Research and Teaching Awards for the MIA Group

Winter Term 2016/2017 Computer Science Teaching Award

On April 18, 2017, a Busy Beaver Teaching Award of the computer science students has been given to Joachim Weickert for his class on "Mathematics for Computer Scientists III".

2017 ERC Advanced Grant

Joachim Weickert has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for his proposal "INCOVID: Inpainting-based Compression of Visual Data". This prestigious grant by the European Research Council (ERC) provides funding of up to 2.46 million Euro over a period of five years. It supports our research on a new generation of methods for compressing images and videos more efficiently.

PCS 2016 Best Poster Award

At the 32nd Picture Coding Symposium (PCS 2016, Nuremberg, Germany, December 5-7, 2016), Sarah Andris, Pascal Peter, and Joachim Weickert have received the Best Poster Award for their paper "A Proof-of-Concept Framework for PDE-Based Video Compression".

GCPR 2016 Best Paper Award

At the 38th German Conference on Pattern Recognition (GCPR 2016, Hanover, Germany, September 12-15, 2016), David Hafner, Peter Ochs, Joachim Weickert, Martin Reißel, and Sven Grewenig have received the Best Paper Award for their publication on "FSI Schemes: Fast Semi-Iterative Solvers for PDEs and Optimisation Methods".

CVPR 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award

At the 29th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2016, Las Vegas, NV, USA, June 26 - July 1, 2016), Peter Ochs has received an Outstanding Reviewer Award.

Winter Term 2015/2016 Computer Science Teaching Award

On April 18, 2016, a Busy Beaver Teaching Award of the computer science students has been given to Joachim Weickert for his classes on Differential Equations in Image Processing and Computer Vision.

Jean Kuntzmann Prize 2016

Joachim Weickert is the laureat of the Prix Jean Kuntzmann 2016 pour les Sciences du Numérique. This prize is awarded by the Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann and the Persyval-Lab of the University Grenoble Alpes to honour outstanding interdisciplinary research that covers mathematics, computer science, and applications.

SSVM 2015 Reviewer Award

At the Fifth International Conference on Scale Space and Variational Methods in Computer Vision (SSVM 2015, Lege Cap Ferret, France, May 31 - June 4, 2015), the MIA group has been awarded for very thorough reviewing.

Summer Term 2014 Computer Science Teaching Award

A Busy Beaver Teaching Award of the computer science students has been given to Pascal Peter (instructor) and Joachim Weickert (examiner) for their classes on Image Acquisition Methods.

Jan Koenderink Prize for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision.

Thomas Brox, Andres Bruhn, Nils Papenberg, and Joachim Weickert have received the Jan Koenderink Prize for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision at the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2014, Zurich, Switzerland, Sept. 6-12, 2014). This test of time award was given for their ECCV 2004 paper "High Accuracy Optical Flow Estimation Based on a Theory for Warping".

Winter Term 2013/2014 Computer Science Teaching Award

Oliver Demetz and Joachim Weickert have received a Busy Beaver Teaching Award of the computer science students for their seminar on Advances in Image Processing and Computer Vision.

Maria Petrou Prize for Invariance in Computer Vision.

At the 2013 British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), Oliver Demetz, David Hafner, and Joachim Weickert have received the Maria Petrou Prize for Invariance in Computer Vision for their paper "The Complete Rank Transform: A Tool for Accurate and Morphologically Invariant Matching of Structures". In total, 439 papers have been submitted.

DAGM-OAGM 2012 Paper Award

Christopher Schroers, Henning Zimmer, Levi Valgaerts, Andrés Bruhn, Oliver Demetz, and Joachim Weickert have received a Paper Award at the DAGM-OAGM 2012 Conference for their paper "Anisotropic Range Image Integration".

2012 ARD / ZDF Award for Women and Media Technology

Judith Jakob is the winner of the second prize in the 2012 ARD / ZDF Award Ceremony for Women and Media Technology. This award is based on her master thesis in applied mathematics that she has written in our group. It is concerned with mathematical restoration methods for old movies.

Winter Term 2011 / 2012 Computer Science Teaching Award

Joachim Weickert has received a Busy Beaver Teaching Award of the computer science students for his classes on Image Processing and Computer Vision.

Winter Term 2011 / 2012 Mathematics Teaching Award

Joachim Weickert has received the Mathematics Teaching Award for the Winter Term 2011 / 2011 for his classes on Image Processing and Computer Vision.

Academy Membership

In honour of his scientific achievements, Joachim Weickert has become elected member of the Academia Europaea - The Academy of Europe.

2011 ICCV Outstanding Reviewer Award

At the 2011 International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) an outstanding reviewer award was awarded to Andrés Bruhn for his excellent work as programme committee member.

2011 MVA Most Influential Paper of the Decade Award

At the 12th IAPR Conference on Machine Vision Applications (MVA 2011, June 13-15, 2011, Nara, Japan), Luis Alvarez, Rachid Deriche, Javier Sánchez, and Joachim Weickert have received a Most Influential Paper of the Decade Award for their MVA 2000 paper

L. Alvarez, R. Deriche, J. Sánchez, J. Weickert:
Dense disparity map estimation respecting image derivatives: a PDE and scale-space based approach.
Proc. IAPR Workshop on Machine Vision (Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 28-30, 2000), 423-427, 2000.

2010 ACCV Outstanding Reviewer Award

At the 2010 Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV), an outstanding reviewer award was awarded to Andrés Bruhn for his excellent work as programme committee member.

