I am a staff member at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. I work on machine learning and statistical data analysis methods for
inference in large astronomical data sets. I lead a group working on the development and application of these for Gaia. My research interests include
Galactic structure and the impact of astronomical phenomena on the Earth.


So utterly at variance is Destiny with all the little plans of men
- H.G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon (1901)