Current occupation

Starting from June 2016
Research engineer in Robotics and Perception at Bosch Corporate Research HQ in Renningen (Germany).

Academic experience

April 2013 – April 2016
Researcher at the Social Robotics Laboratory, University of Freiburg, working in the EU FP7 project SPENCER on multi-modal people and group tracking on a mobile robot, as well as human attribute recognition from RGB-D point clouds. Played a leading role in the software integration and final deployment of the SPENCER robot at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, and successfully devised and implemented a number of hardware and software measures to ensure its safe operation in public space. Currently finishing work on my PhD thesis.

February 2012 – March 2013
Full-time researcher in the Interactive Systems Group at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

April 2008 – March 2010 & December 2010 – January 2012
Student research assistant in the Interactive Systems group at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where I was involved in the development of several prototypes of hybrid & context-aware recommender systems and co-author of a number of publications.

Industry experience

July 2010 – September 2010
Internship at Microsoft Corporation in Bellevue/Redmond, WA, as a Software Development Engineer In Test in the Bing User Experience team.

April 2010 – June 2010
Software development internship at HSBC Global Asset Management, Düsseldorf (Germany).

Education

October 2006 – January 2012
Graduated from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, in Applied Computer Sciences (Angewandte Informatik). Diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) with highest honours (mit Auszeichnung bestanden, 1.0).

1997 – 2006
Education for the university entrance qualification (German “Abitur”) at Franz-Haniel-Gymnasium, Duisburg, Germany. Finished with highest distinction (German grade 1.0).

 

Technical skills

Due to my numerous experiences in various disciplines, I possess extensive software and hardware expertise in different fields such as C++ programming on Linux, Windows and embedded systems, robotics, Java-based web development, electronics and microcontrollers, and game development.

I also have profound knowledge of state-of-the-art probabilistic and deep learning methods in machine learning, computer vision and tracking (e.g. convolutional neural networks, Kalman and particle filters, multi-hypothesis tracking).

 
programming skills: C/C++ (15+ years)
Python (5 years)
Java (5 years)
C#, Turbo Pascal, Oberon 2, Delphi, Visual Basic

robotics: Expert knowledge of ROS (Robot Operating System)
Practical experience in electronics and electrical wiring, mechanical assembly
CanOPEN protocol, .NET Micro Framework 4, Arduino
Eagle PCB editor

machine learning and
computer vision:
Keras, Tensorflow, PyTorch
Hyperopt, SMAC
Matlab (+Image Processing & Optimization Toolbox)
OpenCV, OpenNI, Kinect v2 SDK

sensors: RGB-D (Kinect v1, v2, Asus Xtion)
2D laser (SICK LMS, Hokuyo)
3D LIDAR (Velodyne)
Mono and stereo cameras

development tools: Sublime, Eclipse SDK, MS Visual Studio
Jenkins, JIRA, Redmine, Ant, Maven
CMake, Doxygen
SVN, Git

multimedia skills: Unreal Engine 4, basics of Unity3D
OpenGL, OpenSceneGraph, OGRE
Qt

operating systems: Windows & Linux (expert)

web technologies: Java Server Faces 2, PrimeFaces, JSP, Spring Framework
JPA, Hibernate, MySQL
JAX-WS, JAXB, SOAP, REST
JBoss AS, Tomcat
HTML, CSS, JavaScript

spoken languages: German (mother tongue)
English (fluently) – Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (Grade A)
French (basics)
 

Awards and honors

  • Best student paper award for a paper on Removing Motion Blur using Natural Image Statistics I co-authored together with my Diploma thesis advisor (2014)
  • Diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) in Applied Computer Sciences with highest honours, best in 2012 class
  • Sparkassenpreis 2011 der Sparkasse Duisburg for excellent performance in my studies
  • Scholarship of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia (2009-2011)
  • 1st prize at the Newcomer Award of the German Game Developer Award (2006)
  • Graduated best in class 2006 with the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) at Franz-Haniel-Gymnasium, Duisburg
  • 1st prize at the Duisburger Mathematikwettbewerb (regional round of mathematics olympiad) in my age class (2002)
 

Conference attendances

  • 2018: IROS, IAS
  • 2017: ICCV
  • 2016: ICRA
  • 2015: IROS, ICRA, CVPR
  • 2014: FUSION
  • 2013: ICRA