Mikhail Smolin

eDiscovery, CDP & ISO Expert at Daimler AG

About Me

Hello! My name is Mikhail »Mischa1« Smolin. I'm a software expert and computer science (MSc) graduate pushing several years of international IT project experience. My hunger for knowledge and determination to turn information into action has contributed to my most recent work. Currently, I work at Daimler AG and assist with electronic discovery, corporate data protection and manage immediate litigation and investigation matters by enabling proactive identification, collection, and export of electronically stored information, including emails, documents and other business content. I firmly believe mindfulness in the workplace is key to success - a tenet I live out through my interest in table tennis and calisthenics.

1 IPA: [ˈmiʃa] - Mischa is a diminutive of the Russian name Михаил (Mikhail). A hypocorism of Michael, its English-language equivalent would be Mike.


From April 2020 To Present

Daimler AG Automotive Stuttgart, Germany Homepage

Expert at Daimler AG - eDiscovery, Corporate Data Protection & ISO

As part of the electronic discovery and corporate data protection team at Daimler AG, I am responsible for identifying, evaluating and mitigating the impact of security risks to the company groups and thereby enabling the advancement of overall business objectives. Following the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), I support in the identification of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) relevant to litigation or internal investigation matters, conduct forensically sound preservation, collection and processing as well as analysis and review of identified ESI and provide reporting to top-level management on a case-by-case basis. I also interact with internal and external stakeholders to ensure implemented processes deliver added value to our company.

From July 2019 To Mar. 2020

Daimler AG Automotive Stuttgart, Germany Homepage

Senior IT Architect at Daimler AG - Digitalization & Industry 4.0

The Center of Competence Production Powertrain (ITO/CP) provides efficient and stable applications for the control of production processes in foundry, manufacturing and assembly. Our applications for assembly control, in-line quality, machine and plant efficiency and dispatch are used in the powertrain plants in Germany, Romania, China and Poland.

As IT Architect within the ITO/CP department, I effectively connected business and IT, ensuring that systemic solutions comply with IT standards while meeting business needs. To optimize production processes and to generate new solution approaches, my team and I developed innovative .NET-based big data solutions on top of the eXtollo platform using Microsoft Azure Cloud functionalities such as Azure Data Lake Store and Azure Data Factory for data storage and data processing. By keeping track of innovations and technological development, I controlled the worldwide rollout and accessibility of our data platforms PRADA 1 and [email protected] 2 and ensured daily technical and functional support. My main goal was to promote driving digital transformation efforts across the broader powertrain landscape while collaborating closely with other internal teams and stakeholders, to help define and execute the digital strategy of our core processes and the utilization of forward-looking technologies.

I also ...

  • analyzed processes and requirements with international cross-departmental specialists.
  • collaborated with teams across production plants, to define and increase our application's user experience.
  • translated complex functional, technical and business requirements into architectural designs.
  • led all aspects of engineering and people activities within the development team.
  • assisted IT departments at international locations, especially within the scope of piloting new APIs.
  • advised upper management on technologies and development of innovative ideas for new approaches.


  • Daimler »DRIVE«: Within two months, my team and I developed a fully functional, web-based tool to consolidate master data for the entire powertrain.
  • Daimler »PRADA«: Thanks to the excellent cooperation between the project members and the manufacturing department, our team could schedule the IT rollout at Sebes (Romania) for the first quarter of 2020.
  • I further developed and implemented a comprehensive digital platform strategy, including a 2-year-roadmap.
  • As an IT representative, I led workshops for connecting new and existing plants to our IT landscape.
  • By creating mockups and prototypes myself, I was able to reduce the cost for UX design by 100%.

1 PRADA (Powertrain Reporting and Data Analytics) is the central and consolidated data platform for all top powertrain use cases within the Daimler AG.
2 [email protected] is the technical analysis board for the powertrain and, based on a Microsoft Power BI interface, enables interactive visualizations for production-relevant KPIs.

From Feb. 2017 To June 2019

EXXETA AG IT Consultancy Stuttgart, Germany Homepage

Software Engineer and Consultant at EXXETA AG - UI & Web Solutions

Leading agile software development according to Scrum, full-stack UI/UX Web development, and with regard to on-time delivery and seamless integration of the software components, I was also responsible for interpersonal communication in inter-cultural, inter-disciplinary teams, across multiple time zones with lead customers so that our outcome meets the product requirements. Ranging from connected car, mobility, finance, and embedded automotive systems, I was involved in a variety of projects for major automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. I have worked on Java EE backends as well as with frontend technologies such as JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML5, CSS, NodeJS using client-side frameworks being React, AngularJS, Dojo and Django.

I also ...

  • planned and directed all aspects of engineering and people activities within the development team.
  • mentored working students, new colleagues and provided technical guidance for new initiatives.
  • managed budget and costs including planning, tracking as well as communication to stakeholders.
  • developed future-proof components to efficiently adapt UX principles across projects.
  • recruited talents for innovations and state-of-the-art software development practices.
  • collaborated with external companies to develop strategic partnerships.


