With Big Data to infinite expanses – and desirable vehicles.
Whether measured values from the test track or data streams that the vehicles record daily on the road: Dr Thomas Albin knows how to distil valuable information from complex data streams using the latest analysis and data mining tools. As part of the "Data Insights" team, he supports our vehicle engineers in making even better use of the potential of huge amounts of data – and thus in making Mercedes-Benz vehicles even more comfortable, powerful and safe. The physicist and Big Data expert tells us in his interview how he found his way from space research to Mercedes-Benz and what for him is real "rocket science".
In our team we have a lot of freedom. We often try out new working methods. In our current project, for example, we are testing 'pair programming'.
Dr Thomas Albin (31) has been fascinated by stars and space since his childhood. That is why he initially decided to study physics in his home city of Oldenburg. He went on to write his bachelor's thesis with ESA's European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, in the Netherlands. For his Master's degree in astro- and geophysics, the physicist moved to the University of Göttingen in Germany, where he also worked at the Max Planck Institute on the Rosetta space mission. For his doctorate, Thomas Albin worked at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart on data from NASA's Cassini mission, before eventually joining Mercedes-Benz in 2019. These days, when the machine learning specialist in the "Data Insights" team is not ensuring that the vehicle developers have access to the best analysis tools, he loves to travel with his partner to exciting places: from the desert city of Petra to a 14,000-kilometre road trip through Australia.