Burgen Scholars 2015 - Darmstadt#


Paul Ayris
Paul Martin Ayris

AFFILIATION: Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Ludwig Maximilians Universitat München
FIELD OF SCHOLARSHIP: Earth and Cosmic Sciences

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Dr Paul Ayris obtained B.Sc Hons and M.Res degrees in Environmental Science at the University of Lancaster, UK. He completed a PhD in the study of SO2 adsorption by glass surfaces, with special relevance to ash material in volcanic eruption plumes. His PhD was supervised jointly by Dr Pierre Delmelle, then at the Environment Department at the University of York, and by Dr Adam Lee and Dr Karen Wilson within the Surface Chemistry group at the Chemistry Department. Thereafter, Dr Ayris worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr Delmelle at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. In 2012 until the present day, Dr Ayris has been working as part of the Experimental Volcanology research group in the Department of Mineralogy at Ludwig Maximilians Universitat München, under the supervision of Prof Dr Donald B Dingwell.

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Ulrich Hennecke
Ulrich Hennecke

AFFILIATION: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Organisch-Chemisches Institut
FIELD OF SCHOLARSHIP: Organic Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Ulrich Hennecke was born and raised in Lower Saxony, Germany. He studied Chemistry at Philipps-University Marburg and received his Diploma degree in 2002. For his doctoral studies he joined Thomas Carell’s group to work on the photochemistry and photo lesions of DNA and obtained his PhD degree in 2007 from the LMU Munich. This was followed by a postdoctoral stay funded by a DAAD postdoctoral fellowship with Jonathan Clayden at the University of Manchester, where he worked on novel rearrangement reactions of organolithium compounds. He took up his current position as junior group leader in organic chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in 2008. Since 2010 he is a project leader in the frame work of the Collaborative Research Center 858 – “Synergetic Effects in Chemistry”. In October 2014, he received the “venia legendi” in Organic Chemistry from the WWU Münster.

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Lars Kinder
Lars Kindler

AFFILIATION: Freie Universität Berlin, currently Harvard University
FIELD OF SCHOLARSHIP: Mathematics

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

  • Began studying Mathematics in 2003, at the Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • One year abroad at University of California, Berkeley
  • Finished Diplom in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Yuri Tschinkel
  • Began Ph.D. studies in 2009 at University of Duisburg-Essen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. mult. Hélène Esnault
  • Extended stay at University of Chicago, 2012
  • Defended thesis in 2013, title: “Regular singular stratified bundles in positive characteristic”, grade: “summa cum laude”
  • From 2013: Research Assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Fall 2016 - Summer 2017: Visiting Scholar at Harvard University

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Kawa Nazemi
Kawa Nazemi

AFFILIATION: Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research
FIELD OF SCHOLARSHIP: Computer Science

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Kawa Nazemi is currently head of the group Semantics Visualization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (Fraunhofer IGD) in Darmstadt, Germany. His group develops user-centered intelligent visualization and visual analytics solutions. Further, he teaches User-Centered Visual computing at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

After his graduation in Media Computer Science in 2006, Kawa started as researcher at Fraunhofer IGD, where he developed methods and approaches for “Visual Learning”. He researched at the intersection between humans’ cognition and computer-aided graphics in various European research projects. In 2007 he undertook the leadership and management of the THESEUS Core-Technology-Project “Innovative User Interfaces and Visualizations”, where he established a new research group focusing on semantics visualization. He researched various ways of humans’ visual information processing, interaction with computer-based graphics, and humans’ experience with visual information. His research on information visualization, intelligent visualization, and visual analytics led to more than 60 peer-reviewed publications at international conference, journals, and edited books. Kawa is further program committee member of various conferences and journals. His research at the intersection of human and visual information includes the entire transformation from mass amount of raw data to human-centered interactive visual representations. He developed a variety of algorithms and methods for intelligent visualizations and visual analytics including data mining and machine learning for processing both, data and humans’ behavior to explore novel ways of adaptive information visualization. Kawa defended his PhD entitled “Adaptive Semantics Visualization” under the supervision of Dieter W. Fellner with distinction at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Kawa was and is involved in acquiring, conducting, and leading various European and national research projects, and a variety of industrial contract research projects.

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Laura Spina
Laura Spina

AFFILIATION: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Section for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
FIELD OF SCHOLARSHIP: Earth and Cosmic Science

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Laura Spina (1986) received her Bachelor Degree in Geological Science, with distinction (110/110 con lode), in 2008 at the University of Catania, with a study based on paleomagnetic dating of Mt. Etna historical lava, performed in collaboration with the Institut de physique du globe de Paris. In the following two years she did an internship at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanogia (INGV), studying volcanic infrasound and seismic-noise signals. In October 2010, she received her Master Degree in Geophysical Science, with distinction (110/110 con lode), at the University of Catania. In December 2010, she started her PhD and focused her studies on the dynamics of shallow conduit at basaltic active volcanoes (Mt. Etna, Italy; Mt. Yasur, Vanuatu), inferred through the analysis of acoustic and seismic signals, in collaboration with INGV. In February 2014, she received her PhD in Earth Science at University of Catania. From October 2012 to March 2015, she was enrolled in a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (NEMOH project) at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Munich, where she performed shock-tube decompression experiments on analogue materials. She is actually a post-Doc researcher at LMU, where she is studying the effect of physical properties and decompression rate on the degassing response of analogue fluids.

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Tatiana von Landesberger
Tatiana von Landesberger

AFFILIATION: Technische Universität Darmstadt
FIELD OF SCHOLARSHIP: Informatics

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Tatiana von Landesberger is the Head of Visual Search and Analysis Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Computer science at this university in 2010. After finishing her studies of financial mathematics in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2003, she worked for the European Central Bank. Since 2006, she conducts research in visual analytics and in the area of information retrieval.

Her main research interests are visual analytics of complex data and visual exploration of large data sets (networks, spatio-temporal data, multivariate data, etc.) in various application areas incl. biology, transportation or finance.

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