Join us at the Global Innovation Summit 2021

Silicon Alps @ the Global Innovation Summit 2021

We are very happy to announce that we are taking part in the Global Innovation Summit (GIS) this year.

The Global Innovation Summit with its focus on Green Transition, Digital Transformation, and Post COVID developments provides an international meeting place for businesses, innovators, researchers, and funding experts to network, share knowledge and develop new business ideas. Attendees can also learn about world-wide business collaboration and funding opportunities in Eureka and Horizon Europe (


Exploring New Perspectives

18 – 20 May, 2021

live from Graz, Austria


Silicon Alps Sessions

Silicon Alps will host two sessions on May 18, 2021, which will be “Explainable and Trustworthy AI meets Cybersecurity in the Quantum Age” and “Enabling European Industrial Sovereignty: Technologies for Higher Resilience, Efficiency, and Trustworthiness”. Both sessions feature high-level speakers from renowned companies in our network:

Explainable and Trustworthy AI meets Cybersecurity in the Quantum Age

Deep learning models have recently demonstrated remarkable results in diverse tasks, such as image classification or machine translation. They are increasingly applied where mispredictions might have severe consequences – ranging from industrial predictive maintenance, to heartbeat anomaly detection and stock market forecasts. However, one caveat of deep learning is that a model’s behavior cannot be understood by inspecting its internals. This is where interpretability and explanation methods (XAI) come into play to highlight the contributing factors of a model’s prediction in an understandable human form. The speakers will give an overview of the opportunities and basic ideas of XAI and highlight how they form an essential building block towards trustworthy AI. Furthermore, the speakers will build a bridge towards quantum computers, which promise to solve some of the most complex mathematical problems more efficiently than ever. However, their computing power also puts information security at risk, so threat scenarios and how to protect oneself will also be examined.


Enabling European Industrial Sovereignty: Technologies for Higher Resilience, Efficiency, and Trustworthiness

Looking at Industry 4.0 as a two-dimensional approach, with automation activities on the one hand and advances in digital transformation on the other, one can see the multiple possible impacts on modern production technologies. The speakers will examine the management of complexity, quality requirements of lot size one, global supply chains, predictive maintenance and the optimised use of invested assets, illustrated by practical examples from the new 300mm power semiconductor Fab of Infineon in Villach. Furthermore, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and complementary technologies like NFC (Near Field Communication) and UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) and how they support efficient and secure implementations of industrial IoT will be discussed. The speakers will also highlight opportunities provided by these technologies and address key ingredients for effective and secure implementation.
Finally, the speakers will consider the question: what comes after Industry 4.0?


14:30 Introduction by  Andreas Starzacher (Silicon Alps Cluster) 16:00 Introduction by  Andreas Starzacher (Silicon Alps Cluster),  Stefan Finkbeiner (EPoSS Chairman), Herbert Ritter (AT Styria, Vice President WKO Steiermark)
14:40 Keynote 1 by Andreas Trügler (Know-Center) Ceremonial signing of the MoU by EPoSS Chairman Stefan Finkbeiner
14:55 Keynote 2 by Jörg-Peter Elbers (ADVA Optical Networking SE) 16:20 Keynote 1 by Josef Moser (Infineon)
15:10 Panel Discussion with 16:35 Keynote 2 by Michael Jerne (NXP)
Andreas Trügler (Know-Center) 16:50 Panel Discussion with
Jörg-Peter Elbers (ADVA) Josef Moser (Infineon)
András Montvay (Silicon Austria Labs) Michael Jerne (NXP)
Charles Dietz (Sclable) Sandra Slavinec (charismaTec, AT Styria)
Andreas Sibrai (Sibrai Electronics) Stefan Finkbeiner (EPoSS)
15:45 End Przemyslaw Jakub Gromala (Robert Bosch GmbH, EPoSS)
17:15 End
Moderator: Ulrike Lackner (Know-Center) Moderator: Dominik Berger (2be1 Consulting)


To participate, please register at:

Participation is free of charge!



