Sebastian Stein, PhD
Hometown: Dortmund, Germany
"What I like about the School of Computing is that it is small enough to peek into the work of other researchers, and to engage in a collaborative exchange of knowledge with people from different areas." - Sebastian Stein, PhD
Sebastian Stein received a Diploma in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Dortmund Technical University, Germany. After graduating, he spotted a PhD studentship in the area of Computer Vision and Machine Learning at the University of Dundee. Sebastian said:
“I was attracted to the opportunity because it would involve conducting research into how cognitive impairments can affect an individual’s home environment.”
Sebastian’s research looks at activity recognition for assisted living. He explores how food preparation activities can be detected through online recognition models. Sebastian said:
“What I like about the School of Computing is that it is small enough to peek into the work of other researchers, and to engage in a collaborative exchange of knowledge with people from different areas.
“Dundee is great. Everything is close, the main campus is located in the city centre and there is always a lot to do. There are also exciting things that happen under the radar, such as interesting events organised by creative people and art students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, at the University of Dundee.”
In 2013 Sebastian was selected to attend the inaugural Heidelberg Laureate Forum. It is a unique new venue for talented young researchers to engage with the world’s best computer scientists and mathematicians. Sebastian said:
“One of the highlights of my PhD experience has been getting to attend conferences and travelling to exciting places such as Heidelberg. I also took part in the annual User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) Student Innovation Competition.
“I was part of a team of students that won the ‘most useful category’ for our ambient fountain invention which detects any glasses in its surrounding areas, and fills them with water. Taking part in this competition was exciting and I got to work with people from different academic disciplines which I really enjoyed.”
Sebastian’s advice to any prospective PhD student would be:
"Once you're here, make contact with as many different people as possible. If you make the effort you won't be disappointed!"