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Short CV

This is just an excerpt of the curriculum vitae or the biography. This list is not intended to be complete. For those interested, a list of publications and talks can be found here or on orcid.org.

Year of birth
1983
Citizenship
Swiss
Grown up
Widnau, Switzerland
Living in
Innsbruck, Austria (since 2006)

main area of research

Probabilistic statistical postprocessing of ensemble weather forecasts with advanced distributional regression methods, extend existing methods and develop new approaches to improve the predictive performance of the corrected forecasts. Developing and testing variable selection techniques in the context of regression models to identify the source of information and write open-source software implementations.

Academic Career

since Nov 2016
Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Statistics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck (Austria).
2011—Nov 2016
PhD student, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck (Austria).
2006—2011
Diploma student, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck (Austria).

Thesis

PhD Thesis

title
Probabilistic Spatial Forecasting of Daily Precipitation Sums Over Complex Terrain
supervisor
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg J. Mayr
co-supervisor
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Achim Zeileis
submitted
July 2016

Diploma Thesis

title
Das A-UMOS: "Updateable Model Output Statistics"-System für Europa
supervisor
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg J. Mayr

Project/Software Contributions

ongoing
Contributions to the statistical software package "crch: Censored Regression with Conditional Heteroscedasticity" available on cran.
ongoing
Contributions to the statistical software package "bamlss: Bayesian Additive Models for Location Scale and Shape (and Beyond)" available on cran.
ongoing
Support and development of the R package "colorspace: Color Space Manipulation" available on cran. One of the main contributions is the shiny interface available online on hclwizard.org.
2017
Web presence, website development of the R package "r-exams.org".

Employments

University

2018—ongoing
Research project in cooperation with the state hospital Innsbruck (LKH Innsbruck, Pädiatrische Diabetologie und Endokrinologie). Project funded by the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (ÖGKJ), Title: "Abhängigkeit der Anzahl und Art akuter Krankheitsbilder in der pädiatrischen und kinderchirurgischen Notfallambulanz von meteorologischen Einflüssen - eine retrospektive Studie". PI: Dr. med. Elisabeth Binder, CI: Dr. med. Miriam Michel.
since July 2017
ProfCast: Probabilistic Nowcasting of Wind Profiles, Bridge 1 project funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG, project Number 858537). PI: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Achim Zeileis, Department of Statistics, University of Innsbruck. CI: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg J. Mayr, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck.
2013—June 2017
SnowSafeFX: Forecasting Alpine Snow Amounts for the Safety of People, Infrastructure and Transport, Translational-Research-Program funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, project Number TRP 290-N26). PI: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Achim Zeileis, Department of Statistics, University of Innsbruck. CI: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg J. Mayr, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck.
2012
windFX, Forecasting the wind power distribution for wind parks, Translational- Research-Program funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, project Nr. ZLF006150). PI: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg J. Mayr, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck.

Pre-University

2002—2006
Working as an Electronic Engineers Draftsman, IFE Ingeneur-Unternehmung für Elektrotechnik AG, Widnau (Switzerland).
1998—2002
Apprenticeship as an Electronic Engineers Draftsman, IFE Ingeneur-Unternehmung für Elektrotechnik AG, Widnau (Switzerland).

Experience

University

since 2015
Assistant Editor, Journal of Statistical Software (JSS), ISSN: 1548-7660. Assistant editor for one of the worlds leading statistical software journals (server maintaining, software development, technical assistant).
since 2013
Server Administrator, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck. Development/maintaining and technical assistant of the “Empirical and Experimental Economics” research platform server (eeecon), a UNIX based server offering a set of required applications for the faculty (web-server, CMS system, survey server, repository/versioning server, ... ).
since 2013
Software Developer, Atmospheric and Cryospheric Institute, University of Innsbruck. Maintaining/developing the internal weather data platform and resources NWP weather forecasts, observations, information for students, interactive tools, wall mounted live systems and info screens (AWS observation, satellite images, lightning observations, upper-air soundings, ... ). Software development for internal data handling (R package), semi- operational MOS forecasting system.

Teaching

2017
Advanced R programming course, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik. Main topics: handling time series data, parallelization, and geo-data processing.
2012
Course lecturer, Institute of Meteorology an Geophysics, University of Innsbruck. Bachelor's course "Weather Briefing 1" (PR-1, LV 2012S-707661-0).
2009
Tutor, Institute of Meteorology an Geophysics, University of Innsbruck. Diploma course "Introductory Seminar Course in Satellite Meteorology".