Kilian Semmelmann.
Science. Technology. Data. Writing. Lifting. E-Sports.
Nature. Nurture. Fun.

CURRICULUM VITAE
Dr. Kilian Semmelmann

WORK
2013 - 2017Dr. rer. nat. in Psychology
Thesis: "Web technology and the internet: The future of data acquisition in psychology?"
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Sarah Weigelt & Oliver T. Wolf
2013 - 2017Research Assistant
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Developmental Neuropsychology, Sarah Weigelt
2012 - 2013Research Trainee & Master's Thesis
Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital, Visual Attention Lab, Jeremy M. Wolfe
2011 - 2013Research Assistant
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institute of Psychology, Michael Zehetleitner
2010 - 2011Research Assistant & Bachelor's Thesis
Universität Osnabrück, Neurobiopsychology, Peter König
2011Research Stay
UCSD, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Scott Makeig
2011Research Internship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Nancy Kanwisher
2005 - 2008International Purchasing Agent
Völkl Purchase & Service GmbH
EDUCATION
2011 - 2013Master of Science in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology
Thesis: "Mapforaging online: using Google Maps in visual attention foraging in humans"
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Jeremy M. Wolfe & Michael Zehetleitner
2008 - 2011Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science
Thesis: "Modelling human hierarchical visual attention through adaptive Saliency Maps"
Universität Osnabrück, Peter König & Niklas Wilming
2004 - 2008Abitur
Evening school, Regensburg
2002 - 2005Vocational Training "Industriekaufmann" (Industrial management assistant)
Völkl Sports GmbH & Co KG

Publications

Semmelmann, K., & Weigelt, S. (2017). Online webcam-based eye tracking in cognitive science: A first look. Behavior Research Methods.

Semmelmann, K., & Weigelt, S. (2016). Online psychophysics: reaction time effects in cognitive experiments. Behavior Research Methods.

Semmelmann, K., Nordt, M., Sommer, K., Röhnke, R., Mount, L., Prüfer, H., Terwiel, S., Meissner, T.W., Koldewyn, K., & Weigelt, S. (2016). U Can Touch This: How Tablets Can Be Used to Study Cognitive Development. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(July).


Presentations

Semmelmann, K. & Weigelt, S. (2017). Online eye tracking with consumer-grade webcams: potentials and limits. Poster presented at: Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA.

Semmelmann, K. & Weigelt, S. (2017). Viability of webcam-based eye tracking. Poster presented at: Meeting of experimental psychologists, Leipzig, Germany.

Semmelmann, K. (2017). Web technology and the internet: the future of data acquisition? Invited talk given at: Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus primate cognition colloquium, Göttingen, Germany.

Nordt, M., Semmelmann, K., & Weigelt, S. (2016). How children and adults represent individual faces despite image variation - an fMRI adaptation study. Poster presented at: Neuroscience, San Diego, USA.

Semmelmann, K. (2016). Web technology and the internet: the future of data acquisition? Talk given at: Graduate workshop for general psychology, Freiburg, Germany.

Semmelmann, K. & Weigelt, S. (2016). Online psychophysics: no difference to in-lab data acquisition. Poster presented at: Conference of the German Society for Psychology, Leipzig, Germany.

Semmelmann, K., Sommer, K., Nordt, M., & Weigelt, S. (2016). New technologies in developmental psychology. Invited poster presented at: Conference of the German Society for Psychology, Leipzig, Germany.

Nordt, M., Semmelmann, K., & Weigelt, S. (2016). Representation of individual faces in children: an fMRI adaptation study. Poster presented at: Psychologie und Gehirn, Berlin, Germany.

Semmelmann, K. & Weigelt, S. (2016). Comparing classical, web-in-lab and online data recording through the replication of five experiments. Poster presented at: Meeting of experimental psychologists, Heidelberg, Germany. Best poster award. 🏆

Semmelmann, K., Sommer, K., Nordt, M., & Weigelt, S. (2015). New technologies in developmental psychology. Poster presented at: Conference of psychoinformatics, Siegen, Germany.

Weiland, R., Nordt, M., Sommer, K., Meissner, T.W., Semmelmann, K., & Weigelt, S. (2014). Are cars suitable as control stimuli in face recognition tasks. Poster presented at: Conference of the German Society for Psychology, Bochum, Germany.

Semmelmann, K. & Weigelt, S. (2014). Is the internet suitable for psychological research? Poster presented at: Conference of the German Society for Psychology, Bochum, Germany.

Semmelmann, K. (2014). Is the internet suitable for psychological research? Talk given at: Graduate workshop for general psychology, Aachen, Germany.

Horowitz, T.S., Semmelmann, K., Boettcher, S.E.P., & Wolfe, J.M. (2013). Visual foraging: quitting behavior when searching aerial maps follows the marginal value theorem. Talk given at: Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA.

Semmelmann, K., Rangelov, D., Müller, H.J., & Zehetleitner, M. (2012). Investigating the spatio-temporal course of attention through landolt rings as probes. Poster presented at: Visual Search and Selective Attention Symposium, Munich, Germany.

Koldewyn, K., Weigelt, S., Semmelmann, K., & Kanwisher, N. (2011). A region in the pSTS appears to be selectively engaged in the perception of social interactions. Poster presented at: Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA.

Reading & Writing

In my opinion, reading and writing does not get the recognition it deserves. The idea itself - to be able to archive thoughts and history, or communicate over distances - is potentially the greatest achievement of human mankind, yet, it gets taken as a natural skill, while it is highly artificial. I, on the other hand, do thoroughly enjoy everything written; let it be from others in the form of books, articles, or scientific publications, or by trying to produce text by myself. Luckily I had some success with my writing, for example winning some essay competitions (e.g. Leaders of Tomorrow) or a short story competition; so I am motivated to continue writing my thoughts and ideas down. To further these skills, currently I make an effort to read one book a month to continuously improve my own writing - and, obviously, simply enjoy the art of words.

e-Sports

Competitive electronic sports - some rather call it "gaming" - is one of the fastest growing markets and might overtake many traditional sports, especially in the younger generations in market share and revenue. I enjoy watching - and sometimes playing, when time permits - League of Legends, a 5 vs 5 MOBA game that requires great mechanical skills, team coordination, and high game knowledge to be victorious. My favorite teams are TSM (NALCS) and UOL (EULCS), but worlds obviously is also on my schedule. In my opinion, the cognitive effort to beat other teams on the highest levels in this game is unparalleled, even by classical sports that focus on mental effort, like chess.

Lifting weights

I enjoy strength training. In my opinion, the physical exertion complements - or even improves - mentally focused work. And it teaches a lot about discipline and perseverance. At the moment, I follow a linear progression program by Reddit-User 2-Suns that is based on Wendler's 5/3/1. I adjusted it to have increased focus on OHP and fix weak points through paused exercises. As of January 2017, my Wilks-Score is 258, with 120/110/165(/70) KG 1 RM for S/B/D(/O).

Board games

Board games are a great way to combine socializing with competitive mental efforts - while just having fun. I enjoy being challenged by other players and the game itself to work out near-optimal strategies, even when luck is a factor. Our group plays many games like Game of Thrones: The board game, Descent, Agricola, Colt Express, Time Stories, Star Wars X-Wings, Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, or the occasional BANG!. Moreover, as I am fascinated by several intelligent board game mechanics, I tend to venture into the area of board game design, yet are still at the very beginning of that field.
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