Joanneum Research

JOANNEUM RESEARCH is one of the most important focal points of scientific research and economy in Austria. It has carried out cutting edge research in the European context for the last 30 years in the fields of geological sciences, environment, biotechnology and environmental technology, electronics and information processing, materials and processing as well as economy and technology.


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Apart from applied research and development JOANNEUM RESEARCH offers custom-designed technical business consulting and vast expertise in interdisciplinary management of complex research contracts at a national and international level. JOANNEUM RESEARCH consists of 4 research institutes with more than 450 employees.

The  Institute DIGITAL is a leading international research partner and centre of expertise in the area of information and communication technology. The Institute’s technological and scientific basis includes web and internet technologies, image, video and acoustic signal processing along with remote sensing, communication and navigation technologies. These technologies are implemented in hardware and software development and in application-oriented solutions using scientifically sound methods. The research services are complemented by expertise in prototype development, project management and consulting.

Currently, the Institute of Digital Image Processing is participating in several EC funded projects within the EC Framework Program. The Close Range Photogrammetry Group (Gerhard Paar) within the Institute of Digital Image Processing deals with industrial, biometric, environmental and space-related 3D modelling and reconstruction from passive and active vision sensors. In addition to joining international projects, the group holds national project leadership in the Austrian Centre of Competence “ECV – Embedded Computer Vision”, and co-ordinates the 3D vision aspects of the panoramic camera system PanCam on ESA’s ExoMars Rover mission 2016.

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Team Members

Gerhard Paar

Gerhard Paar is head of the close range photogrammetry group in the Remote Sensing Department of the Institute of Digital Image Processing (DIB). He leads the development team for the photogrammetric tunnel metrology system dibit, one of the first fully automatic industrial close-range photogrammetry systems for non-expert users world-wide. Gerhard Paar coordinates the ExoMars PanCam 3D Vision Team and the EC FP7-Space Project PRoVisG – Planetary Robotic Vision Ground Processing (2008-2011), and he is key-researcher for Features, Recognition & Matching within the Austrian KProjekt Centre of Competence Embedded Computer Vision (ECV) for industrial computer vision cutting edge development. Within JR he acts as project manager for industrial, national funded, ESA and EU – funded projects in the domain of 3D computer vision and photogrammetry.

For more information go to Gerhard Paar’s personal page.

Arnold Bauer

Arnold Bauer was awarded a MSc (Technical Mathematics – branch: computer sciences) by the University of Technology in Graz for his master thesis on “Stereo Reconstruction from Dense Disparity Maps Using the Locus Method”.

Arnold Bauer joined JOANNEUM RESEARCH as student member at 1986. Since 1994, he works as a research engineer and project manager with JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Institute of Digital Image Processing. His main areas of interest and experience cover 3D reconstruction, stereo vision, applications using laser scanning devices, and software quality.

Maria del Pilar Caballo Perucha

B.Sc. degree in Topography at the University of Technology of Madrid with Thesis on Classical Topography “Cartography of the archaeological deposit RECOPOLIS”, Zorita de los Canes, Guadalajara, Spain.
M.Sc. degree in Geodesy and Cartography at the University of Technology of Valencia with Master Thesis on Digital Photogrammetry “Photogrammetric Framework for Mars Landing Site Reconstruction”, JR, Graz, Austria.
M.Sc. degree in “Space Sciences, Remote Sensing” at the Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, with Master Thesis on Remote Sensing ” Development and Analysis of Algorithms for the Optimisation of Automatic Image Correlation”, JR, Graz, Austria.

Nov. 1999 – Nov. 2000: employee at JR, training scholarship “Leonardo da Vinci”.
Since Nov. 2000 on: employee for JR as research engineer, at the Department of Digital Image Processing.

Karlheinz Gutjahr

Academic Qualification:
1990 – 1997 University of Technology Graz Geodesy: Photogrammetry and Remote sensing
1997 Masters Degree thesis: Ableitung digitaler Geländemodelle aus SAR-Daten Generation of digital terrain models using SAR data)
1997 – 2002 University of Technology Graz PhD: Study in remote sensing
2002 PhD thesis: InSAR Blockausgleich (InSAR block adjustment)

Professional Qualification:
since 2004 Research Scientist Joanneum Research Graz, Institute of Digital Image Processing
2003 – 2004 Assistant Professor University of Technology Graz, Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurements Systems
1997 – 2003 Research Scientist Joanneum Research Graz, Institute of Digital Image Processing
1995 – 1997 Freelancer Joanneum Research Graz, Institute of Digital Image Processing

Hannes Raggam

Diploma study in surveying at the University of Technology Graz, Master thesis entitled “Multispectral classification using a satellite image over Styria” (1980)

Ph.D. study in remote sensing, Ph.D. thesis entitled “Radar Stereogrammetry” (1985)

1980 to 1984 Ph.D. student and freelancer at the Institute of Digital Image Processing
Since 1984 employment at the Institute of Digital Image Processing

 Komyo Furuya

Diploma Degree in Software Engineering, Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences

2005 Internship at JOANNEUM RESEARCH
3D Vision Core Image Processing library enhancements
Virtual image access, memory footprint assessment of IP routines
2006 Thesis work at JOANNEUM RESEARCH
Progress Reporting Tool for Large Data Set Image Processing
Development and integration of platform independent libraries for measuring and visualising IP task progress
Since 2006 Employment at JOANNEUM RESEARCH
Development of an end-user GUI application and frameworks for terrestrial laser scanning
2008-2009 EUROBOT Ground Prototype Rover Vision System: Design and implementation of the vision system main workflow and interface to the GNC
Since 2009  PRoVisG: Detailed design of the PRoVisG Vision Processing Chain, UML modeling of IP workflows

Research Interests:  General software development and design, operating systems & network applications, machine vision, vision-based navigation, systems integration

Benjamin Huber

Ben Huber has a Master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Graz (FH-Joanneum 2008). From 2008 – 2010 he worked as a research assistant (PhD position) for the FWF funded Austrian science project “i-MeaS – An Intelligent Image-Based Measurement System for Geo-Hazard Monitoring”. In the course of the project he developed mechanisms for the detection and tracking of corresponding stereo-points from a video theodolite system to be used for a further assessment and monitoring of deformations and land- and rockslide events.
Since the beginning of 2011 he is a member of the close range photogrammetry group of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Joanneum research. His main research interests include stereo vision, 3D reconstruction and software engineering.

Felizitas Berner

Felizitas Berner joined Joanneum Research in 1994 and worked as the secretary of the Insitute for Image Processing till 2002. From 2002 to 2006 she studied business economics at Karl-Franzens-University in Graz with the batchelor degree. At the moment she is working in administrative affairs, such as controlling and reporting, publications management, staff council and consulting for austrian tax or social insurance. She is the institutes person in charge for quality management. Felizitas Berner is working on the PRoVisG Project as an assistant to Gerhard Paar on all financial and organizational matters