About me

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at UT Austin, since January 2016.

I am recruiting graduate students. If you are interested, please apply via UTCS graduate recruiting.

I graduated with a Ph.D. (Dr. sc. ETH) in Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, in October 2012. Prior to that I graduated (Dipl.-Inf.) from the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany in 2006 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Music. Before my position as assistant professor at UT Austin, I was a post-doc at the University of Washington with Tom Anderson and Arvind Krishnamurthy, from 2012 to 2015.


I have the honor to be advising a number of exceptional graduate students. Here they are:

Graduated students (and where they went):
  • Cody Littley, MSc (Nutanix)


My current research interests are in Operating Systems and Networks.

My main research projects are:

My OS-related work often involves the Barrelfish multicore operating system, of which I am one of the founding authors.


Spring 2018: Multicore Operating Systems Implementation (378)
Spring 2017: Multicore Operating Systems Implementation (378)
Fall 2016: Multicore Operating Systems Implementation (395T)
Fall 2014: PMP Graduate Operating Systems (CSEP551), together with Andrew Baumann (MSR) at UW

Vita and Publications

Please, read my CV. It has all of the information and I keep it updated. I also have a Google Scholar page, if you prefer a quick overview of my publications, but it typically lags behind my CV.


Apart from CS, I enjoy making and listening to music. I used to play the violin and am composing on the computer. I enjoy going skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. When I'm not doing any of the above, you'll probably find me dancing Swing.

In my teenage years, I used to be active in the Demoscene, a computer art subculture and I have fond memories of the good old times.

I was born in Oldenburg, situated in north-west Germany, and enjoyed living a good deal of my youth in the cozy area of Bad Zwischenahn.