Prof. Dr.-Ing. | Head of group
Computer Vision is the core technology for enabling Automated Driving!
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 University Frankfurt contribution to the Bernstein Focus on Neurotechnology Frankfurt (in collaboration with C.v.d.Malsburg, J.Triesch). The BFNT is a BMBF-funded project cluster, centered on a systems approach to vision in man and machine.
From 4/2011 to 3/2012 and from 10/2012 – 4/2014, Rudolf Mester was 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. Since spring 2014, Prof. Mester is back at Frankfurt University, but maintains the close cooperation with Linköping University as a guest professor.