About

Me

Hi there,

I'm Sebastian Höffner, a Cognitive Science and Computer Science student from Germany. I am from Sundern, a small town in the Sauerland area and finished my Abitur there before enrolling in the Conitive Science Bachelor's program at the University of Osnabrück in 2011. Since late 2014 I study Computer Science in the Master's program in Osnabrück.

My study goal is to gain a broad and in-depth overview on many different areas and to connect their loose ends: I think science needs to exchange knowledge interdisciplinary. Computer Science, being a subdiscipline of Mathematics, grants the tools needed while Cognitive Science gives a great head start into a large interdisciplinary area.

During my studies I focus on Computer Science, especially Robotics, Computer Graphics and Neuroinformatics, but also on Neuropsychology, Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence. I always try to get in touch with other disciplines as well, which is fairly easy with all those fellow Cognitive Science students around who are eager to share their knowledge in their specialized areas and with the sheer number of courses offered by the Institute of Cognitive Science.

When I'm not studying I enjoy playing board and card games with my friends, programming on my own little projects, playing computer games and every now and then I follow my old hobby, swimming.

Cognitive Science?

Everyone keeps asking the question what Cognitive Science was. Once you start to explain it, you are asking yourself if people regret having asked: Cognitive Science students will not stop telling you what they do and why Cognitive Science is great.

(One) short answer: It's all about the brain, and thus all about us.

Did you ever ask yourself, how our brain works? How language is processed (and learned), how we solve complex tasks, why we sometimes act irrationally although we can reason rationally? Did you ever ask what emotions are, what it means to be self-aware and how we can teach computers to do what we are capable of doing? Why we perceive green as green and why we get tricked by optical illusions?

All these questions (and many, many, many more) are asked in Cognitive Science. From the functionality of the smallest cells of our bodies (and especially brains) over modelling how they work, asking questions why they work like that, and finding out how we can make use of such knowledge and what it means for our lives is Cognitive Science. It means understanding our brain and thus understand us and the world.

If you wish to know more details, you might be interested in the movie What is Cognitive Science? (1 h 21 min, English and interviews in German with English subtitles), which was published by the University of Osnabrück.

More about me on the web

You can stalk me in various places around the web, some are more up to date, some less.

Github logoEverybody should have a GitHub account, and so do I. Mostly some of my university work is stored and published there.
stackoverflow logoI love finding answers on stackoverflow, and sometimes try answering questions if I can.
LinkedIn logoI try to keep my Linkedin profile up to date, but I rarely use it.
Facebook logoMy Facebook profile is usually up to date. But I mostly use facebook for its messenger.
stackoverflowcareers logoMy stackoverflowcareers profile is more an overview over my work. I update it occasionally.
keybase.io logoMy keybase.io profile.
xing logoXING is mostly a German social network for professionals. I try to keep most information up to date, but rarely use it either.
Google+ logoI hardly ever use Google+, however it might be possible to reach me.
reddit logoreddit. I'm mostly just reading /r/programming or reading and commenting on /r/guildwars2 posts.
twitter logoMy twitter account is not active at all.