Industry Experience

Hardware Tech | Sensor Software & Prototyping
Advised by Dr. Tom Runia and Dr. Vittorio Megaro in Dr. Brian Amberg's Zurich Vision Lab, I've worked on AI-based 3D computer vision for the future of FaceTime Personas on Apple Vision Pro.
Reality Labs | Research
Advised by Dr. Raj Sodhi in Dr. Hrvoje Benko's interaction research team, I worked on Mixed Reality experiences with semantic scene awareness.
Finance & Technology

Advised by Dr. Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl and Jochen Gross, I co-founded Porsche Emerging Tech Research and made it successful within 18 months (incl. 2 first-author papers and > 15 patent filings). My work focused on context-aware in-car and around-car mixed reality systems. I hired and guided people, built the ML stack, and pushed organizational boundaries on the way.

Before my PhD, I was advised by Dr. Andrada Junge and Martin Mayer as a data science intern on vehicle quality analyics, authored my master's thesis on estimating remaining EV battery life from past usage in a fleet-learning approach, and joined as a freelance data engineer to build a parallelized terabyte-scale vehicle data processing pipeline.

I interned on a strategic post-merger integration initiative for an automotive client to develop a migration and integration plan towards a cloud-native microservice architecture, following the acquisition of multiple mobility startups.
I interned as a software engineer at Cinuru - a MediaTech startup from the ecosystem of the Hasso Plattner Institute and the Film University Babelsberg in Potsdam, working on FFT-based movie trailer recognizition on off-grid mobile phones.

Academic Experience

ETH Zurich
Department of Computer Science | Institute for Intelligent Interactive Systems
I was a visiting PhD student to Prof. Dr. Christian Holz's Sensing, Interaction & Perception Lab to work on space-constrained input in mobile VR.
California State University, Los Angeles
During my Master's degree, I was awarded a Fulbright full grant for studying a term in the United States.
University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Business Administration | Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems
Before joining Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schütte's Integrated Information Systems research group as a PhD student in Computer Science, I obtained a bachelor's and a master's degree in Information Systems, and had worked as a student assistant in Prof. Schütte's group and Prof. Dr. Stefan Eicker's Software Engineering research group.


Scene Responsiveness for Visuotactile Illusions in Mixed Reality
36th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), 2023.
 Honorable Mention Award
Mohamed Kari, Christian Holz
HandyCast: Phone-based Bimanual Input for Virtual Reality in Mobile and Space-Constrained Settings via Pose-and-Touch Transfer
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2023.
TransforMR: Pose-Aware Object Substitution for Composing Alternate Mixed Realities
20th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), 2021.
SoundsRide: Affordance-Synchronized Music Mixing for In-Car Audio Augmented Reality
34th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), 2021.
 Best Paper Award
Also presented at: ACM SIGGRAPH 2023. The Future of Advanced User Interfaces: Best of UIST session.
Please check-out my Google scholar profile for more publications.

PhD Top 3 Experiences

Top 3: Conference Talks

ACM CHI 2023 in Hamburg
ACM CHI 2023 in Hamburg
presenting HandyCast
ACM SIGGRAPH 2023 in Los Angeles
ACM SIGGRAPH 2023 in Los Angeles
presenting SoundsRide
ACM UIST 2023 in San Francisco
ACM UIST 2023 in San Francisco
presenting Scene Responsiveness

Top 3: Awesome Offices

Meta's 71st floor in #30HY in Manhattan
Meta's 71st floor in #30HY in Manhattan
working on Scene Responsivesness
A Porsche Taycan prototype
A Porsche Taycan prototype
working on SoundsRide
ETH Zurich's Main Campus
ETH Zurich's main campus
working on HandyCast

Top 3: Technology Pioneer Encounters (aka: Always chase meeting & talking to your heroes!)

Demoing and discussing Scene Responsiveness with Mike Abrash (Graphics Programming Pioneer, Oculus/Meta Chief Scientist, Head of Meta RL Research)
Conference encouter with David Holz (Founder of Midjourney)
Fulbright PULSE interview with Avery Wang (Inventor of the Shazam algorithm)

Top 3: Porsches

Porsche Carrera S
Porsche Cayman GT4
Porsche Taycan

Top 3: Moments in the Porsche PhD Community

PhD Podcast, here live-podcasting with Mattias Ulbrich, CIO Porsche, CEO Porsche Digital
Welcoming new PhD students in the community
Meet-up with Oli Blume, CEO Porsche & VW

Top 3: Lunch Teams & Routines

SIPLAB (The name says it all!) lunch on the ETH Dozentenfoyer
Meta RL-R Computational Intelligence (Free food tastes double...)

Top 3: Supervisor relationship improvement measures

Inviting your PhD advisor to a Porsche Taycan factory tour
Beating your Meta supervisor in Whirlyball
Drinking a glass during an Apple Keynote watch party where the team's feature is launched

Top 3: Press Reports

Top 3: Interactions with the University President (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke)

Conferment of honors
Scholarship celebration
Alumni talk on the 10-year scholarship program anniversary

Top 3: Trajectory Changers

In spaceflight, planets can provide gravity assists to a spacecraft in order to alter its path. I was lucky enough to encounter, orbit, and swing-by multiple extraordinary individuals that changed my PhD trajectory.

