Raising awareness is the first step towards transformation, which is why we are committed to keep discussing diversity and inclusion at our company. We were pleased to welcome Séverine Chardonnens, the co-founder of the tech start-up IDUN Technologies to talk about her view on this topic.

For the first time the event was held online which unexpectedly created a very intimate environment with a touching keynote.

After introducing her company, Séverine tried to explain why technology might feel inclusive to her whereas exclusive for many others. She then gave a refreshingly personal insight on her upbringing and her family constellation which she thinks, have been crucial in forming her beliefs and choosing and building an environment which is diverse and inclusive. These values did not only influence her choice of studies but then later showed themselves within the company that she founded, leading to a team that couldn’t be more diverse.

“Differences should not be ignored; they should be embraced.” – we couldn’t agree more.

The next women in engineering event is planned for spring 2021, we will keep you posted!

(Unfortunately, this presentation is only available in German.)

Trotz erschwerter Umstände konnte der SCS Denkanstoss unter Einhaltung der aktuellen Vorgaben des Bundes im Auditorium des Technopark Zürich durchgeführt werden. Das zahlreiche Publikum hörte den eindrücklichen Ausführungen von Erwin Thoma aufmerksam zu. Es wurde klar, wie viel wir von der Natur und ihren „Handlungsweisen“ lernen können, sowohl für den unternehmerischen Alltag wie auch unser persönliches Leben.

 

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    AI at the edge

    (Unfortunately, this presentation is currently only available in German.)

    In naher Zukunft wird KI zu unserem Alltag gehören. So werden selbstoptimierende Maschinen, Spracherkennung sowie diagnostizierende Medizingeräte uns täglich unterstützen. Die zugrunde liegenden Algorithmen sind extrem leistungsfähig aber auch leistungshungrig. Was steckt wirklich hinter der KI? Wie kann diese «at the edge», also eingebettet im Endgerät laufen, ohne Daten in der Cloud zu rechnen? In diesem Talk erklären David Gschwend und Florentin Marty, wie Ingenieure von SCS für Ihre Kunden erfolgreich KI in eingebettete Systeme packen.

    Dieser Vortrag wurde am 9. Juni 2020 im Rahmen der Embedded Computing Conference 2020 mit dem “Audience Choice Award” ausgezeichnet.

    You have an idea, a project or a problem you’d like to discuss? Get in touch with me now!

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      “I had an offer for my dream job at that time, but in the end I decided not to take the job,” said Dr. Béatrice Conde-Petit at the SCS “Women in Engineering” event on November 5, 2019. She then took the opportunity to set up a new laboratory at Buhler Group as a Food Science & Technology expert.

      In her keynote speech, Béatrice Conde-Petit talked about molecular mechanisms of pizza dough, improving the shelf life of foods (e.g. bread), food safety (e.g. salmonella in spices), and future food production. While revealing episodes from her career Conde-Petit told us that she had been asked about her toolbox from a person outside her area. Since she didn’t have one, she developed her toolbox and used it in all projects, especially state diagrams. She also insisted at the ETH that she be allowed to analyse her research object “pizza dough” with other instruments. It is worth being persistent and linking methods from different areas.

      The transition from academia and research to the private sector had been a happy coincidence for her. She had already been a consultant with the Buhler Group and, after not responding to the call to Vienna as a professor, was asked whether she would set up a new laboratory at Buhler Group. This career step was a new challenge, which she took up with respect but also joy.

      The Buhler Group is a Swiss company founded in 1860 that is active worldwide in the sustainable food and feed industry, new technologies, and mobility. As Food Safety Officer, Conde-Petit was significantly in the driver seat to realize new innovations in food production. One example is a new technology for testing the quality of spices (e.g., salmonella). Today she is responsible for the “Future of Food Programs”. We currently consume 1.8 planets of resources worldwide. In the industrialized countries, the number is even higher. 1/3 of the energy consumed worldwide goes into food production and 70% of the water consumed comes from agriculture. In addition, 1/3 of the food produced goes to waste. This results in a food shortage on our planet in the medium term. We can counteract this by systematically changing the menu plan; for example with insects, algae, smaller amounts of animal protein and larger amounts of plants in our menu plan. In order to solve the food shortage and the food durability, the fermentation of food is also promising.

