DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency. DLR has approximately 8000 employees at 16 locations in Germany.
The Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) is an institute of DLR. Research and development activities at IMF are dedicated to remote sensing technology. Algorithms and methods are developed to configure processors that extract relevant geoinformation from remote sensing data. Its Photogrammetry and Image Analysis department focuses on developing images processing procedures which yield geometric (photogrammetry) and semantic (image analysis) information from digital remote sensing images obtained from satellites and aircraft. The primary science goal is to develop generic image processors with which remote sensing data from satellite and aircraft missions can be operationally processed into geoinformation.
Mihai Datcu received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), Romania, in 1978 and 1986, respectively. In 1999, he received the title “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” in Computer Science from University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. Since 1981, he has been a Professor with the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, UPB, working in signal/image processing and electronic speckle interferometry.