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Artificial Intelligence – With Cognitive Technologies to Autonomous Systems

At Digicon 2019, selected experts will address the challenges and opportunities of this topic in keynote speeches, talks and dissociation rounds, and show the participants their strategies. Top-class digitization experts and decision-makers from politics and business share their experiences with you over two days and present innovative future concepts. Take the opportunity to learn from the great pioneers of digital intelligence and implement the strategies in your own working life. Do not see change as a challenge, but as an opportunity to make your business competitive! For this, the program is divided into the following parts:


Digicon Strategy Day

Wednesday, 20th November 2019 – Understanding Digitalization

from 14:30 p.m. Doors Open
15:00 – 15:15 p.m. Welcome Speech
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.
15:15 – 16:55 p.m. Welcome in the age of AI

Future Mobility – will sensors, software, cloud services and AI become the world’s best driver?
Dr. Volker Wetekam, Corporate Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Robert Bosch GmbH

AI – Relieving physicians, humanizing medicine
Dr. Christoph Zindel, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers

Automatisiertes und vernetztes Fahren – schöne neue Welt?
Dr. Dieter Nirschl, Managing Director, ADAC

Panel Discussion
moderated by Robert Jacobi, Managing Director, The Nunatak Group

17:05 – 17:35 p.m. Coffee Break
17:35 – 18:45 p.m. AI – From Science to Economy

Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowizc, Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, DFKI

AI on it’s way to becoming a competitive advantage
Hans-Joachim Köppen, Technical Leader, IBM

18:45 – 19:00 p.m. Wrap Up
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.
19:00 – 23:00 p.m. Evening Gala:
Gourmet Buffet
(Bernheimer Saal)
Marketplace of Innovation
ISAAI’19 Poster Presentation

Machine Learning Based Cost Engineering of Automotive Parts – Lessons Learned
Frank Bodendorf and Jörg Franke (all University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

Predictive Quality in Complex Production
Britta Hilt (IS Predict GmbH, Germany)

until 21:30 p.m. Voting at the Marketplace of Innovation (Bar)
from 22:00 p.m. Award Ceremony at the Marketplace of Innovation (Bar)


Further information on how to present your concept at the Marketplace of Innovation can be found here. Make valuable contacts and present your digitalization ideas to the relevant decision-makers!


Digicon Best Practice Day

Thursday, 21st November 2019 – Applying Digitalization

from 08:00 a.m. Doors Open
09:00 – 09:15 a.m. Welcome Speech
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.
09:15 – 10:30 a.m. AI and Beyond

Technical Innovation and Change – A NATO perspective
Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO

Beyond AI… there will be Cyber Risks
Dr. Ralf Schneider
, CIO, Allianz SE

IP Assets: An Awakening in the Market? Using Artificial Intelligence to exploit stock market inefficiencies.
Daniel Mattes
, Entrepreneur and Founder, AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Human Centred AI

Show me what you have learnt: Towards transparent behavior analysis
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André, Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University

AI and social responsibility
Andrea Martin, Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich

Do you really need AI?
Michał Sztanga, Managing Director, Future Processing

The hidden role of humans in AI (data collection, guinea pigs, manipulation, …)
Jean-Paul Schmetz
, Chief Scientist, Hubert Burda Media and CEO, Cliqz GmbH

12:30 – 13:30 p.m. Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 p.m. 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award: Pitch Battles and Price-Giving

Pitch battles for the 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award: Eight nominees present their ideas in pitches one-on-one. The audience elects their favorite from round to round until the overall winner is determined.

15:00 – 15:30 p.m. Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:45 p.m. AI for a Smart City

AI – Empowering the Industrial world
Andreas Kunze, CEO and Co-Founder, KONUX

Verwaltung 4.0 – Digitale Dokumentenprozesse
Holger Martens, Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH

„Smart City“ AG
Benjamin Wimmer, Senior Consultant, Cassini Consulting AG

Digitale Metropole Landeshauptstadt München
Thomas Bönig, CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich

Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A
moderated by Nina Ruge

16:45 – 17:00 p.m. Wrap Up
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien,
LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.


Further information on how to apply for the 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award and the Digital Image can be found here.