      Béatrice Conde-Petit filled the SCS Aula with a lot of energy and inspired the participants with her experience and with the exciting topic “Innovation for the food production of the future” and at the same time gave a personal insight into her career. She is a woman of action and continuously promotes young talents in her industry.

      She concluded her keynote by quoting Remo Largo: “The grass doesn’t grow faster when you pull it”. But we must be prepared to grab the ball when it is thrown at us, just as she accepted the position at Buhler Group.

      After a lively round of discussions, we had further inspiring discussions at an aperitif.

      We are all already looking forward to the next “SCS get together – Women in Engineering” event of SCS in spring 2020.

       

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        We are happy to invite you to our next networking event:
        On November 5th we welcome Dr. Béatrice Conde-Petit as Keynote Speaker. She is a food engineer and works as a food technology expert for the Bühler Group. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years as a researcher, lecturer, and industry consultant at ETH Zurich. In her keynote speech “From becoming an engineer to inspiring engineers,” she will talk about her inspiring career and, of course, we would be delighted if there were many questions and a lively exchange.

        Details can be found in the invitation (Einladung_Frauen im Engineering_From Becoming an Engineer). Please register by November 1st at the latest, so that we can organize enough snacks and drinks.

        We are looking forward to seeing you!

        Supercomputing Sisters
        Claudia Lorenz, Sabine Proll, Jasmin Smula, Susanne Suter

        Last Friday, we celebrated our 25th anniversary with customers, our staff, friends and colleagues at the Aura event hall in Zurich.
        The “Lauf der Dinge” has started over 25 years ago and continuous ever since following interesting cause-and-effect chains.
        We gladly thank all participants and especially the artists for their joining us in our experiment.

        Niko Paech, lecturer at the University of Siegen, introduced us in his exciting speech to the clash between the compulsion for growth and the limits of growth. In his view, the concept of „green growth“ is insufficient to resolve climate change and the limitations of physical and ecological resources. There is a need to develop a path towards a more modest life style.

        Niko Paech proposes that we evolve into self-effective prosumers who produce more by ourselves (e.g. in communal gardens, own furniture), who share more of our equipment (e.g. car-sharing, lawn mower sharing) and who use products for a longer period (e.g. repair clothes and household appliances). This does not only apply just to us as individuals, but also to public and private enterprises. How will the world look like, once we focus more on repair, modernization and refit rather than new product manufacturing?


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        Dr. Uwe Franke from Daimler introduced together with Felix Eberli the potential of deep learning for autonomous driving during this year’s first tech event. The presentation covered the impressive technical developments, driven by Convolutional Neural Networks and increased computation power. These methods are even nowadays superior to the human driver in particular situations such as night vision or mirrored images due to rain fall. Over the next years, we can expect significant progress in the field driven by the technical capabilities.

        The first SCS food for thoughts event this year from Wednesday, July 6 were joined by more than 200 guests and was a great event . The explosive topic ” The global battle to oil and natural gas : Why do we need the energy revolution ” was illuminated by the historian Dr. Daniele Ganser relentlessly and with his great skills . He unsuspected the public its carefully recherierten theses unadorned to – owe worth enough, even with a sense of humor – and start triggered a very heated debate that began in the question and answer session , and was continued during the subsequent reception for rest of the evening…

        book recommendation: “Europa im Erdölrausch”, Dr. Daniele Ganser, Orell Füssli Verlag

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        The second SCS thought-provoking Impulse this year took place on November 12, 2015 at SCS and was attended by 130 visitors. The two journalists Annette Jensen and Ute Scheub shared their findings about projects and initiatives worldwide that experiment with new work and life forms wich aspire to be economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. At the aperitif following their presentation intense discussions were taking place.

        Impressions:

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