Person

My full name is Alexander Oliver Mader—hence the domain name a·o·mader.com—and I am a computer scientist and researcher from the northern part of Germany. Unconventionally, I go by my second given name Oliver, or even simpler just Oli.

Education

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to study computer science. Luckily, a numerus clausus hasn’t been established yet for that major, so I was able to cultivate a trait during my secondary education that might seem weird at first glance: laziness. By that, I mean the ability to successfully reach a goal by investing as few resources as possible. This does not mean slacking off but operating very efficiently.

A picture of Alexander Oliver Mader giving a talk at the MICCAI conference in Quebec City, Canada, in 2017
This is me giving a talk at the MICCAI conference in Quebec City, Canada, in 2017. I had a motorcycle accident in Romania a few weeks before, which is why I was bandaged. However, I could not miss this opportunity.

So naturally, I finished school and went off to the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel in order to study computer science. Since I used as little energy as possible to finish school, I had plenty of time to prepare for other things like going to the university. So before I took my first lecture, I had already published a few open-source software projects in various programming languages, administered a couple of dedicated Linux servers, and even acquired my first jobs as a software engineer. Needless to say that this was immensely helpful for my studies and was finally rewarded with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and afterwards a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, both with honors.

During my master studies, I focused on image processing in combination with pattern recognition and machine learning, topics that I find extremely fascinating and worthy to pursue. For example, applied in the medical domain these fields already yield huge successes. So after a small detour as a software engineer in the industry, I went to the University of Kiel in order to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) and to deepen my knowledge in these areas. Prof. Dr. Meyer, who also sparked the initial interest in these topics, became my supervisor and mentor. In August 2020, I successfully handed in my thesis titled “Automatic Localization of Spatially Correlated Key Points in Medical Images”, which is currently being graded.

Leisure time

I currently live with my girlfriend Thu Trang in Kiel, Germany. When I am not spending time with her, I like to take my motorcycle for a ride, go for a hike or go windsurfing. The last one is my newest passion, and apparently, it is mandatory when you live on the coast, like we do, to do some sort of watersport.

A picture of Alexander Oliver Mader riding his motorcycle (a Yamaha MT 07) at the racetrack Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, Germany.
Entering a corner at the racetrack Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, Germany, on my Yamaha MT 07. Currently, I use a Suzuki GSX-R 600 for racing and use the Yamaha only for street riding.

Although I fancy the outdoor very much, I also like the digital world, for example, in a good round of “rip and tear” or countless attempts in a good rogue-like. On the less destructive side, this comes as participating in the open-source community or exploring new technologies. I am addicted to learning new things!

When it comes to music, I prefer what most people would probably categorize as a monotonic and unsettling form of music: hardcore techno with more than 160 beets per minute. Especially the genres frenchcore, hardtek, speedcore and terror bring pleasure to my ears. Even more surprising for most people is the fact that I enjoy that kind of music while doing tasks that need a high amount of concentration and work effort. I guess the constant driving beats help me on pushing even further. Don’t worry though, I do like to listen to other non-techno-based genres as well.