On this page, you can find my in an informal version. A formal CV is available on a short term notice both in English and German language.
I was born in Bonn (Germany) in 1984, and to stay nearby until the end of elementary school. After elementary, I moved to Brussels for three years in 1994, visiting the International German School in Brussels. 1997, I moved back to Meckenheim (Germany) where I received my university-entrance diploma in 2003.
Already at a very young age, I developed a strong passion for computer techniques, so that my parents gave an Amiga 500 to me at my 7th birthday. On this machine, I started my first, simple minded programming trials.
In October 2003, I started my computer science studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. Shortly after the beginning of my studies, I set my eyes on topics like Artificial Life, neurocomputation, computational geometry and multi agent simulation related topics, which I have been pursuing ever since.
During the progress of my studies, I was elected part of the student representatives of the Department of Computer Science, University of Bonn from 2005 - 2008, as well as collegiate spokesman in either of the directorate, the board of examiners, and the tuition fee committee. From 2006 to 2008 I was elected head of the student representatives.
From 2005 on, I served as a student assistant in the “Neural Computation and Robotics” division headed by Prof. Rolf Eckmiller, and tought exercise courses in the context of the lectures “Neural Networks” and “Artificial Life” by Dr. Nils Goerke. Later, from 2008 on, I proceeded at the Autonomous Intelligent Systems Division, then headed by Prof. Sven Behnke.
In the summer term 2007, my studies were interrupted by an research invitation by the Computational Synthesis Laboratories at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, which researches processes that allow complex high-level systems to arise from low-level building blocks. During my stay at Ithaca, I conducted research in the fields of swarm robotics and design automation.
After returning to Bonn in fall 2007, I continued my suspended activities like teaching exercise courses and serving as student representative. I proceeded to finish my studies and chose biology as subsidiary subject.
I ended my Studies in March 2009 after my 10th term, when I recieved my diploma degree in Computer Science (then the german equivalent to the master's degree). For my diploma thesis (likewise the german equivalent to the master's thesis) I conducted research in the area of network-distributed evolutionary design of biology-inspired swarm behavior. After presenting my thesis, I stayed at the Division of Autonomous Intelligent Systems for one year, among other activities participating at the RoboCup German Open and the RoboCup World Championchips 2009 in Graz, Austria. Because of my interdisciplinary research interests, I also became associated with the DFG Bionics Graduate Program in Bonn.
In April 2010, I changed my field of research by joining the Computational Geometry group headed by Prof. Rolf Klein as a scholarship1) holder. Even though I am still interested in collective behavior and multi agent simulation, I do not synthesize it in an bio-inspired way any more, but analyse it from an algorithmical point of view. This includes online motion planning for swarms of robots as well as designing efficient data structures for the simulation of local communication among them. Overall, this mixture of fields allows me to gain expert knowledge in both practical and theoretical fields of computer science.
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As an activity, I like to write and presenting information to readers in an easily understandable way. One the results of this passion is my manuscript "A brief Introduction of Neural Networks" which I extend every once in a while. Additionally, I like listening to movie scores.
As a further activity, I'd like to name keeping Ants (unfortunately only available in German) – which seems to suggest itself for a person interested in collective behavior. Anyway, it is really recreative to build a habitat for the ants, then watch the colony grow. Finally, I like to photograph, which is a nice combination with the ant keeping.