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I’m a principal engineer at Mercedes Benz Research & Development. My team and I are currently working on one of the most exciting topics of the 21st century: Automated Driving. There couldn’t be a more thrilling experience for me right now than to actively develop the future of the automobile.
How did I get there?
Well, the path has not always been obvious. Growing up in a small and lovely village in Germany, my dreams where quite grounded. Working for one of the biggest companies in Germany was definitely not on my list of imagination.
After gymnasium (highschool) I did a social year to gather my thoughts on what I should study. It ended up to be mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which was just a random pick to be honest. However, although designing motorcycles with a CAD program was not really my thing (as most of the topics during my studies weren’t..), I learned a broad range of skills and also one of the most important lessons: search for the challenges that seem to be insurmountable – they never are.
I then did a series of internships starting at the Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe with the topic “video processing in vehicles under adverse weather conditions”. After that I did an internship at Mercedes Benz in Germany for 3 months followed by a 6-month internship at Mercedes Benz R&D North America in Palo Alto, California.
I did not want to finish my studies without trying out also another company, so I applied for a Master thesis at the Audi AGl, where I learned a whole new world for me at that time: Active Light Range Imagery (ToF cameras). I did my thesis on “Localization using a Time-of-Flight camera” and learned how to deal with point clouds.
Well, now this topic really got me fired up and I definitely wanted to work in the field of environment perception and automated driving. Luckily, I had the chance to do my PhD in the team Image Understanding of Uwe Franke at Mercedes Benz Stuttgart. Given my background with ToF cameras and image processing, my PhD topic is “Deep Fusion of Cameras and Lidar”. If you’re interested in what “deep” means, check out my publications on this page.
Since November 2016 I’m a principal engineer have a lot of fun, working in this project, sitting in the car and to see how your changes make the car better and more intelligent every day.
I’m happy to have you here, come and discover this page!