EOC successful at "Copernicus Masters 2013"

November 06, 2013


 The Copernicus Masters BMW Challenge and Overall Winner 2013
zum Bild The Copernicus Masters BMW Challenge and Overall Winner 2013
Hartmut Runge from EOC (on the left) with ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes Prof. Volker Liebig and Ulrike Daniels and Thorsten Rudolph from "Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen".
 The Jury of the 'Environmental Challenge'
zum Bild The Jury of the "Environmental Challenge"
From left to right: Dr. Stephan Illerhaus (SWM), Dr. Klaus-Dieter Rockwitz (DLR), Dr. Doris Klein (DLR), Prof. Peter Höppe (Munich RE), Dr. Jutta Graf (DLR), Claus Kumutat (LfU), Dr. Rolf-Dieter Fischer (DLR), Gunter Schreier (DLR), Josef Aschbacher (ESA), Robert Klarner (DLR)
 The Winner of the 'Environmental Challenge'
zum Bild The Winner of the "Environmental Challenge"
Kaupo Voormansik and his team from Tartu University, Estonia win the DLR Environmental Challenge of Copernicus Masters 2013. From left to right: Karlev Koppel, Karlis Zalite, Kaupo Voormansik, with Ulrike Daniels (Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, AZO), Gunter Schreier (Business Development DFD of DLR), and Thorsten Rudolph (Managing Director AZO).

On 5 November 2013 the winners of the “Copernicus Masters” competition were selected at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. Hartmut Runge from the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) of DLR’s Earth Observation Center won the “BMW Connected Drive Challenge” as well as the overall “Copernicus Master 2013” award. His idea could be a step toward achieving automated vehicle navigation. It involves combining data on the location of objects as detected by car sensors with highly precise object detection data from satellite radars such as on Sentinel 1. The goal is highly precise localization of a motor vehicle independent of GPS.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) also provided a special "Environmental Challenge" prize in a search for the best idea for an application in the areas of environment, climate and energy. Kaupo Voormansik from Tartu University, Estonia, was selected by the jury, which consisted of the head of the GMES Space Office in ESA’s Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, Dr. Josef Aschbacher; the director of Geo Risk Research at the Munich Reinsurance company (Munich RE), Prof. Peter Höppe; the president of the Bavarian Environmental Agency, Claus Kumutat; the director of portfolio management and energy trading for Stadtwerke München (SWM), Dr. Stephan Illerhaus; and DLR experts.

With the “Copernicus Urban Development Analyser” Mr. Voormansik proposes to combine location data from mobile devices with identified populated areas derived from radar data using mapping techniques developed by the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD). His approach means that new built-up areas can be detected with the help of high-resolution Copernicus Sentinel 1 data and linked to population density estimates.

In addition to the award, the prize includes a voucher for a workshop where the winner can obtain advice from DLR on how to implement his idea for an application. The expertise at the Earth Observation Center (EOC) in identifying urban structures, especially with radar data and change detection analysis, will be available to him. In addition, possibilities for partnerships will be jointly explored.


Dr. Doris Klein
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

German Remote Sensing Data Center
, Direction
Tel: +49 8153 28-2438

Fax: +49 8153 28-3444

E-Mail: Doris.Klein@dlr.de
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