Since fall 2012, I am pursuing a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Computer Science. Within the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), I am working with John Leonard and John Fisher. On my way to MIT, I graduated from the Technische Universität München (TUM) with a Diplom and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a M.Sc. I am very grateful for the many friends, advisors and my family which supported me on this journey.
My interest in robotics originates from age 15, when I got my first micro-processor from my father as a present. Since then I have built seven robots from scratch and worked in multiple teams on robotics related projects. My research interests in robotics are in (1) perception (computer vision), (2) artificial intelligence (graphical models, SLAM, and non-parametric approaches to machine learning), and (3) the underlying math (variational inference and optimization). My goal is to contribute to the body of algorithms and theory, that will enable the next generation of robots to cope much better with our dynamic, complex, and non-deterministic world.
In this blog I try to give you some impressions about my live in America and my fascination for robotics.
Enjoy reading it!
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