Keynote Speaker Lineup


Keynote: Josef Moser (Infineon Technologies Austria)


DI Josef Moser (m) studied at the Graz University of Technology and graduated as DI in 1988. In the same year, he started working as an analysis engineer and joined the Infineon Technologies Austria AG, formerly Siemens Bauelemente OHG Villach, in 1989. Being responsible for the management of diverse departments of different organizations, among others, for wet chemistry, ion implantation, deposition and maintenance, he gained experience in various manufacturing management positions. His intercultural skills were as well influenced by his 6 years stay in France. After starting up an operations organization for Ceramic semiconductors in the Czech Republic, he joined IFAT again in 2007. In his last job as Director Quality Management, Josef was responsible for leading more than 120 employees in the Frontend operations Villach. He now acts as technical adviser and coordinator in funding projects with the focus on manufacturing innovation.


Keynote: Michael Jerne (NXP Semiconductors Austria)


Michael Jerne has more than 30 years experience in the semiconductors industry in various positions in R&D, product management and technical customer support. Since 2010 he is responsible for external relations and research co-operations on national and European level for the NXP site in Gratkorn/Austria.

Keynote: Andreas Trügler (Know-Center)


Andreas Trügler is a theoretical physicist working at the interface between machine learning and cryptography. He is especially interested in privacy-preserving data analytics (e.g. based on homomorphic encryption or multi-party computation), quantum machine learning, and AI applications in physics and climate research in general. He studied theoretical nanophysics in Graz and spent time abroad during research stays in Italy, Spain, Canada and France. He obtained his Venia Docendi in theoretical physics and applied mathematics in 2020. He joined Know-Center in 2019 where he is leading the DDAI COMET Module ( and since 2020 he also serves as deputy head of the data security research area.

Keynote: Jörg-Peter Elbers (ADVA Optical Networking SE)

Jörg-Peter Elbers is currently responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization, and intellectual property at ADVA. He has more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining ADVA, he held senior technical and leadership roles at Ericsson, Marconi and Siemens. Jörg is steering board member of Networld2020, CELTIC-NEXT core group member, and member of the VDE ITG management board. He authored and co-authored more than 150 papers, 5 book chapters, and 20 patents.



Panel Speakers & Further Experts

Introduction: Andreas Starzacher (Managing Director Silicon Alps Cluster)

Andreas Starzacher, born 1967, graduate of the University of Leoben as engineer of plastics science, started his professional life with Siemens-Matsushita (today TDK Electronics) in Deutschlandsberg, followed by an employment at Philips in Klagenfurt as R&D-Engineer and Innovation Manager, devoted to optimize the production process and materials development of printed circuit boards. For the last 17 years he has been responsible for the department Research, Development and Innovation at the public funding organisation Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungsfonds (Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund). Dealing with various funding programmes like Innovation Assistant or the Innovation Prize Award of the Carinthian government, he has gained vast knowledge of the regional eco-system – the companies, the research and education system. One of his interregional development projects was the Silicon Alps Cluster in co-operation with the province of Styria, lately he took over the interimistic management of the very same.


Introduction: Herbert Ritter (Chairman AT Styria, Vice President Chamber of Commerce, CEO HRTec)

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Herbert Ritter, born in 1965, received his degree in engineering with a specialization in industrial engineering from the Federal Secondary College of Engineering in Graz/Austria. In May 2015 Herbert graduated from California Lutheran University (Cal/USA) with an executive MBA in management. In 1989 he founded his own company, now called PIA Automation Group. He is founding member of the Association of Automation Technologies Styria, and since 2020 vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.


Panel Expert: András Montvay (Silicon Austria Labs)

András Montvay can draw on more than 20 years of experience in getting innovation on the road, working in and leading industrial R&D for consumer electronics, medical and automotive applications. Before joining Silicon Austria Labs in July 2020, he was director of engineering for Robert Bosch Car Multimedia in Budapest. He is currently responsible for the units “Edge Computing” and “Collaborative Perception and Decision Making”, aiming to realize a vision of trustworthy electronic based systems.

