I studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and Computer Science, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics at the University of Lübeck, Germany, where I graduated in 2004. Under the supervision of Erhardt Barth, I obtained my PhD in Engineering in 2010, at the Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics of the University of Lübeck, for work on gaze-guidance systems and saliency prediction in a joint project together with Eleonora Vig. I then did a post-doc in Peter Bex's lab at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, where I investigated visual function under naturalistic conditions, which means my subjects and I got to watch blu-ray movies while an image processing system subtly changed the local spatio-temporal video characteristics in less than 25 ms whenever we moved our eyes. We also developed novel methods to rapidly and precisely assess visual function, which led to some pretty cool results in collaboration with Project Prakash (Nature News coverage here) and the formation of a spin-off company.
Currently, I am leading the research group "Visual Efficient Sensing for the Perception-Action Loop" at the Institute for Human-Machine Communication of Technische Universität München. Our work is funded by the Elite Network Bavaria.