About the Center

The Center

The FranAboutz Ollendorff Minerva Center for Vision and Image Sciences was founded in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, as one of the first Minerva Foundation centers established in Israel by the German Ministry of Science. It was established in memory and honour of Distinguished Technion Professor Franz Ollendorff, who was born and educated in Germany, before immigrating to Israel in 1934 and established the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1938. The center is managed by the Department of Electrical Engineering and operates primarily in the Laboratories of Vision and Image Sciences.

Research spans a broad range of topics relevant to the understanding of bio
logical vision, development of theoretical framework and algorithms suitable for implementation in on-line and real time computational vision systems, schemes of image representation, image understanding and processing, medical images, learning and pattern recognition, computer graphics.

The center was originally established with the goal of focusing the research effort on problems related to vision and image understanding. Although these are still the main topics, interest expressed by the Technion scientists as well as German colleagues has prompted recent incorporation of parallel architectures that are of utmost importance in dealing with real time computer vision systems and visual communication, as well as electrooptics and ultrafast optics for imaging.

The center awards a number of Ollendorff Fellowships to outstanding graduate students working on relevant research topics. It promotes short-term scientific exchanges of Israeli and German scientists, aimed at initiation of joint research efforts and it also organizes and co-sponsors joint German-Israeli workshops and seminars devoted to topics of mutual interest.

The founder and Head of the Ollendorff Center is Professor Yehoshua Y. (Josh) Zeevi, who started his academic carrier as one of Professor Ollendorff’s students. The center’s research activities are monitored by a Bi-national Scientific Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Dr. Dr-Ing Hans Burkhardt, Chair for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing, Albert Ludwid University, Freiburg.
In its 7 years review, the evaluation comittee stated in Dec 2005: “The excellent research and the international activities make the center a top research institute in its field.”


Professor Franz Ollendorff

The Ollendorff Research Center is named after Prof. Franz Ollendorff who was the founder of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Technion.

FOllendorfffoto_technion2CURRICULUM VITAE

1900 Born, March 15, in Berlin.
1921 Graduated as “Diplom-Ingenier” from the “Technische Hochschule” Berlin-Charlottenburg.
1922 Doctor-Ingenieur, “Technische Hochschule”, Danzig.
1922-1924 Principal Assistant, Institute of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Danzig.
1924-1928 Research Engineer, Research Department of Siemens-Schuckert-Werke, Berlin.
1928-1933 Senior Assistant and ‘Privatdozent’ (Lecturer), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technische Hochschule, Berlin-Charlottenburg.
1933 Dismissed by the National-Socialist Government.
1933-1934 Teacher at Jewish Primary School, Berlin
1935-1937 Emigration to Palestine.
1937 Teacher at Hebrew Primary School, Jerusalem-Talpiot.
1937-1980 Member of “Judische Jugendhilfe” in Berlin, and Head of “Jugend Alijah School”, preparing Jewish children towards emigration to Palestine.
1938 Organization and Management of the Department for Electrical Engineering of theHigh-School affiliated to the Technion.
1952-1980 Research Professor, Technion — Israel Institute of Technology.
1956 Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley.
1976,1980 Professor Emeritus.
1981 Deceased, December 9, in Haifa.
Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences.
1948 Weizman Price of the City of Tel-Aviv.
1950 Israel State Prize for Exact Sciences.
1959 Honorary Citizen of Haifa.
1960 Honorary D.Sc. – Technische Hochschule Berlin-Charlottenburg.
1961 Vice-President of the IEEE.
1971 Education Medal of the IEEE.
1974 Rothschild Price for Technology.

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Advisory (Beirat) Committee

From Germany:Prof. Ulrich Rueckert (Chair)
Bielefeld University

Prof. Klaus Obermayer
Technical University Berlin

Prof. Christoph Schnoerr
University of Heidelberg

From Israel:

Prof. Wayne D. Kaplan
E.V.P. for Research

Prof. Ariel Orda
Dean, Faculty of Electrical Engineering