Feeling tired

Dog in Cusco, August 2013 These have been tough times for me, starting a new job in October and a theater production as director. Need some sleep… Weiterlesen →

ETH Graduation Ceremony

The last chapter, the very last on my way to PhD – the ceremonial handover of the certificate. The Scherrer lecture hall was decorated festively, as were the new doctors. The ETH Big Band performed with a brassy ensemble, blaring jubilation. Every one of us then would walk there, receiving the certificate from the rector. A few words, smiling towards the photographer, again to the rector, “all the best on your way”. Weiterlesen →

Doctoral examination – passed!

After a little bit more than four years of research, this day saw my doctoral examination. It certainly wasn’t my best presentation, but I made it through and passed the exam. My presentation lasted about 40 minutes, the questions and answers another 20 minutes. After one hour we were all asked to leave the room and only the professors remained in there to discuss my fate. After an endless time of fifteen minutes, I was called in the room and notified of the successful outcome. Weiterlesen →

New Again

I changed again the underlying technical structure of my weblog. Why? In my old weblog (based on serendipity), comments were no longer possible due to trackback spammers. So I changed to this new weblog service, which is offered by ETH Zurich. Comments are possible (after solving a math task to prevent automatic insertion of comment spam) and I will also profit from the high Google rank of the ethz.ch domain. Weiterlesen →

ICORR 2007

It’s day 2 of the conference now, my interactive presentation was already on the first day. Some people were really interested and so this time passed away quickly. The presentations are – as to be expected at a conference of such dimensions – diverse in their contents and presentation level. The highlight so far was a trip to Delft University yesterday. We had a lab visit there and saw some very interesting robotic projects. Weiterlesen →

Under Pressure

It’s done. A last-minute demonstration with our new CAVE setup today was a stunning success. Everything worked fine, we could show a simple example of our rowing simulator project. We had the oar displayed on the screen, and a rowing sound was played when it dipped into the water. Furthermore we could show trees with singing birds and a human figurine making a speech. Considering the minimal preparation time (we switched the whole system on yesterday at 5 PM), this was a remarkable achievement by our team. Weiterlesen →

Lost in Charlotte

When I arrived at Charlotte International Airport two hours in advance to catch my 13:05 flight to Philadelphia, I quickly noticed something had gone wrong for quite some time. Hundreds of people were forming long queues to the US Airways check ins. The advancement speed looked rather poor and the end was not in sight. So I did the inevitable and ligned at the queue for International Check In. At this time I expected my flight to be delayed, but it turned out later it was not. Weiterlesen →

Poster Design

Designing posters takes a considerable amount of my time. After initially using existing PowerPoint templates, I now created a new group template with Adobe Illustrator. For my personal taste, this program is much more intuitive. PowerPoint is great for slides, but it was never meant to be a graphical design tool. Anyways, I will now stick with Illustrator… Weiterlesen →

Primary Focus for 2007

The change of years always holds the chance to review the old year and set a new focus for the new one. I think it really makes sence to set one primary focus a year, to devote time for it and – hopefully – make some progress there. This was inspired by Steve Pavlinas article Setting Your Primary Focus, although I did some kind of goal setting already for years. Weiterlesen →