SIGS DATACOM Fachinformationen für IT-Professionals

The Conference for Software Architecture
Munich, 03 - 07 February 2020


All information about Keynotes in German can be found on the German website.


Anita Sengupta
Associate Professor of Astronautics and Space Technology, University of Southern California & Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX)

In the global marketplace that transfers knowledge at the speed of light, we have a massive time delay that is modern transportation methods. We each spend up to 30 % of our lives commuting on congested freeways, airports, and train stations. We put green-house gases into the atmosphere and change our climate with global consequences to health, habitat loss, and our economic future. On the cargo front this results in lost revenue, productivity, with no clear path to address the growing demands of the global market place. What if we could disrupt transportation, an aging and non-agile industry which has not seen a new mode in over 100 years. By introducing game changing technologies we can increase capacity, enhance energy efficiency, and shrink our carbon foot print.

Dr. Sengupta will discuss how space-age tech coupled to the VC funded innovation environment are enabling the revolution in green transportation. She will share her real-world engineering projects from her work developing the world’s first hyperloop in Las Vegas Nevada, to autonomous VTOL air taxis her new company is designing in Detroit Michigan, to her research on entry systems that will land the first humans on Mars.

Anita Sengupta is an aerospace engineer, rocket scientist, and veteran of the space program who has developed technologies that have enabled the exploration of Mars, asteroids, and deep space for 20 years. Her career began at Boeing Space and Communications. She then worked for NASA for 16 years. After leaving NASA she led the development of the hyperloop as Senior Vice President of engineering systems at Virgin Hyperloop.

In 2019 she became a co-founder and chief product officer of Airspace Experience Technologies, or ASX (, which is leading the development of a hybrid-electric, vertical takeoff and landing urban aerial mobility system. She and her team hope to use the system to revolutionize urban transit. As an engineering savvy executive and pilot, she is now leading the mobility solutions for smart cities by eliminating congestion and reducing the carbon footprint of air travel.


Kai Wähner
Technology Evangelist (Confluent Germany GmbH)

Business digitalization trends like microservices, the Internet of Things or Machine Learning are driving the need to process events at a whole new scale, speed and efficiency. Traditional solutions like ETL/data integration or messaging are not build to serve these needs.

Today, the open source project Apache Kafka(R) is being used by thousands of companies including over 60% of the Fortune 100 to power and innovate their businesses by focusing their data strategies around event-driven architectures leveraging event streaming.

We will discuss the market and technology changes that have given rise to Kafka and to Event Streaming, and we will introduce the audience to the key aspects of building an Event streaming platform with Kafka. Examples of productive use cases from the automotive, manufacturing and transportation sector will showcase the power of event streaming.

Kai Wähner works as Technology Evangelist at Confluent. Kai‘s main area of expertise lies within the fields of Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Integration, Microservices, Internet of Things, Stream Processing and Blockchain. He is regular speaker at international conferences such as Java-One, O’Reilly Software Architecture or ApacheCon, writes articles for professional journals.


Holger Urban & Peter Garzarella
Office Director SDC Wolfsburg & Head of Group Software Development, Volkswagen

In their keynote, Peter Garzarella and Holger Urban will be talking about Volkswagen's software development journey. They will take a deep dive into the topics "Controlling Complexity" and "Software Development". They aim to answer the questions: What kind of technologies does Volkswagen use? How does Volkswagen do things? And why do they do them the way they do? You will learn more about the history of Software Development at Volkswagen, modern software solutions in factories, future plans, success stories; And of course – Volkswagen’s worldwide Software Development Centers, their different working methods and what they are currently working on.

Holger Urban, born in 1971, studied Business informatics at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg and started his professional career with the Volkswagen AG, Application Management, specializing on data bases. From 2013 to 2018 he has been responsible for the IT-infrastructure operation and in 2015 he took over responsibility for the overall subject “IT-infrastructure”,  at the same time being in charge of the Cloud Project of the Volkswagen Group. In 2019 he switched to software development and is one of the Office Leads of the SDC (Software Development Center) in Wolfsburg.

After his studies in Informatics, Peter Garzarella joined the automotive industry at Porsche and started his career in the Networking Group – International Network department in 2001. After 10 years at Porsche, he started his journey at the Volkswagen Group in Enterprise Architecture Management. He went back to his tech roots in 2015 and founded the Volkswagen Digital:Lab in Berlin. Today, as the Head of Group Software Development, he continues to build software and Software Development Centers all over the world.


Hannah Fry
Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities, UCL

Would you trust an algorithm to send someone to jail? Or to diagnose someone with cancer? How about an algorithm that analysed your friendships to calculate if you were reliable enough to take out a loan? In this talk, we’ll go on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us.

We‘ll examine whether we should rely on algorithms to know what’s best, and ask if we can trust them over our own judgement. We’ll lift the lid on their inner workings, demonstrate their power, expose their limitations, and examine whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing.

Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL where she studies patterns in human behaviour. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

Hannah Fry is the author of Hello World, The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas and The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation.


Predicting the Convergence of HPC & AI in a Mullti-Architecture Future
Ralph de Wargny
Intel Deutschland

Software development for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence in the data center needs already today to target multiple architectures, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGA and specialized ASICs processors. Depending on the architecture, software developers need to use specific languages, libraries, frameworks or APIs, which creates complexity and increases the costs of every project. In the future, with the convergence between HPC and AI as well as the increasing velocity of code development, the complexity will need to be dramatically reduced. Software innovation requires a new paradigm for this multi-architecture future!