Thursday, 21st November 2019 – Symposium

from 08:00 a.m. Doors Open
09:00 – 09:15 a.m. Welcome Speech
Thomy Phan and Sebastian Feld, LMU Munich, Germany
09:15 – 10:30 a.m. Deep Learning & Natural Language Processing
Session Chair: Thomy Phan

Extracting Keywords from Publication Abstracts for an Automated Researcher Recommendation System
Marco Kretschmann, Andreas Fischer and Benedikt Elser (Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany)

Input Encodings for Character Level Convolutional Neural Networks
Andrei Karpau (SAP SE, Germany) and Markus Hofmann (TU Dublin, Ireland)

Unsupervised, Non-centralized, Upstream Fusion of Multiple Modalities Using Deep Directional-Unit Networks
Denis Garagic (BAE Systems – FAST Labs, USA)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pattern Recognition & Medical Applications
Session Chair: Thomas Gabor

Fast Online Learning in the Presence of Latent Variables
Durdane Kocacoban and James Cussens (University of York, UK)

Automatic Detecting Inconsistency between Diagnosis and Chief Complaint in Electronic Medical Records
Lufei Huang (The Third People’s Hospital of Chengdu, P.R. China), Wei Yang, Ting Jiang, Li Tang, Fei Teng, Zheng Ma (Southwest JiaotongUniversity, P.R. China), and Xuan Li (The Third People’s Hospital of Chengdu, P.R. China)

KI-SIGS: Artificial Intelligence for the Northern German Health Ecosystem
Stefan Fischer, Thomas Martinetz, Martin Leucker (University of Lübeck, Germany), DirkNowotka (University of Kiel, Germany), Christoph Lueth (DFKI, Germany), Frank Steinicke (University of Hamburg, Germany) and Raimund Mildner (UniTransferKlinik, Germany)

Trust in Numbers: An Ethical (and Practical) Standard for Identity-Driven Algorithms
Mike Kiser (Senior Security Strategist and Evangelist at SailPoint Technologies, USA)

12:30 – 13:30 p.m. Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 p.m. Industrial Session

How to get your innovations market-ready as long as they actually are innovative!
Stephan Osthues (Executive Partner, Digital Strategy and IoT Consulting, IBM Global Business Services)
14:00 – 15:00 p.m. Autonomous Agents
Session Chair: Stefan Fischer

Using Existing Reinforcement Learning Libraries in Multi-Agent Scenarios
Carsten Hahn and Markus Friedrich (LMU Munich, Germany)

Towards a Semantics of Intentional Silence in Omissive Implicature
Alfonso Garcés Báez (INAOE & BUAP, Mexico) and Aurelio López López (INAOE, Mexico)

Uncertainty-Based Out-of-Distribution Detection in Deep Reinforcement Learning
Andreas Sedlmeier, Thomas Gabor, Thomy Phan (LMU Munich, Germany) and Lenz Belzner (MaibornWolff, Germany)

Joint Action Learning for Multi-Agent Cooperation using Recurrent Reinforcement Learning
Jorrit Enzio Posor (University of Augsburg & MaibornWolff, Germany), Lenz Belzner (MaibornWolff, Germany) and Alexander Knapp (Augsburg University, Germany)

15:00 – 15:30 p.m. Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 p.m. Quantum Computing – Accelerating AI
Session Chair: Frank Leymann

Distance-based classifier on the Quantum Inspire
Robert Wezeman, Niels Neumann and Frank Phillipson (TNO, The Netherlands)

Nash embedding: a road map to realizing quantum hardware
Faisal S Khan (Khalifa University of Science and Technology & Center on Cyber-Physical Systems, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates)

Implementation of a Variational Quantum Circuit for Machine Learning with Compact Data Representation
Nicholas Meinhardt (TNO & ETH Zürich, The Netherlands), Bastiaan Dekker, Niels Neumann (TNO – The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Netherlands) and  Frank Phillipson (TNO, The Netherlands)

Quantum Humanities: A First Use Case for Quantum-ML in Media Science
Johanna Barzen and Frank Leymann (Universität Stuttgart, Germany)

Towards Understanding Approximation Complexity on a Quantum Annealer
Irmi Sax (Technical University of Applied Science Regensburg, Germany), Sebastian Feld, Sebastian Zielinski, Thomas Gabor, Claudia Linnhoff-Popien (LMU Munich, Germany) and Wolfgang Maurer (Technical University of Applied Science Regensburg, Siemens AG, Germany)

Our Speakers and Jurors at DIGICON 2019

Again in 2019: Curtain up for our top-class speakers. Both decision-makers from politics and top companies as well as innovators and technology experts share the stage and convince with knowledge and creative approaches.

