Linus Sommer

I'm a fifth-year mathematics diploma student enrolled at Leipzig University, with a keen interest in computational methods, particularly in the field of machine learning. Currently, I'm a member of Martin Hebart's lab @ MPI CBS, where my work focuses on vision and computational cognition. Prior to this, I collaborated with Paul Breiding @ MPI MiS on computational algebraic geometry.

I have also worked at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, where my work focused on modeling the string power of large PV parks, using clustering to detect faults and degradation in PV parks and creating digital twins. I worked briefly at KPMG AG.



  1. University of Leipzig

    October 2019 — September 2025

    I am studying mathematics with minors in finance and computer science. My focus so far has been mainly on algebraic topics, theoretical computer science and invesing. I have been the speaker of the mathematics student council and a member of several councils e.g. a scholarship awarding committee and two appointment committees for professorships.


  1. Research Assistant @ Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

    March 2022 — Present

    At MPI CBS, I use my quantitative skills to work on computational neuroscience problems. I have worked on cameraless eye tracking with DeepMReye, an open source deeplearing project that I have also contributed to. Currently, I am working on contributing a benchmark to Brain-Score, a platform that allows researchers to compare their model Model against standardized brain benchmarks on multiple dimensions. My contributions:

  2. Working Student @ KPMG AG

    Ocober 2021 — January 2022

    At KPMG, I organized the bi-weekly team meeting, wrote the weekly data security newsletter and investigated the state of critical infrastructures in Germany.

  3. Visiting Researcher @ Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

    June 2022 - December 2022

    At MPI MiS, I collaborated with Paul Breiding, Julia Lindberg, and Gabriel Ong. We worked on a problem in enumerative geometry. How many real circles are tangent to three conics in the plane? I contributed a deeplearing model that can predict the number of real tangent circles with 95% accuracy. Our results have been published published in Le Matematiche. Documents:

  4. Research Assistant @ Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics

    November 2021 - August 2022

    At the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, my work focused on modeling the string power of large PV parks, I did this with very high accuracy > 98%. I also used clustering to detect faults and degradation in PV parks. As part of the project VR4PV I investigated possible uses of geographic information systems for visualizing PV data.



  1. Mathematics in Biology Day @ MPI MiS

  2. Workshop on Geometry and Machine Learning @ MPI MiS

  3. Chow Lectures @ MPI MiS

  4. LftCM2023 @ HHU

  5. Let's get Real Conference @ MPI MiS

  6. PyCon & PyData Berlin 2023


    As a volunteer, I helped organize the conference, introduced several speakers, and moderated the QA sessions that followed the presentations.

  7. Research Data in Discrete Mathematics Workshop @ MPI MiS


    I gave a short presentations about the real circles tangent to three conics project.

  8. Macaulay2 Bootcamp @ MPI MiS

  9. Pfaffians, Tensors and Applications Conference @ MPI MiS

  10. Magdeburg-Leipzig Seminar Day @ MPI MiS

  11. Workshop on Algebraic Geometry, Combinatorics, and Machine Learning @ MPI MiS

  12. StuKon 22 Leipzig @ MPI MiS

  13. PyCon & PyData Berlin 2022