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Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry - ETH Zurich


ETH Zurich is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record. It is the study, research and work place of 18,000 people from 80 nations. About 350 professors in 16 Departments teach mainly in the engineering sciences and architecture, system-oriented sciences, mathematics and natural sciences areas and carry out research that is highly valued worldwide. Twenty-one Nobel Laureates are connected with ETH Zurich. ETH Zurich is mostly ranked the No.1 University of continental Europe. For almost 26 years we have maintained a fairly large and strong group of researchers, covering problems related to satellite, aerial and terrestrial platforms/sensors and especially automated data processing and information extraction. We have been serving since many years in several capacities international and national learned societies and have a very active scientific exchange program with many guest professors and academic guests visiting us and vice versa. Our projects get funding from many diverse sources, including foreign companies, government agencies and multinational institutions.

Our main research interests have included: automated object reconstruction with digital photogrammetric techniques, building, road and vegetation extraction, 3D city modelling, image matching for DSM generation, Linear Array sensor modelling, motion capture, body and face reconstruction for animation, imaging techniques for generation and control of virtual reality and virtual environments, especially for cultural heritage recording and modelling, 3D processing of very high resolution satellite images, photogrammetric UAV research.


Key Personnel Involved


Dr. Emmanuel Baltsavias received his Dipl. Ing. degree in Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens in 1981, an M.Sc. in Photogrammetry, Ohio State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Photogrammetry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 1991, where he is currently Senior Scientist and lectures courses on Satellite Remote Sensing, Digital Photogrammetry and Digital Image Processing. His research interests include among others optical remote sensing, automated extraction of objects from images, image matching and DSM generation and data fusion. He has participated in over 60 international and national projects and is (co-)author of about 220 publications on the above mentioned topics and two book chapters, and (co-)editor of the proceedings of five conferences and four books. He is member of various international and national societies and working groups and has received 14 honours and awards. He was Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, chair of various ISPRS Working Groups and 2nd Vice President of ISPRS. He is currently Chair of the ISPRS Working Group “Promotion of the Profession to Young People” and is supervising the ISPRS Student Consortium.

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Prof. Konrad Schindler leads the chair of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at ETH Zuerich. He holds a master's degree (Diplom Ingenieur) in Surveying and Photogrammetry from Vienna University of Technology (1999), and a PhD in computer science from Graz University of Technology (2003). His fields of interest include photogrammetry and remote sensing, computer vision, pattern recognition and image analysis. He has published over 60 scientific papers in these areas. He is member of ISPRS and of IEEE.

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Piotr Tokarczyk holds a MSc. degree in Geodesy and Cartography from the University of Science and Technology Cracow, Poland. He specialized in Geoinformation, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, conducting his master thesis at the Technical University of Vienna. He also spent 6 months at the Joint Research Centre of European Commission as a trainee in the Community Image Data portal section. Since November 2010 he is pursuing the PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He participated in various EU and national research projects working on land use/cover mapping and modelling.

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Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Wolfgang Pauli Str. 15, CH-8093, Zurich, Switzerland