October 5, 2021 (Event is closed)

Collaborations across transatlantic borders can bridge the gap and highlight overlap between two career avenues that have been noted in their unique differences: research centers and industry start-ups. Using the International Computer Science Institute located in the San Francisco Bay Area with its German funded DAAD program as a central case study, panelists will share their research and expertise about network security, deep learning, advanced smart factories, and industrial AI that is key to the next decade of the fourth industrial revolution. The focus will be on advancing R&D beyond borders, and the subsequent innovation found through transatlantic research collaboration. The panelists will highlight how their research has launched successful start-ups branched into various industries and beyond.

Target Audience

This event is directed towards start-ups, investors, research centers, universities, and incubators.


Olaf J Groth, PhD Olaf J Groth, PhD
CEO of Cambrian.ai; Author of Solomon’s Code; Professor at Hult IBS and UC Berkeley


Dr. Lea Shanley, Ph.D. Dr. Lea Shanley, Ph.D.
Executive Director and CEO at International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Shanley will provide a brief overview of ICSI and the DaaD IFE Fellowship program.

Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster
Professor of Computer Science; CEA of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

I was the first visiting professor during the founding phase of ICSI in 1988. Since then, I have been serving the international programme of ICSI in various roles: As a PI of research project consortia involving ICSI and DFKI researchers like VerbMobil for spontaneous speech translation and SmartKom for multimodal dialog systems, as a member of the board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of ICSI. From these collaborations we were able to spin-off various companies and products.
In this talk, I will give a brief overview of industrial AI that is key to the next decade of the fourth industrial revolution based on cyber-physical production systems and collaborative team robotics. The talk is illustrated by examples of advanced smart factories for car production (Audi, VW, BMW, Bosch), shows that the Tesla factory in Fremont adopted the Industrie 4.0 production paradigm and introduces some of the latest start-up companies in this booming field.

Prof. Dr. Damian Borth Prof. Dr. Damian Borth
Founding Co-Director of Sociovestix Labs; Professor of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at the Institute for Computer Science at the University of St. Gallen

I spent my first post-doc position at ICSI in Berkeley and was supported by the DAAD program. This time shaped my academic career significantly. Not only was I able to get in touch with Deep Learning for the fist time in early 2014 but was also of an exciting research community, where we have published one of the largest dataset out there at that time: the YFCC100m. A much needed dataset for the data-demanding deep neural networks at that time and necessary for novel approaches such as self-supervised learning today. When I moved back to Germany, the stay at ICSI helped me to accelerate deep learning adaptation at the DFKI though the foundation of the Deep Learning Competence Center and to move into another exciting area: the use of remote sensing data and machine learning to tackle global challenges such as natural disasters and climate change.

Vern Paxson Vern Paxson
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at Corelight Inc; Vice-President of ICSI

I’ve been with ICSI for more than 20 years, and on the EECS faculty at UC Berkeley since 2007. I lead the Networking and Security research group. Our efforts have included extensive work on Internet measurement, network security monitoring, Internet worms and botnets, cybercrime, censorship, and abusive surveillance. Much of the work has highly benefited from visits from and collaborations with German researchers and students. One of our extensive veins of research led to us co-founding a rapidly growing startup, Corelight, based on our open-source networking monitoring technology.


We would like to thank our sponsor Taylor Wessing and the German Consulate General, San Francisco.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche IntelligenzIntelU.S. Consulate HamburgGerman Consulate San FranciscoKI BundesverbandStartup Network EuropeCambrian FuturesGerman-American Business Council of Boston (GABC)GABAGerman EntrepreneurshipGerman Accelerator





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Time and Date

October 5, 2021
10:00 a.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. CEST (60min)
Followed by a Transatlantic Networking Session (30 min)

At the end of the event, the audience is encouraged to pose questions to the speakers.




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