Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mester

Field of Activity: executive head of group
Office hours: see QIS/LSF
Phone: +49 (0)69 / 798-22387
Fax: +49 (0)69 / 798-23135
Email: mester@vsi.cs.uni-frankfurt.de

Scientific bio-sketch of Rudolf Mester

Rudolf Mester studied electrical engineering with an emphasis on
communication technology at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany.
After having obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1983, he performed
research work in industrial and academic projects on image processing
and image coding and earned his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from RWTH
Aachen in 1988.

After a short period with the Advanced Projects unit of Philips Data
Systems, Dr. Mester joined the Research Institute of Robert Bosch GmbH,
Hildesheim, where he established a computer vision and image
interpretation group. He initiated and conducted numerous internal as
well as several national and European joint research projects especially
in the field of applying computer vision to surveillance, security and
driver assistance (ADAS).

In October 1995, Dr. Mester was appointed professor at Goethe
University, Frankfurt am Main (Physics dept. 1995, Computer Science
2005). Currently, his research interests are focused on statistical
signal and image processing methods, the construction of robust and
reliable vision algorithms and flexible vision systems as well as the
theoretical foundations for "seeing machines".

Dr. Mester was a co-initiator and from 2008 - 2011 the coordinator of U
Frankfurt contribution to the Bernstein Focus on Neurotechnology
Frankfurt (in collaboration with C.v.d.Malsburg, J.Triesch, Frankfurt
Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)). The BFNT is a BMBF-funded
project cluster, centered on a  systems approach to vision in man and
machine, addressing the subject both from a biology/neural as well as
from a technical view.

From 4/2011 to 3/2012 and from 10/2012 - present, Rudolf Mester is a
guest professor in the Computer Vision Laboratory at the Electrical
Engineering Dept. (ISY) of Linköping University, Sweden. His main
contribution to the research spectrum of ISY is leading an initiative
for Intelligent Visual Vehicle Sensorics and Visual Surround Sensing
based at this institution.


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Guest Professorship at Linköping University, Sweden    (2010 - present)

The main task pursued in my current position as a guest professor at LIU
is leading a cluster of research projects on multi-camera/multi-sensor
environment sensing for cars in urban and highway traffic. The challenge
is to generalize state of the art computer vision procedures for typical
vehicle-related tasks such as driver assistance towards multi-view /
omnidirectional processing. The technical / scientific approach taken
here has a strong emphasis on recursive processing, incremental
exploration using confidence information, usage of dynamic models, and
precise measuring methods of motion and structure, using modern
statistical signal processing methods.

The currently ongoing projects at Linköping University are joint
endeavours with leading industrial partners in the automotive area: one
truck manufacturer in Sweden, and a large German automotive company.
Besides that, fundamental high-risk research problems are addressed in
the context of ELLIIT, a Swedish excellence center joining contributions
from Linköping University and Lund University.


Head of Visual Sensorics and Information Processing Group (VSI).  (2004
- present)

The VSI group currently puts large emphasis on real-time and
close-to-realtime computer vision methods for traffic-related
applications. There are long-term cooperation with a leading
manufacturer computer vision systems, based in the Rhein-Main area, and
close cooperation with Daimler Research in the area of computer vision
for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, in particular also by acting as
academic supervisor for several Ph.D. students.


Senior Scientist, Project Manager and Group Head, Bosch, Hildesheim
(1990-1995)

Initiator and manager of numerous projects (EU, nationally funded, and
corporate internal) in the area of Computer Vision for traffic,
automotive-related, and security applications. Initiator and leading
role in the formation of the Computer Vision group at Bosch Research,
Hildesheim.