Felix Beierle

Who are you and what are you doing? Who are your partners?
I work as a research assistant at the chair of Service-centric Networking at the Technical University of Berlin. TU Berlin is also my research partner. My industry partner is Deutsche Telekom AG.

When did you join the Software Campus and why are you in the program?
I was accepted into the Software Campus program in 2015. My project DYNAMIC starts in March 2016 and runs for two years. What interests me most about Software Campus is the opportunity to gain project experience from a project manager’s perspective.

What do you expect from the Software Campus?
Being part of the Software Campus means I can plan and manage my project and at the same time have the support of research and industry partners. In addition, Software Campus provides training and mentoring by the industry partners. All in all, I am very confident that the Software Campus will allow me to gain a lot of new experiences and to expand my social and leadership skills in addition to my professional qualifications. I am also looking forward to making new contacts.

What is the content of your IT project and how could it be used in the future?
My project DYNAMIC deals with dynamic social graphs in distributed online social networks. These graphs are to be built using location, context and profile data collected on mobile devices. The idea is to connect users from the same locations or contexts. This results in qualified connections between users that are to be used for applications, such as search, recommendation, distribution of messages or the estimation of trust measures between previously unconnected users.

What fascinates you about computer science?
What fascinates me the most is the speed at which so many things develop in computer science. When I was growing up, the internet became more and more widespread, first flat rates surfaced, instant messengers spread. I find two aspects of this development particularly exciting: On the one hand, the constant availability of information and the ever-improving accessibility. On the other hand, the automation and simplification of previously time-consuming processes. Imagine the organization of a group attending an event together, navigating to the venue and then sharing photos – this required a lot more administrative effort. Today we live with possibilities of information acquisition and communication that were hardly imaginable just a few years ago.

If you want to learn more about Felix, you can visit his website at the TU Berlin.