Vincent Latzko

Who are you and what do you do? Who are your partners?
I am a research associate at the Deutsche Telekom Department of Communication Networks at the Technical University of Dresden, a doctoral student there, and I also work as a freelancer.
I work on the predictive scaling of Cloud Systems, meaning the optimal use of elasticity. But applications sometimes can’t wait until an instance is provided. Since cloud computing is not free, such scaling should only be done with evaluated “error bars” – that is, when the system is really sure of itself. Ideally, the system is more efficient in the end because it is better adapted to demand – in fact, the end is also part of a life cycle!
My partner in Software Campus is Huawei with the Munich Research Center.

When did you join Software Campus and why are you in the program?
I was accepted in 2021. My main intentions are to validate my research relevance (to and from industry), the Software Campus training courses, and the industry experience I get from the team’s perspectives at the partner.

Is there one personality from computer science or management that particularly impresses you?
Whew, just one? Jim Keller! Lex Friedman actually belongs in there as well. Has to be still alive, right? Otherwise Shannon, of course.

In your opinion, what qualities are essential for top management to be successful?
For a team to flourish, the atmosphere has to be right, otherwise even the greatest motivation and the greatest potential won’t help. And that’s when the stars are within reach – and the limit. If the teamlead can assure that no one would say anything bad about anyone in the team, then half the job is done.
This includes the empathy and presence to have the real overview.
And the vision to spread motivation.

Imagine: Internet breakdown for 1 month – what do you do?
A lot more reading, cycling and talking to people. Probably also hiking and kiting, although the latter will be quite a gamble, so without easily accessible prediction.

If you were to reach all people with one sentence, what would you say to the world?
Quite clearly: “Who we are is but a stepping stone to what we can become”. (My life motto)