Born 1981 in Saarbrücken (Germany), I studied psychology (diploma) and computer science (B.Sc./M.Sc.) at the Saarland University. During my study, I worked as student assistant in the research group Brain & Cognition at the department of psychology and in the research group Algorithms and Complexity at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics. At the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, I worked as student assistant and later (2009 – 2012) as research assistant at the Innovative Retail Laboratory. Since 2012, I am a research assistant at the research group Psychology of Education at the University of Mannheim.
The Diagnosis of Spatial Thinking
Data Mining and Statistical Learning
Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS
The University of Mannheim has excellent ratings in psychology in different aspects (e.g. teaching, publications) and has an established graduate school for social sciences.
The best part of being a doctoral student here
For doctoral students, there is a very well working environment for doing research, starting from the organization of the graduate school to the professors who are generally very supportive.
A description of my fellow doctoral students
Generally, the group of fellow students is very cooperative. Helping each other is the common attitude.
My most challenging experience within the program
Most challenging were organizational issues, although even those were not that complicated.
My advice for prospective students
No specific advice, only: Just do it.