Kathrin Eichler

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

I am a doctoral student at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at the Software Campus I work together with the Software AG.

How long have you been with Software Campus and why are you in the program?

I joined in 2012 because I find the transfer of research to the industry exciting. The Software Campus enables me to make new contacts with companies.

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

In my project I want to find out how language technology can be used to measure the content similarity of texts. Text similarity plays a role in customer support, for example, to determine whether different customers describe the same problem in their queries. Since the human language offers many possibilities for formulation, it is often not sufficient to check whether the same words appear in the different queries. In my project I am therefore investigating how texts can be linguistically analyzed and presented in such a way that a comparison of content with more complex expressions is possible.

What did you like most about Software Campus so far?

I find the seminars they offer very interesting and have been able to personally draw something from everyone I have attended so far. The exchange with other Software Campus participants is also exciting, especially when I recognize intersections with my own work in other topics.

In your opinion, what skills do top executives need to have in order to be successful today?

I think a top executive should be able to communicate their ideas well and have a sense for their employees in order to be able to motivate them to independently contribute to the success of a common task.

What’s your passion – besides your job and Software Campus?

My family, especially my five-year-old son. In my spare time I like to sing and spend a lot of time in my garden.