Profile & expertise

Founded in 1988, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is today one of the largest non-profit contract research institutes in the field of innovative software technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods. DFKI is focusing on the complete cycle of innovation – from world-class basic research and technology development through leading-edge demonstrators and prototypes to product functions and commercialization. Only by maintaining research projects at the forefront of science DFKI has the strength to meet its technology transfer goals.

The department “Augmented Vision” led by Prof. Didier Stricker focuses on research and industrial applications in the area of computer vision, artificial intelligence and sensor fusion. It rapidly grew and developed key technologies in the area of camera tracking, object tracking und detection, 3D reconstruction, motion estimation and many more. The department is strongly involved in all aspects of Computer Vision including various related applications such as Augmented Reality, Medical & Industrial Image Processing and Autonomous Driving.

Role in the Project

DFKI is together with IEE responsible for two of the demonstrators with the new short range 3D sensor in WP3: the in-cabin automotive sensing application and the smart building management application. DFKI will build up the demonstrators itself and collect large datasets to enable machine learning based algorithms. The main focus will the research and development of these AI algorithms together with their optimization for mobile embedded platforms. DFKI has a long history in research and development with active depth cameras. Amongst other algorithms for 3D reconstruction, gesture interaction and object tracking using these cameras were developed. Using this experience, DFKI will build up two demonstrators together with IEE. The collaboration with IEE is well established already, since many PhD students were jointly supervised in the past.



Dr. Jason Raphael Rambach

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker is Scientific Director and member of the Management Board of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern where he leads the new research department „Augmented Vision“. He is professor at the University of Kaiserslautern, and has a strong experience in leading large projects. In 2006 he received the Innovation Prize of the German Society of Computer Science. He organized as general chair the first “IEEE&ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality” (ISMAR) 2002 in Darmstadt, Germany, and was member of the steering committee from 2000 to 2007. He is reviewer of different journals and conferences in the area of VR/AR and Computer Vision.

Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker

Dr Jason Raphael Rambach received his Diploma in Computer Engineering degree from the University of Patras, Greece in 2012 and his M.Sc. in Information and Communication Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany in 2014. In 2020, he received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern for his dissertation entitled “Learning Priors for Augmented Reality Tracking and Scene Understanding”.

He has been at DFKI Augmented Vision in Kaiserslautern since 2015. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher leading the team “Spatial Sensing and Machine Perception” of approx. 10 researchers working on depth sensing devices and scene understanding using Machine Learning. His research interests include SLAM and Semantic Scene Understanding, Object Detection and Tracking, Augmented Reality and Machine Learning. He has several publications in leading Computer Vision and Augmented Reality conferences and a best paper award from the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) 2017. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals and conferences (IEEE ISMAR, IEEE VR, BMVC, MDPI).