About us

About us

Image: Isolated System, Illustr. Alex Rommel

In the image on the left you see an isolated system. While in physics we like to study isolated systems, it is better not to study like one. To make the most of your student experience, it is important to learn with and from the people around you. This is why we want to give you the opportunity to ask us questions about our study experiences and our work.

We have already gained quite a bit of insight into student life over the years and are happy to share our insights. We are also in close contact with the StV Physik and have curated our current program to the expected needs of young students. We are also very happy to learn from you, what you are interested in and how we can help you make the most of your study experience.

Here for you!

Lea Trenkwalder

Lea M. Trenkwalder

  lea.trenkwalder@uibk.ac.at

I work in the group of Hans Briegel, where I spend my days designing machine learning algorithms that help us solve complex problems in quantum information. I am especially interested in reinforcement learning algorithms. The central idea of reinforcement learning is that an entity, called agent, learns to solve a task by interacting with its environment and receiving negative and positive feedback for its actions.


Andrea López Incera

  andrea.lopez-incera@uibk.ac.at

I am a PhD student in Hans Briegel’s group. I model collective behaviour of animals such as locusts or bees using multi-agent reinforcement learning. I also apply artificial intelligence in the context of automated research experiments and collaborate with philosophers to investigate how AI will influence scientific discovery.  I am really passionate about outreach and the didactics of physics.

Andrea Lopezincera


Thomas Steindl

Thomas Steindl

  thomas.steindl@uibk.ac.at

I am a PhD student working in the group of Konstanze Zwintz. My research focuses on early stellar evolution with emphasis on asteroseismology - stellar pulsations. I work with observations from different space telescopes as well as numerical tools to model the earliest evolution of stars.


Sílvia Casulleras Guàrdia

  silvia.casulleras-guardia@uibk.ac.at

I am a PhD student in Oriol Romero-Isart’s group. I work on understanding how electromagnetic and magnetization fields are affected in the presence of micro- or nanoscopic bodies. The unusual properties of fields at the nanoscale can be used for classical information processing or for manipulating quantum systems. Right now, I focus on studying the dynamics of spin-wave pulses propagating inside magnetic materials. These pulses are excitations of the magnetization of the material that have a quantum origin.

Silvia Casulleras

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