Moving on to new horizons

Hello, world! Having defended my PhD thesis “Perspectives on Quality of Service in Distributed and Embedded Real-Time Systems” in August, it is time for me to move on to new horizons.

Actually, I did not only leave TU Dortmund University, but also prepared for switching my field of research as well as my scope of activities. Since quite some years it is becoming increasingly important to me to contribute to spreading computer science knowledge to ‘normal’ people outside of academia – now it is time for me to accomplish this mission. For the time being, I plan to pursue a twofold strategy: I want to extensively engage in science communication on the one hand and to do research in the field of computer science education on the other hand.

As a first step into this new direction, I had the great pleasure of taking part in the INFOS (“Informatik und Schule”) conference in Würzburg this week, where I did not only encounter a lively, diverse and welcoming community and got insights into very exciting research, but also organized a workshop together with Erik Marx (TU Dresden) and Nadine Bergner (RWTH Aachen); an abstract of the Workshop in German can be found here.

I am truly happy about these first ‘walking attempts’ in a domain that is completely new for me, while eagerly looking forward to what the future may bring.

(Photo: The Würzburg residence in the morning.)