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Women in Science: Anke Stoll

General Chemnitz, Germany

Anke Stoll is a passionate mathematician who has always been linked to science. With a PhD in Materials Science, actually she is working as the Group Leader Data-Mining and Machine Learning at the Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz, Germany.

When did you realise that you wanted to pursue a career in a science and technology field? What were your motivations to make this decision?
I have always been into science and wanted to pursue a career in something I enjoyed and could be passionate about.

Give an overview of your professional path.
I am a mathematician and own a Master Science in Computational Science. In 2010 I finished my PhD in Materials Science at the University of Oxford, UK and continued my career as a Postdoc at the Otto von Guericke University, Germany. Later on, I worked as a scientific coordinator at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg before starting my job as a data scientist at the Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz, Germany. 

Provide a short overview of your job. What are your main responsibilities?
I focus on the application of Machine Learning techniques for production data and I4.0 use cases.

What do you find the most rewarding in your job? What do you find the most challenging in your job?
The variety of tasks is very large, because no data problem is the same. It can be challenging to explain the benefits of the application of Machine Learning algorithms to customers or project partners and to clarify that these are statistical methods that can only make probability-related statements.

What is your role within the FLOIM project? How do you expect your work in FLOIM project to contribute to your career development?
Within FLOIM, I am a work package leader and focus on the integration of Machine Learning methods in one of the demonstrators for the production of a fibre optic transceiver in order to improve its quality.

What would you advice to girl students that want to pursue a career in a science and technology field?
I want to encourage girls to pursue a career in science because it is great fun and being involved in research and development of new technologies can be very exciting.