About Me

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Knowledge Technology Group, University of Hamburg.

My research aims to develop deep learning models for grounded language understanding by leveraging multimodal information. My particular focus is in on spatial language understanding and compositional language grounding.


  • Dr. rer. nat. in Computer Science, University of Bremen, Germany (2013)
  • Diplom in Mathematics, University of Bremen, Germany (2009)

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Multimodal Learning
  • Grounded Language Understanding
  • Spatial Reasoning

Research Experience

Research Grants and Awards

  • Bremen-Cardiff Alliance Collaborative Fund, Cardiff University, UK (2019)
  • UTS Blue Sky Research Scheme, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney (2017)
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2016–2017)
  • Fachbereichspreis Mathematik (diploma thesis award), University of Bremen (2009)
  • DAAD-KOSEF Scholarship, DAAD, Germany (2008)
  • Third Prize at the Regional Contest Jugend Forscht Bremen (2001)
  • Senator-Friedrich-Cordewener-Prize at the Regional Contest Jugend Forscht Bremen (2001)

Recent Publications


  • Supervisor, Neural Networks Seminar, University of Hamburg (2020–2022)
  • Supervisor, Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence Seminar, University of Hamburg (2020–2022)
  • Teaching Assistant, Mathematics III, University of Bremen (2008)
  • Teaching Assistant, Linear Algebra II, University of Bremen (2007)
  • Organizer, Linear Algebra I + II Seminar, University of Bremen (2007)
  • Teaching Assistant, Linear Algebra I, University of Bremen (2006)

Thesis Supervision

  • Learning Bidirectional Translation Between Robot Actions and Linguistic Descriptions, Markus Heidrich, BSc (2021)
  • Using the Reformer for Efficient Summarization, Yannick Wehr, BSc (2020)
  • Generalization in Multi-Modal Language Learning from Simulation, Aaron Eisermann, BSc (2020)
  • Commonsense Validation and Explanation, Christian Rahe, BSc (2020)




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22527 Hamburg, Germany
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