Professor of Computer Vision
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
In 1977, as a visitor at Warsaw’s Banach Centre, an international meeting place for mathematicians, Professor Reinhard Klette was contemplating the best path for his postdoctoral research. He had just finished his PhD in theoretical computer science. In the library of the Polish Academy he came across a small book written by Azriel Rosenfeld about automated picture analysis, the first book ever written in this newly emerging field of research. It was a seminal time for him and two years later he led an interdisciplinary project at Jena University, in Germany, on the design of an ‘intelligent microscope’, with integrated image analysis functionality.
Since then, Professor Klette has continued his impressive academic career. His main area of research is computer vision, a field that includes processing and analysing images in order to create significant real world information.
He has over 450 publications, approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, three text books, four research monographs, 24 edited research books and conference proceedings, 31 peer-reviewed book chapters, and 300 peer-reviewed conference papers.
Professor Klette has a master’s degree in Mathematics, a Dr.rer.nat. degree in Mathematics, and a Dr.sc.nat. degree in Computer Science from Jena University. Prior to AUT he has held the position of professor at the Academy of Sciences, Berlin, the Technical University Berlin, and the University of Auckland. He has supervised 27 PhD students to successful completion and more than 100 master’s projects. Looking back, he says that he hopes he has influenced the development of numerous students, especially at PhD level.
Professor Klette is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Helmholtz International Fellow.