Prof. Dr. Jochen Staudacher

Academic Program Director Summer School
Jochen Staudacher is a professor of Operations Research and Statistics at Kempten University. A mathematician by training he has become an “R enthusiast” over the last couple of years. As part of his research in game theory, he is writing so-called R packages, i.e. extensions of the programming environment for his field. For our summer school “Data Science for Everyone” Jochen will leave maths and game theory aside. Instead, Jochen will tell you about some free tools which not only have made him curse MS-Word and MS-Excel much less frequently, but are also making the lives of plenty of students, researchers and practitioners worldwide easier on a daily basis.

Nitash C G

Nitash C G is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate student at Michigan State University. For the last 5 years, he has been writing C++ applications to study mechanisms of evolution. An important step in this process is analysing the generated data, and visualising these results in useful and meaningful ways. This needs frameworks and languages that are easy to use, and allow for fast prototyping, and as a result, he has been dabbling in a number of tools such as python and R. For our summer school, “Data Science for everyone”, he will be focusing on how to use these tools to make data analysis and visualisation an enjoyable experience that produces useful results.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkenrath

Matthias Finkenrath is a Professor of Energy Engineering at Kempten University. His research focuses on flexible power generation. On the “meet our faculties” day Matthias will present how to analyse energy-related technologies. He will provide insights into current R&D activities on the prediction of thermal loads using “deep learning”, and into state-of-the-art simulation and analysis of energy processes. In his earlier career Matthias was working for the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris and General Electric’s European Research Centre near Munich. He holds a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

Merle Schäfer

Merle Schäfer is a graphic and information designer. She truly believes that a “picture is worth a thousand words” and that being able to communicate visually is a skill that everybody should master. Without guidance this can be a long way of trial and error. For our summer school she will give you an overview about the possibilities and scope of graphic representations that impart information (encompassing infographics, data visualization and data art). Furthermore she will show you how to design your own graphics to best communicate your ideas. Guiding you through a structured process of designing information graphics, finding the way from the raw data to a graphic that makes it possible to understand and to gain real insight.

Prof. Armin Brysch

Armin Brysch is a Professor of Service Management and Tourism Management. After 20 years of international management experience at senior-level he joined Kempten University. At present he is Vice Dean International, Faculty of Tourism, as well as Deputy Director of the Institute for Internationalization. His core competencies are Service Excellence, Digital Marketing and Quality Management. 2016 he was nominated for the Excellence Award “Best Lecturing in Bavaria at Universities of Applied Sciences”. In our summer school Armin will provide insights into digitalization of the Service Industry, basics of digital transformation as well as cases studies of date driven marketing from European markets.

Prof. Dr. phil. Mechtild Becker

Mechtild Becker was born in Münsterland in 1963. She graduated with a degree in Slavic Studies (Russian and Polish Philology) and Political Science (Dr. phil.) Longer stays abroad in the former USSR and the PR of Poland accompanied her training. After various activities in publishing and lexicography, she designed educational software. Since 2013, she is professor for intercultural communication and international relationship management at Kempten University of Applied Sciences. In our summer school she teaches “Intercultural Competence”.

Dr. Michael Märlein

Michael Märlein is the Director of the Language Centre at Kempten University. He holds degrees in Business Administration, Education, German Studies as well as Applied Linguistics and has studied and taught at 12 universities on 4 continents.
In our summer school Michael will talk about the role data science plays for language acquisition and give a brief glimpse into the visualization tool Tableau.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Brauer

Jürgen Brauer is a professor for Sensor Data Processing and Programming at University of Applied Sciences Kempten. He studied Computer Science and Psychology. After his studies he built humanoid robots for the RoboCup, developed medical software applications in industry and delved into the field of Computer Vision during his time as a PhD student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) while simultaenously working on projects at Fraunhofer IOSB. For our summer school Jürgen wants to take you with him on a short trip into the basics of “Neural Networks” and the main ideas behind the “Convolutional Neural Network” (CNN) – probably currently the most prominent Deep Learning model. He will also give you some impressions of how such neural models can be implemented in TensorFlow – Google’s Deep Learning library used in their production systems.

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