As a child, when people asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Andreas Kreutz always gave the same answer: an inventor! Always discovering, inventing and creating things of his own accord, Andreas liked to experiment with science kits and was interested in computers and software from an early age. So, of course, a degree in technology was an obvious choice.
During his master’s degree in computer science at the Technical University of Munich, he focused on machine learning to begin with, but quickly realized that he was also drawn to many other exciting topics. As a paid student intern, he worked on recommender systems in the cloud and ultimately wrote his master’s thesis on maneuver planning for autonomous vehicles. When it came to autonomous driving, he was fascinated by the clear connection between action and reaction. “You can try something out and immediately see whether and why it works!” He wanted to keep at it, explore further and develop new ideas.
But when the doctorate he’d been planning fell through, he started looking for a job — and was swiftly blocked by the first lockdown of the pandemic. During those months, he decided to follow his original instinct and go into research. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS, he has now been working on cyber-physical systems since late summer 2020 and is planning his doctorate.
Breaking new ground, experimenting and making advances
It’s a job that allows Andreas to fully embrace his urge to explore. He is currently working on a research project that aims to advance agile development processes in the field of robotics. Apart from that, he’s also involved in initiatives to steer Fraunhofer IKS further into the realms of New Work. So Andreas is staying true to his childhood career aspirations: he’s breaking new ground, experimenting and making advances.
You can see this in his hobbies, too. An enthusiastic sportsman, the 26 year old is always looking for new challenges, whether it’s a new, more ambitious basketball team or the latest climbing technique. And when the crisis situation prevented him from playing sports, he even taught himself how to bake bread. The main thing is, there’s always something new to discover!
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