Bioinformatician by Training

Data Analyst, Design Enthusiast, and Musician by Heart



In the following, you will find some background

information and summaries of my projects.


What have I been doing?
Brain-computer Interfaces!

So I've been studying B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses in Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
The syllabus included a lot of mathematics, which I enjoy a lot, software architecture, programming, and algorithms. My specialization was in Neuroscience, since the brain has fascinated me ever since. During the course of my studies, I found my way towards data analysis using machine learning, especially physiological data of humans.
I've always been curious to if there is an alternative to boring human-computer interaction by mouse or keyboard. Turns out there is. Brain-computer interfaces are communication systems in which the brain's output pathways or muscles are not passed.


Figure 1: Basic design of a brain-computer interface after Wolpaw et al. (2002). Physiologial data is acquired from the user, processed, meaningful features extracted, translated, and device commands are sent as output. The user receives feedback of this output.


There is a short
Documentary

Some time ago, I wrote an article for a local student magazine which gives undergrads the possibility to show other students or the general readership what their research is. Following that article, I was asked to do a short documentary about brain-computer interfaces and my M.Sc. work. You can watch it here. It is in German though. If you are interested in reading the German article, follow this link.


Figure 2: Me explaining stuff to a participant.


I continued my
Research

In August 2012, I've started a PhD in Computer Science with an emphasis on applied machine learning and physiological data analysis. I put together some wrapper functions for MATLAB® that do binary support vector machine classification. The code can be found at my github repository.

Figure 3: Overview of a support vector machine classifier.


Besides Computer Science
I Enjoy Music

I'm a passionate drummer. Currently, I'm enjoying my project of musical improvisation called Bazaar.

Figure 4: Logo and link to musical improvisation project Bazaar.


... and Record it

Where I practice the drums, I also have the opportunity to record them or a whole band.


Figure 5: Record studio logo.


I'm Inspired by
Nature, Art, and Design

Thanks to bootstrap and their starter pack, this website has been built upon. I like typography and logo or website design. This page features the goole font raleway. Thanks to Tobias Baiter for the portrait photo.
I shot the header photo at Oslo, Norway.