Victor  Pankratius
                            
pankrat at mit . edu                                                                                                                                              



Victor Pankratius currently serves as a Director and Head of Global Software Engineering at Bosch Sensortec. He is an experienced team leader with MIT and NASA research background in Artificial Intelligence, software engineering, and parallel computing. The global department he directs at Bosch is breaking new ground in sensors and EdgeAI in automotive, mobile devices, wearables, AR/VR, drones, IoT, gaming, imaging, industrial, and environmental applications.

Prior to Bosch, Victor has led a data science group at MIT focusing on computer-aided discovery and advancing Artificial Intelligence methods that leverage domain knowledge. He served as a principal investigator in NASA's prestigious Advanced Information Systems Technology program. In his contributions he also co-authored two of the first articles on imaging the event horizon of a black hole; advanced automated landing site selection on Mars and on the Moon; developed computer-aided discovery methods for planets beyond our solar system, as well as for Earth observation and geophysical phenomena (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes, groundwater, ionosphere). Victor’s software code has been included in the Arctic Vault, a project that aims to preserve information 250m deep in permafrost and 1000 years for future historians.

Victor earned a Habilitation degree (~2nd PhD) in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where his work advanced methodology and tools in software engineering and parallel systems programming, as well as the application of machine learning in software development and debugging. From the University of Karlsruhe he earned from the business school a doctorate in business with distinction (Dr.rer.pol.,1st PhD), focused on digital products and product lines for digital products. From the University of Münster, Germany, he received a Diplom degree (M.S.) in Business Computer Science best of class and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BScIS).