I am an assistant professor at Mainz University, Germany. My research focuses on nature-inspired optimization techniques and their application to adaptive and reconfigurable systems. After receiving a Ph.D. in Evolvable Hardware (2013) from Paderborn University, I stayed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology and the Energy Management and Power System Operation Group at the University of Kassel from 2012 to 2013. Afterwards, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Engineering Group at Paderborn University until joining Mainz University as an assistant professor for Computational Intelligence in 2017. I am organizing the annual EvoENERGY Workshop at the EvoStar Conference, heading the IEEE CIS University Curricula subcommittee, and have co-founded and heading the IEEE Task Force on Computational Intelligence in the Energy Domain. I am also a member of the IEEE Task Force on Evolvable Hardware.