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Institute for Optical Systems (IOS)
Hochschule Konstanz
Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung
Postfach 100 543
78405 Konstanz

Tel.: + 49 7531 206-702
Fax: + 49 7531-206-521

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Prof. Dr. Georg Umlauf - Director

Diploma in computer science from University of Karlsruhe, 1996. Doctoral degree in computer science from University of Karlsruhe, 1999. PostDoc at University of Karlsruhe and University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, 1999-2000. Software development and senior researcher at Tebis AG, Hamburg, 2000-2002. Assistant professor for geometric algorithms at University of Kaiserslautern, 2002-2009. Interim professor for computer graphics at University of Karlsruhe, 2009. Since 2009 professor for computer graphics at University of Applied Sciences Konstanz and head of the computer graphics lab. Since 2010 member of the 'Institute for Optical Systems (IOS)' and 'Institute for Applied Research (IAF)'.

Main research interests: Computer graphics, geometric modeling (splines, subdivision), reverse engineering, physical simulations.


Prof. Dr. Rebekka Axthelm - Vice Director

Diploma in mathematics from University of Freiburg, 1998. Doctoral degree in applied mathematics from University of Freiburg, 2007. Software Engineer Video at Micronas GmbH in Freiburg, 2005-2008. Lecturer for mathematics and numerics at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur (Switzerland), 2009-20017. Since 2017 professor for mathematics at University of Applied Sciences Konstanz (HTWG). Since 2018 member of the 'Institute for Optical Systems (IOS)' and 'Institute for Science and Mathematics (INM)'.

Main research interests is in numerical mathematics that is in particular: Finite element methods to solve partial differential equations which describe different physical processes. My strong interest is currently focused on the calculation of pedestrian flow, based on a macroscopic modeling and mathematical methods of image processing.


Prof. Dr.Matthias Franz

M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences from SUNY at Stony Brook, Diploma in physics from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen and doctoral degree in 1998. Thesis research in visual insect and robot navigation at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics and as a PostDoc at the Australian National University in Canberra. In industry he worked on various aspects of autonomous vision systems. 2002, he returned to the MPI as a group leader in the area of machine learning and computer vision. Since 2007 professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz and head of cognitive systems lab. Member of 'Institut für Angewandte Forschung (IAF)'.

Main research activities in the development of automatically generated vision systems, optimisation and probabilistic modeling, with applications in industrial machine vision, texture analysis and steganalysis.


Prof. Dr. Oliver Dürr

Diploma in physics and doctoral degree at University Konstanz 2003 in the fields of theoretical and computational physics. From 2003 - 2012 senior algorithm developer/scientific consultant at Genedata Ag (Basel). From 2012 assistant professor in statistical data analytics at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur (Switzerland). Since 2018 professor for data science at University of Applied Sciences Konstanz (HTWG). Since 2018 member of the 'Institute for Optical Systems (IOS).

Main research interests in statistical/machine/deep learning, currently focusing on probabilistic aspects.



Prof. Dr. Christian Hettich

Diploma in physics and doctoral degree (2002) at the University of Konstanz in the fields of quantum-optics and nano-optics. Post-doc at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich and at the Niels Bohr Institut in Kopenhagen. Systems engineer for illuminators of semiconductor lithography systems at Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH in Oberkochen. Systems engineer for time-of-flight cameras at ifm automotive GmbH in Kressbronn. Project leader for automated microscopes at Sensovation AG in Radolfzell. Since 2014 professor for physics, feedback control systems and metrology at the department of mechanical engineering of the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz. Member of the 'Institut f"ur Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik' (INM) and the 'Institute for Optical Systems' (IOS).

Main research interests: optical 3D measurements, spectroscopy, interferometry, holography, microscopy.


Prof. Dr. Bernd Jödicke

Study of physics at the University of Kalrsruhe. Doctoral degree at Technical University Hamburg and University Karlsruhe in the eld of high frequency technology. After that, industrial work at ABB Baden, Switzerland, as executive director for R&D. Since 1992 professor for applied physics at University of Applied Sciences Konstanz. Member of 'Institute for Applied Research (IAF)', 'Institut für Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik (INM)', 'Institute for Optical Systems (IOS) Konstanz' and 'Deutsche Lichttechnische Gesellschaft'. Head of laboratory for light engineering at HTWG.

Main research activities in color and light measurements and color camera systems.



Prof. Dr. Hartmut Gimpel


Curriculum vitae: Physics degree at University of Heidelberg (2002) on quantum experiments with ultra-cold atoms. Academic year at UIUC, Illinois, USA (2000) on superconductor physics. PhD at Max-Planck Institute in Heidelberg (2006) on generation of ultra-short laser pulses with stable offset phase for experiments in atomic physics. An eighth century as optics and system engineer at Sick AG near Freiburg. Design and product development of a multitude of optical sensors: cameras, laser line cameras, laser illuminations, time of flight sensors for distance measurement, classical „lidar“ laser scanners, multi-layer lidars and novel concepts for lidars. Since 2019 professor for physics and sensors at the University of Applied Sciences in Constance.

Research interests: the interplay of physical sensing hardware with subsequent data analysis, optical sensors, especially time-of-flight lidar, commodity sensors as solution for industrial challenges, image processing.

Prof. Dr. Claus Braxmaier

Diploma in precision engineering at University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen. Diploma in physics and doctoral degree at the University of Konstanz in the field of fundamental tests of physics. Post-Doc at University of Konstanz. At EADS Astrium GmbH, system responsiblefor scientific and Earth observation missions for ESA and head of group ’Mission Metrology’. 2005-2013 professor for physics and control theory at the University of Applied SciencesKonstanz. Since 2013 ZARM Deputy Executive Director, Director Space Technology, anddepartment lead ”System Enabling Technologies” at the DLR-Institute of Space Systems, Bremen.

Main research: high resolution optical metrology for industrial and space applications,tests of fundamental physics.


Prof. Dr. Burkhard Lehner

Diploma in computer science from University of Kaiserslautern, 2004. Doctoral degree in computer science from University of Kaiserslautern, 2008. Software development at Sirona Dental System GmbH, Bensheim, 2008-2013. Since 2013 professor for computer science at University of Applied Sciences Konstanz. Since 2014 member of the 'Institute for Optical Systems (IOS)'.

Main interests: software development, computational geometry, optical 3D measurement (especially in dental CAD/CAM).


Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Durst

Study of physics at the University of Stuttgart, 1986 doctoral degree in the eld of magnetism at the Max-Planck-Institute of metal research. Thereafter research center Weissach of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, responsible for the central unit 'measurement technologies'.
Since 1993 professor for measurement engineering and sensor technology at the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz. Member of 'Institut für Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik' and 'Institute for Optical Systems' Konstanz. Head of laboratories for measurement and sensor technology and production metrology. Currently director of 'Institut für Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik' Konstanz. Activities in the accreditation


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