  • Daimler »EDLS Cockpit«: I developed a Web application to replace an old .NET (Windows) frontend system, which was able to perform a better job, resulting in a 20% reduction in response time for the processing of user queries and replacing up to 90% of previous software in Germany as well as India. Managed the project (four-member team) during the whole project lifecycle.
  • Daimler Financial Services »eRDR Data Tracker«: UI development and coordination of a distributed and inter-disciplinary agile development team (four-member team). My team was able to develop a fully functional MVP within two months.
  • Daimler UX Design: I co-developed future-proof UI Web components to efficiently adapt Daimler UX principles across multiple company-wide projects.
  • I established an innovative mentoring program for working students, interns as well as new colleagues.
  • I recruited new talents for innovations and state-of-the-art software development practices.

From Mar. 2016 To Jan. 2017

EXXETA AG IT Consultancy Stuttgart, Germany Homepage

Research Assistant and Master's Thesis at EXXETA AG - Automotive Security

Big Data research in the field of automotive cyber security with Matlab, Python, Keras and TensorFlow. I built a novel vehicular intrusion detection system using a deep feed forward neural network. The parameters building the neural network structure are trained with probability-based feature vectors that are extracted from controller area network packets.


  • I was one of the very first German students who dealt with the research of vehicular anomaly (intrusion) detection systems for the automotive CAN bus. My results were presented to a public audience and been awarded for the best student's work of the year in the property computer science course.
  • I established reproducible research principles which have helped others to improve their workflow in various projects.
  • I worked with the company's CTO and product managers from different departments to analyze new technologies which resulted in two new projects.
  • I co-developed in-house workshops that resulted in an increase of 50+ employees enrolling in company development courses per year.
  • I created scripts to ensure a consistent development setup across company laptops (which codifies best practices).

From Apr. 2014 To Oct. 2014

TWT GmbH Automotive Engineering Stuttgart, Germany Homepage

Working Student at TWT Automotive Engineering - Car Infotainment

I configured, deployed and supported client-server systems such as Windows, macOS and Linux for the conception, implementation and validation of automotive safety-, comfort and infotainment applications. My work also included network management, shell script programming and Tier II technical support. With a focus on the development of distributed architectures and services in the ecosystem of the vehicle, I also translated business requirements into suitable technical solutions.


  • Being part of a five-member Tier II technical support team for 200+ employees, I was accountable for 55% reduction of hardware failures and network downtime as well as a 30% growth in productivity among colleagues.
  • My team and I eliminated managed service provider costs by taking over server monitoring and overall help desk functions.
  • I contributed toward network installation encompassing 120 workstations, 20 printers, and 7 communication rooms with supporting infrastructure. The move was accomplished within two weeks.

From Oct. 2012 To Aug. 2013

Robert Bosch GmbH Automotive Electronics Ansbach, Germany Homepage

Intern and Bachelor's Thesis at Bosch Automotive Electronics - Mobility Solutions

Being part of a distributed development team in an agile project setup, my duties involved Java programming to graphically modeling ESP control module test sequences, test automation design in LabView and creation of mockups and technical documentations in coordination with internal customers.


  • Started a team effort to switch to a more agile development process so that in-house stakeholders and team members remain motivated for optimal project outcome.
  • I built a novel GUI to graphically modeling ECU control sequences to make automotive ECU quality testing easier and less time-consuming (before that our engineers examined and created XML lists for test sequences manually).
  • I created technical documentations to established guidelines, policies, and practices across departments and utilized information mapping for increase end user's understanding of the application.
  • I led, trained and worked very closely with new interns and working students to effectively create qualitative project output.

From Oct. 2010 To Sept. 2012

Faculty of Engineering of Ansbach University Ansbach, Germany Homepage

Tutor in Statistics and Mathematics

Volunteering as a tutor and graduate assistant, I achieved noy only strong interpersonal communication skills but also listening expertise in order to explain concepts in a multitude of ways.


  • I established and lead an academic writing workshop which not only improved any student's writing ability but also served as a University-wide guideline.
  • Being a member of the student's council and the University’s table tennis team has helped me broaden my cultural knowledge and the ability to work effectively with other people in an international context.


From Mar. 2014 To Jan. 2017

Stuttgart Media University Stuttgart, Germany Homepage

Computer Science, MSc ∅ 1.3

Master's thesis (∅ 1.0): »Anomaly-based intrusion detection for automotive networks« - In this work, the applicability towards the problem of detecting cyber attacks in an automobile network by means of a self-learning mechanism is proposed and evaluated. Using in-vehicle network recordings of a modern sedan, an artificial neural network is trained in order to detect malicious CAN bus packet injection as a nomalous behavior deviating from the learned vehicle state.

From Sept. 2015 To Feb. 2016

University of Glasgow Glasgow, Scotland Homepage

Computer Science, MSc

Studying one period in Scotland (Erasmus grant), I successfully attended courses in data mining, ethics for IT professionals, cyber security and intermediate English. I would also like to mention the intensive group work on a software project. The goal of the project was to build a mobile diagnostics instrument from vehicular on-board diagnostics (OBD2) data in Java. The time in Scotland was a great opportunity to collect experiences in an international context.

From Oct. 2010 To Mar. 2016

Ansbach University Ansbach, Germany Homepage

Business Informatics, BSc ∅ 2.3

Bachelor's thesis (∅ 1.0): »Version verification of HIL test sequences in automotive ECU manufacturing« - In cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH, I developed a Java desktop application in order to provide mechanical and software engineers a tool for analyzing and verifying automotive ESP test sequences.