I’m 30 years old, and I studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Munich. And I’m continuing along this track by pursuing a PhD degree.
If you consider “structure and nature of information and
knowledge” to be too abstract, too fuzzy or too much of a
buzzword, here are some explanations: I’m interested in the
representation (i.e. modeling, for the computer and for computing) and
presentation (i.e. visual, for the human) of information and knowledge,
especially with respect to Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), but also
from a coginitive point of view.
That means both how human processes information, what models he uses for the world around him and for knowledge, how he processes that and how the human mind works and on the other hand, how information can be represented and visualized for humans to be easily accessible and comprehensible. On one hand I hope to make some progress in the field of artificial intelligence, but also to improve user experience when handling computers by presenting information in a more “natural” way.
An interesting side effect of this is the application to art. There are some great computer+art projects, that experiment with new forms of interaction and similar things. However, I didn’t have much time to spare for this so far, I only gave a small Class on art & computers [german only]. I hope I’ll have the chance to do some more experiments in this direction.
About three years ago I started dancing with Rock’n’Roll at the university. Nowadays, I’m going to Lindy Hop, Boogie-Woogie and Balboa training and classes as well as social dancing each week. This, my engagement in some NPOs and my projects don’t leave much time to do other stuff. But that’s fine with me. :-)