Overview of Speakers and Programme for the (Hybrid) Big Techday 21

Big Think Day

Today, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding—and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. Why do we find ourselves flooded with fake news, medical quackery, conspiracy theorizing, and “post-truth” rhetoric? It can’t be that humans are just an irrational species — cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and discovered the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, we think in ways that are sensible in the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning our best thinkers have discovered over the millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and optimal ways to update beliefs and commit to choices individually and with others. Also, the rational pursuit of self-interest, sectarian solidarity, and uplifting mythology by individuals can add up to crippling irrationality in a society. Collective rationality depends on norms that are designed to promote objectivity and truth. Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress. 

A provocative speaker, much in demand, Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist who has been named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. His keynotes have helped millions demystify the science behind human language, thought, and action. Pinker is a Harvard professor, a TED speaker, and a bestselling author, twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Highly respected in the scientific community, his work and opinions are extensively covered in the mainstream media, and have won a wide general audience. A native of Montreal, Steven Pinker is Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Previously, he taught at Stanford and at MIT. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has won a number of teaching prizes, and his research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has received numerous awards, including the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences.

Adventure

Technological Advancements in Football: Insights and Lessons Learned from the TSG ResearchLab (in English)

Dr. Adam Beavan, Scientific Researcher, TSG ResearchLab

The introduction of new types of technology in sport rapidly surpasses the time that it takes practitioners to evaluate their practical value within a club and how to best use it. Science is often playing ‘catch up’ to evaluate the best applications of new technologies introduced in the field. For the last four years, Adam conducted his PhD alongside TSG Hoffenheim on developing the latest technologies to best measure and train athletes’ performance in soccer together with a scientific approach. With the newly opened TSG ResearchLab, Adam continues to build on his work by evaluating the practical value of new technologies in sport and whether we can transfer this knowledge to other areas of society.

Adam Beavan, PhD is a scientific researcher at the TSG ResearchLab in Germany. Adam conducted his PhD on investigating and developing the latest technologies that best measure and train athletes’ cognitive abilities. Adam continues to examine data within a sport-psychology context to better explain expertise in sport, and whether the learning outcomes of ‘what makes certain athletes great?’ can also be transferred to non-sporting domains.

I’m Kilian Bron, 29, from Annecy - French Alps and professional enduro mountain bike rider for Commencal. In few words, I just like to spend time outside, in the mountains. Skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer... I’ve always enjoyed getting off the beaten track and exploring beyond usual paths and peaks. That's why I also combine a real passion for traveling and content production.

But I'm also a racer and it will be one of the main subjects of my talk. With years, the famous Mountain Of Hell and Megavalanche became my main race goals. I won the last three editions of the Mountain Of Hell and I finished 2nd of the two last Megavalanche.

Artificial Intelligence

IoT Device Data Processing at KONUX from Zero to One (in English)

Marc Gaines, Chief Architect, KONUX GmbH

As an AI startup to revolutionise and digitise maintenance regimes for railway infrastructure assets, we have to iterate quickly, learn fast and adapt continuously. The processing of data from our IoT devices is the core element of the KONUX predictive maintenance system. During the evolutionary steps we took from a processing system that works for some IoT devices to a processing solution that works at scale, we learned a lot and made quite some mistakes. In this talk I would like to tell you about the journey we took, the challenges we faced and the lessons we learned.

Superior AI-First Customer Experience for the Enterprise (in English)

Mady ManthaRasa

Today’s customer experience is a maze that leaves customers and employees disengaged and disenchanted. This talk will show you how to design and deliver AI-first customer experiences that drive value. We will touch upon Rasa’s open source conversational AI platform that allows companies to control their automation destiny, its NLU and ML powered dialogue management that respond to customers’ evolving needs and constantly improve, and best practices that focus on successful adoption and high impact. 

Mady Mantha is the Head of Evangelism at Rasa. She has years of experience building ML-driven products at think tanks, startups, and enterprises. Mady studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Georgetown University.

Open Ecosystem for integrated Machine-Learning Workflows (in English)

Dr. Sebastian RhodeZEISS

Today’s imaging systems can create huge amounts of large datasets automatically and the main challenge is now to extract “Actionable Information” from those images and therefore an important topic for ZEISS. One of the main tool sets to tackle those computer vision challenges is the usage of Artificial Intelligence to process, segment and classify images. The challenge however is to create a flexible and open technology stack to keep up with this very fast developing field and to be able to incorporate new tools from various open-source software (OSS) projects, which are an integral part of the AI computer vision community. Our approach is to use an open and flexible ecosystem of different AI-based tools, which heavily rely on OSS tools, standard data formats and the usage of Python, cloud and Docker™ technologies. This ecosystem allows us to re-use code for many different projects while giving us the option to still customize the end-user applications depending on specific needs and requirements.

Sebastian Rhode studied Chemistry with a focus on Biochemistry in Munich (Germany), where he did his diploma thesis on studying virus uptake in living cells via single molecule microscopy using custom built microscope systems in 2002. He decided to get his PhD in Biophysics and joined the group of Gerhard Schütz at the Institute of Biophysics in Linz in Austria, where he continued imaging single molecules in living cells using optical microscopes and AFMs. Four years later he returned to Munich and started working for various microscope-related companies as a project lead responsible for the development of different imaging system incl. software solutions. In 2012 he joined Carl Zeiss Microscopy to focus on all aspects of automated microscopy and image analysis. Currently he is the responsible Product Owner for Machine Learning solutions inside the ZEN microscopy ecosystem and the APEER cloud-based processing platform as well as for the CZI image data format.

Pushing Deepfakes to the Limit - Fake Video Calls with AI

Thomas Endres, Martin Förtsch und Jonas MayerTNG

Today's real-time Deepfake technology makes it possible to create indistinguishable doppelgängers of a person and let them participate in video calls. Since 2019, the TNG Innovation Hacking Team has intensively researched and continuously developed the AI around real-time Deepfakes. The final result and the individual steps towards photorealism will be presented in this talk. Since its first appearance in 2017, Deepfakes have evolved enormously from an AI gimmick to a powerful tool. Meanwhile different media outlets such as "Leschs Kosmos", Galileo and other television formats have been using TNG Deepfakes. In this talk we will show the different evolutionary steps of the Deepfake technology, starting with the first Deepfakes and ending with real-time Deepfakes of the entire head in high resolution. Several live demos will shed light on individual components of the software. In particular, we focus on various new technologies to improve Deepfake generation, such as Tensorflow 2 and MediaPipe, and the differences in comparison to our previous implementations.

