Benjamin Schiller

Who are you and what do you do? Who are your partners?

I have been working as a research assistant at the Department of Peer-to-Peer Networks in the Department of Information at the TU Darmstadt since June 2010.

My industry partner is Siemens.

What do you expect from the Software Campus?

I expect the program to give me insights into the way my industry partner works. Furthermore, I expect personal development through participation in the training courses offered and I am looking forward to potential collaborations with the other participants of the Software Campus.

What is the content of your IT project and how could it be applied in the future?

My project deals with the analysis and monitoring of complex, highly dynamic systems. Examples would be the traffic network of a city, social networks or the water supply.

Only if such systems can be analyzed and understood in real time, it is possible to react appropriately to current problems or to prevent them in advance.

In the context of the project, we look at the application of my research approach to the traffic network and examine the question of what statements we can draw in real time from the graph-theoretical analysis of traffic information.

What fascinates you about computer science?

It enables complex problems to be solved by sometimes simple procedures.

What did you like best about the Software Campus so far?

The exchange of experience and knowledge with other participants.

What skills do you think a top manager has to bring to the table today in order to be successful?

That would be flexibility, enthusiasm, conflict resolution, analytical thinking and the ability to ask the right questions.

What has been the biggest challenge you have had to face in your IT career so far?

The challenge of not neglecting my private life in addition to working on different projects and supervising student projects at the same time.

What is your heart beating for – besides job and Software Campus?

I love music.