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Victor currently serves as a Vice President, AI & Data, in Bosch's Cross-Domain Computing Solutions area. He is an experienced department lead with MIT and NASA research background in artificial intelligence, data science, software engineering, and parallel computing. Prior to that he was the director and Head of Global Software Engineering at Bosch Sensortec, where he lead a department breaking new ground in sensor software and Edge-AI in mobile devices, wearables, automotive, AR/VR, drones, IoT, gaming, imaging, industrial, and environmental applications. Fun fact: The software for the inertial sensor on the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter - the first helicopter to fly on another planet- also originated from that department. Victor also served as a CEO-appointed digital transformation lead across all functions of the company.
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. 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 has been included in the Arctic Vault, a project aiming to preserve information 250 meters deep in permafrost for one thousand years.
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).