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DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests. The DLR budget for in-house research and development work and other internal operations amounts to approximately €770 million, of which approximately half comes from revenues earned by DLR. DLR also administers the space budget of the German government, which totals some €1047 million (2009). Approximately 6900 people work for DLR; the center has 33 institutes and facilities at 13 locations in Germany.

The Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) is an institute of the German Aerospace Center DLR. IMF and the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) together comprise the Earth Observation Center EOC – a center of competence for earth observation in Germany. Research and development activities at IMF are dedicated to remote sensing technology. Algorithms and methods are developed to configure processors that extract relevant geo-information from remote sensing data. IMF focuses on:

  • Remote sensing with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Imaging with optical sensors
  • Atmospheric spectrometry.

Key Personnel Involved

Mihai Datcu received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics and telecommunications from the University “Politechnica” Bucharest UPB, Romania in 1978 and 1986. In 1999 he received the title “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” from Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

He holds a Professorship in Electronics and Telecommunications with UPB since 1981. Since 1993, he has been a scientist with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He is developing algorithms for model-based information retrieval and methods for scene understanding. His interests are in Bayesian inference, information and complexity theory, stochastic processes, model-based scene understanding, and image information mining.

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D-82230 Wessling