I always wanted to study art but became a mathematician. For most people there seems to be a big gap between those two worlds, but to me, they always felt quite similar.
I recently moved to San Francisco and joined Numenta where I am about to start a new position as a Research Scholar. The last two years I was a postdoc at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, and, before that, at the University of Cologne.
The core of my research is a combination of mathematics, neuroscience, and computer science, including Numenta's HTM theory, spatial representations in the brain, time series prediction, and binary sparse coding. My background however lies in pure mathematics in the field of geometric and differential topology - contact and symplectic topology for what it's worth. Believe me, it sounds worse than it actually is :)