Industry Experience

Apple
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 the future of FaceTime Personas for Apple Vision Pro.
Meta
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.
Porsche
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.

Accenture
Strategy
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.
Cinuru
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.

Papers

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.

Podcasts

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!
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

Aerial Videography

Blog and Projects

3D Coordinate Converter

Find my blog on computing and ML infrastucture and other stuff here.