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André, Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André

Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University


Elisabeth André is a full professor of Computer Science and Founding Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia at Augsburg University in Germany. She has a long track record in multimodal human-machine interaction, embodied conversational agents, social robotics, affective computing, and social signal processing. Drawing on the concept of computer-based role play with virtual characters, she has promoted a novel form of experience-based learning, for example, to help children and young people cope with bullying at school, develop intercultural sensitivity or master socially challenging situations, such as job interviews. Elisabeth André has served as a General and Program Co-Chair of major international conferences including ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI) or International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). In 2010, Elisabeth André was elected a member of the prestigious Academy of Europe, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and AcademiaNet. To honor her achievements in bringing Artificial Intelligence techniques to HCI, she was awarded a EurAI fellowship (European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence) in 2013. More recently, she was elected to the CHI Academy, an honorary group of leaders in the field of human-computer interaction. Since 2019, she is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. Most recently, she was named one of the 10 most influential figures in the history of AI in Germany by National Society for Informatics (GI).

Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO

Dr. Stephanie Babst

Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO


Dr. Stefanie Babst has been a member of NATO’s International Staff since 1998.  She is currently the Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability for the NATO Secretary General and for the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.  In this capacity, she is responsible for preparing comprehensive assessments on potential upcoming crisis situations in geographical and functional areas of relevance and concern to NATO, as well as on their implications for the Alliance. Prior to joining SAC in 2012, she occupied various posts in NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, including that of NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy.

She began her career in 1991 as Assistant Professor for International Security Policy at the Institute of Political Science/Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, moving on to become Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the Federal Armed Forces Command & General Staff College in Hamburg.

Stefanie is an internationally renowned publisher and speaker of international security issues. She is a member of a number of policy groups and security networks, including Women in International Security (WIIS) and the World Economic Forum. In recognition of her professional achievements, she has received several awards.

Thomas Bönig, CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich

Thomas Bönig

CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich


Thomas Bönig, born on the 08th November 1961 in Stuttgart, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) of Computer Engineering. After studying and working for a mechanical engineering company, he moved to a management consultancy in the cooperative banking sector, where he set up an IT department.

After the spin-off of IT into an independent GmbH, he developed the company into a market leader for call and service centers in the banking environment. In 2008, he moved to an IT subsidiary of VBL and took over the management of the subsidiary and the internal IT department in 2010.

Since March 2018, Thomas Bönig has been head of the newly established IT department of the City of Munich and was appointed CDO shortly afterwards.

Robert Jacobi, Managing Director, The Nunatak Group

Robert Jacobi

Managing Director, The Nunatak Group


Robert Jacobi is Managing Partner of The Nunatak Group, a digital strategy consultancy based in Munich. He has been in the consulting business for over ten years. After training at the German School of Journalism and studying at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Jacobi began his career as an editor and correspondent at Süddeutsche Zeitung. He later earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University and then moved to Solon Management Consulting, where he advised media companies on digitization at an early stage. At the same time involved he participated in several start-up start-ups and wrote travel books. In 2011 he founded he with his business partner Rupert Schäfer The Nunatak Group, whose customers include from the media, automotive and financial sectors. Topics there are
Transformation of all core areas of large companies, plus M&A support as well as data strategies and the digitalization of marketing and communication.

Hans-Joachim Köppen, Technical Leader, IBM

Hans-Joachim Köppen

Technical Leader, IBM


Hans-Joachim Köppen is technical leader for digitization and modern technologies in IBM and entrepreneur. He is further committed as an ambassador for digital transformation and gives lecturers at a college in Stuttgart. He drives innovation with customers based on IoT, AI, Blockchain to enable and sustain customers economic success.

Hans-Joachim holds leadership position for more than 20 years and worked many years in international assignments. He is experienced to set up and work in networked organizations, he leads agile teams, moderated design thinking workshops and pursues knowledge work. Hans-Joachim is a committed speaker and actively contributes to an initiative for future-proof leadership.

From 2006 to 2015 Hans-Joachim led SW Architects and IT Specialist and delivered many projects to help customers in different industries to improve their business. In 1985 he joined IBM as an electronics engineer in R&D for Financial Systems.

