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I am passionate about information processing and computation in locally distributed systems. This includes natural systems such as cortical areas and swarms, but also artificial neural networks and other similar structures. My interests revolve particularly around plasticity, emergence, self-organization, and self-construction, and how they can lead to stable computations within non-linear dynamical systems. My goal is to find those algorithms & data structures that not only explain these properties, but also follow from first-order principles with as few parameters as possible. Additionally, I am enthusiastic about parallel and scientific computing, and computer graphics.

Currently, I focus on emergence of spatio-temporal languages and hierarchies in distributed message-passed systems. Moreover, I conduct research on optimality, self-organization, and recursive self-construction of (scale-free) cortical data structures, for instance those involved in spatial navigation.



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After working on a PhD in Computer Science and as a postdoc in the Neuroscientific System Theory (NST) group at TU Munich, Germany, I spent almost three years as research scientist at the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence. Since March 2021 I'm a postdoc/researcher in Yasser Roudi's SPINOr Group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience (KISN) in beautiful Trondheim, Norway.

Throughout my career, I have always loved working on the intersection of computational neuroscience, computer science, and neuromorphic computing. In this context, I aimed my research primarily at those neural computations that are involved in spatial navigation and perception. Moreover, I worked on technical robotic solutions that operate in the real-world, and led a team researching and developing a novel perception framework for manipulation robotics. Given my strong interest in teaching and education, I also conceived and implemented a mentoring program that includes reverse mentoring for higher management.

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