I am professor at and head of research of the Department of Information Technologies at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.
I am the director of the Josef Ressel Centre for Intelligent and Secure Industrial Automation.
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I am a computer scientist and mathematician with industry background in industrial automation. My academic career started in algorithm theory and engineering. Later my focus shifted to artificial intelligence and system architectures for industrial control systems. During my time in industry I worked in a broader sense on smart factory technology.
In 2022 I started the Josef Ressel Centre for Intelligent and Secure Industrial Automation at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. It is a 2.5 M€ research center where we do research on a digital assistant for industrial machines with the research fields system architectures, artificial intelligence and cyber security for operational technology.
In 2019 I joined the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences to become at the Department of Information Technologies and Digitalisation. In 2023 I became the head of research of this department.
In 2015–2019 I worked at B&R Industrial Automation, where I built up a team of R&D engineers with a focus on algorithms and mathematics. I was responsible for the PLC software operating a novel type of a transport system, ACOPOStrak, for which I initially developed the concepts and architectures, mathematical models and core algorithms. It puts a link between servo motion control, robotics and logistics and we published a dozen patents on it.
I was a Postdoc researcher at the IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria) in the group of Herbert Edelsbrunner in the years 2013–2015 and worked in computational topology and topological machine learning. In particular, we put a bridge between kernel-based machine learning and persistent homology.
My academic career started as a PhD Student (2008-2011) and PostDoc (2011–2012) in Martin Held’s Computational Geometry and Applications Lab at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Salzburg. Later I also had a Senior Scientist position at the Department of Mathematics (2012) at the University of Salzburg. My work concentrated on theory and applications of various skeleton structures like Voronoi diagrams and straight skeletons. I am the author of the commercial software packages ArcVroni and Stalgo.
I finished my Doctoral studies in 2011 at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Salzburg. Furthermore, I received a Master degree in Mathematics, a Master degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Computer Science, a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science in the years 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.
What I cannot create, I do not understand.
– Richard Feynman
Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer.
Art is everything else we do.
– Donald Knuth
A picture may be worth a thousand words, a formula is worth a thousand pictures.
– Edgar Dijkstra
Removing mathematics from programming is like turning astronomy into astrology.