Mirko

Mirko Klukas, Ph.D.

based in Cambridge, MA San Francisco Vienna Cologne

CV for download: PDF

Education

Apr 2009 - May 2012
Ph.D.
Mathematics
University of Cologne - Cologne, Germany
Graduated with great honor
Magna cum laude
Scholarship of the German Research Foundation
Graduated with great honor (“magna cum laude”) • Scholarship of the German Research Foundation • Focus: Contact & Symplectic Topology • German Dr. rer. nat. (wiki > Doctor of natural sciences)
Jan 2003 - Dec 2008
M.S.
Mathematics
University of Cologne - Cologne, Germany
Graduated with distinction
Awarded with a prize of the German Mathematical Society
Thesis awarded with a prize of the German Mathematical Society • Graduated with distinction • Minor: Graph Theory & Theoretical Computer Science • German equivalent to a Master's degree (wiki > Diplom)
Jul 2010 - Jan 2011
Guest-doctoral Fellow
Mathematics
Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta GA, USA
Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service
Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service • Advisor: John Etnyre

Research &
Working Experience

Apr 2019 - Present
Postdoctoral Researcher
AI / ML / Comp. Neurosci.
MIT - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences - Cambridge MA, USA
Neuroscience
Member of I​la Fiete`s​ group • Focus: Localization and planning in the hippocampal formation and how this can inform us about general cognitive computations and intelligence • SLAM with recurrent networks • Neural data analysis (TDA, low-dimensional embeddings) • Representation of cognitive spaces
Nov 2017 - Mar 2019
Research Scholar
AI / ML / Comp. Neurosci.
Numenta - Redwood City CA, USA
Machine Intelligence,
AI,
ML,
Binary coding,
Time series prediction
Role emerged from a month long research visit in Nov 2016 • Focus: Spatial representations in the brain, and their role in more general cognitive computations and intelligence • Emergence of modularity in continuous attractor networks • Relating sparse coding and information-theoretic concepts • Formal framework for Numenta’s sequence memory from a compression perspective
Oct 2015 - Oct 2017
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mathematics
Institute of Science and Technology Austria - Klosterneuburg, Austria
Topological cluster methods,
Topological data analysis,
Binary coding,
Time series prediction
Focus: Combination of mathematics and computer science, including topological data analysis and machine learning • Topological cluster methods • Sparse coding • Variable order Markov models
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mathematics
University of Cologne - Cologne, Germany
Contact topology
Symplectic topology
Low-dimensional topology
The core of my research was mainly in pure mathematics. Keywords: • Contact and symplectic topology • Low-dimensional topology • Computational topology
Mar 2013 - Jan 2014
Technology and Management Consulting
Accenture - Düsseldorf, Germany
IT strategy
Digital strategies
Technology trends
I was a member of the IT Strategy department, with a focus on digital strategies and technology trends.

Other

Misc
Hacker School
(Feb 2014 - Apr 2014), New York City NY, USA
Three-month, free, self-directed, educational retreat for intellectually curious people who want to get better at programming • Relevant projects: Monadic parser combinator in JavaScript inspired by Haskell • Lisp interpreter in JavaScript
Civilian Service
(Oct 2001 - Jul 2002), Leverkusen, Germany
Full-time • Individual care of an autistic child at a school for children with special needs
Coursera Certificates
• Neural Networks for Machine Learning
• Deep Learning Specialization:
• Sequence Models • Convolutional Neural Networks • Structuring Machine Learning Projects • Improving Deep Neural Networks • Neural Networks and Deep Learning
• Computational Neuroscience
• The Brain and Space
• Visual Perception and the Brain