Challenges in
Data-Driven AI for Europe

Panel Moderator - Stefanie Lindstaedt


Matthias Böhm
Graz University of Technology


Matthias Boehm is a full professor for data management in data science at Graz University of Technology, Austria, where he holds a BMVIT-endowed chair for data management. Prior to joining TU Graz in 2018, he was a research staff member at IBM Research - Almaden, USA, with a major focus on optimization and runtime techniques for declarative, large-scale machine learning in Apache SystemML. He received his PhD from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany in 2011 with a dissertation on cost-based optimization of integration flows. His previous research also includes systems support for time series forecasting as well as in-memory indexing and query processing.

Dr Kurt Hofstädter
Head of Digital Factory Central Eastern Europe
Member of the Executive Board of Siemens AG Österreich

DI Dr Kurt Hofstädter, MBA, heads the Division Digital Factory CEE, with its focal point on Industry 4.0, at Siemens AG Österreich. Prior to this position, he was a Member of the Executive Board of Siemens AG Österreich and Sector Cluster Lead for the Siemens Sector Industry in CEE. In 2008 he accompanied the integration of VA Tech Elin EBG into Siemens AG Österreich as the manager in charge. His main tasks in this regard included the implementation of the antitrust approval items in Brussels. In the industry segment, Dr Kurt Hofstädter previously managed Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services for six years. Furthermore, across different managerial functions, he has acquired experience in both national and international projects. In the company for more than 30 years, he began his career at Siemens AG Österreich as a developer of process computers and microprocessor controls.

Next to his role as Head of Division Digital Factory for Central and Eastern Europe, Dr Kurt Hofstädter is active in various functions outside the company: He is Chairman of the platform "Industrie 4.0 Österreich", a Member of the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and the UAS Technikum Wien as well as a Member of the Executive Board of the Alumni Club of the Vienna Technical University.

He holds lectures at the technical universities of Vienna and Graz, at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics, the University of Vienna and at the Technikum Wien.

Mark Shuttleworth
CEO, Canonical Ltd.

Mark founded Thawte, an internet commerce security company in 1996 while studying finance and IT at the University of Cape Town. In 2000 he founded HBD, an investment company, and created the Shuttleworth Foundation to fund innovative leaders in society with a combination of fellowships and investments. In 2002 he flew to the International Space Station as a member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34, after a year of training in Star City, Russia. After running a campaign to promote code, science and mathematics to aspiring astronauts and other ambitious types at schools in SA, he started work on Ubuntu. Today he lives on the lovely Mallards botanical garden in the Isle of Man, along with 18 ducks, the equally lovely Claire, two black bitches and the occasional itinerant sheep.

Michael Wiesmüller
Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Initially stemming from the humanities and holding a degree in philosophy of science, working several years as scientists in the Humanities and as Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney he joined the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) in the late nineties. He is currently Head of Department for Key Enabling Technologies for Industrial Innovation. The main responsibility of this department covers the design of Innovation Policies for High-Tech-Industries, national R&D strategies and programs in these domains, and all areas of International R&D Policy and Coordination. Among others, Michael Wiesmüller acted as Austrian Delegate to the European ICT-Program, as Governance Board Member of the JTI’s ECSEL and as Director of the EUREKA Clusters ITEA 3 and CATRENE and Austrian Lead Delegate to the Key Enabling Technologies. He represents Austria in various Mirror-Groups of European Technology Platforms and in several European Policy Coordination Initiatives. Special Initiatives which were initiated within his department are for example Industry 4.0 Pilot Factories, Silicon Austria, AI-Strategy Austria and the lighthouse projects Data Market Austria and the Trustworthy Internet of Things.

Gail Kent
European Commission, DG CONNECT

Gail Kent is one of the most senior British officials in the European Commission in Luxembourg. She is Director of Data in one of the largest Directorate Generals (DG CONNECT – Communications Networks, Content & Technology) and was throughout 2016 the acting Deputy Director General.

She studied at Cranfield University - Cranfield School of Management (MBA) and at the University College London (BSc Econ). Her current responsibilities include both policy and programme management in the fields of Data Economy, promoting cultural heritage and removing digital barriers.

Svenja Hagenhoff
Professor in Erlangen

Svenja Hagenhoff is Professor in Erlangen since 2011. Previously, she was director of the Research Institute of Media Economy at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Austria) and leader of a research group at the University of Goettingen. She had research and teaching stays at universities in Hildesheim, Los Angeles and Lübeck. She did her PhD thesis (2001) as well as her Habilitation (2007) in the fields of Information Systems and Business Administration. Her research and teaching topics in Erlangen are the media industry with a focus on written media as well as application-oriented technology aspects in this domain.

At the institute responsible for the holder of the Professorship for Book Studies, esp. E-Publishing and Digital Markets | Head of the Institute for Book Studies.

Involvements at the FAU spokesperson of the Steering Board of the Department of Media Studies and Art History since winter semester 2013/2014 | Member of the board of the Interdisciplinary Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences | Member of the Steering Board of the Department of Media Studies and Art History (2011-2013).

External activities
Deputy spokesperson of the Media Economics section of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) | Member of the editorial board of the Goettingen Schriften zur Internetforschung | Member of the advisory council of the St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences | Reviewer of the accreditation institute ASIIN | chairperson of the technical committee Business Informatics/Information Systems of the accreditation institute ASIIN | Reviewer of the accreditation institute ACQUIN | Reviewer of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) | Permanent reviewer of the following journals and conferences: Business Information Systems and Engineering,
International Journal of Mobile Communications, Medienwirtschaft, HMD-Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik;
Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik, Jahrestagung Wirtschaftsinformatik.

Best Paper Award for the paper Hydra – An Application Framework for the Development of Context-Aware Mobile Services, together with Thorsten Caus und Stefan Christmann (access via SpingerLink).

Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaftslehre (German Academic Association for Business Research) | Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Informatics Society) | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (German Communication Association) | European Media Management Association (emma) | Internationale Buchwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft | Alumni Göttingen e.V.