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Prof. Dr. Benno Stein

Benno Stein is chair of the Web-Technology and Information Systems Group at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. His research focuses on modeling and solving data- and knowledge-intensive information processing tasks. He has developed algorithms and tools for information retrieval, data mining, knowledge processing, as well as for engineering design and simulation (patents granted). He has been awarded with scientific and commercial prizes for numerous research achievements.

Professional background: Study at the University of Karlsruhe (1984 - 1989). Dissertation (1995) and Habilitation (2002) in computer science at the University of Paderborn. Appointment as a full professor for Web Technology and Information Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (2005). Research stays at IBM, Germany, and the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley. Benno Stein serves on scientific boards, program committees, as a reviewer in various relevant conferences and journals, and he is the initiator and a co-chair of PAN, an excellence network and evaluation lab on text forensics with focus on authorship analysis, profiling, and reuse detection. He is co-founder and spokesperson of the forthcoming Digital Bauhaus Lab Weimar (2015), an interdisciplinary research center for Computer Science, Arts, and Engineering. Not least, he is a co-founder (1996) and scientific director of the Art Systems Software Ltd, a world leading company for simulation technology in fluidic engineering.

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Dr. Ir. Alexander Feldman

Alexander Feldman is a researcher at PARC (former Xerox PARC). Alexander Feldman worked as a postdoc at University College Cork and a visiting researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Delft University of Technology and PARC (former Xerox PARC). He has obtained his Ph.D. (cum laude) in computer science/artificial intelligence and M.Sc. (cum laude) in parallel and distributed systems from the Delft University of Technology. He has published in leading conference proceedings and international journals covering topics in model-based diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and engineering. In cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center and PARC, Alexander Feldman has co-organized the International Diagnostic Competitions (DXC).

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Ph.D. MEng. Nigel Edmondson

Nigel Edmondson is the Managing Director of MADE since its debut in February 2014. He has previous experience at Mærsk Line in business process optimization, global change projects and was the Business Process Owner for Revenue Management. Nigel Edmondson also gained experience from 1998-2007 at Grundfos, serving as the Head of Quality as well as being responsible for the global implementation of Six-Sigma. Concomitant to this, he was also a censor at Aalborg University and edited articles for the journal of Assembly Automation. Nigel Edmondson has a Ph.D. in robotics from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

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Prof. Dr. Robert Babuska

Prof. Dr. Robert Babuska, has more than 20 years of experience in control theory research, with applications in a variety domains, including robotics, mechatronics, aerospace and process control. He has contributed novel methods and solutions to the areas of adaptive control, state estimation, learning systems, optimal control, predictive control and nonlinear system identification. He has co-authored over 390 publications, including three research monographs, three edited books and 85 journal papers. He has been serving as Associate Editor of several archived journals including Automatica, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, and IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. He served two terms as the chairman of IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) technical committee on Cognition and Control. Prof. Babuska is the initiator and founding scientific director of the TU Delft Robotics Institute, an inter-faculty organization that unites Delft University’s research in the field of robotics.

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Dr.-Ing. Roman Dumitrescu studied mechatronics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Afterwards he was a research associate in the research group Product Engineering at Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn. During this time he was awarded a research grant by the International Graduate School on Dynamic Intelligent Systems. He received his Ph.D. degree in the field of systems engineering for intelligent mechatronic systems under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Gausemeier in 2010. Since then he is head of product engineering and one of three directors at the Fraunhofer Project Group Mechatronic Systems Design in Paderborn. In addition, he is managing director of the technology network “Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe (it’s OWL)”, which was named by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the beginning of 2012 as one of 15 German Leading-Edge Clusters (Spitzencluster). He is head of strategy and R&D within the it’s OWL Clustermanagement GmbH and responsible for the technology transfer esp. in small and medium-sized enterprises.