In his role as a Partner for TNG Technology Consulting in Munich, Thomas Endres works as an IT consultant. Besides his normal work for the company and the customers he is creating various prototypes - like a telepresence robotics system with which you can see reality through the eyes of a robot, or an Augmented Reality AI that shows the world from the perspective of an artist. He is working on various applications in the fields of AR/VR, AI and gesture control, putting them to use e.g. in autonomous or gesture controlled drones. But he is also involved in other Open Source projects written in Java, C# and all kinds of JavaScript languages. Thomas studied IT at the TU Munich and is passionate about software development and all the other aspects of technology. As an Intel Software Innovator and Black Belt, he is promoting new technologies like AI, AR/VR and robotics around the world. For this he received amongst others a JavaOne Rockstar award.

Martin Förtsch is an IT-consultant of TNG Technology Consulting GmbH based in Unterföhring near Munich who studied computer sciences. Workwise his focus areas are Agile Development (mainly) in Java, Search Engine Technologies, Information Retrieval and Databases. As an Intel Software Innovator and Intel Black Belt Software Developer he is strongly involved in the development of open-source software for gesture control with 3D-cameras like e.g. Intel RealSense and has built an Augmented Reality wearable prototype device with his team based on this technology. Furthermore, he gives many talks on national and international conferences about Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 3D-camera technologies, Augmented Reality and Test Driven Development as well. He was awarded with the Oracle JavaOne Rockstar.

Jonas Mayer works in the Innovation Hacking Team of TNG Technology Consulting where his main focus lies on creating innovative showcases and prototypes in both soft- and hardware. Since 2018 he's been working on numerous projects ranging from real-time deepfakes, over mixed reality art experiences, all the way to autonomous miniature drones. Prior to joining TNG, Jonas studied Informatics: Games Engineering at the TU Munich. Apart from the obvious game projects throughout the course of his studies, he focused mainly on artificial intelligence and high performance computing. 

The Shitposting AI - An Ironic Solution to Fruitless Online Debate

Jonas Mayer, Thomas Endres und Martin FörtschTNG

Using modern AI approaches such as GPT-2, Tacotron and Conformers, we created fully autonomous robot heads that engage in heated social media discussions, completely taking the human out of the loop. The TNG Innovation Hacking Team created a prototype of an end-to-end natural language understanding system, employing techniques such as Speech-to-Text (STT), Conditional Text Generation and Text-To-Speech (TTS). Social media comments have become the predominant medium for public discussion. However, discussions on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit are notorious for their poor debate culture and missing conclusiveness. The obvious solution to this tremendous waste of time is automation of such fruitless discussions using a bot. In this talk, we will give an introduction to NLP, focussing on the concepts of STT, Text Generation and TTS. Using live demos, we will guide you through the process of scraping social media comments, training a text generation model, synthesising millions of voices and building IoT robot heads.

Jonas Mayer works in the Innovation Hacking Team of TNG Technology Consulting where his main focus lies on creating innovative showcases and prototypes in both soft- and hardware. Since 2018 he's been working on numerous projects ranging from real-time deepfakes, over mixed reality art experiences, all the way to autonomous miniature drones. Prior to joining TNG, Jonas studied Informatics: Games Engineering at the TU Munich. Apart from the obvious game projects throughout the course of his studies, he focused mainly on artificial intelligence and high performance computing. 

In his role as a Partner for TNG Technology Consulting in Munich, Thomas Endres works as an IT consultant. Besides his normal work for the company and the customers he is creating various prototypes - like a telepresence robotics system with which you can see reality through the eyes of a robot, or an Augmented Reality AI that shows the world from the perspective of an artist. He is working on various applications in the fields of AR/VR, AI and gesture control, putting them to use e.g. in autonomous or gesture controlled drones. But he is also involved in other Open Source projects written in Java, C# and all kinds of JavaScript languages. Thomas studied IT at the TU Munich and is passionate about software development and all the other aspects of technology. As an Intel Software Innovator and Black Belt, he is promoting new technologies like AI, AR/VR and robotics around the world. For this he received amongst others a JavaOne Rockstar award.

Martin Förtsch is an IT-consultant of TNG Technology Consulting GmbH based in Unterföhring near Munich who studied computer sciences. Workwise his focus areas are Agile Development (mainly) in Java, Search Engine Technologies, Information Retrieval and Databases. As an Intel Software Innovator and Intel Black Belt Software Developer he is strongly involved in the development of open-source software for gesture control with 3D-cameras like e.g. Intel RealSense and has built an Augmented Reality wearable prototype device with his team based on this technology. Furthermore, he gives many talks on national and international conferences about Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 3D-camera technologies, Augmented Reality and Test Driven Development as well. He was awarded with the Oracle JavaOne Rockstar.

Hannibal - the AI Lector (in English)

Tilman Masur und Andreas Hille, TNG

Podcasts, voice chats, audiobooks – audio is everywhere! But can we always trust our ears? For a producer of audiobooks trust is good, but quality control is better. However, checking for errors in a book recording is a labour intensive process involving lectors listening to entire books. In this talk we present our AI lector Hannibal, our adventures in speech-to-text conversion and resource-demanding cloud based ML pipelines.

Tilman Masur has been at TNG for one and a half years as an intern and junior professional and deals with natural language processing and cloud-based machine learning pipelines. For his astrophysics master thesis he automates observations and data analysis of exoplanet transits.

Andreas Hille has studied physics in the field of nanooptics. Later changed to simulating semiconductor devices and now works as full-stack developer at TNG. In internal projects he focuses on machine learning ranging from audio analysis to feedback control systems.

Applied Art

Remember when you were a kid and you got a brand new book to read? The smell of the crisp pages, the stiffness of the un-cracked spine, the shiny cover - a new world waiting to be discovered and explored. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just stay in that escape from reality forever… well that’s essentially what I do… I’m a storyteller - its quite literally my job description. In “The Creative Process of Storytelling,” I will dive into just that - the creativity, adaptability, and tenacity it takes to craft a career with longevity in the entertainment industry. It may look like all red carpets, pampering, and glamour, but believe me, the moments that are comfortable and glamorous are far outnumbered by the moments that are not. But those are the ones I live for. There’s nothing else in this world I would rather do. What we do to bring these stories to life is often daunting and nearly absurd but it must be balanced with a calm focus and a business savvy to be a sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle. Many of these aspects prove to be entertaining, yes, but also universally applicable across nearly any industry. If there is anything I learned from graduating with my BSBA at 17, its that good business is good business - no matter what is being bought and sold. From education, to artistic elements, to business practices, to anecdotes you won’t believe, I will give you a brief peek behind the curtain and show that there truly is no business like show business - or is there?

