Born and grown up in Austria. After finishing the Higher Educational School for Culture- and Symposiummanagement in Steyr (HBLA für KKM) in 2002, I had to do either civil service or military service. I decided to do the civil service in an old peoples home.
After a mandatory year of working in civil service, I began to study Computer Science at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt in Carinthia. During this time I worked twice for BMW in Steyr as a software developer implementing software for production planning.
During my masters programm I had to do a four month internship in industry. I got recommended by Prof. Laszlo Böszörmenyi to Rether Networks Inc. in Stony Brook, New York where I worked with Prof. Tzi-cker Chiueh. Instead of only four months, I decided to extend my internsip to 10 months in the US. During this internship I focused on the implementation of an authentication server for various software developed by Rether Networks Inc. Furthermore, I implemented and integrated the complete authentication process in the existing software.
After I returned to Austria, I finished my master program and wrote my thesis entitled ‘Indentifying spatial relationships in digital images’.
After finishing my master program, I decided to stay in academics for a little longer. I started my Ph.D. at the Pervasive Computing Group within the Institute for Networked and Embedded Systems at the Alpen-Adria-University in Klagenfurt.
Starting as a research assistant within the European FP7 project EPiCS (short for Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems). I focused on coordination tasks in networks of distributed smart-cameras. My main goal was to coordinate tracking tasks in order to cover as many objects as possible in a network of resource constrained devices. To do so, I identify neighbourhood relationships of smart-cameras in the network by analysing the handover behaviour, where tracking responsibilities are exchanged between cameras. Doing so, allows to reduce the communication effort and improve distributed tracking in general.
After my first year working on my Ph.D., I was asked to take over teaching responsibilities and joined the teaching team officially as an Assistant Professor (‘Universitätsassistent’) in autumn 2011. Since then, I was responsible to develop, organise and give courses such as Pervasive Computing Lab, Sensor Networks Lab, or Digital Circuit Design.
In July 2013, I mentored a Case Study at the AWARE Summer School 2013 in Lucca, Italy with a focus on my research on Computational Self-awareness in Smart-camera Networks. In September 2015, I was invited to give a lecture on self-organisation in distributed visual sensor networks at the 2015 Summer School on Intelligent Sensing for Interactive and Cognitive Environments.
I finished my Ph.D. with distinction in July 2014. My thesis is entitled ‘Autonomous Distributed Tracking in Networks of Self-organised Smart Cameras’ and was supervised by Prof. Bernhard Rinner. The Ph.D. committee was comprised by Prof. Laszlo Böszörmenyi (chair), Prof. Bernhard Rinner, and Prof. Janusz Konrad from Boston University.
Since then I contributed in several research grant proposals and finished the EPiCS project successfully.
In December 2015, I started as a Post-doctoral researcher at the Cyber-physical Systems Group of Prof. Radu Grosu at the Vienna University of Technology.