Dr. Thomas Vögele is a Senior Researcher at the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI. He has a background in natural science and received a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from Bremen University in 2004. As Head of International Business Development, Dr. Vögele is responsible for research management and marketing at DFKI. Since 2010 he actively participates the EIT Digital KIC funded by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT and manages a number of innovation projects in the area of Smart Energy Systems.