Katherine McNamara currently stars in the CW’s “Arrow” as ‘Mia Smoak (aka Blackstar)’. She is perhaps best known for her role as ‘Clary Fray’ in the Freeform series “Shadowhunters.” The fantasy show, based on a series of young adult books, drew a massive fanbase and garnered multiple People’s Choice Award and Teen Choice Award wins. McNamara now divides her acting talents between television and film. Notable television credits include “CSI,” “Unforgettable,” “Jessie,” “Good Morning America,” PBS’s “Sondheim! The Birthday Concert,” and the highly acclaimed Freeform series “The Fosters.” She made her big screen debut in Warner Bros.’ “New Year's Eve.” The triple threat has added music to her resume as well. McNamara plays the guitar and the piano, enjoys singing and songwriting, and has a passion for all forms of dance. She shared her passion for music with the world by releasing songs “Ember” (2017), which was featured in the “Shadowhunters” Season 2 finale, and “Glass Slipper” (2017). At the age of 14, McNamara graduated with honors from high school and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Business from Drexel University’s Le Bow School of Business at the age of 17. She is now pursuing a Master of Literature at the John Hopkins University. McNamara is committed to giving back to the community as she is e.g. a champion for the United Nations Foundation’s girl empowerment campaign Girl Up. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, McNamara currently resides in Los Angeles.

Cloud

Zero to MVP in One Year at NeXR - Bringing a Full Body Scanner to Market with Serverless Cloud Technologies

Stefan ZsegoraNeXR, and Alexander KaserbacherTNG

Serverless and modern cloud technologies have helped us to develop a Minimum Viable Product within a short period of time. Our product includes a full body scanner, rendering of 3D avatars and displaying the data in an app. As a technology start-up with partners from the fitness and fashion industry, we have specific and exciting challenges, such as monitoring our users' training progress or virtual fitting. Developing a suitable architecture and product strategy to meet these diverse requirements was a big and exciting task. Compared to heavier operational models, this has allowed us to avoid production overhead in many places from the beginning. In addition, these technologies have helped us to further pursue our product strategy as a platform. In this talk, we would like to share with you how we have used these approaches to enrich our scanner hardware and make it accessible to our customers. What problems did we have to solve to migrate our on-premises render pipeline to the cloud? What architectural decisions were particularly difficult? Why is a platform strategy so valuable for digital products? In addition, we would like to discuss the lessons we learned during the course of our project.

Stefan works at NEXR Technologies on the development of full-body scanner systems and a cloud-based data platform that will provide avatars and virtual things of all kinds. He strongly believes that platforms will play an important role in expanding our world with virtual realities. Only if we can easily create avatars and virtual things of high quality and make them easily accessible to all market participants, such business models can be successful. Before joining NEXR, Stefan worked for different companies in the TMT industry in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich. He studied social sciences in Duisburg and Berlin. He is married, has two children and lives with his family on the outskirts of Berlin.

Alexander Kaserbacher is Senior Consultant at TNG Technology Consulting, where he currently supports a technology startup in the area of cloud and app development. He was already interested in software engineering and software architecture during his computer science studies. His passion for technology also includes the wide-reaching impact of software on businesses and societal factors.

As a leading premium automotive brand, AUDI AG today is looking back to a long and living history in automotive visualization and has regularly raised the bar in terms of visual quality, immersion and VR. However, we all are moving in a highly volatile environment where visualization technology and innovation evolves in high speed, new tools and solutions arise out of a sudden, and the whole visualization industry may change direction within months. How can we as an OEM, that we are used to think, plan and decide long term, ensure innovation leadership? How can we implement latest visualization technologies into a given environment, without re-inventing the wheel? What have been our success factors to merge visualization with other state of the art technologies like cloud computing. We must deliver solutions, that are breathtaking and mind-blowing, that are accepted by our customers, but that also guarantee long-term stability and scalability in large-scale OEM settings. Steadily delivering modern, cutting-edge experiences requires stable backend processes, deep expertise in 3D data handling, highly automated asset processing and cloud expertise. We at Audi Business Innovation GmbH and TNG want to give you some insights in one of our latest journeys at the Automotive Visualization Platform (AVP): creating a large-scale content production toolset for the Volkswagen Group.

Stefan Hohenadl is Product Owner in the Automotive Visualization Platform (AVP) division at Audi Business Innovation GmbH. Stefan has been deeply rooted in the 3D visualization industry for over 10 years. Successful visualization means to him that technology and aesthetics always go hand in hand. For him, this is the attraction of the industry and motivates him to constantly rethink visualization. In his current role he is responsible for the development of AVP's content-on-demand solutions. Launched at the end of 2019 with a small dedicated team, one touchpoint and a few hundred images generated per day, he is now working with three specialized teams to develop a highly scalable and cross-brand 3D content production system for a steadily growing number of touchpoints and use cases with many millions of assets produced.

Markus is Senior Consultant at TNG Technology Consulting. From OR planning systems at the University Hospital Erlangen to evaluation and simulation of X-ray experiments at the Technical University of Munich, he has also previously been interested in complex software problems. At TNG, besides full-stack development, he also likes to deal with software architecture and requirements analysis, preferably in the environment of modern cloud technologies. Currently he supports a customer in the development and delivery of software for the visualization of vehicles.

Six Principles for Modern Cloud Data Warehouses (in English)

Dr. Sven Balnojan, Mercateo, and Dr. Christoph GietlTNG

In this talk we will share our experience in moving towards a modern cloud-based data architecture, how it helped us drive up the data quality by a factor of 5, and drive the lead times for new reports & dashboards down by a factor of 10. We managed that by focusing deeply on bringing a lot of modern software engineering best practices to the world of data, in particular six specific principles. Some of the best practices are ranging from a monolithic legacy data architecture based on ETL hosted on bare metal, to the AWS Cloud with a modern ELT architecture or focussing onto versioning everything integrated into a continuous integration workflow and a lot more. TNG was deeply involved in all of these steps as part of the data engineering team.

Sven is the Product Owner of a data team at Mercateo, father of three kids, and usually digs deep into data in his blog posts and newsletters ranging from DevOps applied to data to technical or even team architecture.

