I am the Coca-Cola Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Insitute of Technology. Having received both my diploma and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, I was a postdoctoral researcher and visiting lecturer at MIT, worked for IBM ILOG, and Krall Demmel Baumgarten. Prior to joining the Georgia Institute of Technology, I was a Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. I received an NSF CAREER Award in 2015, the Coca-Cola Early Career Assistant Professorship in 2014, the outstanding thesis award of the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2006, as well as various Best Paper awards.
My primary research interests are in optimization and machine learning in the context of analytics with a focus on real-world applications, both in established industries as well as in emerging technologies. Application areas include but are not limited to supply chain management, finance, cyber-physical systems, and predictive analytics. I have successfully deployed analytics methodology in 20+ real-world projects and understand the particular requirements of various businesses stages, from startups to fully established key players. I am particularly interested in Technology Transfer and Business Development.