The Scottish Highlands


I am a senior researcher and lecturer pursueing theoretical and applied research in the field of data science.

In my theoretical line of research, I combine network theory and statistical data mining to develop novel methods to model and analyze data from complex social, technical or biological systems. In a complementary applied line of research, I use these methods to better understand and design socio-technical systems found in collaborative software engineering processes or information systems, as well as distributed technical systems like computer networks or Peer-to-Peer systems.

I have a background in computer science and mathematics and my approach can best be described as interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from computer science, statistics, network science, and statistical physics. My work experience covers research in social and information networks, distributed systems and computer networks, P2P systems, distributed virtual reality and collaborative software engineering. From my involvement in the design and implementation of the Peer-to-Peer Event Monitoring System of the ATLAS detector at CERN, I also have practical experience in software engineering, as well as in the design of large-scale, real-time data processing systems.

Since 2011, I enjoy researching and teaching at ETH Zürich at the Chair of Systems Design, headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Schweitzer.

I am currently on leave from ETH Zurich, holding a guest professorship in applied informatics at the AIFB Institute at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Since October 2014, I am also a Juniorfellow of the German Informatics Society (GI e.V.).

On this private webpage, you will primarily find information about my academic activities. Being a passionate amateur photographer and astrophotographer in my (sparse) free time, you will also find some of my photographic works in my photographic portfolio.