Grand Prix Attack, How to Beat the Sicilian, and The Dragon (part of the Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire series). He's a former Commonwealth and British Champion and has represented England at four Chess Olympiads.

Tools and Methods

REST-Services - only real with HATEOAS: Efficient Building of REST-Interfaces in Java

Jörg Adler - Software Developer, Mercateo und Dr. Andreas Würl, TNG

When designing RESTful interfaces, a constraint is often overlooked - HATEOAS. For this reason REST clients should not make assumptions about the possible state changes of a resource, unless the REST server just delivers one available hyperlink. We will present you the advantages of this architecture paradigm on the basis of some examples - from the improved decoupling of client and server to the simplified modeling of individual user permissions. Thereby we introduce you to existing approaches in the Spring and Jersey framework and then our open source project rest.schemagen. Thus it is clear that HATEOAS brings real benefits for the (server) developer and that additional time and effort are negligible. The project can be found on github and maven central.

Jörg Adler is a software developer at Mercateo AG. His current focus are the REST interfaces and the internal systems.

Andreas works as a Senior Consultant at TNG. His main focus is agile software development and project management with an emphasis on sustainable design. He likes to work in Java, Python, PHP and C++ and in his free time he is frequently contributing to various open source projects. Andreas is originally an experimental physicist and studied at the Universities of Bayreuth and later Constance where he received his PhD degree.

Agile Documentation

Gerhard Müller - TNG

There is much skepticism regarding documentation in agile software development projects, some even stating its non-existence. Nevertheless, agile projects often produce more and notably meaningful documentation in comparison to traditional projects. This talk will answer what good agile documentation actually is (namely more than "just" good text in documents: videos, wikis, issue management, interactive API documentation & co.), and why it is relevant. The experience from many projects – and in particular how to produce agile documentation – shall be reflected. This talk aims to increase the understanding of the importance of good documentation, illustrate some ideas and provide some practical knowledge.

Gerhard Müller has studied computer science at the Technische Universität München and is co-founder and partner of TNG Technology Consulting. He has been involved in enterprise software development for 15 years. During this period he has repeatedly realized that good software is indeed a prerequisite for the project and the product success, but this alone is not sufficient. Just as important and often even more challenging is to keep a close eye on business, markets and customers.

Searching for the Needle in a Haystack? ELK can help

Dr. Andriy Samsonyuk - TNG

Stop wasting your time on looking for errors, start investing it in fixes and improvements. The bigger the application we are dealing with the more feedback we are getting from it in terms of log statements. At some point the developers are getting virtually flooded with information and the need for the proper tooling becomes apparent. This, yet another Elasticsearch talk, has its focus on the so called ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) stack, an open source tooling developed by the elastic.co for the sole purpose to process, gather, store, visualize and make accessible the amount of logged information you need. ELK stack is easy to setup and maintain. Elasticsearch cluster can be configured according to any reasonable performance and redundancy requirements due to its excellent horizontal scaling. If you are still "grepping" your log files, you might want to take a look at alternatives. Note: technical talk for ELK beginners and Log-monitoring unbelievers

Dr. Andriy Samsonyuk has been working as a Software Consultant at TNG Technology Consulting GmbH since 2013. Before he studied Chemistry and did his PhD at Technical University of Munich.


The Sailrocket Story. Breaking Sailings "Sound Barrier" (in English)

Paul Larsen - Sailrocket

From an obscure upbringing in rural Australia, Paul Larsen takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of his pursuit to smash the outright world speed sailing record and take sailings potential over new horizons.

An overview of the programme can be found here.