Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions

  • DeepMind Chair of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science, University College London, UK
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Visiting Professor, Imperial College London, UK

Professional History

  • Since 10/2019: DeepMind Chair of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science, University College London, UK
  • 10/2018 – 12/2019: Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, UK
  • 10/2016 – 12/2019: Scientific Advisor, PROWLER.io
  • 07/2015 – 09/2018: Lecturer, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, UK
  • 10/2014 – 06/2015: Imperial College Research Fellow, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, UK
  • 09/2013 – 09/2014: Departmental Research Fellow, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, UK
  • 12/2011 – 08/2013: Group Leader, Department of Computer Science, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • 02/2010 – 12/2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 02/2010 – 04/2011: Adjunct Researcher, Intel Labs, Seattle, WA, USA

Academic History

  • 10/2006 – 12/2009: PhD in Machine Learning, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany Thesis: Efficient Reinforcement Learning using Gaussian Processes
  • 09/2007 – 12/2009: Visiting researcher, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 10/2006 – 08/2007: Graduate student at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
  • 10/2000 – 08/2006: MEng in Computer Science, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany Thesis: An Online-Computation Approach to Optimal Finite-Horizon State-Feedback Control of Nonlinear Stochastic Systems

Prizes, Awards, Fellowships

Keynotes, Tutorials and Plenary Talks

Outreach and Public Understanding of Science

In the News

Memberships and Committees

Conference Co-Organization

Workshop Co-Organization

Community Service

Mentoring

  • Designed mentorship program for new reviewers at ICLR 2022.
  • Mementor (since 2020)
  • Black in AI (since 2020)
  • Deep Learning Indaba (since 2017)
  • ICLR 2020
  • ICML 2020
  • NeurIPS 2019-2020
  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (since 2018)

Senior Roles

Area Chair, Action Editor, Associate Editor

  • 2021: ICML, JMLR
  • 2020: ICLR, NeurIPS
  • 2019: NeurIPS
  • 2018: AISTATS, ICML
  • 2017: CoRL
  • 2016: NIPS
  • 2015: ICRA, NIPS
  • 2014: ICRA
  • 2013: ACML

Program Committee

  • 2019: CoRL
  • 2017: RSS
  • 2015: RLDM
  • 2014: AAAI, ACML
  • 2013: ADPRL, IJCAI, RSS
  • 2012: ACML, ECML/PKDD, ICPRAM, RSS
  • 2011: RSS
  • 2010: AAAI, RSS

Reviewing

  • 2019: ICML, CoRL, NeurIPS
  • 2017: JMLR, NIPS, RSS
  • 2016: AISTATS, EWRL, IJRR, JMLR, MLJ, RSS
  • 2015: AISTATS, ICML, JMLR, Cambridge University Press
  • 2014: AISTATS, Automatica, ICML, JBHI, MLJ, NIPS, RAS
  • 2013: ICRA, IROS, KI Magazine, MLJ, NIPS, Springer
  • 2012: AISTATS, Humanoids, ICML, IEEE-TPAMI, NIPS, Springer
  • 2011: CDC, ECC, ICML, ICRA, IROS, MLJ, NIPS
  • 2010: ACC, AISTATS, IJRR
  • 2009: AURO, CDC, ICML, ICRA, SCI, IEEE-TPAMI
  • 2008: Adaptive Behavior, IPSN, NIPS, RO-MAN
  • 2007: IEE Electronic Letters

I also frequently review grant proposals (e.g., EU, national funding agencies).

Former Students