Gender Studies in MINT

Dr. Mercedes Küffner

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  • Gender Studies in MINT
    University of Freiburg
    Department of Computer Science
    Georges-Köhler-Allee 079
    D- 79110 Freiburg

    +49 761 - 203 54079

    Email: mercedes.kueffner[at]tf.uni-freiburg.de
    Curriculum Vitae

    Career and milestones

    • 10/2018 - 12/2018 | Joint Mentorship (in German schools) within the Project 'Make Your School' Mentoring within 3d-MYS-Hackdays organized by Wissenschaft im Dialog - sponsored by Klaus Tschirra Stiftung gGmbH

    • 08/2018 | Joint Presentation (in German) with Dr. Hannah Fitsch (Technische Universität Berlin, Verbundprojekt DiGiTal) at the Coference Day of the Summer University informatica feminale Baden-Württemberg 2018 entitled Zur Rolle von Algorithmen und der Metapher des Maschinellen Lernens in der KI-Forschung.

    • 05/2018 Attendance of the 4th Conference on Gender & IT / GEWINN-Konferenz 2018, Hochschule Heilbronn . The conference is part of a process of reflection and knowledge transfer within the context of understanding and developing possibilities of action to promote gender equality in IT & gender perspectives in digital change.

    • 10/2017 - 07/2018 Participation in the 1st Coaching-Programm CORA Coaching Women for Research and Academia The CORA Coaching-Program offers a mix of individual coachings and group coachings adapted to further develop and perform individual needs within your research, academic career and professional concerns.

    • 08/2017 - 08/2020 PostDoc Gender Studies in MINT at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg.

    • 04/2017 - 06/2017 Freelancer in adult vocational training, Bildungswerk des Verkehrsgewerbes Baden GmbH, teaching mathematical, physical and technical fundamentals with the aim of training and qualifying adults for a master's certificate.

    • 10/2014 - 08/2016 SAP application manager, University of Freiburg, 1st level support, running hands-on training courses and designing a multi-channel support by producing video-tutorials and step-by-step training guides within the framework of introduction of SAP in the academical merchandise management system.

    • 09/2013 - 01/2014 Online-Marketing, Web design and german-to-english translations in the field of individual tourism, Swiss-Emotions Handels GmbH.

    • 08/2013 Attendance of 1st Swiss Computational Neuroscience Summer School, FMI, Basel , topics to be addressed are mathematical concepts from dynamical systems, information theory and signal processing, and how these mathematical concepts can be applied to neuroscience. Theoretical modules of interactive lectures and practical hands- on tutorials with MATLAB- based exercises on experimental data. Key Topics - Neural Coding, Information Theory, Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing, Estimation Theory.

    • 04/2011 Presentation at PhD- and Postdoc-Seminar organized by the Bernstein Center Freiburg, title: Ultrastructural analysis of spine apparatus (SA) rescue in CA3 pyramidal neurons following single cell electroporation in Synaptopodin (Synpo) KO-mice.

    • 03/2011 Poster presentation at 9th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society 2011, 33rd Göttingen Neurobiology Conference , Poster T7-14B: Overexpression of Synaptopodin rescues the formation of spine apparatuses in hippocampal neurons.

    • 08/2008 - 04/2013 Doctoral thesis, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Freiburg entitled: Ultrastructural analysis of spine apparatus in CA3 pyramidal neurons following single cell electroporation in Synaptopodin Knockout - mice.

    • 08/2007 - 02/2008 Internship, Intervent SAS, Freiburg, preparing geographical / cartographic material, assessing environmental impact studies, ornithological studies, calculations on energy / wind park- performance characteristics with Matlab.

    • 04/2002 - 06/2006 Diploma Studies, mayor subjects and main courses: Neurogenetics and Computational Neuroscience, University of Freiburg , title of diploma thesis (Neurogenetics, Lab of Prof. Fischbach): Establishment of a method to genetically modify single neurons expressing the genes irreC-rst or kirre in Drosophila melanogaster.

    • 03/2000 - 04/2000 Research Associate, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Hawaii Agricultural Research Center (HARC), wet lab techniques: Plant Genome Analysis and Genetic Transformations in Sugarcane plants to improve sugarcane varieties through breeding and selection, to develop sound agronomic practices, and to control insects and diseases.

    • 10/1998 - 04/2002 Diploma Studies with undergraduate degree, basic study period with interest in plant physiology and microbiology, University of Bayreuth.

    Research Interests and Memberships
    • since 03.2011 Member of the Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e. V. (NWG)

    • Sex | Gender aspects and biases within coding and algorithms
    • Gender Theory & cyberfeminism
    • (Computational) Neuroscience & learning aspects of humans and 'non-humans'
    • Reinforcement Learning & Predictive analytics
    • Ethical, social and philosphical aspects within coding and algorithms
    • Neuronal plasticity and neuronal pruning
    • Inter- and transdisciplinary research approches like art & algorithms
    • Contextualization within Predictive modelling
    • Persuasive Computing & Captology
    • Differencial Privacy and 'Federated Learning'