my name is Robert Keßler. I am 25 years old and live currently in Hamburg, Germany. I am currently enrolled in the Computer Science Master program at the University of Hamburg. I finished my bachelor 2012.
In my spare time I do a lot around the development of games as well es robotics. In the games area I don't consider just video games but also board games and general game design techniques.
With this the connection to artificial intelligence and the behaviour of artificial enemies are quite interesting. The field of artificial intelligence is also a factor for my engagement in the RoboCup Team Hamburg Bit-Bots. It is quite challenging to program robots in an architectural sound way but the fun outweigh the efforts.
I began my studies at the University of Hamburg in 2008. The first thing I noticed was a well-structured introduction to the study by the orientation unit in the computer science department. After the exciting basic courses during the first semester I discovered my own interest in self structured work with other students in small groups. Therefore, in the 2nd semester, I founded a work group where we worked on neural networks. We used Java to do so so we could easily invite other new students in to join us. We mainly developed a small framework for Neural Networks and wrote a number of smaller projects and examples in this area.
Due to the very well-organized and effective orientation unit at the beginning of my own studies, I decided to assist in the organization of the orientation unit in computer science in the year 2009. Also, I was involved in the Student Council and attended the conference of the computer science student councils of germany. This gave me the opportunity to connect to other computer science students from all over germany.
During my later semesters I chose the elective areas "Embedded Systems" , "Fundamentals of knowledge processing" and "Computer science aided design and modeling of organizations." In general, however, I felt that the study was relatively rigid. Due to the tight schedule of the Bachelor / Master system, there was little time next to the regular courses, that I would have spend on additional or further problems within my field of interest.
At the end of my studies in the Bachelor I wrote my thesis on the topic of "sound source localization with a humanoid robot". As part of this work it was possible for me to get familiar with the research methods and the process of the scientific working, so I decided to follow up with a masters degree. Especially in the area of planning and structuring the bachelor thesis contributed strongly to my personal development.
I continued my studies at the University of Hamburg in the masters level with having still to write my thesis in the winter semester 2011/12. During the master program I took courses like "Interactive Visual Computing", "Computer Graphics" and a course about artificial intelligence in computer games.
Since I work beside my study , I am was pursuing a plan that came closer to part-time study. Furthermore I invested a lot of time into private projects in the area of games and artificial intelligence as well as participated in the student working group "Hamburg Bit-Bots" which was very time consuming.
Currently I am writing my master thesis at the working group Machine Learning. I mainly focus on machine learning and data exploration using ordinal comparisons in games. As soon this is done the thesis will also be available here.
After my thesis I want to consider moving closer to artificial intelligence and process management as well as tools programming. My main focus areas during my studies where also some computer graphics and software architecture.