Bio

My name is Aleksandra Sokolowska and I hold a BSc in Astronomy, MSc in Theoretical Physics and PhD in Computational Science (University of Zurich). Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University in Delft (TU Delft) in section Control and Simulation of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. I am also a member of the AI*MAN Lab. Previously I worked as a Machine Learning Engineer at a Silicon Valley startup on a computer vision-based algorithm extracting breating rate behind medio.ai, and as a Head of Research and Analytics branch of the ETH Zurich Spinoff Validity Labs, where I experimented with the idea of decentralization in science. I also founded a non-profit organization to support careers of women in STEM alled women++ and was selected as one of the Top 100 women in business in Switzerland (2018).



Current research

As a postdoctoral researcher, I develop novel approaches to integrate various AI techniques to provide creativity in the decision making and actions of social interactive robots.


Space research

As an undergraduate research assistant, I conducted observational studies of Active Galactic Nuclei at the Department of Radio Astronomy of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. Soon after, I did an internship at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich, where I was introduced to the field of computational astrophysics. Fond of what I've learnt, I then entered the Fast Track PhD program, which is usually awarded to outstanding students seeking a scientific career. Over the years, I contributed with my work to our understanding of the environment of galaxies such as our own Milky Way.

Education
February 2015 - 2018 PhD Candidate
Institute for Computational Science (UZH)
September 2013 - February 2015 Master of Science, Theoretical Physics
Institute for Computational Science (UZH)
Specialization: Astrophysics
Research project: Gaseous Galactic Halos in the simulations of MW--like galaxies
2013 (March - July) Research visit (guest student)
Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zurich
Research project: galaxy formation
October 2010 - July 2013 Bachelor of Science, Astronomy
Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics
Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun, Poland
Specialization: Radio astronomy
Awards and scholarships
September 2013 - February 2015 Fast-Track PhD (Master + PhD Program)
2013 Oort and NOVA Scholarships in Astronomy for MSc Students
University of Leiden, The Netherlands
(declined)
2012 - 2013 The Individual Programme of Studies for the academic year 2012/2013
2011 - 2012 The Individual Programme of Studies for the academic year 2012/2013
The Rector's Scholarship for the best students
2008 The prize in the ESO competition
"Catch a star" for the project
"The Mystery of the Orion Nebula" (CAS2008849)