Christoph is a Senior Consultant at TNG. Coming from a mathematical statistics background he discovered his passion for data engineering and cloud computing at Mercateo where he has been part of Sven's team from 2017 to 2020. In his current project Christoph helps data scientists design and implement infrastructure for developing and operating machine learning models. Christoph's non-technical interests include craft beer, history, and Bayern Munich.

Game Days @ Elli: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and to Love Incidents (in English)

Dimitris KirtsiosElli, and Dr. Katja RiedTNG

"You built it; you run it!" That's one of the core mottos of the DevOps culture. So how do you prepare your developers for "running it"? Game Days introduce a fun, collaborative way to upskill engineers on incident handling and find holes in your infrastructure and processes. Engineers are faced with real incidents prepared on production-like systems and get the chance to practice analyzing and fixing a variety of issues in a realistic, hands-on setting. In this talk, we share our experience planning and conducting Game Days for 51 engineers at Elli, a provider of electric mobility solutions in the Volkswagen group.

Dimitris is a Software Engineer at Elli doing backend development. Elli has a "You build it. You run it" culture. So as a backend developer, he also works on infrastructure and reliability topics. He has an MSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering. He likes writing about tech on his blog, running, biking, and playing board games in his spare time.

Dr. Katja Ried is a Software Consultant at TNG and works with Elli on the development and operations of their electric mobility services. Before joining TNG, she conducted research at the intersection of quantum information and machine learning in Waterloo and Innsbruck.

Hardware & Reality Hacking

A Tale of the Untold: The Physics Behind Extreme Jet Aerobatics (in English)

Alejandro Ibáñez HervásAerospace Engineer

Aerobatics, despite being a really interesting aspect of aviation is a topic somewhat overlooked in the academic and business worlds. Most aircraft mission requirements such as range, endurance or payload capacity often lead to solutions that are at odds with those that would otherwise yield capable aerobatic vehicles. In this context, anyone who has ever been to an airshow has likely looked up to the skies and contemplated in awe... but it is one thing to watch a performance by a small and lightweight aerobatic plane and an entirely different experience to witness a 30 ton fighter aircraft zooming across the place nearing supersonic speeds, conjuring clouds of its own out of thin air and making the whole place reverberate, only to then pull seemingly impossible maneuvers akin to those performed by the smaller, lighter airplane. Modern fighter aircraft are quite astonishing pieces of engineering and technological achievement. To see one performing extreme aerobatics is definitely a thrilling experience and it may leave you wondering… ‘What did I just see?’, ‘How is that even possible?’ In this talk I will tell you about my fascination for the topic and bring you along for the ride of how I managed to work out some of the answers by combining my engineering skills with practical experimentation provided by remotely piloted model aircraft along with careful analysis of video material. Hopefully I will be able to let you see the beauty of extreme aerobatics through my eyes! 

Alejandro Ibáñez is an artist-entrepreneur moved by an intense passion for the aeronautic world, which led him to get his BSc in Aerospace Vehicle Engineering. His interest is focused in fighter aircraft, extreme post-stall aerobatics and aviation shows. After 18 years of designing, building and flying model aircraft he is now working on his next aircraft prototype, which he hopes to eventually manufacture and distribute for the RC hobby market. Alejandro also runs Airguardian, a YouTube channel dedicated to aviation with +47.5k subscribers and 20M views. 

It's All About Who Cares: Becoming a Robot or How Teleportation Will Solve Aging. Twice. (in English)

Rafael Hostettler, Devanthro GmbH

In the next decade, one billion Baby Boomers will retire. But who will care for them? Home-care is the fastest-growing occupation, yet still demand is rapidly outgrowing supply – and care is tough, paid badly and will ever be. A bleak outlook for the largest generation’s hope to age in dignity. But let’s talk about robots, and how they’re not going to help. And what needs to change so they could, what we have to do so they can and how we can use other disruptive technologies – such as VR/AR and 5G/Starlink – so they will. From there, let’s understand what all of this has to do with teleportation and becoming a robot to finally answer the biggest question of all: who cares? In this tour de force on turning science fiction into science fact, I hope to inspire you to travel with me into a speculative future, building the realization that getting there does not need any scientific miracles but just a few excited human beings who truly care.

Born in 1985 with an unsatisfiable curiosity, Rafael Hostettler works towards a simple goal: to stay curious indefinitely. After completing his MSc. in Computational Science at ETH Zurich, a Master thesis at Disney Research in physically based animation, co-authoring a patent on augmented reality, and getting a best-paper award for an invention that creates color images only from white light and prisms with black markings, he co-founded a MedTech startup for image guided thin-instrument navigation: Medical Templates. Its product is decidedly not-a-robot, yet has been called “[…] so disruptive, when you bring this to market, there will be no more competition“ and consequentially, the company was just recently named “Most promising startup for GE Healthcare”. In parallel, he’s been collaborating with some of the best research institutions (TUM, Fraunhofer, University of Oxford, CUHK, The Human Brain Project) and corporates (Infineon, Autodesk, Amazon, Nvidia, …) to create a boot-strapped science venture: Devanthro – the Roboy Company. Its vision is to build robots that one day become as agile, dexterous and elegant as the human body, but without its fragility – so that one day, we can live as these robots. Therefore, it’s just logical he’s now building robots without brains controlled by humans in control suits and will just be back from the largest robotics competition on the planet, where he’s a semi-finalist: the 10 Million USD ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

Why Is the BMW Group Interested in Quantum Computing? (in English)

Dr. Johannes Klepsch, BMW Group

This talk focuses on answering the question as to why the BMW Group engages in the field of Quantum Computing. We continue by looking at current activities the BMW Group is involved in, and finish by a short deep dive in applications of Quantum Computing along the automotive value chain. 

Johannes is a product owner for emerging technologies in the BMW Group IT. He chairs a working group in the Quantum Computing Application and Technology Consortium and leads the BMW Group Quantum Computing initiative. His interests lie at the junction of technology and business with a focus on data driven innovation. He has a background in mathematics with a PhD from TU Munich.

Brain Computer Interfaces Demystified - Can Thoughts Take Over Control?

