Rainer Stiefelhagen

lives and works in
Karlsruhe, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stiefelhagen holds the professorship "Computer Systems for Visually Impaired Students" at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He is head of the research area "Machine Vision for Human-Machine Interaction" at the Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics and the KIT Study Center for the Visually Impaired. He received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in 2002 and his habilitation in 2009. His research is concerned with the development of methods of machine vision, in particular the video-based recording of humans, in order to enable user-friendly, interactive technical systems, such as perceiving interactive robots or environments. Other areas of application for his work include computer-aided evaluation of images and image sequences for intelligent security applications, as well as assistive systems for people with special needs, especially people with blindness or visual impairment.