Former Members

Dr. Oliver Flasch

Dr. Oliver Flasch is a PostDoc at CUAS. He received his PhD from TU Dortmund University. His research interests include scalable methods for the automatic discovery of mathematical models from data (symbolic regression via genetic programming). Oliver studied Computer Science and Biology at TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Before joining CUAS, he devised an innovative graphical stream processing language at DIP GmbH. He is the CEO of the young startup sourcewerk, which provides flexible and scalable computing infrastructure for high performance and high throughput applications, including demanding simulation workloads. When not at work, he enjoys playing the piano in his office.

Contact: oliver.flasch [at]


Dr. Katya Vladislavleva

Dr. Katya Vladislavleva joined the SPOTSeven team from 2011-2013. She is an expert in data-driven modeling (predictive analytics) for research and development. SpotSeven is very well connected to various groups and companies developing and practicing modern state-of-the art computational intelligence methods, and is driven to involve their expertise whenever necessary to make a project a success. A partnership with Evolved Analytics is one of such examples. Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Vladislavleva, a chief data scientist and partner at Evolved Analytics, is an affiliated member at SpotSeven. Katya’s addition to the group’s capability is Evolved Analytics’ technology for the advanced function discovery and non-linear feature selection for process analytics and system design. Examples of projects where this technology was enabling successful solutions are the development of new modeling standards for melt-tension predictions of low-density polyethylenes, development and deployment of empirical models for rheological properties of polymers, non-linear feature selection for improved flavor design, customer segmentation based on quantitative product surveys, new standards in predicting mean opinion scores for video quality estimation.

Contact: katya [at]

M.Sc. Olaf Mersmann

M.Sc. Olaf Mersmann is a PhD student at TU Dortmund University. He studied Physics, Computer Science and Data Sciences at the TU Ilmenau, Phillips University of Marbug and the TU Dortmund. Before joining the SpotSeven Team in 2010 Olaf worked as an independent statistical consultant, was the CEO of the m3 Beratungsgesellschaft mbH. The research focuses on bridging the gap between classical statistics and black-box optimization. He is the recipient of a three year scholarship from the “Forschungsschule für Energieeffiziente Produktion und Logistik.”

Contact: olafm [at]