This is the personal home page of Dr. Bastian Venthur. I have a strong passion for programming and software design, which is what I’m doing for 20+ years. I am also a free- and open-source software advocate which is reflected by my various contributions to free software projects as well as in my engagement as Debian Developer in the Debian project, one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world. As a researcher I’ve worked in the fields of computer science, neurotechnology and machine learning.
I co-founded two start-ups: The Art of Asking GbR and bajomi analaytics GbR. My role in both start-ups was the technical lead. For the latter we successfully applied for an EXIST Start-up grant worth 143.000 EUR from Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) and Europäischer Sozialfonds für Deutschland (ESF). After 2,5 years we sold bajomi analytics GbR to excentos Software GmbH.
Free/Open-Source Software Projects
- blag – blag is a blog-aware, static site generator – this website is built with it! (read more)
- streak – Create beautiful github streaks (read more)
- python-ardrone – Python library for the AR.Drone (read more)
- gscholar – Query Google Scholar with Python (read more)
- reportbug-ng – An easy alternative to Debian’s classic reportbug (read more)
- python-debianbts – Python Interface to Debian’s Bug Tracking System
- python-popcon – Query Debian’s Popcon Database with Python (read more)
- litestats – Converts Python profiling stats into SQLite (read more)
- python-gron – Make JSON grep’able. A Python implementation of gron
- snakerunner – A Python3 port of RunSnakeRun
- dotenv-cli – Simple
dotenvCLI (read more)
- dotfiles – My dotfiles
- mushu – BCI signal acquisition
- wyrm – BCI toolbox
- pyff – BCI feedback and stimulus framework
- sg – small, static webiste generator
I obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universität Berlin. My research focused on the design and implementation of a Brain-Computer Interface system, allowing patients to control the computer using their thoughts. During that time I became acquainted with the fields of machine learning and neurotechnology.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
- Bastian Venthur, Sven Dähne, Johnannes Höhne, Hendrik Heller and Benjamin Blankertz. Wyrm: A Brain-Computer Interface Toolbox in Python. Neuroinformatics. 2015. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12021-015-9271-8.
- Sulamith Schaeff, Matthias Treder, Bastian Venthur and Benjamin Blankertz. Exploring motion VEPs for gaze-independent communication. Journal of Neural Engeneering. 2012.
- Bastian Venthur, Simon Scholler, John Williamson, Sven Dähne, Matthias S Treder, Maria T Kramarek, Klaus-Robert Müller and Benjamin Blankertz. Pyff—A Pythonic Framework for Feedback Applications and Stimulus Presentation in Neuroscience. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2010. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2010.00179.
- Clemens Brunner, Guiseppe Andreoni, Luigi Bianchi, Benjamin Blankertz, Christian Breitwieser, Shin’ichiro Kanoh, Christian A. Kothe, Anatole Lécuyer, Scott Makeig, Jürgen Mellinger, Paolo Perego, Yann Renard, Gerwin Schalk, I. P. Susila, Bastian Venthur and Gernot Müller-Putz. BCI Software Platforms. in: Toward Practical BCIs: Bridging the Gap from Research to Real-World Applications. Springer. 2012. ISBN: 978-3-642-29745-8
- Advanced Scientific Programming in Python. Zurich, Switzerland. 2013.
- Advanced Scientific Programming in Python. Kiel, Germany. 2012.
- Advanced Scientific Programming in Python. St. Andrews, Scotland. 2011.
- Advanced Scientific Programming in Python. Trento, Italy. 2010.
- Mentor in Google Summer of Code 2010
Awards, Honors, Grants
- EXIST Start-up grant (143.000 EUR) from Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) and Europäischer Sozialfonds für Deutschland (ESF) (2015)
- World Champion in RoboCup small-size league (2005, Osaka, Japan)
- Vice-World Champion in RoboCup mid-size league (2005, Osaka, Japan)
- 4th place in small-size league (2006, Bremen, Germany)
- 44th place in Bundeswettbewerb Informatik (1998)
- 51th place in Bundeswettbewerb Informatik (1999)