I always wanted to study art but became a mathematician. (Follow the link for a small collection of my artwork)
I recently joined Ila Fiete`s group at MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Before that I was a researcher at Numenta in Redwood City, a postdoc at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria in Vienna, and before that a postdoc at the University of Cologne where I also did my PhD.
The core of my research is a combination of mathematics, neuroscience, and computer science. My current focus lies on spatial representations in the brain, and their role in more general cognitive computations and intelligence. 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 :) In fact, I miss it a lot.