My goal is to build machine learning models capable of approaching the performance of biological brains in terms of data-efficiency and robustness to perturbations and changes in their environment. Drawing inspiration from adaptation behaviour of biological systems, I study methods for domain adaptation, transfer learning and semi-supervised learning.
I’m currently working on self-supervised representation learning for speech processing with Michael Auli, Alexei Baevski and Ronan Collobert at Facebook AI Research.
For my Master’s thesis, I worked on Domain Adaptation in Brains and Machines with Matthias Bethge and Alexander Ecker at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen and Jakob Macke at TU Munich.
In the past, I worked in medical image processing at RWTH Aachen with Daniel Bug and Dorit Merhof on a novel approach for translation-based domain adaptation in histopathological images. I also worked on behavioural tracking for the open-source microscope NeuBtracker with Gil Westmeyer and Panagiotis Symvoulidis at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich. See my full list of talks and publications below.
Aside from my research, I’m a strong supporter of exposing children to modern computer science topics early on during their school education. That’s why I co-founded and advised IT4Kids to teach CS in elementary school, KI macht Schule to teach AI and Machine Learning fundamentals in high school and helped organizing the German National Competition in AI for high school students.
MSc in Neuroengineering
Technical University of Munich (2016 - 2018)
BSc in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering
RWTH Aachen University (2013 - 2016)
Facebook AI Research, Menlo Park, CA since 10 /2018
I am working on neural machine translation and speech processing with Michael Auli.
I worked on domain adaptation algorithms and their connections to adaptation mechanisms in biological learning systems. Results will become gradually available at domainadaptation.org.
HelmholtzZentrum München 05/2017 - 05/2018
Working in Gil Westmeyer’s group on novel image processing techniques. I work on real-time deep learning based image processing techniques for temporal 2D and 3D imaging data, with the goal of enabling closed-loop cell-circuit-control with spatiotemporal precision and deep tissue penetration in zebrafish.
School of Computing, University of Kent 03/2017 - 05/2017
I am currently on a research visit in the labs of Caroline Li and Prof. Yi-Ke Guo and work on unsupervised learning methods for analysis of time-series data such as EEG.Implementation of our approaches is realized in TensorFlow and TensorLayer.
Institute of Imaging and Computer Vision, Aachen 05/2016 - 02/2018
Within the ILUMINATE project, I am working on deep learning algorithms for semi-supervised dense classification of histopathological images used in cancer research. Apart from deployment of networks in our software system, I worked on a novel approaches to apply deep learning in contexts with little available labeled training data. Used software packages are mainly Theano and TensorFlow.
RWTH Aachen University 09/2014 - 06/2015
Winter Term 2014: Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering, Prof. Merhof, Institute of Imaging and Computer Vision, Aachen, Summer Term 2015: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II, Prof. DeDoncker, ISEA, Aachen
Development of a software system for automated calibration of 3D camera systems as a preparation for sensor fusion algorithms, using C++, the Point Cloud Library and ROS.
TUfast e. V. Driverless Racing Team 2016 - 2017
At TUfast, we are developing an autonomous version of a Formula Student Racecar to participate in the Formula Student Driverless competition in Hockenheim. I work in the Sensors and Perception group on deep learning approaches for processing of sensor inputs.
Formula Student Team RWTH Aachen e. V. 2014 - 2016
I worked on the hardware and software design of data acquisition devices and the battery management system in the Formula Student racecars eace04 and eace05.
IT4Kids, Enactus Aachen e. V. since 2013
To provide children in primary school with courses in computer science, I founded IT4Kids in 2013 and build up the student initiative that is still active in Aachen as of now. With our classes, we have reached hundreds of pupils. The project was awarded the 3rd place at the Enactus National Competition 2015 and a winning project in the Google Impact Challenge (awarded 10.000 €). We also started the development of a flexible programming environment for pupils, combining advantages of Scratch and Python.
KI macht Schule provides classes in AI & Machine Learning for German high school students
Development of a fully autonomous racecar for the FSG Driverless competition in Hockenheim.
M.Sc. Neuroengineering Student Blog with latest information about our study program and events.
ILUMINATE develops a novel platform for integrated analysis of in-vivo models for preclinical evaluation of new compounds in oncology, including innovative therapeutic approaches in oncoimmunology.