My teacher Lukas Hillesheim
introducing me to programming
My PhD advisor Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schütte
shaping me in uncountable aspects and introducing me to science
My PhD peer -now Dr.- David Bethge
10x-ing my amibition
My Porsche advisor Dr. Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl
introducing me to research excellence in HCI
My Porsche team lead Jochen Gross
introducing me to team leadership
My ETH host & collaborator Prof. Dr. Christian Holz
introducing me to the tools of the trade in HCI

Top 3: Learnings on research and science

Scientists are story tellers. For a long time, I thought scienstists say what is (re-contextualizing Augstein) and the scientific method produces the output logically determined like a mechanical system. However, turns out the scientific method is a only tool to figure out a story as it unfolds. Still, the scientist needs to tell it. At least, the impactful scientist.

In fact, I think every impactful individual is a story teller. Only by telling a story do you convince reviewers, students, supervisors, and job candidates. And, most importantly, convince yourself.

Of course, there are differences between scientific stories and other stories. Why do you tell a story? How do you tell a story? To whom do you tell a story? How convincing is your story? How much does your story correspond with reality, how plausible is it, and how well is it grounded in scientifically tenable statements? I'd say, scientists are some of the best story tellers in the world as they tell a previously untold story. An optimistic story. As stringent as it gets. An easy-to-follow story for an often highly complex, non-fictional plot.

Thoughts inspired from discussions with Reinhard Schütte, Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl, and Bettina Luescher.

Science is the endeavour of solving difficult problems under uncertainty. These difficult problems are generally rooted in the lack of non-trivial knowledge.

That's why great science is closely related to great enterpreneurship. Both activities share that they are predominantly characterized by uncertainty. Sometimes, the whole problem and its boundaries are uncertain. Sometimes, the problem determinants are uncertain. And sometimes, "only" the solution to an already well-structured problem is uncertain.

Therefore, conducting research is mostly the process of eliminating uncertainties, e.g., through implementation, observation, or reasoning.

Thoughts inspired from discussions with Reinhard Schütte and Andreas Fender.

Individuals make the difference. Institutions have no talent, knowledge, skill, experience, or expertise. Individuals do.

Of course, institutions are better or worse in their tendency of attracting individuals with talent, etc. But talented people can be where you don't expect them and vice versa. Therefore, you need to be on the constant lookout for talent.

In science-and any creative role really, this specifically means if there is a great outcome, it is not due to the institution. It is because of one good individual. And, maybe they were renting out DVDs in the video rental store, only to write and direct Pulp Fiction a few years later.

Sometimes, one might think there are whole teams or departments that created something. But there is no next-level support when you are already at the edge. Nope, in fact, the better the outcome, the lower the number of people that are behind it. Either you solve whatever problem, or it remains a problem. Either you are the expert, or no one is. Either you develop the skill, or no one has it. Either you do it, or no one does.

PS: Especially in larger organizations, there is the tendency to develop the believe that good processes can replace good individuals. That's a fallacy. (I've never heard anyone talk of Agile Development in any good software company. Just get your code into CI.)

Thoughts inspired from discussions with Reinhard Schütte, Christian Holz, and Daniel Cremers.


At Porsche, I have initiated, produced, and together with my fellow head of the PhD network David Bethge, co-hosted the Porsche PhD Podcast where we interviewed Porsche PhD students company-internally on their research and Porsche executives on the role of PhD research for innovation.
As a Fulbright alumnus, I have initiated, and now produce and host the Fulbright PULSE Germany podcast together with the German-American Fulbright Commission and the German Fulbright Alumni Association. Tune in on Apple Podcasts or Spotify on the first Monday of the next month or listen in on one of the following episodes!
Prof. Anett-Maud Joppien
Fulbright '85-87 @ UC Berkeley & University of Illinois, Chicago

Architect and Professor of Architecture at TU Darmstadt

Manuel Bewarder
Fulbright '08/09 @ American University, Washington DC

Investigative Journalist at WDR and NDR

Prof. Dr. Rainer Storb
Fulbright '65 @ University of Washington

Pioneer of the Stem Cell Transplantation

Vera Kostiuk Busch & Dr. Hanna Shvindina
Fulbright @ Middlebury College & Fulbright '18-'19 @ Purdue University

Charity/NGO Founders in Support of Ukraine

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
Fulbright '93 @ Georgetown University

German Ambassador to Russia

Dr. Avery Wang
Fulbright '90-91 @ Ruhr University Bochum

Co-Founder and Former Chief Scientist at Shazam, Principal Research Scientist at Apple

Dr. Juliane Kronen
Fulbright '84-85 @ University of Missouri

Founder and Director of Innatura gGmbH, Jury Member of the Right Livelihood Award, and Former Partner at Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Philip Häusser
Fulbright '14 @ University of California, Santa Cruz

Science Communicator in TV and Web & Chief Technology Officer at Ablacon

Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers
Fulbright '95 @ Stony Brook and Indiana State

Professor of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence at TU Munich

Bettina Luescher
Fulbright '83-85 @ University of Wisconsin-Madison

Former Chief Spokesperson of the UN World Food Programme and Host of CNN International

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