Leibniz University of Hannover

logo luh

Leibniz University of Hannover

The scientific work at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI), Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH), focuses on four main research areas: Geometric aspects of sensors and images, Interpretation of remote sensing data, Automatic image interpretation, and Close range photogrammetry. Currently, a staff of about 25 researchers (12 of which are funded by third party research projects, and six foreign guest scientists pursue a PhD at IPI with scholarships from their own country) specialises in automatic data acquisition and mapping from aerial and space images. Update and refinement of geospatial databases is another area, in which the institute has internationally recognised expertise. In this area IPILUH maintains a collaboration with TNT-LUH, a sister institute of LUH, for developing and enhancing the open source software GeoAIDA for aerial and satellite image analysis. IPI-LUH has excellent connections to local and federal mapping organisations in Germany (e. g. State Survey Authority LGN, Hannover; Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie BKG, Frankfurt/M.) and through its active participation in EuroSDR also in Europe. These agencies, together with local SMEs, with which IPI cooperates in a number of projects, will be integrated into the planned research training network. The institute is well established in the international scientific community, for example, IPI staff chairs four working groups (WG I/4, IV/2, III/4, and VII/2) of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and also four Special Interest Groups of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL). IPI-LUH has a number of successfully running or recently finished projects involving partners, who are also part of this application:

  • Remote view, PROBRAL project together with Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), funded by the German DAAD and the Brazilian CAPES.

  • ECOWATCH, PROBRAL project together with Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) funded by the German DAAD and the Brazilian CAPES.

  • Multi-scale, multi-temporal and multi-dimensional monitoring of Brazilian settlements and forests by means of remote sensing data, Cooperation with Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and INPE, funded by the German Minister of Science and Technology (BMBF).

Last not least, IPI- LUH has ample experience in organizing meetings on specific topics including earth observation, geospatial sciences (being key issues on the topic of this application). A recent example includes the ISPRS Hannover Workshop on High Resolution Earth Observation for Geospatial Information, held at LUH every two years since 1985 with approx.100 participants from across the globe. The most recent workshop was held in June 2009 with Nobel Laureate Prof. Gerd Binnig as opening key note speaker. The Institut für Informationsverarbeitung (TNT) was founded in 1973. Its main objective is research in the field of computer vision and signal processing. This includes intuitive userfriendly computer interfaces as well as knowledge based image analysis for industrial automation and remote sensing with aerial and SAR images. In addition, intensive research is done in the field of 3D-based telecommunication systems and virtual and mixed reality applications. In the past, the TNT participated in several projects. Furthermore it is always actively contributing to international standardisation organisations such as ISO-MPEG, and ITU. Especially the knowledge based system for the analysis of remote sensing data GeoAIDA was mainly developed and is currently further improved at TNT-LUH. This is done in cooperation with IPI-LUH and PUC-Rio.