Stephen E. Cross (Atlanta, GE/US)
Executive Vice President for Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia
Experiences based on an innovation ecosystem model in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
A model is described that has been implemented by the Georgia Institute of Technology in a regional innovation ecosystem in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) over the past five years. A primary motivation was that in the past decade market pressures and decreasing U.S. federal budgets for science and technology have led to a fundamental change in expectations for corporate investments in innovation. The trend to significant, sustained corporate research collaboration with major academic centres has called for rethinking the balance between academic and corporate roles in these relationships. The innovation ecosystem model reflects a systems-focused strategy for transformational research focused on grand challenges in areas of importance both to the university and to industry collaborators. Perhaps uniquely, it includes a leadership focus, based on social courage and ethical responsibility, an emphasis gained from regional experiences of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. At present, the regional innovation ecosystem includes the innovation centres of 16 major international corporations and over 250 start-up companies. Three brief case studies of industry-university collaboration will be presented along with lessons learned.
In addition to serving as the Executive Vice President for Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), Dr. Stephen E. Cross is a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor in both the College of Computing and the Ernest J. Scheller College of Business. Previously, Dr. Cross was the Director and CEO of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). He has published widely on leadership, innovation, culture change, software engineering, and technology transition. Dr. Cross is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a former Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Systems Management. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable which is sponsored by the National Academies. He received his BSEE from the University of Cincinnati, his MSEE from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ulrich Homann (Düsseldorf/DE)
Distinguished Architect, Cloud & Enterprise Business Group
Customer-led innovation efforts across cloud and enterprise platforms
Ulrich Homann is a Distinguished Architect in the Cloud and Enterprise business at Microsoft. As part of the senior engineering leadership team, Ulrich is responsible for the customer-led innovation efforts across the cloud and enterprise platform portfolio engaging with the most complex and innovative customers and partners across the globe.
Previously Ulrich was the Chief Architect for Microsoft worldwide enterprise services. As part of the office of the CTO, he was responsible for the management and enterprise architecture of key strategic projects all over the world. Ulrich also defined and drove the technical strategy for emerging technologies and trends such as cloud or in-memory computing, big data, etc.. He was responsible for setting adoption and support strategy for the key technologies and its relevancy in the worldwide services business as well developing new senior technical talent.
Formerly Ulrich played a key role in the newly formed Platforms, Technology and Strategy Group at Microsoft. As solutions architect, Ulrich was responsible for the development and strategy for Microsoft in the area of business architecture and its relationship to solution architecture, software tools and infrastructure.
Previously, Ulrich was program manager in the Enterprise Program Management responsible for the development relationship with key partners, mainly SAP AG but also players such as Baan, JD Edwards, Siebel, etc. Ulrich also served as part of Microsoft Consulting Services, where he was responsible for several key distributed database application projects in Germany.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, Ulrich worked for several small consulting companies, where he designed and developed distributed systems.
Ulrich has more than 25 years of experience in the systems industry. He has spent most of his career using well-defined applications and architectures to simplify and streamline the development of business applications. His dedication to this pursuit is driven by a passion to improve product planning by working closely with customers and their applications.
Ulrich holds a bachelor of computer science from the University of Cologne, Germany.
Dr. Ing. Hans-Peter Hübner (Abstatt/DE)
Executive Vice President Chassis Systems Control – Robert Bosch GmbH
Automated driving: A game changer for mobility, automotive industry and engineering
Dr. Ing. Hans-Peter Hübner studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. After his Ph.D. at the Fraunhofer-Institute of Solid-State Technology in Munich he has joined the Robert Bosch GmbH in 1989. After different assignments in Germany and abroad he is now Executive Vice President of the division Chassis Systems Control with responsibility for engineering as well as the business unit Driver Assistance.
Werner Raithmayr (Frankfurt a.M./DE)
Executive Director DB Energie GmbH
The Solid State Challenge • Managing the Future of Germany's Rail Power Grid
Born in 1957, Werner Raithmayr presently works for the Deutsche Bahn Group as Executive Director, heading the Electric Distribution group within DB Energie GmbH. He holds a MSc. Degree in electrical engineering from Technische Universität in Graz, Austria and an Executive MBA degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Previous occupations include engineering and management positions in the Power Electronics business for ABB Switzerland and ABB in the US. He joined Deutsche Bahn in August 2003.
Stefan Sulistyo (Munich/DE)
Co-Founder, CCO Alyne
Stefan Sulistyo is Chief Customer Officer and Co-Founder of Alyne. He coordinates the entire lifecycle of Alyne's customers from marketing and sales to customer support. Stefan also is heavily involved in curating his professional services and line management experience into Alyne’s world-class content.Prior to founding Alyne, Stefan was the Head of IT Security, Risk & Compliance for Sky Deutschland and responsible for safeguarding Sky’s digital business and their 4+ million customers’ information. Stefan started his career in consulting at Accenture and Deloitte & Touche with his focus on bringing clients in all industries to the next level of Information Security Management.Stefan holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in IT & Business from the International University Bruchsal.
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