Thanks for stopping by! I'm Paul, a BEng Computer Science (Hons) student at The University of Edinburgh. Even though I currently enjoy living in the UK, I am originally from the north coast of Germany, being born in the windy town of Wilhelmshaven and growing up an hour south, in Bremen.
I have always been fascinated by how a series of very simple components can be combined to create complex systems. Whether it's Lego bricks, circuits, or software. I must admit though that my interest in Lego fell by the wayside.
While I have played around with most popular languages out there, a list of the technologies I am comfortable working with can be found in the
When I'm not either studying or hacking together new projects, you'll likely find me going for a run, traveling the world, taking and editing photos or doing all three things simultaneously.
As my focus has so far mostly been on computer science, it being the degree I am pursuing, and having worked on HYPED for the past year as well as some smaller projects, I was craving some more variety. I missed the more organisational and business-oriented side from back when I was starting build-yours (see below), so I joined Asteria: Space & Satellites as an Operations analyst. My responsibilities lie mostly in licensing frequencies for satellite communication and understanding the UK radio regulations. To gain a broader view of the entire satellite licensing process, I am also currently attending workshops on all the different aspects involved in this.
It is very refreshing and interesting to surround myself mostly with law students instead of engineers, as has been the case for most projects I have been a part of so far.
I am extremely glad to have committed myself to this change in environment, and I feel like it is a nice contrast to my degree.
In 2013 a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX published a paper outlining the concept of a so-called 'Hyperloop' transport system which has the potential of replacing high-speed-railways. To encourage development, SpaceX has been hosting a yearly pod competition for universities starting in 2017.
Within the Edinburgh University Hyperloop team (HYPED) I am leading a subteam of ten people responsible for the mission control system that and developing an internal debugging tool used by other subteams to test their soft- and hardware. The mission control is the system through which the pod is accessed while it is on the track, getting data and sending controls.
Some of the technologies we are working with are network infrastructure, web front- & backend and controlling unix processes (IPC). – to the repo
Together with my brother I used to work on several projects involving both, hard- and software. We then decided to develop DIY kits, which turned into build-yours. In the three years that I worked on build-yours, we developed froma company selling only kits to selling finished goods. With technological advances over many product iterations we managed to builda solid customer base. The primary business of build-yours is selling premium ‘smart’ wall clocks that tell the time in words. Some of the technologies involved in developing our online-shop, the software running on the products as well as the complimentary services are Lua running on nodeMCUs, JS in front- and backend, PHP and MySQL.
As many smart students aren't challenged enough in school, they aim to meet their curiosity outside of school. Out of this demand, a group arose to connect and foster youngsters with a special interest in mathematics. After taking part in workshops organised by this group, together with a friend I decided to organise a semi-weekly mathematics workshop teaching interesting concepts that go beyond what is taught in school.
Together with a group of five others I worked on a research project in physics to find out how certain mechanical principles behave in micro-gravity. We got to test our hypothesis and collect data at the ZARM drop tower in Bremen.s
As part of the introductory AI course 'Reasoning and Agents' at The University of Edinburgh in second year, we learned about probabilistic models and how joint probabilities can be compactly represented using a Bayesian Network. Intrigued by this, I decided to implement such a network in the functional programming language
Haskell. – to source
In the process of working on build-yours.com I developed several internal software to aid with certain tasks. Since our products used embedded chips (ESP8266) which we needed to load the software onto, I created
autoflash. In its third iteration, which I have now made public, uploading to a chip takes a mere 15s as oppose to the 2min it initially took us to manually upload the firmware together with the compiled code.
autoflash not only supercharges the upload speed but it is also easy to use, since it automatically detects the chip and selects it for uploading. – to source
PDFit is a Chrome extension that converts any website to PDF, splitting it into individual A4 pages in a 'what you see is what you get' fashion! – to source
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