Timo Denk


Hi there!

My name is Timo, I am a European living in Berlin. I am an Applied Scientist with Zalando, where my tasks range from software engineering to data science in the domain of fashion outfit generation and recommendation.

Besides that, I run a one-man business called Denk Development where I create custom software and hardware solutions for customers. Most of the time that involves microcontroller programming.

In my leisure time I like to 3d print and occasionally work on artsy projects. Besides that I play the piano and learn the violin, and do some sports: playing ultimate frisbee and road cycling are my favorite activities.

An overview of my recent projects is given at blog.timodenk.com.


Software Engineering

Machine Learning



Berlin · since Oct 2019
Mixture of software engineering and data science in Zalando's outfits team. Specifically, outfit generation with methods from natural language processing.
since June 2016
Mainly microcontroller programming (Arduino, Teensy, etc.) and electronics, as well as managing the company
Walldorf/Berlin · Sep 2016 - Sep 2019
Primarily software development and data science, SAP technologies like SAPUI5 and HANA administration, and customer contact
Stuttgart · Nov 2015 - Aug 2016
Back end web development (mostly PHP or Node.js), front end web development, start-up environment, and customer contact
Karlsruhe · Sep 2016 - Sep 2019
BSc in Computer Science; graduated with grade A (top 10%)
Waiblingen · Sep 2013 - July 2016
High school diploma

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Timo Denk and Ana Peleteiro Ramallo (Dec 2020): Contextual BERT: Conditioning the Language Model Using a Global State. Workshop paper accepted at the COLING 2020 workshop TextGraphs-14. [paper] [presentation]

Marjan Celikik, Matthias Kirmse, Timo Denk, Pierre Gagliardi, Sahar Mbarek, Duy Pham, and Ana Peleteiro Ramallo (Sep 2020): Outfit Generation and Recommendation – An Experimental Study. Workshop paper accepted at the RecSys 2020 workshop fashionXrecsys. [paper] [slides]

Timo Denk, Christian Reisswig (Sep 2019): BERTgrid: Contextualized Embedding for 2D Document Representation and Understanding. Workshop paper accepted at NeurIPS 2019 and awarded the Best Paper Award at the Document Intelligence workshop. [paper] [presentation]

Timo Denk (Sep 2019): Wordgrid: Extending Chargrid with Word-level Information. Bachelor's thesis with SAP's Deep Learning Center of Excellence and DHBW Karlsruhe and paper. [thesis] [paper]

Timo Denk and Samed Güner (May 2019): Vision-based Page Rank Estimation with Graph Networks. Student research project at DHBW Karlsruhe. [report] [repository]

Timo Denk and Florian Pfisterer (Nov 2018): The LESCI Layer. Summary of our contributions to the 2018 NeurIPS Adversarial Vision Challenge. [report] [repository]

Timo Denk (Sep 2018): Text Classification with Separable Convolutional Neural Networks. Report on the work conducted during an internship at SAP Machine Learning Foundation. [report]

Timo Denk (Oct 2015): PHP 7.0 (German). Article on the new PHP version 7.0; published in the computer magazine c't. [heise.de] [article]

Timo Denk (June 2015): Windows Audio Output Capturing (German). Article on audio output capturing on Windows; published in the computer magazine c't. [heise.de] [article]

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