Curriculum Vitae

Practical Experience

Scientific networking trip to CA/US, to connect institutes, engineers and scientists aiming to automate optical image based marine research (e.g. stops at WHOI, MBARI, ONC)
Chair of the scientific and local organizing committees to conduct the second Marine Imaging Workshop (February 2017 at GEOMAR)
Scientific organization and technical preparation of the Habitat Mapping at Condor Seamount during the MIDAS demonstration cruise to CONDOR Seamount
2015 - 2017
PostDoc in the Deep Sea Monitoring Group at GEOMAR, Kiel
Research cruises SO239 and SO242-1 of the "EcoMining Impact" project: deployment of AUV Abyss with new camera and illumination equipment; image acquisition, management and analysis
Member of the scientific organizing committee that initiated and conducted the first Marine Imaging Workshop (held in April 2014 at the National Oceanographic Centre, UK) with three days of poster and technical presentations of 100 international participants.
Training of B.Sc. / M.Sc. students in software / research projects for underwater image analysis
Exchange semester to visit the Bioimage Analysis Lab at the University of Warwick, UK
Various student and research assistant positions in the Biodata Mining Group to develop software and conduct experiments
2004 - 2005
Work & travel in New Zealand (five months)

Grants, Cruises and Prizes

Approved ship time as PI for the "SeASOM" (Semi-Autonomous Subsea Optical Mapping) Poseidon cruise to map and monitor gas bubble release and cold water corals
Briese PhD prize for Ocean research
"General Purpose Underwater Spectral Imaging" grant (Future Ocean Excellence Cluster)
"Multi-Spectral Image Capture" grant (GEOMAR Seed Funding)
Winner of the "Methods of project development" software engineering contest


2010 - 2015
Ph.D. in Computer science in the natural sciences at the Bielefeld University (1.0 with distinction).
2008 - 2010
Master in Computer science in the natural sciences at the Bielefeld University (1.3)
2005 - 2008
Bachelor in Computer science in the natural sciences at the Bielefeld University (1.5)
2004 - 2005
Internships in a hospital and at a veterinerian, some summer jobs
2003 - 2004
Community service in Bethel
1994 - 2003
Sekundarstufe 1 & 2 at Gymnasium Bethel (2.2)
1991 - 1994
Primary school in Brackwede (Frölenbergschule)


German, English, C++, PHP, JavaScript
Some basics:
Portuguese, French, Russian, Danish, Norwegian, Latin, Python, Java,


Born: September 1984 in Bielefeld with one older sister and lots of cousins. My mother is an interior designer, specialized to doctor's offices, my father is a primary care physician. My mother tongue is german.
I love to play Badminton, read a lot and like modern art, the outdoors and science in general.