Jonas Mayer, Martin Förtsch and Thomas EndresTNG

What if a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) could translate your thoughts into commands, to control software or hardware? The TNG Innovation Hacking Team worked with various brain computer interfaces and is trying to develop such software. An interesting device in this environment is the OpenBCI, which provides programming interfaces for e.g. C + +, Python, Java and R. The lecture gives an overview of different BCI manufacturers and types, as well as their different approaches to record and interpret brain waves. The team took up the challenge to use techniques from artificial intelligence, which support the evaluation of brain currents from electroencephalography (EEG). The speakers present prototypical showcases including such devices as OpenBCI, EMotive Epoc-X and NextMind, sharing their experience with the audience. In this exciting and entertaining lecture you will get an introduction to the world of mind control. The speakers will focus in particular on the deep learning techniques used in this application. The introduction of e.g. evolutionary strategies in the form of genetic algorithms for the optimization of artificial, neural networks round off the presentation.

Jonas Mayer works in the Innovation Hacking Team of TNG Technology Consulting where his main focus lies on creating innovative showcases and prototypes in both soft- and hardware. Since 2018 he's been working on numerous projects ranging from real-time deepfakes, over mixed reality art experiences, all the way to autonomous miniature drones. Prior to joining TNG, Jonas studied Informatics: Games Engineering at the TU Munich. Apart from the obvious game projects throughout the course of his studies, he focused mainly on artificial intelligence and high performance computing. 

Martin Förtsch is an IT-consultant of TNG Technology Consulting GmbH based in Unterföhring near Munich who studied computer sciences. Workwise his focus areas are Agile Development (mainly) in Java, Search Engine Technologies, Information Retrieval and Databases. As an Intel Software Innovator and Intel Black Belt Software Developer he is strongly involved in the development of open-source software for gesture control with 3D-cameras like e.g. Intel RealSense and has built an Augmented Reality wearable prototype device with his team based on this technology. Furthermore, he gives many talks on national and international conferences about Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 3D-camera technologies, Augmented Reality and Test Driven Development as well. He was awarded with the Oracle JavaOne Rockstar.

In his role as a Partner for TNG Technology Consulting in Munich, Thomas Endres works as an IT consultant. Besides his normal work for the company and the customers he is creating various prototypes - like a telepresence robotics system with which you can see reality through the eyes of a robot, or an Augmented Reality AI that shows the world from the perspective of an artist. He is working on various applications in the fields of AR/VR, AI and gesture control, putting them to use e.g. in autonomous or gesture controlled drones. But he is also involved in other Open Source projects written in Java, C# and all kinds of JavaScript languages. Thomas studied IT at the TU Munich and is passionate about software development and all the other aspects of technology. As an Intel Software Innovator and Black Belt, he is promoting new technologies like AI, AR/VR and robotics around the world. For this he received amongst others a JavaOne Rockstar award.

We - 70 students predominantly from the Technical University of Munich - are TUM Boring. What unites us is the motivation to have a lasting positive impact by participating in Elon Musk's Not-a-Boring Competition and the associated development of the fastest tunnel boring machine in the world. Instead of simply renewing existing infrastructure, we should rethink mobility from the ground up and make it three-dimensional! Tunnels help solve many of today's pressing mobility problems, including the most notorious one: traffic congestion. We can use them for innovative concepts like the Loop or the Hyperloop. Individualized point-to-point traffic without stopovers enables unprecedented cruising speed, comfort and flexibility. Making mobility three-dimensional is a necessity for more efficient and less time-consuming transport. It also improves our quality of life, and we can transform former roads into green and recreational spaces specifically tailored to the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and residents. Our technical concept completely convinced The Boring Company as we are one of only twelve teams out of 400 participants invited to the final. Over the past few months, we have turned our concept into reality and built a 22-ton-heavy and 12-metre-long tunnel boring machine. In our presentation, we will look back at highlights and challenges in the construction of the drill and provide an outlook on the future of TUM Boring Innovation in Tunneling e.V. as well.

Katharina Prantl is part of the Operations Team and has taken on tasks such as Legal & Finance, Sponsoring and Marketing. She is currently studying Management & Technology at the Technical University of Munich.

Maximilian Oberpriller led the cutterhead subsystem of TUM Boring which was responsible for the material removal. In this context it was necessary to ensure that the ground was loosened with a cutting wheel and then conveyed into the extraction chamber. A particular challenge was the narrow installation space and the construction of the components, which were exposed to high forces. Maximilian is currently studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

From Dust to Domicile - Sustainable Lunar Habitat Construction Using Solar Sintering Rovers (in English)

Brendan Mance and Saifullah ZekarWARR Exploration (Scientific workgroup for rocket technology and space flight), Technical University of Munich

Within the framework of the global exploration roadmap, outposts on the lunar surface would be a valuable stepping stone in the goal to explore Mars. A lunar outpost would be very beneficial in reducing the risk and cost of future manned missions. By taking advantage of in-situ resource utilization, the total amount of necessary fuel, supplies, and weight can be reduced at initial launch, making projects more feasible. Seeing as space exploration rovers and sintering techniques are already relatively well-developed (TRL 7 and TRL 5, respectively), the challenge lies in the intersection between the two. Our goal is to have a proof-of-concept design of the rover and be able to print directly on the ground using concentrated beams of sunlight. In future iterations, we hope to expand our research of habitation in extreme environments to equatorial regions on Earth. Potential applications of habitat construction in deserts would be the improved construction of solar farms, water pipes, general infrastructure, among others.

WARR Exploration is a subsection of the WARR (Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight), a student group working on projects related to space and space exploration. WARR Exploration is specifically dedicated to creating a rover (Project REBELS) that will build habitats on the moon for future manned lunar missions. WARR Exploration’s mission is based off of ESA’s Moon Village, which also seeks to create a lunar base for humans that would serve as a base for future space missions.

Brendan Mance has overseen the development of the Chassis and Payload for WARR Exploration's LARSS and Hypatia Rovers respectively. He has also provided linguistic consulting for the team's social media officers. After his 3 year tenure on the team, he now serves as Co-Project Lead. He is currently studying two programs at the Technical University of Munich: B. Sc. Management and Technology, and B. Sc. Aerospace Engineering.

Saifullah Zekar has served as the Command and Data Handling (Software) team lead. He now serves as Co-Project Lead. He is currently studying Electrical and Information Technology at the Technical University of Munich.

