Dr. Waltenegus Dargie

Senior Researcher and The Head of Energy Lab at the Faculty of Computer Science, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Lecture Information:
  • November 17, 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • Zoom

Speaker Bio

Dr. Waltenegus Dargie is a senior researcher and the head of Energy Lab at the Faculty of Computer Science, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. He is the recipient of two German Research Foundation (DFG) projects and was a PI in an additional prestigious DFG project (2011-2019). He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from the Technische Universität Dresden (2006) and a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (2002). His research focus is on developing smart computing and sensing systems and on applying unsupervised learning to extract meaning from sensed data. Waltenegus is an accomplished writer, publishing four novels and one philosophical nonfiction which examines the life-philosophies of Albert Einstein, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and Sigmund Freud.


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