Published: 30 January 2013, 10:07
One of three categories of the Thuringian Ministry of Science (TMBWK) tendered Thuringian Research Award 2013 was won by Dr. Gunther Notni (Fraunhofer IOF), Dr. Peter Kühmstedt (Fraunhofer IOF) and Prof. Richard Kowarschik (ACP, Institute of Applied Optics). The prize was awarded for applied research, which is endowed with 17,500 Euros. In 2013, these Jena scientists have achieved breakthrough advances in the area of three-dimensional optical mapping. Detailed information on three-dimensional, moving objects and its fast and reliable acquisition are of paramount interest for numerous applications, for instance concerning highly-automated processes in the automotive industry. With their research, the three optics specialists and their teams have paved the way for systems which now enable three-dimensional mapping of moving objects with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. The results exhibit a "3D toolbox" comprising both novel and ultrafast projection techniques as well as likewise novel algorithms for precise and quick information analysis. These techniqueswill be directly transferred to adress new challenges within the interdisciplinary "Twenty20" research consortium 3Dsensation. Moreover, the "3D toolbox" can play an important role in many industrial procedures featuring complex and dynamic processes with ultrahigh cycle rates.
The Thuringian Research Award 2013 was presented to the winners by Federal Minister Christoph Matschie on 27th January 2014 at the Fraunhofer Institut of Optics and Fine Mechanics in Jena.