Gender Studies in MINT

Dr. Mercedes Küffner

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@tf.uni-freiburg.de
    Curriculum Vitae

    Career and milestones

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

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

    • 10/2014 - 08/2016 SAP application management, Albert-Ludwigs-University 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 - 08/2014 Freelancer, Swiss-Emotions Handels GmbH, Online-Marketing, web design and translations in the field of individual tourism.

    • 08/2013 Attendance of 1. Swiss Computational Neuroscience SummerSchool, FMI, Basel , Training with Hands-onsessions in Matlab and lectures on Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing, Neural Coding and Estimation Theory.

    • 08/2008 - 04/2013 Doctoral thesis, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Albert-Ludwigs University 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, Albert-Ludwigs University 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), Hawaiidealing with Plant Genome Analysis and Genetic Transformations in Sugarcane.

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

    Research Interests
    • Sex and Gender aspects and biases within coding and algorithms
    • Gender Theory
    • (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'