Andreas Kunze, KONUX GmbH, CEO and Co-Founder

Andreas Kunze

CEO and Co-Founder, KONUX


Andreas Kunze is the CEO and Co-Founder of KONUX. He studied Information Systems at TUM and Stanford University. In 2016, Andreas was the youngest CEO to be on the “40 under 40 entrepreneurs“; list by Capital Magazine. In early 2017, he got selected among Forbes‘ “Top 30 under 30 – Europe” and 2018 selected in the MIT Technology Review list of „Top Innovators under 35 Germany“ and became part of the „European Digital Leaders“ of the World Economic Forum.

His industrial AI company KONUX has raised +$50 million with leading Silicon Valley investors such as NEA and Andy Bechtolsheim. They won the national mobility award „Deutscher Mobilitätspreis“ and the German digital award „The Spark“ in 2016 and was selected into the WEF’s prestigious group of „Technology Pioneers“ one year later. They are one of the fastest growing companies in Europe.

Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, Lehrstuhl für Mobile und Verteilte Systeme, LMU München

Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff Popien

Mobile and Distributed Systems Chair, LMU Munich and CEO, Digitale Stadt München e.V.


Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien holds the Mobile and Distributed Systems Chair at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. After her doctorate at the RWTH Aachen, she worked at the Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri, USA, before she was appointed to the LMU in 1998. She is a board member of the Institute of Computer Science, a member of the Munich Circle Research Committee and co-founder of ALOQA GmbH, which was sold to Motorola Mobility in 2010 with one million users – one of the largest exits in the start-up history of German universities. She is also head of the lead project „Mobile Internet Innovation Center“ of the Center for Digitization Bavaria (ZD.B), which is funded by the State of Bavaria. It also provides scientific advice to VIRALITY GmbH. She is author and editor of 14 books and has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and conference contributions. She is a member of 139 program committees of international workshops and conferences organized by IFIP, ACM, IEEE, Gesellschaft für Informatik and other organizations. Furthermore, she is a consultant for several national scientific institutions and has already led numerous research projects of industry and the State of Bavaria to great success.

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz, Head of Research, Department for Embedded Intelligence, DFKI

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowizc

Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, DFKI


Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz has been Scientific Director and Head of the Embedded Intelligence Research Unit at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) since 2012 and at the same time holds a chair in the Department of Computer Science at the TU Kaiserslautern. From 2006 to 2012 he was Head of the Chair of Applied Computer Science with a focus on Embedded Systems and Pervasive Computing at the University of Passau and from 2003-2006 he was Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Institute of Computer Engineering and Communication Technology at the Private University of Health Sciences, Medical Computer Science and Technology in Innsbruck. His research focuses mainly on context-specific and portable recognition systems, including pattern recognition, system architectures, models, large self-organizing systems and their applications.

Holger Martens, Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH

Holger Martens

Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH


Holger Martens, born on 11.05.1958 in Frankfurt. After training as a commercial specialist, he worked in various companies as a key account manager in sales. In 2002 he founded the company DIGI-TEXX, which is specialized in data acquisition services. In 2009 the company name was changed to DOCUBYTE. Since then, digitization projects have been carried out for large companies in a wide variety of industries. In 2013 DOCUBYTE received the FAST FIFTY AWARD from Deloitte for place 48 among the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Germany. His vision is to „rid companies of paper“ by implementing document management processes „digitally“ in the future.

Andrea Martin, Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich

Andrea Martin

Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich


Andrea Martin is leader of the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich and is responsible for its scope and market relevance. Before taking over this role in July 2019, she was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM Germany, Austria and Switzerland and President, IBM Academy of Technology. In her role, Andrea Martin uses her experience and global network from more than 25 years in the international services business, which also provides valuable input for her activities as an expert in the Commission for AI of the German Parliament (initiated in September 2018). Andrea Martin has started her career at IBM in 1992 after earning her Master’s degree (diploma) in Applied Mathematics from the University in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Daniel Mattes, Founder of AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.

Daniel Mattes

Entrepreneur and Founder, AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.


Daniel Mattes is an Austrian Internet entrepreneur and business angel. He is the founder and CEO of Artificial Intelligence company “42” and a judge and business angel on the Austrian television show ‘2 Minuten 2 Millionen’, the Austrian version of Shark Tank, which airs on Puls4. His AI market intelligence company “42” focuses on becoming an independent AI authority by analysing the entire AI ecosystem and by providing individual company ratings which are generated with a combined quantitative and qualitative approach by combining big data analytics and an established expert board. 42 is also publishing the AI equivalent of the DJIA index, the “AI-42 Index”, expressing the global growth of the most promising companies in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The company is based in London, UK.

