PrC3 IK Alumni/Industry Panel

Description

The panel will feature five alumni of the interdisciplinary college who have transitioned from academia to industry to tell their story and share advice. Each expert will give a short presentation (10-12 minutes) before the panel is open to questions from the audience.

The presentation titles are:


  • Dr. Alexa Ahle: "Move IT - How my research past supports my daily business"
  • Dr. Hana Boukricha: "Do it with an Engineer -- From Philosophy to Reality"
  • Dr. Nikita Mattar: "Plan, Replan, Plan.One - On Knowledge-based Systems, Probabilities, and the World of Start-ups."
  • Dr. Nhung Nguyen: "Career in Academia or Industry - Three Questions to Ask Yourself"
  • Dr. Maha Salem: "Need for Speed - From Academic to Applied Industry Research"

Instructor
Dr. Alexa AhlePortrait picture of Alexa Ahle
Affiliation

Hamburg Süd

Vita

As a Lead Business Architect at Hamburg Süd, a container shipping brand belonging to Maersk Line, Alexa Ahle moves things in the real world on the basis of a modern shipping software called GLOBE. She studied computer science and robotics at Bielefeld University and earned her doctorate at the CITEC Center of Excellence. Her research focused on human-machine communication by harnessing Wikipedia data for speech interaction with an artificial agent.


Dr. Hana BoukrichaPortrait picture of Hana Boukricha
Affiliation

Robert-Bosch GmbH

Vita

Hana Boukricha is a Research Engineer at Robert Bosch Corporate Research whose current main topic is to provide a solution concept for cooperative distributed intrusion detection systems to enable the detection of distributed cyber-attacks. Prior to her current main topic, she also worked on the topics formal verification of predictive planning functions for highly automated driving and Blockchain and the economy of things, and on a minimum viable product prototype for stress-recognition and stress-management. Before starting at Robert Bosch Corporate Research, she studied computer science with a focus on robotics and AI at Bielefeld University where she also successfully completed her Ph.D. on simulating empathy in virtual humans in the field of human-machine-interaction.

Objectives

The session will provide advice and guidance to IK participants interested in transitioning to industry.

Literature

None

Course location

Günne

Course requirements

None

Instructor information.

Instructor
Dr. Nikita Mattar

Portrait of Nikita Mattar

Affiliation

plan.one ccs GmbH

Vita

Nikita Mattar left Academia in August 2016 and joined Plan.One, a corporate start-up by Schüco International KG, as a software architect. He helped to lay the foundations of a platform that brings together different stakeholders of the building industry. Currently, Nikita is in charge of the software development and IT infrastructure department at Plan.One. Prior to his job in the industry, Nikita recieved his doctorate degree in 2014 as a member of Prof. Ipke Wachsmuth's Artificial Intelligence group at Bielefeld University. His dissertation was focused on a person memory for an artificial interaction partner. He then joined the Social Cognitive Systems group lead by Prof. Stefan Kopp as a postdoctoral researcher.

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Dr. Nhung Nguyen

Affiliation

Diebold Nixdorf

Vita

Nhung is an IT Quality Manager at Diebold Nixdorf where she leads testers to improve product quality in E-Commerce and payment applications. She has worked with different payment providers to help customers paying conveniently with anything but cash, for example with a smartphone. Nhung studied computer science at Bielefeld University and did research on virtual humans' body senses and the space surrounding them.

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Dr. Maha Salem

Portrait of Maha Salem

Affiliation

Google UK

Vita

Maha Salem is a User Experience Researcher at Google UK whose work focuses on enabling the "Next Billion Users" in emerging markets to access the internet via voice interaction and to find the information they need using Google Assistant. Prior to entering the world of industry research, Maha completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Robot Interaction at Bielefeld University, Germany, in 2012. She then worked as a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar before joining the University of Hertfordshire, UK, as a Research Fellow in 2013, and finally Google in 2015. Despite her transition into industry, Maha remains involved in academic activities by serving as program committee member, editor, guest speaker, mentor, industry grant sponsor and external Ph.D. advisor at various academic events, journals and institutions.

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