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Nils is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He focuses on physics-based animation and deep-learning methods for physical systems. He obtained a Ph.D. for his work on liquid simulations in 2006 from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Until 2010 he was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich. Nils received a tech-Oscar in 2013 for his research on controllable smoke effects. Before joining TUM in 2013, he was R&D lead at ScanlineVFX. Currently, he is especially interested in how to achieve tight and seamless integrations of learning algorithms with numerical methods, e.g. via differentiable physics simulations.