In September 2019 Daniel released the book „IP Assets: An Awakening in the Market? Intangible assets increase to 84% of the S&P 500’s value. Learn how to exploit IP related stock market inefficiencies.”

Prior to 42, in 2010, he founded Jumio, an online authentication company, which became the market leader with 3500+ employees quickly.
Prior to Jumio, in 2005, he founded VoIP company Jajah, which was acquired 2009 for $207 million by Telefónica. In 2007, he was voted 81st most important Austrian citizen by Austrian magazine “News” in the “1000 most important Austrians” list.


Dr. Dieter Nirschl

Managing Director, ADAC


Dr. Dieter Nirschl was born in Landshut and holds a doctorate in law. In ADAC e.V. he is responsible for the management areas of membership, tourism and consumer protection.

Dr. Nirschl has more than 25 years of professional experience in the travel, transport and aviation industries. After successfully completing his studies, Dr. Nirschl initially worked for LTU GmbH in Düsseldorf as head of labour law and human resources. In 2001, he moved to the TUI Group in Hanover, where he held various top management positions until 2016, most recently as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of TUIfly GmbH. He was also a member of the Executive Board of TUI Central Europe. In recent years, Dr Nirschl has worked for the international consulting firm Arthur D. Little. He is married and has two children.

Nina Ruge - Moderation der DIGICON 2019

Nina Ruge



Studied biology and German language and literature for a higher teaching position in Braunschweig; member of the board of students at a grammar school in Wolfsburg. In 1987 she gave up teaching, worked in film productions and at the SFB, from 1988 at RIAS TV in Berlin as an editor and presenter. From 1989 co-presenter on ZDF „heute journal“, from 1994 presenter of the ZDF news programme „heute Nacht“, from 1997 to 2007 presenter of „Leute heute“ and in 2007 the talk show „Alles wird gut“. At the same time various other formats on ZDF and 3sat, also on PHOENIX „Wissenschaftsforum Petersberg“, „Forum Manager“. Various individual projects at ARD. 2007 to 2017 moderation of the talk show „Unter4Augen“ on Bayerischer Fernsehen. Nina Ruge has published 24 books so far. In 2017 she published „Sei du der Leuchtturm deines Lebens. Selbstbestimmt und frei durch innere Führung“.

Nina Ruge’s moderation focuses today on congresses and discussion events in the fields of politics, business and technology.

Jean-Paul Schmetz, Founder and CEO of Cliqz GmbH, Chief Scientist of Hubert Burda Media

Jean-Paul Schmetz

Chief Scientist, Hubert Burda Media and CEO, Cliqz GmbH


Jean-Paul is the Chief Scientist of Hubert Burda Media – a global media company. He is the founder and CEO of Cliqz GmbH. He also serves on different board most notably on the Board of Directors of XING AG – a leading online professional network.

He was the CTO and CEO of Burda Digital from 1996 to 2003. Jean-Paul received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Louvain, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Ralf Schneider - CIO Allianz SE

Dr. Ralf Schneider

CIO, Allianz SE


Dr. Ralf Schneider is Group CIO of Allianz SE and Board Member of Allianz Managed Operations and Services SE. He has been with Allianz for 20 years and is an absolute IT expert who is constantly and innovatively driving digitization in the insurance industry. In 2008, he received the „IT Strategy Award“ from Handelsblatt for his exemplary IT management.

Ralf Schneider studied mathematics and received his doctorate in computer science from Ludwig Maximilian University in 1992. After joining the insurance group, he worked there for two years in sales. This was followed by various positions in the IT business until he was appointed CIO of Allianz Deutschland AG in 2006 and Group CIO of Allianz SE in 2010.

Michal Sztanga, Manager, Future Processing

Michal Sztanga

Managing Director, Future Processing


Michal is in the IT industry for over 12 years. Starting as software engineer, he then took  leadership positions designing, growing and running core business functions, making them ready to handle increased scale of operations and elevating their maturity level in order to improve delivered business outcomes.

Today, Michal manages Future Processing, where he focuses on bring the best out of software technology, keeping in mind that clients‘ business strategy and objectives come first. In his work, Michal bases his ability to deliver results on being attentive to people, as to him it has always proven to be a vital factor of a success.


