Employment Education Grants Experience

Further information about my research and experience can be found on my pages on teaching and supervision, research projects, collaborations, and publications.


Since 03.2016

Co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) at AFFS Affective Signals GmbH, Berlin.

01.2014 - 03.2016

Postdoctoral researcher, Center of Excellence: Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), University of Bielefeld. Projects: THE - The Hand Embodied (EU FP7) and GoToGoal (CITEC).

01.2011 - 04.2014

Postdoctoral researcher (principal investigator) on personal DFG project ELAPS: Embodied Latency Adaptation and the Perception of Simultaneity. Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Bielefeld.

09.2008 - 12.2010

Postdoctoral researcher, Multisensory Perception and Action Group (Marc O. Ernst), Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

05.2008 - 08.2008

JSPS Short Term Postdoctoral Fellow, Ikegami Lab: Complex Systems and Artificial Life. University of Tokyo, Japan.


10.2004 - 04.2008

D.Phil. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR), University of Sussex, UK.

09.2006 - 01.2007

ERASMUS research stay, Groupe Suppléance Perceptive (GSP), Technical University of Compiègne (UTC), France.

10.2003 - 09.2004

M.Sc. in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (with distinction), University of Sussex, UK.

10.2000 - 09.2003

B.Sc. in Cognitive Science (with distinction), University of Osnabrück, Germany.

02.2003 - 09.2003

Student researcher (internship + B.Sc. project) Intelligent Dynamical Systems Group (InDy) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS) in St. Augustin, Germany.

07.2002 - 01.2003

Semester abroad, University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.

09.1999 - 07.2000

General Studies (Studium Generale). Leibniz Kolleg, Tübingen, Germany.

Awards and grants   

01.2011 - 12.2013

DFG Grant ELAPS: Embodied Latency Adaptation and the Perception of Simultaneity (Eigene Stelle)

€ 200 000

07.2009 - 03.2010

CIN project grant: Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), Tübingen (awarded but not taken up): Touching One's Own Fake Hand

€ 25 000

05.2008 - 08.2008

JSPS Short Term Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ikegami Lab, University of Tokyo, Japan.

approx. € 10 000

10.2004 - 09.2007

Teaching Assistantship for doctorate students by the School of Science and Technology, University of Sussex.

10.2003 - 09.2004

EPSRC scholarship (study fees) for the M.Sc. Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems at the University of Sussex.


MLP-Award for Excellence in Studies, University of Osnabrück.

09.2002 - 12.2003

Competitive semester scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a semester abroad in Costa Rica.

Skills and Experience   


Affective computing, interaction dynamics, sensory delays, temporal processing, multisensory integration, motor control, haptics, sensorimotor adaptation, sense of agency and body ownership, embodiment.

  • Multisensory interfaces and Virtual Reality
  • Computational modelling (statistical models, ideal observer models, agent control models, simulation models)
  • Behavioural experiments (human psychophysics, multisensory perception, motor control, sensorimotor adaptation and skill-learning)
  • Various programming languages and methods (e.g., neural networks, physics simulations, OpenGL, genetic algorithms, artificial intelligence, C, C++, Java, Matlab, R; getting started on python).
Organisational Involvement
  • Organisation of the annual retreats of the Cognitive Neuroscience Department University of Bielefeld, 2012 and 2013.
  • Organising committee of the first, second, and third CNRS summer school Enaction and Cognitive Science (2006-2008, various locations in France).
  • Co-organisation of the Workshop on Agency in Natural and Artificial Systems, 11.-12.07.2008 in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Co-organiser of The Cyborg Experiment at the Cheltenham Festival of Science 2005.

Journal Reviewing

ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, Adaptive Behavior, Algorithms, Attention Perception & Psychophysics, Avant, Cerebral Cortex, Cognition, Consciousness and Cognition, Cortex, Developmental Science, European Journal of Neuroscience, Experimental Brain Research, Interaction Studies, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Perception and Performance, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Multisensory Research, Neuropsychologia, Perception, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS ONE, Scientific Reports.

Grant Reviewing

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Conference Reviewing

Eurohaptics 2014, European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) 2011 - Workshop on Artificial Autonomy, Haptics Symposium 2014 and 2016, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2016.


German (native), English (native level), Spanish (fluent), French (fluent), Japanese (beginner).