Brian Groenke

About me

I am a Doctoral Researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany. My research interests are centered around the application of machine learning in scientific data analysis. Currently, I am working on the integration of statistical estimators into the CryoGrid permafrost model through computational statistics and simulation-based inference. Before that, I worked on the application generative learning methods to generate fine scale realizations of climate and weather variables from coarse scale model outputs.

My industry background consists primarily of software engineering, both front-end and back-end development, with a wide range of frameworks and languages.

When I'm not coding or thinking about data, I also enjoy travelling, playing guitar, drinking good beer, and speaking barely passable German.


Ph.D. Computer Science, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, 2020 - present (expected 2025)

M.Sc. Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018 - 2020

B.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2014 - 2018 

Community involvement

Research groups

Sensitivity of Permafrost in the Arctic (SPARC) group, lead by Prof. Dr. Julia Boike, 2020 - present

Telegrafenberg ML club, 2020 - 2022

Machine learning research lab, lead by Prof. Claire Monteleoni, 2018 - 2020

Peer review:


Teaching Assistant, CSCI 3104, Spring 2020

Graduate Student Staff, CSCI 5622, Fall 2019

Past projects

ClimAlign: Unsupervised statistical downscaling of climate variables via normalizing flows, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Representation learning for coupled climate models, Spring 2019

Survey of machine learning methods for climate informatics datasets, Fall 2018

AutoMoL: Automated Monadic Logic, 2017-2018

NuGRUV: Music generation using deep learning, Fall 2017

Industry Experience

Data Science Intern at Jupiter Intelligence Inc, Boulder, CO, Summer 2019

Software Development Engineer I at Lake Shore Cryotronics, Westerville, OH, Aug 2017 - May 2019

Software Engineer Co-op at Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA, Summer 2017

Software Engineer Intern at Lake Shore Cryotronics, Westerville, OH, Jan 2016 - Apr 2017

Software Validation Engineer Intern at Intel Corporation, Chicago, IL, Summer 2015