Dr. Volker Wetekam

Corporate Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Robert Bosch GmbH


Dr. Volker Wetekam is Bosch’s Corporate Strategy Officer and an Executive Vice President of the group. He oversees corporate strategy, portfolio & business development, organization development and the group’s inhouse consulting functions. Before being appointed Chairman of Robert-Bosch-Venture-Capital, Volker Wetekam was Executive Chairman of Global Knowledge, a globally leading IT Professional Education firm owned by Rhône Capital.

Prior joining Bosch, he served as Managing Director and CEO for GE’s Healthcare and Life-Science operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. From 1996 to 2012, he held key leadership functions at Siemens Healthineers and Agfa Healthcare (e.g. President IT Division, CEO of Agfa Healthcare AG). During those engagements, he lived in Germany, Belgium and the U.S.A. Today, Volker lives in Munich and Stuttgart. He holds two post-graduate degrees (Computer Science, Economics) and attended multiple Executive Management Trainings (North-America, Europe, Asia) at leading academic sites.

Benjamin Wimmer, Senior Consultant, Cassini Consulting AG

Benjamin Wimmer

Senior Consultant, Cassini Consultant AG


As Senior Consultant at Cassini Consulting AG, Benjamin Wimmer is also responsible for the Smart City area and in this role advises the public sector as well as trade and the energy industry.
Cassini Consulting currently advises the City of Munich in several areas within the framework of the implementation of its digitalization strategy, such as the digital twin, the innovation area as well as in associated topics such as the promotion of acceptance of new technologies on the part of the citizens. Benjamin Wimmer leads the Smart City working group at the Digital City of Munich.
Dr. Christoph Zindel, Member of the Management Board, Siemens Healthineers

Dr. Christoph Zindel

Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers


Christoph Zindel, M.D., has been a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens Healthineers since October 2019. As of March 2018, Siemens Healthineers AG (SHL) is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Three months after its stock market debut, Siemens Healthineers entered the technology index TecDAX and in September that year Deutsche Börse also included the company in the mid-cap index MDAX.Christoph Zindel joined the healthcare business in 1998 as Segment Manager and served in diverse management positions with increasing responsibility within the Magnetic Resonance Business Unit. From 2012 on he served as Senior Vice President of PETNET Solutions based in Knoxville, TN, United States before joining Beckman Coulter to head the Hematology and Urinanalysis Business Unit as Senior Vice President, based in Miami, FL, United States. After he returned to Siemens Healthineers in 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Magnetic Resonance Business Line and became President of the Diagnostic Imaging business in 2018.

Christoph Zindel holds a Doctor of Medicine M.D. (Dr.) from the J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1961.

Our Topics at DIGICON 2019

Our world constantly changes. In addition to megatrends such as urbanization and globalization, digitalization also permeates all areas of our lives. Companies must face up to this change and see digital transformation as an opportunity. Clear strategies, new competencies and innovative technologies are required. Only in this way is it possible to respond to the new demands of customers. But it requires courage to think differently and to embrace change. New digital technologies present users with great challenges, but also open up diverse growth opportunities: companies respond more individually to customers, reaction times are shortened. Autonomous systems and the use of independent algorithms in combination with machine intelligence are revolutionizing work processes, products and services. Face up to this change and learn today how to shape the future!


An autonomous system is a program or machine capable of solving problems independently and without the supervision of a human supervisor. Questions of security and legal consequences play a central role here alongside the technical implementation. In addition, DIGICON also deals with the integration of such new technologies into today’s business environment in order to give an outlook on tomorrow’s work.


Machine Learning is a basic component of artificial intelligence and enables the use of algorithms that have not been explicitly programmed. Instead, statistical and data mining methods are used, which make it possible to learn from information. Especially due to groundbreaking developments in the field of deep learning and the use of neural networks, both complex and intelligent applications such as autonomous driving are now within reach for the first time.


The vision of Reinforcement Learning is the creation of autonomous systems that independently learn to cope with challenging tasks in different areas, for example in the context of Industry 4.0.


Quantum Computing is a completely new approach to calculating results. Effects of quantum mechanics are used to solve certain classes of problems much more efficiently and quickly than with classical computers. Especially the combination of computing-intensive applications of machine learning with the innovative approaches of quantum computing is a relevant and innovative topic in science, which promises undreamt-of potentials in future applications.