Despite the successes of the Standard Model of particle physics, it remains a challenge to understand the dynamics of the strong interaction among the building blocks of hadronic matter. At small distance scales or at high energies, the underlying theory, QCD, is well tested and understood. Our understanding of the strong interaction deteriorates dramatically at larger distances scales such as the size of the nucleon. This so-called "strong QCD regime” exhibits spectacular effects such as the generation of hadron masses and color confinement. The future experiment PANDA, will address the dynamics of this regime by exploiting the annihilation of antiprotons with protons and nuclei. A versatile detector and data-analysis scheme is presently under development driven by forefront technologies. In this talk, I will give an overview of the physics, detector, and data-processing ambitions of PANDA at the first few phases of the experiment.