Carl Pulfrich Award 2015 goes to Dr. Christoph Strecha

The Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division announces that the Carl Pulfrich Award 2015 has been awarded to Dr. Christoph Strecha. With developing algorithms in the areas of feature detection and 3D reconstructions using computer vision (CV) and UAV photogrammetry, Strecha has significantly influenced theory and practice alike. The Carl Pulfrich Award is a prestigious award for honouring cutting-edge  innovations and developments in geodesy, photogrammetry and the Earth sciences.

The academic Earth imaging community was encouraged to submit nominations for the biennial award. Nominees were considered on the basis of experience, activities in field of photogrammetry and remote sensing, and contributions to the advancement of all aspects of the Earth imaging field. Applied work involving hardware systems, software solutions or innovative service activities were considered as well.

Receiving four highly-qualified nominations, Strecha was selected by the 10-member jury and awarded the Carl Pulfrich Award 2015. Strecha is a physicist and holds a doctorate in the field of computer vision. In 2012, he founded Pix4D Sa based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2015, he is also the managing director of Pix4D Inc., San Francisco, Calif., USA.

His pioneering work in the development of feature detectors in computer vision, the maintenance of benchmarks for CV and photogrammetry as well as the practical application of 3D reconstructions using UAV Photogrammetry are commended with this worldwide recognised award.

The tribute will be given by Dr. Juergen Dold, president and CEO of Hexagon Geosystems, at the Carl Pulfrich Award Ceremony 2015 during the 55th Photogrammetric Week today in the University of Stuttgart.


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