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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Winner of Robotdalen Scientifc Award 2009

The winner of the 2009 Robotdalen Scientific Award is Dr. Davide Scaramuzza, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He received the prize sum of € 20 000 for his competition contribution - his doctoral thesis on autonomous navigation of vehicles. In his PhD thesis, he introduced a new generalized model for wide-angle cameras and a method to accurately estimate the motion of a vehicle (car or helicopter) and build a 3D map of the environment from a single camera alone (without GPS or other sensors). His research found several industrial applications in robotics, automotive, endoscopic imagery, meteorology, and aerial photography.
Dr. Scaramuzza received his Master degree in Electrical Engineering (2004) at the University of Perugia, Italy and a PhD in Computer Vision and Robotics (2008) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He is currently senior researcher at the Autonomous Systems Lab at the ETH Zurich and IEEE member. HE is lecturer of the Master course “Autonomous Mobile Robots” at the ETH Zurich, and also project leader and scientific manager of the European Project sFly.
He leads the European MAV team at the ETH Zurich and he is also author of the Omnidirectional Camera Calibration Toolbox for MATLAB!

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