• 01/2015 - 04/2019 Doctorate in computer science (Dr. rer. nat., graduated summa cum laude) at Heidelberg University. Title of thesis: “Implicit Entity Networks: A Versatile Document Model”
    Advisors: Prof. Michael Gertz, Prof. Kai-Uwe Sattler
  • 10/2012 - 12/2014 Master in applied computer science (M.Sc., graduated with distinction) at Heidelberg University, minor in computational linguistics. Title of thesis: “Analysis and exploration of centrality and referencing patterns in networks of news articles”
    Advisor: Prof. Michael Gertz
  • 10/2009 - 09/2012 Bachelor in applied computer science (B.Sc.) at Heidelberg University, minor in computational linguistics. Title of thesis: “An evaluation of similarity measures for the projection of bipartite networks”
    Advisors: Prof. Gerhard Reinelt, Prof. Katharina Zweig

Professional Experience

  • 05/2019 - present Postdoctoral Researcher, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • 01/2015 - 04/2019 Research Assistant, Heidelberg University
  • 04/2015 - 06/2017 Adjunct Lecturer, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim (DHBW)
  • 10/2010 - 03/2012 Student Assistant, Heidelberg University

Stipends & Scholarships

  • 04/2016 - 09/2016 Microsoft Azure for Research Award; project title: “heiLIGHTS: A Heidelberg approach to Learning Influential GrapH Topology Structures”
  • 10/2013 - 09/2014 Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium), Heidelberg University
  • 10/2012 - 09/2013 Karl-Steinbuch scholarship for supporting innovative IT- and media-related projects, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Germany; project title: “AFFINE: A network analytic approach to identifying characteristics of cinematic milestones”

Summer Schools and Seminars

Honorary Activities

  • 03/2015 - 02/2017 Doctoral student representative in the Council for Graduate Studies, Heidelberg University
  • 11/2015 - 10/2016 Representative of the natural sciences in the executive committee of the Heidelberg University PhD student government (Doktorandenkonvent)
  • 03/2015 - 10/2015 Member of the commission for founding the Heidelberg University PhD student government


  • Lectures (lecturer):
    Operating Systems (summer 2015, 2016)
  • Lectures (assistant):
    Complex Network Analysis (winter 2016/2017)
    Knowledge Discovery in Databases (winter 2016/2015)
    Introduction to Databases (summer 2015, 2016, 2017)
    Introduction to Software Engineering (winter 2011/2012)
    Algorithms and Data Structures (summer 2011)
    Introduction to Applied Computer Science (winter 2010/2011)
  • Seminars (co-supervisor):
    Fake News, Fact Checking, and Filter Bubbles (summer 2018)
    Embeddings for Data Analysis (summer 2018)
    Information Networks (summer 2017)
    Similarity Search (summer 2016)
    Event Detection (summer 2015)
  • Software practicals (supervisor / co-supervisor):
    various topics (summer 2015 - present)
  • Bachelor- / Master-Theses (supervisor / co-supervisor):
    various topics (summer 2015 - present)

Reviewing and Professional Activities

Invited Talks

  • 11/12/2018 “Network-centric Approaches to the Exploration of News Streams” [slides]
    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
    Invited by Prof. Robert West
  • 05/26/2017 “Applications of Latent Entity Networks in Information Retrieval” [slides]
    Workshop Internationale Klima- und Energiediskurse, Darmstadt, Germany
    Invited by Prof. Marcus Müller
  • 09/14/2016 “Extraction and Applications of Implicit Networks from Unstructured Text” [slides]
    Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany
    Invited by Dr. Jannik Strötgen
  • 09/09/2015 “Networks in Information Extraction”
    Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Heidelberg, Germany
    Invited by Prof. Michael Strube
  • 03/11/2015 “From Text to Context: Extracting Date-Term-Networks from Wikipedia”
    DHBW Mannheim, IMBIT. Mannheim, Germany
    Invited by Prof. Peter Mayr
  • 11/19/2013 “AFFINE: Analyzing the Features of the Film Reference Network”
    MFG Foundation, Karl-Steinbuch Stipend Certificate Ceremony. Stuttgart, Germany
    Invited by Dr. Christian Förster