I am an Assistant Professor (with tenure track) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Department of Informatics. Since 2022, I am also leading a "Helmholtz Young Investigator Group" named Data-driven analysis of complex systems (DRACOS), where we aim to understand complex (energy) systems from a data-driven point, mainly via interpretable machine learning and explainable AI.
I started my academic career as a physicist who was more interested in computers than in lab experiments. I wanted to learn about the fundamental rules that govern the world and the universe.
During my studies, I realized that quantum mechanics or astrophysics are much less relevant to our daily lives than complex systems, such as the energy system. Especially with an ongoing climate crisis, I felt the need to act now and contribute something useful to our society.
Hence, I am now combining my abstract thinking about concepts and my computational expertise with my desire to support the energy transition. For me, understanding a system is the first step towards using or modifying it.
CV(last updated May 2023)
The project “Data-Driven Analysis of Complex Systems for a Sustainable Future (DRACOS)” is the basis for a Young Investigator Group (YIG) funded by the Helmholtz Association (grant no. VH-NG-1727) from January 2022 to December 2026. The project is led by Benjamin Schäfer at the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).