Manfred Hauswirth

Manfred Hauswirth is managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS and holder of the chair for “Open Dis-tributed Systems” at the TU Berlin. His research focuses on distributed information systems, the Internet of Things, streaming data processing and linked data, semantics, and artificial intelligence. In these fields, he has garnered numerous international prizes for his projects and is an active member of many scientific and political committees for the development of digitalization. He is a Principal Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute, the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), the Berlin Big Da-ta Center (BBDC) and the Helmholtz-Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS).

Manfred Hauswirth is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing journal, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Conference Advisory Committee, a partner at the “Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories” (WSTNet), spokesman for the Fraunhofer Training Center “Digital Networking,” and a member of the supervisory board of the EIT ICT Labs Germany (European Institute of Technology), as well as serving as an expert on numerous advisory boards, committees and networks of experts on digitalization.

Martin Krzywdzinski

Martin Krzywdzinski (WZB) is one of seven directors of the Weizenbaum-Institut, head of the research group Globalization, Work and Production at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Professor for International Industrial Relations at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.. He holds a Ph.D. from the FU Berlin and habilitated there in sociology. He is co-director of the doctoral program “Good Work” at the WZB and a member of the steering committee of the international automotive research network GERPISA. He is also a board member of the industrial and labor sociology section of the German Sociological Association.

Martin Krzywdzinski is active on a number of advisory boards (e.g. for MIT’s “Future of Work” program) and as a reviewer for funding institutions, foundations, and journals. He conducts research into the changing nature of work in the context of globalisation and digitalisation and has led a number of internationally positioned research projects, including research into the changing nature of work in emerging economies, crowdwork and Industrie 4.0.

Axel Metzger

Prof. Dr. Axel Metzger, LL.M. (Harvard) (HU Berlin) has been a founding director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin since 2017. Since 2014, he has been Professor of Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law, with an emphasis on commercial legal protection, on the Faculty of Law at the HU Berlin.

From 2008 to 2014, he held a professorship at Leibniz University Hannover and was a visiting professor in Basel, Shanghai and at the Bucerius Law School. He is the author of numerous contributions on intellectual property law and has repeatedly served as an expert in hearings of the German Bundestag, at various ministries and at EU institutions regarding proposed reforms in copyright and patent law. His research focuses on European and international intellectual property law as well as information technology law.