The Institute of Optical Sensor Systems fosusses on research and development of active and passive optical sensor systems operating in the UV, visible, infrared and THz spectral range. The instruments are applied in space research and space exploration, on board of flying platforms and for robotic systems. The institute participates in the scientific analysis of the data obtained with these systems. This includes Earth observation, robotics, planetary research, transport and security. The development of sensor-oriented algorithms for information processing lays the foundation for autonomous optical sensor systems.
Our vision: Optical sensors with capabilities beyond human perception for space applicaions
The sensor systems are developed for applications spanning the UV, visible, infrared and THz spectral range. The passive sensors are spatially or spectrally highly resolving (for example cameras, spectrometers, microscopes or combina-tions thereof). The active systems are laser-based. Examples are spectrometers, data transmission links and interferometers.
The optical sensor systems are applied in Earth observation, robotics and planetary research as well as in transport and security. The development of sensor algorithms for information processing is the basis for autonomous optical sensor systems.
The design and the development of the sensor systems are based on a theoretical modelling approach. Validation and calibration of the systems are an integral part of the development process.
The institute is involved in the training of young researchers namely Bachelor, Master and PhD students. The institute cooperates closely with universities, in particular Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.
Head of the Institute
German Aerospace Center
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Rutherfordstraße 2 | 12489 Berlin
Phone:+49 30 67055-596