"Can we build the fastest and best racing wheelchair in the world?" Managing Director Stefan Dürger addressed this question to his team at the aid specialist Orthotec. The Swiss company promotes the freedom of movement for people with spinal cord injury and similar restrictions. Sports equipment such as racing wheelchairs are also part of the business. Stefan Dürger's question turned into a vision that four years later resulted in two racing wheelchair models and a novel measurement method for the optimal seating position in a wheelchair. Innovations made possible only thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between specialists and athletes. What is revolutionary about the new OT FOXX racing wheelchair which top athlete Marcel Hug has been setting new standards in athletics with ever since? What knowledge from Formula One was incorporated into the development? Why does the invention have a positive effect on wheelchair use in everyday life? And what does a fox have to do with all this?

Stefan Dürger is Managing Director of the Swiss aid company Orthotec - a subsidiary of the Swiss Paraplegic Group which operates a worldwide unique network of services for the rehabilitation and lifelong support of paraplegic patients. Previously, mechanical engineer Stefan Dürger worked as a manager, managing director and as an independent consultant in national and international industrial companies.

After completing his master's degree as a mechanical engineer at the ETH Zurich Fabian Gafner dedicated himself as an engineer to racing. He joined 'Sauber Group' in 2014. As a composite engineer, he worked in the motorsport department on lightweight constructions and structural carbon parts. In 2018, he was able to switch internally to the newly founded company 'Sauber Engineering AG', which is dedicated to bringing Formula One ™ technologies to the outside world and making them available to external companies. Since then, as Head of Engineering, he has supervised customer projects with a focus on lightweight construction, composites and additive manufacturing.

Open Source

Open Source Compliance Done Right, Featuring Opossum (in English)

Michael ChengFacebook, and Maximilian HuberTNG

Every company is a software company and every software company uses Open Source. From Kubernetes over React to Mozilla Firefox, Free Software is everywhere. It is obvious why, since it provides the collaborative results of a whole world of bright minded collaborators. But, it is not just for free. These collaborators also want to get their attribution or might have chosen a licensing model that has the goal to preserve the freedom of their collaboration. We want to adhere these wishes, that are encoded in the license choice, with the specific goal to also be a good citizen in the Open Source ecosystem. In this talk we will explain why this task is so complex. We will explain different approaches to reach the goal of compliance. And we will show how to do it with Open Source itself. The star of that show will be our developed Opossum.

Michael is a product manager at Facebook, currently supporting open source and standards work across the company.  Michael is former network engineer, investment banker, car salesman and M&A attorney. He previously led the Product and IP function on Facebook’s M&A legal team. While at Facebook, Michael has established and/or now actively serving on the boards of 20+ open source foundations, non-profits, standards setting organizations, including: ML Commons, Confidential Computing Consortium, Libra/Diem Association, Urban Computing Foundation, OpenChain, Open Invention Network Technical Advisory Committee, Magma Foundation, and others.

Maximilian Huber is an open source compliance nerd and principal consultant at TNG Technology Consulting, where he is specialized on building and integrating Open Source compliance solutions from Open Source. He is a commiter and maintainer in several Open Source projects like FOSSology, SW360, LDBcollector, yacp and the license-compliance-toolbox. His activity can be found on https://github.com/maxhbr. Maximilian other most prominent interests are functional programming languages like Haskell and functional package managing with NixOS.

Tools and Methods

Consistent Like a Monolith, Flexible Like a Microservice (in English)

Konstantin Knauf, Head of Product, Ververica

Microservice architectures have taken the world by storm, allowing teams to develop, deploy, and manage components independently. Modern infrastructure has accelerated this trend as tools like Kubernetes and AWS Lambda make it easier than ever to deploy multiple services. However, organizations have found this flexibility comes at a cost; as services fail independently of each other, it becomes difficult to reason about correctness and consistency. Stateful Functions, the newest addition to Apache Flink, promises both: the operational flexibility of microservices and the consistently of a monolith. Sounds too good to be true? In this hands-on session, you will learn about the project's core ideas, you will see how to write, deploy, and monitor a simple Stateful Functions application, and finally you'll learn about the trade-offs you are buying into when using Stateful Functions.

As Head of Product at Ververica, Konstantin supports multiple product teams working on Apache Flink, Stateful Functions and our commercial products in both feature discovery as well as delivery. Previously, he has been leading the solutions architecture team, helping our clients as well as the Open Source community to get the most out of Apache Flink. Before joining Ververica he worked as a Senior Consultant with TNG Technology Consulting, where he supported their clients mainly in the areas of Distributed Systems and Automation. Konstantin has studied Mathematics and Computer Science at TU Darmstadt specializing in Stochastics and Algorithmics.

Until 2019 Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG organized the Cyber Security Challenge Germany (CSCG). The CSCG is a hacking competition founded with the aim to gather a German national team for the European Cyber Security Challenge. Due to the omission of the main organiser, the CSCG would have been cancelled and Germany would not have been able to participate in the European Championship. In order to prevent this, a new association for the promotion of young talents in IT security was set up at the end of 2019. Since then, the association has taken over the organisation and implementation of Germany's largest IT security competition. In this lecture, we want to give insights into how to organise such a Challenge, why we have developed a completely new platform for it and what the association's goals and events are.

Tobias Madl is a research assistant at Fraunhofer AISEC since 2019 and is currently doing his doctorate at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Applied Research in Engineering Sciences with a focus on Automotive Security from Munich University of Applied Sciences. His tasks at AISEC are mainly penetration tests in the field of vehicle and industrial safety, as well as security risk analyses in both topics. His current research is developing a new security concept for Cooperative Intelligent Vehicle Networks, which should establish a new relationship of trust between the network participants. Tobias is an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and won the 2018 European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) against 17 other international teams. He is also a member of the Capture the Flag team „ALLES!“, which achieves number one in Germany and top 10 worldwide each year.

Erwin Goslawski is a software consultant at TNG and currently develops cloud-based web applications in the logistics sector. He previously studied computer science and economics at RWTH Aachen University. Erwin finished second with the German team in the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) in 2015 and is a member of the Capture the Flag team „ALLES!“. In his spare time Erwin prefers to pursue his pilot training.

Best Practices for Managing Large Infrastructure (in English)

Thilo UttendorferAllianz Technology, and Lukas HauserTNG

In this talk, we will share our experience gained within the last years during which we provided and maintained hundreds of application instances via a self-service portal in cloud infrastructures all around the world. Our customers request to get their own instance of a pre-defined set of third-party applications originating from a pre-cloud era, which usually only provide a manual configuration setup. Who made which change when and why? Usually, this question cannot be answered in such a setup, since each instance is just as individual as a snowflake. With our tooling, we persist the configuration of each snowflake to become reproducible, auditable and more understandable. By introducing not only Infrastructure as Code (IaC) but also Configuration as Code (CaC), we manage to treat any configuration as source code and make use of any cloud provider. We will explain how we utilize various technologies such as Kubernetes, Helm, OpenShift, Ansible, Terraform and Docker to implement this concept. We will close the talk by sharing our best practices we learned during this journey. 

