Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) &
Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR),
Mathematikon (INF 205), Room 4.321
HCI / IWR, Uni Heidelberg
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel.(office): +49 6221/54-14806
Tel.(secret.): +49 6221/54-14807
Fax: +49 6221/54-14814
Email: ommer (at) uni-heidelberg (dot) de
Björn Ommer is a full professor for Scientific Computing and leads the Computer Vision Group at Heidelberg University.
He has studied computer science together with physics as a minor subject at the University of Bonn, Germany. His diploma (~M.Sc.) thesis focused on visual grouping based on perceptual organization and compositionality.
After that he pursued his doctoral studies at ETH Zurich Switzerland in the Pattern Analysis and Machine Learning Group headed by Joachim M. Buhmann. He received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich in 2007 for his dissertation "Learning the Compositional Nature of Objects for Visual Recognition" which was awarded the ETH Medal.
Thereafter, Björn held a post-doc position in the Computer Vision Group of Jitendra Malik at UC Berkeley.
He serves as an associate editor for the journal Pattern Recognition Letters. Björn is one of the directors of the HCI, a member of the extended board of directors of the IWR, principle investigator in the research training group 1653 ("Spatio/Temporal Graphical Models and Applications in Image Analysis"), and a member of the executive board and scientific committee of the Heidelberg Graduate School HGS MathComp. He has received the Outstanding Reviewer Award at ICCV 2015, CVPR 2014, ICCV 2013, CVPR 2011, and CVPR 2010. Björn has organized the 2011 DAGM Workshop on Unsolved Problems in Pattern Recognition.
Computer vision, machine learning, cognitive science, biomedical image analysis, and the digital humanities; esp.: visual object recognition in images and video, action recognition, shape analysis, graphical models, compositionality, perceptual organization and their applications.
Main publications' list »» Publications of the Ommer lab
Reports and Publications in Popular Science
TV documentary on our interdisciplinary work featured by RNF Television.
Björn Ommer, Bilder im Chaos, in: Universitas 68(810): 46-55, 2013.
Björn Ommer, From Chaos to Image - The Grammar of Patterns, in: Ruperto Carola Magazine, 03/2013.
Björn Ommer, Vom Pixel zum Bild - Wie Computer das Sehen lernen und die Forschungsarbeiten von Geistes- und Naturwissenschaftlern unterstützen können, in: Ruperto Carola Magazine, 02/2011.
Image Recognition: Teaching Computers to See, in: Young Talents -Innovative Ideas - Viable Alliances, 2011.
Automatische Bildanalyse - Blinde Computer sollen sehen lernen, in: Spiegel Online news report, 22.07.2011.
Dem Computer das Sehen beibringen, in: Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung newspaper article, 19.04.2010.
Computer Vision Group @ Uni Heidelberg
HCI @ Uni Heidelberg
Computer Vision Group @ UC Berkeley
Institute for Machine Learning @ ETH Zurich