Prof. Reinhard Klette (Auckland University of Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Quancheng Friendship Award, Helmholtz International Fellow) made significant contributions to two major areas, digital geometry and computer vision. He is the director of the Centre for Robotics & Vision (CeRV).
Professor Klette has been working in the area of computer vision for more than 30 years. In 2003 he published with the late Professor Azriel Rosenfeld of University of Maryland, USA, the first comprehensive monography on digital geometry (published by Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco). He has become internationally renouned for his work in vision-based driver assistance since 2006, with important contributions on performance evaluation and improvements of correspondence algorithms (for stereo matching and optical flow) on real-world video data, supporting, for example, 3D scene reconstruction from a mobile platform.
In 2008 he co-authored (with two of his former PhD students) a research monograph on panoramic vision (with Wiley, UK), in 2011 a research monograph (also co-authered with a former PhD student) on shortest paths in Euclidean spaces (with Springer, UK), in 2015 a research monograph (also co-authered with a former PhD student) on multi-target tracking, and in 2017 a research monograph (also co-authered with a former PhD student) on vision-based driver assistance (with Springer, The Netherlands). His book entitled “Concise Computer Vision” has been published by Springer, London (UK), on 5 January 2014. In 2016, the number of downloads of e-copies of this book, or parts of it, from Springer’s website surpassed the 40,000 mark. This is an exceptional high number for any computer science textbook published by Springer.
Since 1995, Professor Klette has been invited as a keynote or plenary speaker to international conferences worldwide. Between April 2011 and October 2013 he has been the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Control Engineering and Technology (JCET). He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) between 2001 and 2008, which is a top-ranked journal in all engineering and computer science disciplines. He is a life-time honorary steering committee member of the biennial conferences on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns, taking place in Europe, and a steering committee member of the Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology.
Professor Klette supervised already 28 PhD students to the successful completion of their PhD program.