I am a computer scientist working as Senior Research Fellow at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and as the director of the research groups at the Centre Digitisation.Bavaria (ZD.B), an interdisciplinary research incubator of the Bavarian state government for topics related to digitisation.

I received my MSc degree (Diplom, 2007) in Computer Science and Cognitive Neuroscience from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. I then joined the Technical University of Munich where I received my PhD (Dr. rer. nat., 2011) and subsequently my habilitation degree (facultas docendi, 2015) prior to joining the founding team of the ZD.B. My academic mentors include Alexander Knapp (Diplom), Manfred Broy (Doctorate), and Roel Wieringa (Habilitation).

My research is on empirical software engineering. There, I concentrate on evidence-based software (and requirements) engineering quality improvement with focus on the areas requirements engineering, software process modelling, and quality management — all in close collaboration with relevant industries. Further, I work on methods for interdisciplinary software engineering research in the larger context of empirical software engineering methodologies.

My teaching concentrates on these software engineering areas. For my efforts in fostering interdisciplinarity in teaching, I received the Ernst Otto Fischer Award. I regularly publish in software engineering venues having emphasis on empirical research and I actively serve the research community in several key positions. The empirical software engineering research community means a lot to me. Besides my research and higher education environment, I am privileged to work with people I like on topics that fascinate me. I am co-founder of spaced-labs and serve as scientific advisor to qualityminds.

I’m further a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the IEEE Computer Society, and the German association of university professors and lecturers (DHV), and I serve as the University representative to the International (empirical) Software Engineering Research Network (ISERN).

I am convinced that research and education should be open, transparent, and accessible to everyone as they are key to achieve a socially and economically sustainable development of our society. I therefore dedicate a large extent of my time to contribute to it. I’m furthermore a frequent traveller between my home town, my working place, and wherever research collaborations, conferences, or my whim might take me.

TU Munich
Boltzmannstr. 3, 85748 Garching, Germany

Centre Digitisation.Bavaria
+49 (89)248807-113
Lichtenbergstr. 8, 85748 Garching, Germany

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