Lukas' passion for professional software development lasts already for more than ten years. After he finished his computer science studies, he joined TNG four years ago and is working as a Senior Software Consultant today. He started his career as a web developer, and became a cloud, containerization and DevOps expert within his time at TNG. "First I thought one can achieve everything with Web Technology. Now I know it's nothing without Container Runtimes."

Thilo Uttendorfer is working at Allianz Technology and leading the efforts of providing standardized and managed developer tools to 100s of teams in Allianz. After his studies in Computer Science he specialized in automation and configuration management of Linux based open source software. After joining Allianz as a DevOps Engineer he was focusing on deployment automation and CI/CD before working on a large-scale Kubernetes infrastructure.

Have You Secured Your DevOps Recently? (in English)

Benjamin Goose und Christoph Niehoff, TNG

Developers are responsible for more and more of a product lifecycle. We don't just write code for someone else to operate. Now we create the infrastructure in the cloud, write the code, operate the product and even design CI/CD processes. That means that many new security threats are also our responsibility. In this talk, we explain how to include threat modeling into an agile software development process and describe concepts for securely creating and delivering a software product into a cloud environment.

Benjamin especially likes the independence that development teams gain through DevOps in the cloud. As a Principal Consultant at TNG, he always has the opportunity to design and evaluate cloud projects. Based on these experiences, he has made the development of secure cloud infrastructure and efficient DevOps processes his particular concern.

Christoph is a physicist and has a doctorate in the field of theoretical elementary particle physics. At TNG Technology Consulting he works as a Senior Consultant. As a full-stack developer, he understands and improves the entire delivery process of a software product. He is particularly interested in the question of how to make software secure.

Microfrontend Architectures in Angular

Dr. Cathrin MöllerTNG

Microfrontends are a popular concept to simplify development in an enterprise project, where a large number of teams want to work independently. But is that approach really the right decision? Separation does increase complexity and effort and overhead in communication to define fail-proof apis is created. Which "microfrontend" concepts do exist, what does Angular provide and how can I make an appropriate decision which Angular mechanism is most suitable for my requirements? Is there an allowed scenario to use iFrames? How is especially Angular - as the most popular enterprise JS Framework - helping to structure the code architecture?

Cathrin Möller is a Principal Consultant at TNG Technology Consulting, where she pursues her programming passion in various customer projects. Her focus is on agile full-stack software development, software architecture, responsive design, and test automation. She did her doctorate in theoretical physics in Darmstadt. In her free time, she enthusiastically runs long distances through the mountains and trains hard to further increase her running records.

How Law Becomes Software

Franz-Xaver Salat, AKDB and Ulrike Schröder, TNG

Since its foundation in 1971, AKDB has been developing a complete suite of digitalisation solutions for municipalities and public institutions nationwide. This includes software, IT security, consulting, training and a comprehensive range of services. The range of IT services encompasses SaaS solutions from BSI-certified data centres for all public sector departments as well as statutory duties in the Bavarian registers of births, marriages and deaths, all the way to fully managed IT environments. The digitalisation of business processes also poses major new challenges for local authorities. A lot of things are already possible digitally, but particularly complex processes are still at an early stage in some cases and require a face-to-face meeting with the authority or considerable manual effort. Using two examples, we want to look at the challenges and technical solutions associated with digitalisation:

  • Online registration of resident relocations
  • The 2022 Census

Social and historical factors such as federalism or the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court on the 1983 census also contribute to the technical complexity.

Franz-Xaver Salat is the product owner and technical manager of the development of the AKDB's residential registration system. In recent years, his focus has been on the technical aspects of the transition from a proprietary 4GL system to a modern process based on contemporary architecture and developed using Java technology.

Ulrike Schröder studied physics in Darmstadt, Lisbon and Cologne and received her doctorate in experimental solid state physics. In 2017, she swapped ultra-high vacuum chambers for laptops and is now a senior software consultant at AKDB as a developer and analyst.

Science and Philosophy

Simply Cryptic: A Journey Through the History of Encryption

Dr. Carola Dahlke, Deutsches Museum

War and peace, faith and love, diplomacy and conspiracy, as well as the great need for security - in the history of mankind there have always been good reasons to keep information secret. Based on the extensive cryptology collection of Deutsches Museum, which also includes very valuable individual exhibits, the history of secret communication can be vividly told from antiquity to the present. Included in this lecture are insights into the topics of exhibiting, collecting, preserving and researching from the everyday work of a curator at the largest science and technology museum in the world.

Dr. Carola Dahlke is Curator of Computer Science & Cryptology at Deutsches Museum, with a great fascination for cipher machines and their history. Prior to this, the geoscientist worked for many years in environmental and climate research, most recently at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg.

If we want to pass on our Earth to our children still at least somewhat intact, we really need to do something now. Yet a quick look at game theory tells us: Without massive changes to our social operating system, this cannot happen. The oft-criticized capitalism, of all things, offers an interesting perspective if we make a few changes. Which algorithms and variables can we adjust to stabilize our systems again? This lecture provides an introduction to why and how we can use impact concepts to set our planet on the right course in the long term.

Stefan Fritz is a partner at Primepulse and Impact Investor with a focus on DeepTech in the B2B sector. On his blog stefanfritz.de he deals with digital as-a-service and platform business models and the possibilities of impact investing as a framework for sustainable entrepreneurship.

Cookit "My Recipe" - Pioneering Digital Transformation at BSH (in English)

Ronny Bach, BSH, Niklas Eicker und Andreas Mühlhäuser, TNG

Since 2020, the Bosch Cookit has been helping customers to cook fresh meals on a daily basis. The direct distribution to end users offers the opportunity to collect and act upon consumer feedback in an even more targeted fashion. A variety of feedback clearly shows the strongest customer want: the ability to create their own recipes. User-created recipes can be installed on the Cookit and directly prepared - a unique feature. Development of "My recipes" started in autumn 2020 in a new and cross-functional team spanning multiple divisions. Product management, Hardware, and Software teams came together to work on the new feature. In this talk, we would like to shed light on our transformation on the way from an idea to a successful go-live.