Panel Expert: Charles Dietz (Sclable)

Dr. Charles Dietz
Lead Data Scientist at Sclable Business Solutions GmbH
Former particle physicist and bioinformatician turned data scientist. Daily practitioner of data science and machine learning across different branches of industry. Member of the Vienna Data Science Group and AI Austria.

Panel Expert: Andreas Sibrai (Sibrai Electronics)

Dipl.Ing. Andreas Sibrai,
founder of Sibrai-Electronics and VP of AIStorm.
Hold various VP and director positions at AMS, Diasemi, Maxim, Infineon, Toshiba. System architect in various areas like RF transceivers, power-management SOC’s, autonomous driving and AI-in sensor systems. Developed analog (Charge domain) AI engine and imagers for EDGE where AI is up-scalable to big data computation.
Currently active in EDGE AI-in sensor applications and agriculture aeroponic systems for genetic grow.

Panel Expert: Stefan Finkbeiner (EPoSS, Bosch Sensortec)

Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner was born in 1966 in Freudenstadt, Germany. He received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Karlsruhe in 1992. He then studied at the Max- Planck-Institute in Stuttgart and there received his PhD in Physics in 1995. Dr. Finkbeiner was appointed as CEO of Bosch Sensortec in 2012.
He joined the Robert Bosch GmbH in 1995 and has been working in different positions related to the research, development, manufacturing, and marketing of sensors for more than 20 years. Senior positions at Bosch have included Director of Marketing for sensors, Director of Corporate Research in microsystems technology, and Vice President of Engineering for sensors. In 2015, Dr. Finkbeiner was awarded with the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group.

Panel Expert: Sandra Slavinec (charismaTec, AT Styria)

DI (FH) Sandra Slavinec started in the field of process optimization with RFID for intralogistics and production logistics.
After she has finished her Master of Science at the FH CAMPUS 02, she and her partner founded the company charismaTec OG in 2010.
Specialized in the development of mechatronic products for border protection, and self-driving automatic transport systems.
charismaTec developed the mobile document checking device Doculus Lumus®, further published brands are cTAC and RAMVoS.

Panel Expert: Przemyslaw Gromala (EPoSS, Robert Bosch)

Mr Przemyslaw Gromala is a simulation senior expert at Robert Bosch GmbH, Automotive Electronics in Reutlingen. Currently leading an international simulation team and FEM validation and verification lab with the focus on implementation of simulation driven design for electronic control modules and multi-chip power packaging for hybrid drives. His technical expertise includes material characterization and modeling, multi-domain and multi-scale simulation incl. fracture mechanics, V&V techniques, and prognostics and health management for safety relevant electronic smart systems.

Prior joining Bosch Mr Gromala worked at Delphi development center in Krakow, as well as at Infineon research and development center in Dresden.
He is an active committee member of the IEEE conferences: ECTC, EuroSimE, iTherm; ASME: InterPACK. Active committee member of EPoSS – defining R&D and innovation needs as well as policy requirements related to Smart Systems Integration and integrated Micro- and Nanosystems.
He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Cracow University of Technology in Poland.

Moderator: Ulrike Lackner (Know-Center)

Ulrike Lackner, who holds a degree in international management and international relations, has developed a great passion for research and technology during her many years of work with highly innovative companies and organizations from various industries. She led the research and business operations of a computer vision-focused start-up until its successful exit before joining Know-Center as a Senior Business Developer and Business Mentor for Technology Spin-offs.



Moderator: Dominik Berger (2be1 Consulting)

Dominik Berger is consulting silicon alps RFID/NFC region. As entrepreneur, innovator, consultant and trainer he focuses on innovations and participative organisation development. He is Co-developer of the SK-Principle®, an innovative group decision method. He was a member of the pioneer Team Mifare®, world’s most successful RFID Brand at Mikron, Philips and Infineon. He was driving international standards ISO14443 and ISO 10536 and holds 12 Patents in the field of RFID and Contactless Smartcards and was a founder of RFiT Solutions, detego a RFID Software and Solution startup.


