Michael studied Mathematics, Biology, and Philosophy at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen (both Germany), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). As a psot-doctoral student, he spent one year at the laboratory of Prof. Koch at Caltech (USA). He held a professorship for neurobiopsychology at the University of Osnabrueck (Germany). Since 2004, he is professor for Psychophysics at the Brain Mind Institute
(BMI) at the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland). The main research interest of the laboratory is about the wide field of visual perception including clinical and sports applications.