Markus founded the V4R group in 1996 with the intention to make robots see. We are still working to improve robot perception. Markus received his diploma in mechanical engineering from Technical University Wien (TUW) in 1988 and a M.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1990. He finished his PhD at TUW in 1993. With a grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences he worked at HelpMate Robotics Inc. and at the Vision Laboratory of Gregory Hager at Yale University. In 2004, he obtained his habilitation in robotics.
Presently he leads the “Vision for Robotics” laboratory at TUW with the vision to make robots see. V4R regularly coordinates EU (e.g., ActIPret, robots@home, HOBBIT, Squirrel) and national research projects (e.g, vision@home) and contributes to research (e.g., CogX, STRANDS, ALOOF) and innovation proejcts (e.g., Redux, FloBot). With Gregory Hager he edited a book on Robust Vision for IEEE and is (co-)author of 42 peer reviewed journal articles and over 300 reviewed other publications. He was the program chair of ICRA 2013 in Karlsruhe and organised HRI 2017 in Vienna together with Astrid Weiss and Manfred Tscheligi. Markus’ special interests are cognitive computer vision techniques for robotics solutions situated in real-world environments and especially homes.