Professor Mihai Datcu

German Aerospace Center, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany


Mihai Datcu received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University "Politechnica" of Bucharest UPB, Romania, in 1978 and 1986. In 1999 he received the title "Habilitation ŕ diriger des recherches" from Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. He holds a professorship in electronics and telecommunications with UPB since 1981. Since 1993 he is scientist with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen. He is developing algorithms for model based information retrieval from high complexity signals and methods for scene understanding from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR data. He is engaged in research related to information theoretical aspects and semantic representations in advanced communication systems.


Currently he is Senior Scientist and Image Analysis research group leader with the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) of DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, coordinator of the CNES-DLR-ENST Competence Centre on Information Extraction and Image Understanding for Earth Observation, and professor at ENST Paris. His interests are in Bayesian inference, information and complexity theory, stochastic processes, model-based scene understanding, image information mining, for applications in information retrieval and understanding of high resolution SAR and optical observations.


He has held visiting professor appointments from 1991 to 1992 with the Department of Mathematics of the University of Oviedo, Spain, from 2000 to 2002 with the Université Louis Pasteur, and the International Space University, both in Strasbourg, France. In 1994 was guest scientist with the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing (CSCS), Manno, Switzerland and in 2003 he was visiting professor with the University of Siegen, Germany. From 1992 to 2002 he had a longer invited professor assignment with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich. He is involved in advanced research programs for information extraction, data mining and knowledge discovery and data understanding with the European Space Agency (ESA), Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), NASA, and in a variety of European projects. He is member of the European Image Information Mining Coordination Group (IIMCG).