Stephen Carver, Cranfield University
Stephen Carver is an unusual blend of academic, businessman, and teller of tales. He is known for taking complex management concepts and distilling them down into highly informative and fast-paced presentations. Although currently an academic, he has spent most of his working life in real business, and runs his own successful project management company.
In his keynote talk, Stephen will discuss the space shuttle disasters, the inevitability of those failures, and the critical importance of communication and leadership in large-scale projects and programs.
Robert Andres, Eurotech
Walter Hofmann, Hitachi High Technologies
Robert Andres has worked in the IT and Communications industry since 1987, starting at Digital Equipment Corporation, and then moving on to 3Com as a marketing director. He has supported businesses in marketing, consulting, sales strategies, business development, and training, particularly in the fields of embedded, networking, M2M/IoT, and IT security.
He joined the Eurotech group in 2010 as Chief Marketing Officer, where his responsibilities include IoT hardware and software strategy.
Walter Hofmann has been working since 2004 for Hitachi High Technologies as a consultant for Product and Services Innovation and Business Development in Europe. Since 2012, he has been developing predictive maintenance solutions for various global industrial customers. He has an M.Sc. in production engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute. His leadership capability and entrepreneurial skills as well as his sound practical experience in various high-tech and international companies has resulted in many actionable strategies, business models, and successful start-up companies.
Benno Willke, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Apl. Prof. Dr. Benno Willke received his doctoral degree from the University of Hannov in Germany in the field of plasma physics. As part of the GEO collaboration, he worked on the design and installation of the GEO600 gravitational wave detector. After receiving the Feodor Lynen scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, he spent a post-doctoral year in the Ginzton Laboratory at Stanford University in the US doing research for the laser system of the LIGO gravitational wave detector.
Back in Germany, he continued to work on GEO600, focusing on the laser system and interferometry. He chaired the lasers working group of the LIGO scientific collaboration and was responsible for the development, fabrication, and installation of the Advanced LIGO laser subsystem and its stabilization.
Dirk Bäumer, Microsoft
Dirk Bäumer, Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft Switzerland, works on Visual Studio Code and web-based programming editors. He enjoys programming with a strong interest in agile software development as well as de-integrated development environments.
Note: Erich Gamma was the original presenter for this talk, but is unable to attend. Please see this note from Erich.