Franz W. Leberl
Born in 1945 in Germany, Franz Leberl grew up in Austria and graduated from the Technical University in Vienna in 1967 with a Dipl.-Ing. and (in 1972) with a Dr. techn. (Applied Science), specializing in photogrammetry. He was awarded the Habilitation (venia docendi) from the University of Technology Graz in 1977 with a thesis on satellite radar image analysis. His career started in the Netherlands (1969-74) with a position in bringing technology to the Third World. He then worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology (NASA-Pasadena, California, 1974-76) and focused on the idea of mapping planet Venus by means of a cloud penetrating radar sensor. In a first professional period in Austria Franz Leberl was professor of photogrammetry and remote sensing at the Graz University of Technology (1976-84) and started the Research Institute for Digital Image Processing at Joanneum Research in Graz (1980). His return to the United States in 1984 resulted in two Colorado companies, Vexcel Corporation (1985, www.vexcel.com) and Vexcel Imaging Corp. (1992). He is also founder of an Austrian company, Vexcel Imaging Austria (1993).
Franz Leberl authored more than 250 papers, reports and books and he hold about 10 patents. He received the Otto-von-Gruber Gold Medal from the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Fairchild Photogrammetric Award from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, won several best paper awards, for example from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and an Achievement Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for scientific work performed as part of NASA's Magellan mission to planet Venus. Since 1996, he is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Today Franz Leberl is again on a leave from his university position to focus on a business project. As the CEO of Vexcel Imaging GmbH in Graz, he helps in the introduction of a novel large format digital aerial 90-Megapixel camera into aerial photogrammetry. By October 2006, he should be back full time at the University.
Main Research Interests:
- Photogrammetric Computer Vision
- 3D Object Reconstruction
- Image Based Modeling and Rendering