Ronny Bach is product manager at Home Connect, the digital platform for connected home appliances at BSH. Ronny is responsible for the digital part of the Cookit, the innovative multi-functional kitchen machine from Bosch. In his spare time he is a passionate cook - also with the Cookit.

Niklas is a Software Consultant at TNG and fullstack developer in a Scrum team. He mainly builds Node microservices and React applications using typescript. In his free time he likes to write games using the Rust programming language and helps developing an open source game engine.

Andreas is Principal Consultant at TNG Technology Consulting and currently works as Scrum Master in a SAFe Agile Release Train. After studying computer science, he started at TNG as a consultant and came into contact with Scrum and agile software development at an early age. Over the years Andreas has supported various teams and clients as Scrum Master and Agile Coach to work together more effectively and also contributes this knowledge to TNG as a trainer.

Mission Pulse - Developing an eVTOL Drone to Save Lives

Balázs Nagy, Sonja Dluhosch, Johannes Werner, Osama Atwi, and Margarita Etchegaray Bello, TU Munich

HORYZN is a student initiative founded in 2019 and consists of 58 Bachelor, Master and PhD students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Our goal is to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during our studies in the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). We are looking for innovative solutions to real problems in an international and interdisciplinary team. With the help of close cooperation with six chairs of the newly founded Faculty of Aeronautics, Space and Geodesy, we form an interface between research, industry and students. In Germany, 75,000 people suffer a sudden cardiovascular arrest every year - only 11% survive. When an emergency occurs, every second counts! Whether the patient survives is directly related to the ambulance's response time and the delivery of a defibrillator shock. This takes about 9 minutes on average. Too long! If you reduce the time to an average of 4 minutes, you can triple the chance of survival. At this point, a UAV can shorten the life-saving time span. It can transport the defibrillator directly to the patient. The aim of the project is to test the feasibility of the application by simulated keysets under realistic conditions.

Sonja Dluhosch, 22, is studying Management & Technology at the Technical University of Munich and is part of the "Business and Certification" subteam. She takes on tasks in the areas of PR, business development and organisation.

Johannes Werner, 22, is studying Management & Technology in his first semester at the Technical University of Munich and is team leader of the "Business and Certification" subteam. This team deals with financial and organisational issues, conducts public relations, contacts supporters and sponsors and analyses certification aspects for the construction and operation of a UAV.

Margarita Etchegaray Bello is a member of the Structure subteam involved in the manufacture of the components. She completed her Master's degree in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and started as a research assistant at the Chair of Carbon Composites at TUM.

Osama Atwi is studying for a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and is active in the Structure subgroup with the HORYZN university group. He focuses his studies on the development of VTOL aircraft and rotary-wing aircraft.

Balázs Nagy studies aerospace at TUM as a scholarship holder of the Free State of Bavaria. In 2014, he was named "Hungary's Best Student - Best Athlete" by the Hungarian government. In addition to his studies, he has participated in several competitions, including at the NASA / DLR Design Challenge 2018 and the Mobility Innovation Competition of the Free State of Bavaria, in which he and his team won first place. Nagy founded the student group HORYZN at TUM at the end of 2019 following the motto "Prototyping the Aerospace of Tomorrow."

The behavior of matter is ruled by the standard model of particle physics – really? Old puzzles and new evidences from precision measurements are lurking and pose challenges to standard theory. Deviations in processes as rare as one in a billion suggest that electrons and muons are more different than thought: They should behave the same according to the standard model, yet, recent data from the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva finds them to behave differently. If taken at face value, this anomaly heralds a very loud breakdown of the standard model,  and requires out-of-the-box new physics. Intriguingly, cracking this with leptoquarks, i.e., new particles which share features from quarks and leptons alike, also open doors into the notorious and longstanding flavor puzzle. This talk reports on the rise of the anomalies in flavor physics, rare decays of beauty quarks and further cracks in the building.

Gudrun Hiller explores the fascinating world of elementary particles and builds models from data from the LHC and precision experiments. She is professor for theoretical particle physics at the TU Dortmund, after doctorate in Hamburg / DESY and research stays at SLAC (Stanford), LMU Munich and CERN (Geneva).

The World's Greatest Maths Mistakes (in English)

Matt Parker, Recreational Mathematician

Everything is built on maths but most people only notice when it goes wrong. Matt Parker will explore the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, trains and autocorrect. From unit errors crashing a plane to faulty spreadsheets losing people millions of dollars, there is a lot we can learn from when maths goes wrong.

Matt Parker, known as the Stand-up Mathematician, can be seen talking about maths on the BBC and the Discovery Channel, in the Guardian and on stages across the UK. His book "Humble Pi" was the first maths book to be a Sunday Times #1 bestseller. His YouTube videos on the Stand-up Maths and Numberphile channels have amassed over 100 million views. In 2018 Matt calculated the number pi live on-stage in front of a sold-out Royal Albert Hall using a real pie. He is also the first person to use an overhead projector at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd.

Sudokus are popular: 9x9 numbers, in rows, columns and blocks, almost everyone knows the rules today. The tricky number grids can be found in many daily newspapers and bound to booklets in railway station bookstores. But few notice the booklet next to it which also shows grids on the cover, but perhaps these are not 9x9 boxes, or the numbers known from the Sudoku are missing, instead lines are indicated or boxes hatched according to different systematics. In this lecture we want to explain why we are enthusiastic about the variety of these logic puzzles. We present some puzzle types using examples, tell about the puzzle scene and what it is like to meet dozens or hundreds of other puzzle fans annually at national and international competitions. What strategy do you use to beat the Japanese top seed in the final round of a World Cup? Philipp can answer this and the listeners can compete with him live in the course of this talk!

Philipp took part in mathematics competitions as a student in school already and participated in the German Puzzle Championship for the first time in 2007. Since then he has regularly achieved top placings and became German champion in 2015. He qualified repeatedly for the World Cup in 2009, finishing eighth in his first appearance and eventually becoming world champion in 2019. He is also a frequent participant in the Sudoku (World) Championships. When he's not puzzling, Philipp is a software engineer at Google.

Ute met Philipp in 2013 and qualified for the German Puzzle Championship for the first time the following year. Subsequently, she has regularly placed in midfield at the annual championships. She is also passionate about creating logic puzzles and inventing completely new types of puzzles. Together with Philipp, she was the author of the German Puzzle Championship in 2017 and 2019. Ute is a senior software consultant at TNG, a full-stack developer and fan of microservices, refactoring and typescript.