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I studied Computer Science at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. While doing so, I worked for the Computer Service Group of the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, where I learned Unix and TCP/IP.
In 1995, I started a project at the Chair of Professor Buchmann which evolved into a portable object-oriented cryptographic library called LiSA. Among the features of that Library is an automatic internet key retrieval function. I designed the distributed database service for the key distribution which was the main part of my thesis.
In 1997, I finished my studies and received my diploma in Computer Science in Saarbrücken and went to the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels to start working on my Ph.D at the VUB AI lab of Prof. Luc Steels. I worked on hardware and software for embedded systems, in particular for the autonomous robots of the robotics group of Andreas Birk. The main part of my Ph.D Thesis was the design (and the implementation) of a component-based operating system for autonomous systems, CubeOS that has meanwhile been used in several projects in education and research. I completed my Ph.D in the summer of 2001.
From September 1th, 2001 until August 31st 2004, I worked as a lecturer for electrical engineering and computer science at the International University Bremen
On October 1st, 2007, I joined Microsoft ATL Europe (then called European Microsoft Innovation Center ) in Aachen to work on embedded systems.
On July 1st, 2013, Microsoft ATL Europe moved from Aachen to Munich and so did I.
In 2014, I joined Microsoft DX, working on Cloud, Open Source, Linux and IoT projects.
In 2016, I moved over to the Partner and Device Solutions group (formerly known as Windows OEM) and now I work on new operating system things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things.
Next to my scientific work, I founded two companies, one on video electronics and a second one on robotic hardware and started the RIDS project on robotics in highschools. And I participated in RoboCup since 1998.
And somewhere in a drawer, I keep my amateur radio license (callsign DD9VH), a yachtmaster license and some other things.
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