Iris Adä: one of the last to join the team (again). She quickly changed her name to be first on this list. She is responsible for the data generation and many of the time series nodes in KNIME and the only one with taste in the team.
Christian Albrecht: quickly changed his name from "Aalbrecht" to avoid getting in trouble with Iris. He is the one who plays with all browsers on all operating system 1982 and newer to make sure our WebPortal also works in the future.
Michael Berthold: arguably the author of the first line of KNIME code and the fearless scientific leader. He is also the one who keeps adding features to already closed release lists (which others then have to implement).
Mallika Bose: we weren't quite sure if we should really add someone to the team who is just two dots away from being böse but then we thought: what the hell, she fits in so well! Plus KNIME can use a bit of an evil touch, especially when it comes to our social media activities.
Roland Burger: we had to teach those Berlin guys a bit of real German - so we snuck a Swabian accent into the office. Roland is helping us bring KNIME to a screen near you.
Rene Damyon: we finally found an addition to our server team. We had to fly him in from Down Under (ok, not quite but it sounds better that way) and he knows way too many shocking details about weird animals but luckily he left those at home (or makes us believe he did).
Christian Dietz: the man behind the Image Processing Extensions (together with Martin) and one of the prime reasons why the community is so strong in this area. Unfortunately, his faible for terrible German soccer teams makes him the victim of many obvious jokes, too.
Emil: our tireless, 24/7 email coach. Christian wishes the VfB had such professional coaching.
Arthur Von Eschen: our man in the US with lots and lots of experience in
analytics data science. He also knows how to make his own swords, which we hope will remain to be an innocent hobby. And who wouldn't want to have someone on the team who has an entire village named after himself?
Jim Falgout: the man behind our Austin office and the one who truly knows how to distribute machine learning algorithms efficiently - long before Spark. We are counting on him to also bring some Cajun (and Texan BBQ) influence to the increasingly international cooking skills at KNIME (no, we are not calling it "fusion" cuisine).
Jon Fuller: the only one who knows how this chemistry stuff works! And it turns out he enjoys struggling with cloud deployments while exploring the Basel IPA scene.
Heather Fyson: she makes us a truly international, multi-continental team, is the heart&soul behind our events and makes sure we use the real English!
Thomas Gabriel: arguably the author of the other first line of KNIME code and responsible for everything. He is not writing code anymore because he has to make sure that der Laden läuft. And he does!
Daria Goldmann: with Sabrina and Martin competing over who wins the Altstadtlauf we needed someone for Thomas to try to catch up with. Looking for fast life science data scientists wasn't easy but we finally got lucky in Southern France. We later realized Daria wasn't actually French but Oleg was happy about us adding a fellow Russian to the team.
Jeff Gullick: number 002 in our Austin office and another one with real life big data experience. And finally someone with a useful hobby: we are looking forward to the first edition of KNIME Texas Bourbon coming out of his distillery. He will need to trade in his dogs for a couple of cats before Rosaria comes to visit the Austin office, though!
Benjamin Hemminger: after Christian, we swore we wouldn't hire another Swabian. Then we met Benjamin and found out that being a fan of terrible soccer teams is not a must if you are from Stuttgart. Lucky us, because he brings along much needed expertise with larger analytics projects and knows how to sensibly match inhouse resources to outside demand. And with a bit of luck he can help Christian with his obsession, too.
Mareike Höger: the newest member of our big data team, fresh from a distributed data processing research group at TU Berlin. And she is adding two members to the kindergarden, twins no less - the right approach for someone focused on parallel environments!
Katharina Koch: originally brought on board to keep the bigger kids happy by making sure that our developers have time to develop again - but then she decided to contribute to the growth of the KNIME kindergarden as well. She is one of the two good souls behind the Konstanz office.
Tobias Kötter: ponders bisociative creativity support and is heading our big data development. And yes: er ist ein Berliner!
Greg Landrum: the second one who knows something about chemistry. He worries about open source cheminformatics in his other life and about Life Science, Guided Analytics and KNIME in this one.
Björn Lohrmann: our first real Berliner, born, bred, raised, and brought on board here! But he is also part of the other B-team, working on Big Data, Big Clusters, and Big Clouds.
Mihály Medzihradszky (call him Medzi): instead of opening an office in Budapest we brought the best of Budapest to Konstanz. Medzi does know how this "sales" thingie works but gets along with geeks, too. We just had to bring him on board.
Thorsten Meinl: the man behind the KNIME build machine. He is also responsible for the chemistry extensions and is the only one on the team who believes Genetic Algorithms work.
Kathrin Melcher: the newest member of our evangelism team, adding lots of math expertise to the mix. Rumors have it that she keeps getting speeding tickets on lake Constance but we are still trying to get to the bottom of this.
Peter Ohl: arguably the one who wrote yet another first line of KNIME code. The man behind the increasingly magical File Reader node and the only one who has a hunch about book keeping.
Mark Ortmann: was recently rescued from a career in science where he focused on analyzing graphs with up to 4 nodes until all edges broke loose. We will make use of this background to strengthen the network analysis integrations for now - but who knows what piques his curiosity later on...
Marten Pfannenschmidt: the newest member of our Berlin office, strengthening our data science skills. Plus he has experience with some of the other dinosaur software which may come in quite handy.
Jeany Prinz: spending too much time in the Phoenix sun ain't good for Germans. So we gladly offered Jeany the opportunity to move back to good old (and gray) Germany and strengthen our Life Science team at the same time. If you struggle with her first name, just rub your nose like Jeannie (and if you don't get that reference you are too young (and watching the wrong series)).
Sabrina Reiner: the other good soul in Konstanz and the one who does not only enjoy finance but is also good at it. Oddly enough, besides that passion and skill, she laughs a lot...
Rosaria Silipo: has been mining data all her (professional) life (since 2006 using KNIME, of course) and is now mining for KNIME, too. If you ever wondered who that voice on the 1000+ KNIME videos belongs to...
Hayley Smith: the fights between Heather and Phil about the proper way to use English were getting old. Hence we decided to add some spice to it by throwing in a touch of real English from the other side of the world. Our marketing activities can only benefit from that, too. Wait for those videos with a New Zealand-ish accent ("plätform")...
Kilian Thiel: the other bisociative thinker and responsible for our partner program. Plays ping pong with Tobias (which makes him a Berliner, too) and is responsible for the Text Mining extensions.
Vincenzo Tursi: the newest and youngest KNIMEr. Enthusiasm coupled with Italian humor, we just couldn't resist. Watch out for a different type of Italian accent in our videos soon...
Phil Winters: the oldest (by far) on the team. But also the one who actually knows how to really mine data. 'Cuz he's been doing it for ages!
Bernd Wiswedel: the one who likely did write the first line of code and still understands it. Bernd claims he does not kill ducks with his bare hands and is the man behind all of the data handling in KNIME.
The KNIME Team at Konstanz University:
Alexander Fillbrunn: he has taken over the PMML integration but if we don't watch him closely, he will turn into a bioinformatician quickly. He wants to be a Berliner but is stuck in Konstanz for now.
Martin Horn: used to bike around the world. Then he got bored and is now back, taking care - together with Christian - of the Image Processing extensions.
Patrick Winter: the youngest (by not so far) on the team. He is working hard on bringing KNIME node and workflow searching to a desktop near you soon.