About the Global Innovation Summit 2021


Green Transition

The Green Deal as an economic, ecological and social transformation process is one of the centre pieces of political discourse at both international and national levels. One objective of the summit is to support the innovative developments towards green transition and the associated importance of the role of research and innovation programmes.


The reconstruction of the economy and international cooperation after the Corona crisis will play an important role in 2021. The summit’s goal is to take stock of the situation one year after the outbreak of the Corona crisis and to reflect on the resulting consequences for the European and international economic and RTI system.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation and its impact is another priority of this year’s summit. Here we seek to promote networking among international SMEs and global companies from the Eureka network during a structured exchange of innovative ideas with regard to digital and sustainable development goals.


Currently under Austrian Chairmanship, Eureka is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, present in over 45 countries. Since 1985, we have funded and supported the R&D and innovation of thousands of breakthrough commercialised products, processes or services that have positively impacted society and helped economies grow.


Top Keynoter: Bertrand Piccard
It is in Bertrand Piccard’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. From a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abysses, he made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts, around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar plane without fuel. A pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. SolarImpulse was born to carry this message around the world.

Speaker: Gabriel Felbermayr

Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr is President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He concurrently holds a chair in Economics and Economic Policy at Kiel University. His research and advisory activities focus on questions of economic global governance, European economic integration and German economic policy. He has published a large number of papers in international scientific journals, in policy briefs and newspapers. His research has been recognised with various awards.

Speaker: Sabine Herlitschka

Sabine Herlitschka’s professional career includes industrial biotechnology research, international cooperation and financing in technology and innovation, internships at leading organisations in the USA, periods as Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as her role of founding Vice-Rector for Research Management and International Cooperation at the Medical University of Graz/Austria. Before joining Infineon Technologies Austria, Herlitschka was Director of European & International Programmes in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. For almost 25 years she has been frequently involved in European research as an advisor, project coordinator, evaluator and Chairperson in strategic European and international expert groups. Currently, she is Governing Board Chairperson of the €5bn European Public Private Partnership ECSEL-Electronics Components and Systems for Electronic Leadership.

Speaker: Dorothee Ritz

As General Manager of Microsoft Austria, Dorothee Ritz is committed to helping shape the digital transformation in Austria. She has been part of the company since 2004 occupying different leading positions, including heading the “Microsoft International Business Strategy” for the President of Microsoft International. One of her greatest achievements at Microsoft is the implementation of a mobile first, cloud first – strategy. Ritz is also a board member of the non-profit children’s aid organisation Plan International Germany.

Afternoon Sessions

A variety of speakers from diverse fields of expertise will hold lectures in the afternoons. These afternoon sessions build a bridge between the main topics and the B2B networking, which all participants are strongly encouraged to explore.


Graz – Austria’s second largest city is a young and academic one and it is a meeting place of innovation, culture, art and history. Known as the gateway to the south-east, this European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design offers more than you might expect…

In the fields of renewable energy and recycling or technological innovation and research – ideas are born and raised in green Styria and their success can be witnessed in both local entrepreneurship and the flourishing start-up scene.


B2B meetings during #GIS2021 provide the ideal setting to interact and find the right contacts. They are a great chance to have a private 15-minute web meeting with another participant to discuss joint projects, ideas and plans. They allow for a personal networking experience in a virtual event setting!

B2B meetings during #GIS2021 can also be a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners in virtual face-2-face talks.

Business, research or cooperation profile and Marketplace Opportunities

This is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your company/research institution by publishing a clear profile with detailed information. The more detail (such as organisation background, business offers, research project ideas and interests) you provide, the more you will benefit from the B2B meetings.

#GIS2021 B2B meetings are brought to you by the Enterprise Europe Network. This means wherever you are from, there will be an Enterprise Europe Network hub near you that will support you in preparing for your meetings and following up on the outcomes of those meetings after the event.