Professional biography sketch

1984-90:
study of physics at the Justus-Liebig-Univ. in Giessen/Germany

1987-88:
visiting graduate student at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle/USA

1990
Diplom in physics (Univ. Giessen/Germany)
Thesis: Lernen und Vergessen in Neuronalen Netzwerken
            (Learning and forgetting in neural networks)

1992
PhD in theoretical physic (Univ. Giessen/Germany)
Thesis: Lernalgorithmen für Neuronale Netzwerke mit vorwärtsgerichteter Informationsverarbeitung
            (Learning algorithms for feedforward neural networks)

1991-1993
Research assistant in theoretical physics, Julius-Maximilians-Univ. Würzburg/Germany

1993-95
Post-doc scholar of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Research at the Julius-Maximilians-Univ. Würzburg/Germany
and at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen/Denmark.

1995-2003
Assistant Professor at the Univ. Würzburg/Germany
Research: modelling and simulation of crystal growth, physics of learning
Teaching: Computational physics, theoretical physics, various special courses
Supervision of numerous diploma and PhD thesis projects
Project leader (temporary) of a theory project within SFB-410

1996/97
Habilitation and venia legendi in Theoretical Physics, Univ. Würzburg/Germany
Thesis: Beiträge zur Statistischen Physik des Lernens
           (Contributions to the statistical physics of learning)

Nov. 2003 - Feb. 2009
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Computing Science

March 2009:
Gorilla Tracking Certificate, Uganda Wildlife Authority ;-)

Since March 2009:
Associate Professor with Tenure (Adjunct Hoogleraar)
Intelligent Systems Group at the Johann Bernoulli Institute
see left panel for research and teaching activities and further information

2014:
Appointment as an Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Visiting Fellow to the University of Birmingham/UK
including an invited stay of three months and the organization of two interdisciplinary workhshops.