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Equality at Exascale - Insights into industry: Excursion in SPPEXA

December 2-3, 2019


As SPPEXA (DFG priority program for exascale computing) approaches its end, new opportunities await. This workshop is planned to provide an insight into industrial research. During the workshop, we will visit two leading international companies with a strong focus on research. We will have the opportunity to discuss their current research efforts in quantum computing and new achievements in HPC as well as company culture and work-life balance. The program will give a first impression of working in a diverse and international environment, allow for contact with the different companies, and provide opportunities for discussions with employees at various experience levels. The excursion will be hosted in Stuttgart. Sites to visit are:

  • Bosch Research Campus, Renningen
  • IBM Research Department, Böblingen

The program is tailored to doctoral candidates and postdocs in SPPEXA. We are aiming for gender parity with our participants.

Travel expenses, accommodation, and catering on-site will be covered by SPPEXA and sponsored by the visiting companies.


Sunday, December 1

17:00 Visiting the Christmas market in Stuttgart (optional)

Monday, December 2

Bosch Research Campus Renningen

08:15 Bus to Bosch Research Campus, Renningen
09:00 Arrival at the Bosch Research Campus
09:20 Introduction to Bosch Research
with Dr. Paul Duplys
09:50 Remarkable women at Bosch
with Sabine Blatt
10:30 Meeting Researchers
with Dr. Hana Boukricha and Dr. Michael Schober
11:15 Meeting Leaders
with Dr. Mirjam Steger and Christin Feilmeier
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Guided Campus Tour
with Kevin Heiner
13:45 High Performance Computing, Quantum Computing and future developments
with Dr. Volker Wehn, Dr. Thomas Eckl and Dr. Thomas Strohm
15:00 Hardware for Machine Learning
with Sebastian Vogel
15:30 Get-together
16:00 Wrap-up and End of Visit
16:15 Return to the Hotel
18:00 Social event: Dinner

Tuesday, December 3

IBM Research Department Böblingen

08:15 Bus to IBM Research Department, Böblingen
09:00 Presentation on IBM’s equality efforts; discussion with female managers and working parents
11:30 Lunch break
12:30 Quantum Computing, High Performance Computing
14:30 Return to Stuttgart


Campus.Guest Hotel (former Commundo Hotel)


Transit to hotel from Stuttgart Central Station:

Take the

  • S1 (towards Herrenberg) or
  • S2 (towards Filderstadt) or
  • S3 (towards Flughafen/Messe)
and exit at Universität.

Financial support

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of SPPEXA, and sponsoring by the companies Bosch and IBM.

Important dates

Registration due:November 10th, 2019
Excursion date:December 2-3, 2019



Please write an email to: equality-at-exascale@ipvs.uni-stuttgart.de
Seats are limited!

Group picture at Bosch Research Campus, Renningen
Bosch Research Campus, Renningen

Group picture at IBM Research Department, Böblingen
IBM Research Department, Böblingen