Verena Kain is an accelerator physicist at CERN, supervising students and postdocs and leading the teams running the Super Proton Synchrotron and Low Energy Ion Ring. She has a lot of experience with commissioning and operating accelerators and large facilities - she was one of the Engineers in Charge during the commissioning and operation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) from 2007 to 2013. Software development for the control room - combining physics and hardware - is one of her responsibilities. She is pushing for automation for higher efficiency, reproducibility and increased flexibility of CERN’s high energy frontier machines and founded the Machine Learning Coffee as informal meeting place to discuss algorithms and problems from diagnostics to reinforcement learning for accelerator control. Now she is convening the accelerator sector wide ML and data analytics community forum at CERN.