|Welcome to my website! I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and recently joined Bosch Corporate Research Germany as a full-time research engineer. My research interests during my PhD included perception-related tasks such as person / group detection and tracking in RGB-D and laser range data, human attribute recognition and social relation analysis. My work was funded by the EU FP7 project SPENCER. Previously, I worked in the Interactive Systems group at the University of Duisburg-Essen on recommender systems, after having obtained my diploma in Applied Computer Sciences in Duisburg. I also did internships at HSBC in Düsseldorf and at Microsoft in Bellevue/Redmond, WA. In my free time, over a duration of 5 years, I developed a 2D real-time strategy game called Sorades – Die Befreiung, which won the Newcomer Award at the German Game Developer Award 2006. My other interests besides computer science, robotics and electronics include photography, travelling, and cruising through the skies in airplanes (when I find the time, I’d like to obtain my own private pilot’s license!).|
June 2016: I joined Bosch Corporate Research in Renningen, Germany, as a full-time research engineer in robotics and perception!
May 2016: Last month, the SPENCER project ended with a very successful demonstration at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. The SPENCER robot is now resting peacefully in its wooden storage box. A TV report on our project, also featuring me, was recently shown on German television. Goodbye SPENCER!
February 2016: While the end of the SPENCER project is approaching quickly and we are preparing for next month’s final demonstration at Amsterdam-Schiphol, I am now starting to look for a new job in robotic perception / people detection and tracking / autonomous driving! Feel free to contact me.
December 2015: First week-long deployment of the SPENCER robot at Schiphol for initial testing (pictures!). People were very curious and overall reacted very positively. Also lots of press coverage, e.g. by Heise Online, The Telegraph, Daily Mail or phys.org.
November 2015: SPENCER robot is coming to Freiburg, where my colleagues Luigi, Billy and I will do the final preparations for the first Schiphol deployment.
October 2015: I presented my paper on full-body human attribute recognition in RGB-D in one of the computer vision sessions at IROS’15 in Hamburg. Later on, headed to Toulouse for SPENCER integration week IV.
April 2015: Just came back from an eventful SPENCER Integration Week III (see gallery). Also check out our new video on Real-Time Multi-Modal People Tracking in Crowded Environments! The code is available on GitHub.
January 2015: My paper on Real-Time Full-Body Human Gender Recognition in (RGB)-D Data has been accepted for presentation at ICRA’15. Looking forward to visiting Seattle in May! I also submitted a follow-up paper to IROS 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.
October 2014: After submitting a paper to ICRA’15, it is now time to prepare for the SPENCER integration event in Toulouse! I’ll be heading there twice, during the first meeting we will set up the basic robot software infrastructure in a smaller team. Looking forward to working with the robot for the first time! Also going to Aachen for people tracker integration. Update: Demo videos of single-person and group guidance now online!
June 2014: New website goes online! And in the SPENCER project, we’re planning to go to Amsterdam-Schiphol airport with our mobile data capture platform, a child stroller equipped by me with wheel odometry and an array of RGB-D and laser sensors. Update: Pictures now online!
May 2014: My first robotics-related paper entitled “Multi-Model Hypothesis Tracking of Groups of People in RGB-D Data” has been accepted for presentation at FUSION 2014 in Salamanca, Spain!
April 2013: Moved to Freiburg, Germany and started working at the Social Robotics Laboratory!
February 2012: Became a full-time researcher at the Interactive Systems Lab of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
January 2012: Finished my diploma in Applied Computer Sciences with distinction!