Johannes the person
Johannes’ special super power lies in being able to enthuse those around him with his openness and passion for the things that inspire him. Among his colleagues, he’s known for his inspiring presentations. On the grand stage, too, his enthusiasm is infectious. That’s how he’s already won one or another of the Science Slams for himself.
Johannes doesn’t like to hog the limelight, however. He enjoys the quiet. Enjoying nature in the woods or on the terrace listening to the birds is how he best switch off. Off stage, he’s also much more of a team player than a soloist. Otherwise his tasks simply wouldn't be done, since Johannes and his team are performing pioneering work.
Johannes @ Siemens
Johannes is a software engineer. Together, he and his team have developed a digital assistant for industry. Every child is now familiar with digital assistants. They’re in the Smartphone, the car, and our houses. Almost everything can be voice-controlled now.
Thanks to Johannes and his team, that also goes for the process control systems from Siemens. With their assistant, it’s now possible to call up process and operational data very comfortably with voice command.
We have a great many visions. And it’s exciting to be able to experience them turning into practical reality.
The surprising thing? Just three years ago, all this was still a dream of the future. That’s how long it took to develop from a mere idea to the first market-ready product. To get this far in the first place, the team had to follow the same steps as an independent start-up: pitch the idea, find sponsors and interested parties, put together teams, create prototypes, hold hackathons, test in the lab, and perform field testing. The first pilot tests in the field were so successful, that the customers would have been happy to integrate the assistants everywhere without delay.
But Johannes’ team still isn’t satisfied. Their goal is to further simplify and improve communication between humans and automated systems. The system is designed so flexibly that gestures, facial expressions, or eye movements could be used to control it in the future. That may sound like a gimmick, but for field operations, where background noise may be a factor and the users could literally “have their hands full,” these options are a matter of safety. As an absolute idealist, Johannes doesn’t consider technology as an end in itself. It must have a purpose, to make something better, or be progressive. As a team leader, project manager, developer, and tester, he’s working to turn those very aspects into reality.
The more, the better
If Johannes could conjure up another project of his own, he’d work to ensure that teams come together on the basis of what drives them as people – and that they all work principally on a purpose-driven basis in the future. He believes that would enable people to put even more effort into achieving a shared goal. This is exactly the kind of team Johannes gathered for the work on his digital assistant, and the result proved him right.
Johannes’ level of idealism and motivation helps a lot.
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