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German Pattern Recognition Award

Since 2011, the DAGM has annually granted the German Pattern Recognition Award for outstanding, internationally visible research in the fields of pattern recognition, computer vision, and machine learning. The German Pattern Recognition Award continues the tradition of the Olympus Award for Pattern Recognition (1992-2010).

Its aim is to promote outstanding young scientists in the fields of pattern recognition, computer vision, and machine learning. Internationally visible researchers in these fields who have not yet passed the age of 35 in the year of the awards presentation can be proposed. An association of the candidates with the DAGM is desirable. The German Pattern Recognition Award is currently donated by Daimler AG and consists of a financial award of 5000 euros.

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award  2019

In 2019, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Dr. Gerard Pons-Moll  for his scientific contributions in the area of

capturing and modeling peope from images and 3D scans

Pictured left to right: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Koch (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM), Dr. Gerard Pons-Moll, Dr. Uwe Franke (Daimler AG)

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award  2018

In 2018, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Prof. Angela Yao for her outstanding contributions to the areas of

hand pose estimation and action recognition

Pictured left to right: Dr. Uwe Franke (Daimler AG), Prof. Angela Yao, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Koch (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM)

Prof. Yao's work on action recognition was one of the first works on spatio-temporal action localization and has inspired many others in this field. She was also one of the first to demonstrate the benefits of higher-level representations for action recognition. In her recent works, she proposed a solution to the lack of accurate ground truth data, which has become very popular in the hand pose estimation community.

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2017

In 2017, the German Pattern  Recognition Award was granted to Dr. Andreas Geiger for research in

computer vision for understanding traffic scenes

Pictured left to right: Dr. Uwe Franke (Daimer AG), Dr. Andreas Geiger, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Koch (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM)

Dr. Andreas Geiger is known world-wide for his KITTI benchmark suite that is recognized as today’s number one benchmark for optical flow, stereo vision, and visual odometry. After his outstanding PhD on understanding traffic scenes, he joined the MPI-IS where he quickly built up a strong research identity and became an independent Max Planck Group Leader (W2) in 2016. Since 2013 he has made truly exceptional and inspiring contributions to the field of computer vision with many results ranking high in international competitions.

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2016

In 2016, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Dr. Sebastian Nowozin for his fundamental work on

Inference in structured probabilistic models with applications to computer vision


Pictured left to right: Dr. Uwe Franke (Daimler AG), Dr. Sebastian Nowozin, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Koch (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM)

Sebastian Nowozin's work on structured prediction for computer vision, in particular his work on structured prediction models, has shown that rich expressive models for pattern recognition problems can still be computationally efficient and can advance the state of the art in important statistical imaging applications such as image denoising, deblurring, and demosaicing. His research findings have also had a direct impact on Microsoft products that use computer vision and machine learning.

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2015

In 2015, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Prof. Stefanie Jegelka for her fundamental work on

Submodular functions in machine learning and computer vision

Pictured left to right: Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM), Prof. Stefanie Jegelka

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2014

In 2014, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gall for his fundamental work on

Interacting particle systems and random forests with applications to human pose estimation, object detection, and action recognition

Pictured left to right: Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gall, Dr. Franke (Daimer AG)

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2013

In 2013, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Dr. Thomas Pock for his fundamental work on

Variational and optimization methods for image processing and computer vision

Pictured left to right: Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM), Dr. Thomas Pock, Dr. Uwe Franke (Daimler AG)

 

Award Winners of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2012

In 2012, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to two outstanding researchers.

Pictured left to right:  Dr. Uwe Franke (Daimler AG), Dr. Christian Theobalt, Prof. Andreas Krause,  Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM)

The German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Prof. Dr. Andreas Krause for his fundamental work on

Submodular optimization in machine learning and artificial intelligence

 

The German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Dr. Christian Theobalt for his fundamental work on

3D reconstruction of static and dynamic scenes

 

Award Winner of the German Pattern Recognition Award 2011

In 2011, the German Pattern Recognition Award was granted to Prof. Dr. Matthias Hein for his fundamental work on

Graph-based learning methods, in particular manifold learning and nonlinear eigenproblems
 

Pictured left to right: Prof. Dr. Matthias Hein, Prof. Joachim M. Buhmann (Chairman of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM)