I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Bavaria in southern Germany.
From 1993 onwards I studied computer science at the
University of Munich, getting my diploma (~ masters degree) in early 1999.
Immediately afterwards I began my PhD studies at the database systems group of the same department.
After graduating in 2004, I spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher
at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the Intelligent Information Systems
group, before moving to the
Helsinki Institute of Information Technology.
Since 2011 I am at explido.