I was born on November 9, 1992 in Krefeld, Germany and raised in a small town nearby called St.Tönis. Graduated from Michael-Ende-Gymnasium (yes, in Germany a Gymnasium is a school) with Abitur in 2012 and started studying computer science at RWTH Aachen University later that year. I am currently in the last year of my master program.
When I started at university, my main interests in the area of computer science were web development, mainly in PHP – obviously, that is where my screen name came from. However, that changed as theoretical computer science hit me. Especially I became obsessed with automata theory and formal languages. I find it still very pleasent to think of regular expressions or bisimulation games. Recently, my focus has shifted towards mathematical optimization. Convex optimization problems and methods are quite a big deal to me. This area of computer science and maths have both, interesting applications in e.g. operations research with mixed-integer programs, and also theoretically e.g. in algorithmic game theory (I omitted the whole big data and machine learning stuff on purpose here).
In my freetime, I am a passionate ultimate frisbee player. My team are the Frizzly Bears Aachen. I also love watching sports, in particular football and baseball. It is not only that I like these kind of sports for how they are played, with all the tactics and stuff, but also how they are broadcasted. In Germany, we usually avoid a second commentator or getting too involved in statistics, which I find interesting. I omitted soccer up to here but I absolutely love it. My favorite team is KFC Uerdingen 05, which is playing in Germany’s fourth division. Sports are awesome but sometimes everyone just needs some time time to chill. For me, listening to music is the most effective way to clean up my mind. If you ask me for my favorite genre, I would say handmade, which covers pretty much everything I am listening to and spares out the purely electronic stuff I do not like. Also, I play ukulele, mostly for myself some singer-songwriter covers in campfire fashion but quite okay, I think. Finally, I probably should confess that I watch slightly too much Netflix when I should be studying or working.