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Software Campus experience in the DIMA group – An interview with Moritz Ruge

How did you come to learn about the Software Campus executive development program?


While working at DIMA as a tutor, supporting the teaching efforts, I learned about the Software Campus program through Rudi Poepsel, who applied at that time. As he was further ahead in his studies, I observed the opportunities that the program offered him while finishing my degree.

What are you currently working (or did you work) on in your Software Campus funded project?

My bachelor thesis dealt with the topic of efficient sketch processing on GPUs. Since obtaining my bachelor's degree, I have continued to work on this topic under the supervision of Martin Kiefer, to publish the results. My proposed and accepted Software Campus project will begin in the coming year. I will continue to investigate the processing of data on modern hardware, but move away from sketch algorithms and deal with the efficient processing of streaming data on an APU, that has a CPU and GPU on the same die.

How did DIMA support you in your success with Software Campus?

All participants in the Software Campus must have a research and an industry partner. DIMA serves as my research partner and played a critical role in the application process. The application process consists of multiple rounds. The applicant pitches his or her idea and must also convince the potential industry partners of their personality in an interview process. The department of DIMA, as my research partner, helped me in all steps of the application process. I received multiple rounds of feedback for every step of the application process from Ph.D. students, Post-Doctorate employee Steffen Zeuch, all the way to Prof. Dr. Markl. DIMA's strong support helped me impress in all rounds of the application process and set me up for success.

DIMA also helped me in the other critical part of the application process, finding an industry partner. Like the Software Campus, DIMA is interested in research that has the potential for a strong impact and deployment in industrial settings. Through this approach, the department has strong ties to industry leaders and introduced me to people at Huawei Technologies, with which I am now officially partnered for the Software Campus program.

How will your involvement in Software Campus help you in your future career?

I believe that the Software Campus will positively impact me, both in terms of personal growth and career opportunities. First, the Software Campus gives its participants funds to hire a small team of student researchers to work on the project. This gives the applicant the ability to produce results for the project; however, a team needs to work well together to obtain its maximum potential. Next, to organize and manage the team well, participants of the program take part in six seminars, where they learn theoretical managerial approaches to leading a team, which they can then apply in practice in their project. Lastly, the Software Campus project funds also allow for participation at conferences. This allows for an exchange of thoughts and ideas, the presentation of results, and networking with other researchers. The Software Campus program, therefore gives its participants opportunities to improve in many aspects.

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