At the 2010 Annual Symposium of the German Pattern Recognition Society (DAGM), the best paper award (main prize) has been assigned to the paper

S. Grewenig, J. Weickert, A. Bruhn:
From box filtering to fast explicit diffusion.
In M. Goesele, S. Roth, A. Kuiper, B. Schiele, K. Schindler (Eds): Pattern Recognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6376, Springer, Berlin, 533-542, 2010.

In total, 134 papers from 21 countries have been submitted.

2010 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

On March 15, 2010, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to Joachim Weickert. The Leibniz Prize is the most prestigeous science award in Germany and includes up to 2.5 million Euro in research funds.

2009 Teaching Award in Mathematics

The 2009 Summer Term Teaching Prize in Mathematics at Saarland University has been awarded to Joachim Weickert for his lectures on

Differential Equations in Image Processing and Computer Vision.

2009 Günter Hotz Medal

In the winter term 2008/2009 the Günter Hotz Medal for the best master's thesis in Computer Science at Saarland University was awarded to Pascal Gwosdek for his work

Realtime Optical Flow Algorithms on the Cell Processor.

2008 Busy Beaver Teaching Award

The 2008 Summer Term Teaching Prize in Computer Science at Saarland University has been awarded to Andrés Bruhn for his lectures on

Correspondence Problems in Computer Vision.

At the 2008 European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) an outstanding reviewer award was awarded to Andrés Bruhn for his excellent work as programme committee member.

At the 2008 International IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) an outstanding reviewer award was awarded to Joachim Weickert for his excellent work as programme committee member.

The 2006 Dr. Eduard Martin Prize for outstanding scientific contributions during his Ph.D. thesis at Saarland University was awarded to Andrés Bruhn.

At the 2007 Annual Meeting of the German Computer Science Society (GI), the GI Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in computer science in 2006 was awarded to Andrés Bruhn by for his thesis

Variational Optic Flow Computation:
Accurate Modelling and Efficient Numerics.


The prize is given by the German Computer Sciencs Society (GI), the Swiss Computer Science Society (SI), the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the German Chapter of the ACM (GChACM). It constitutes the highest award for a Ph.D. thesis in computer science in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

At the 2006 International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), the best paper award has been assigned to the paper

T. Schultz, B. Burgeth, J. Weickert:
Flexible segmentation and smoothing of DT-MRI fields through a customizable structure tensor.
In G. Bebis, R. Boyle, B. Parvin, D. Koracin, P. Remagnino, A. V. Nefian, M. Gopi, V. Pascucci, J. Zara, J. Molineros, H. Theisel, T. Malzbender (Eds.): Advances in Visual Computing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4291, Springer, Berlin, 454-464, 2006.

The 2006 Summer Term Teaching Prize in Computer Science at Saarland University has been awarded to Joachim Weickert for his lectures on

Differential Equations in Image Processing and Computer Vision.

At the 2006 Annual Symposium of the German Pattern Recognition Society (DAGM), the Olympus Prize was awarded to Andrés Bruhn for his outstanding work in the field of pattern recognition and image understanding. This prize constitutes the highest award given by the DAGM.

At the 2005 Annual Symposium of the German Pattern Recognition Society (DAGM), the best paper award (main prize) has been assigned to the paper

B. Rosenhahn, U. Kersting, D. Smith, J. Gurney, T. Brox, R. Klette:
A system for marker-less human motion estimation.
In W. Kropatsch, R. Sablatnig, A. Hanbury (Eds): Pattern Recognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3663, Springer, Berlin, 230-237, 2005.

At the 2005 Annual Symposium of the German Pattern Recognition Society (DAGM), a paper award has been assigned to the paper

N. Slesareva, A. Bruhn, J. Weickert:
Optic flow goes stereo: a variational method for estimating discontinuity-preserving dense disparity maps.
In W. Kropatsch, R. Sablatnig, A. Hanbury (Eds): Pattern Recognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3663, Springer, Berlin, 33-40, 2005.

This prize is awarded for the best contribution at the Eighth European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2004). It is regarded as the highest European computer vision award. From a total of 555 manuscripts submitted to the conference, the following paper has been selected:

T. Brox, A. Bruhn, N. Papenberg, J. Weickert:
High accuracy optical flow estimation based on a theory for warping.
In T. Pajdla, J. Matas (Eds.): Computer Vision - ECCV 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3024, Springer, Berlin, 25-36, 2004.

The best paper award in the section Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computung, Visualisation of the 2003 Annual Meeting of the German Society of Mathematicians (DMV) has been awarded to Joachim Weickert for the presentation "Relations between nonlinear denoising methods in signal and image processing". A corresponding journal paper appeared as

G. Steidl, J. Weickert, T. Brox, P. Mrázek and M. Welk:
On the equivalence of soft wavelet shrinkage, total variation diffusion, total variation regularization, and SIDEs.
SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Vol. 42, No. 2, 686-713, 2004.

At the 2003 Annual Symposium of the German Pattern Recognition Society (DAGM), a paper award has been assigned to the paper

M. Welk, C. Feddern, B. Burgeth, J. Weickert:
Median filtering of tensor-valued images.
In B. Michaelis, G. Krell (Eds.): Pattern Recognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2781, Springer, Berlin, 17-24, 2003.

The 2003 Summer Term Teaching Prize in Computer Science at Saarland University has been awarded to Joachim Weickert for his lectures on

Differential Equations in Image Processing and Computer Vision.

At the 2002 Annual Symposium of the German Pattern Recognition Society (DAGM), a paper award has been assigned to the paper

A. Bruhn, J. Weickert, C. Schnörr:
Combining the advantages of local and global optic flow methods.
In L. Van Gool (Ed.): Pattern Recognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2449, Springer, Berlin, 454-462, 2002.

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