Prof. Dr. Rainer Lienhart



Prof. Dr. Rainer Lienhart

Head of Multimedia Computing (MMC Lab)
Institut für Informatik

Universität Augsburg
Universitätsstr. 6a

D-86135 Augsburg


Phone : +49 (821) 598 5703

Research Interests
multimedia computing, image/video/audio content analysis, computer vision, machine learning, data mining on large scale distributed multimedia databases, scalable and adaptive processing algorithms,.



Rainer Lienhart is a full professor in the computer science department of the University of Augsburg where he heads the Multimedia Computing Lab (MMC Lab). His group is focusing on all aspects of very large-scale image, video, and audio mining algorithms including feature extraction, image/video search and retrieval, object detection and human pose estimation. The applied algorithm are also analyzed and ported to modern application accelerator cards such as GPUs, MIC, and FPGAs.

Currently, he is also the executive director of the Institute for Computer Science at the University of Augsburg. In 2009 he spent his sabbatical at Willow Garage – a robotic company, which is working on laying the groundwork for the industry that will be needed to enable personal robotics applications by investing in open source such as OpenCV and open platform adoption models. Rainer Lienhart has always been an active contributor to OpenCV. From August 1998 to July 2004 he was a Staff Researcher at Intel's Microprocessor Research Lab in Santa Clara, California, where he worked on transforming a network of heterogeneous, distributed computing platforms into an array of audio/video sensors and actuators capable of performing complex DSP tasks such as distributed beamforming, audio rendering, audio/visual tracking, and camera array processing. In particular, this requires putting distributed heterogeneous computing platforms with audio -visual sensors into a common time and space coordinate system. At the same time, he was also continuing his work on media mining, where he is well known for his work in video content analysis with contributions in text detection/recognition, commercial detection, face detection (see also here), shot and scene detection, and automatic video abstraction. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 1998, where he was a member of the Movie Content Analysis Project (MoCA).

The scientific work of Rainer Lienhart covers more than 80 refereed publications and more than 20+ patents. He was a general co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2007 and SPIE Storage and Retrieval of Media Databases 2004 & 2005. He serves in the editorial boards of 3 international journals. For more than a decade he is a committee member of ACM Multimedia, IEEE ICME, SPIE Storage and Retrieval of Media Databases, and many more conferences. Since July 2009 he is the vice chair of SIGMM. He is also the executive director of the Institute for Computer Science at the University of Augsburg since April 2010.

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