The computer science working group focuses on two main activities. Its main tasks and areas of expertise include software development primarily in the field of remote sensing and 3D image processing. The group has a substantial involvement in every stage of the data processing chain including the implementation of sophisticated camera control tools, HPC cluster operation, image classification and (non-) interactive stereoscopic visualization.The use of new sensors and applications together with expanding data requirements require a continuous development of algorithms and software enhancement. Main emphases of the working group are the design of ergonomic user interfaces, the acceleration of computations and the use of state-of-the-art algorithms.Beside software-related activities the computer science working group designs and evaluates new aerial platforms such as micro-UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to carry optical sensors. Small semi-automatic aircrafts provide a completely new way of recording images and opens the door to applications in emergency management and accident investigation.
The main goal is to examine how the classics concepts of arial photogrammetric and satellite imaging can sinfully also be applied to lightweight UAVs.Therby the limited payload of ~1 kg plays a completely different role in defining the requirements for such a the sensor system.
Currently the group is working on the integration of high photosensitive cameras in the visible and thermal range as well as direct georeferencing.Main fields of research: