Meet the Makers: Siemens helps put a digital expert in your pocket

Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:56 am EDT

On March 27, 2018, Siemens will present Innovation Day at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago. The posts in this series preview the day’s program by revealing customer and societal challenges Siemens is solving with digital solutions. To sign up for the livestream, go here.

Meet Ram Kuruganty, Dr. Tao Cui and Dr. Heiko Claussen, the Siemens Corporate Technology and Factory Automation team in Princeton, New Jersey, behind Expert in Your Pocket – Siemens’ new smartphone technology that will allow operators and field technicians to listen to their machines and analyze the collected data to receive critical information on the machines current condition.

With more than 10 years of experience in signal processing and machine learning, Heiko heads the AI technology field for the Factory Automation business unit of Siemens and gives more insight into how Expert in Your Pocket works.

“You can use this to record sounds and then analyze if the sound is normal for this particular device or machine,” Heiko said. “It can tell if there is something strange going on that you would want to highlight as a fault or something that you might want to fix immediately.”

Ram, a Project Manager with Siemens for the last 10 years, explains what working on solutions like Expert in Your Pocket means to him.

“I work on things that make a real impact on the world,” Ram said. “This is what makes it so special working at Siemens. “If anybody wants to really make a difference in the world, this is the place to be.”

With over 10 years of experience in research and innovation, Tao, a Research Scientist and Project Manager, grew up on science fiction and a general curiosity for how things worked. 

Getting opportunities to optimize and create technology people use everyday excites and motivates him coming to work every day. 

“We are applying and advancing cutting-edge technology for things that really matter,” Tao explained. 

A devoted family man, when he is not taking care of his newborn daughter, hiking or travelling with his family, Heiko encourages the next generation of scientists to join him here at Siemens.

“Here, we work with a lot of very engaged people,” Heiko said. “It's a big company so if you want to grow professionally, you can work for different business units to gain new skills.  You can also move to different countries and experience a lot of cultural diversity and everything that goes with it.”

Tao grew-up disassembling and reassembling gadgets and that is something projects like this give him an opportunity to do.

“I am still interested in building things, but now I can do it also at work,” said Tao.  “I guess that is a perk of being a scientist at Siemens!”

Bringing this technology to Innovation Day is an important step and the team could not be any happier with how they were able to work together to make it happen.

“As one person, you don't have to solve everything, but you work as a team and then you get great things out of the team,” said Ram.

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