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Training School 3 in March 2017 – Website published!

Training school 3 on “Plenoptic Sampling” will take place at Christian-Albrechts University (CAU) and Raytrix GmbH in Kiel, Germany during March 13–17, 2017

During the 5-day training school we will cover theory and practice of plenoptic sensing devices, data acquisition from lens-based lightfields, and production of test data. The expected instructors of the training school are:

  • Reinhard Koch, Professor of Multimedia Information Processing, Kiel University.
  • Sandro Esquivel, Post-doctoral Researcher, Kiel University.
  • Christian Perwass, CluTec, formerly at Raytrix GmbH, Kiel.
  • Bastian Goldlücke, Professor of Image Analysis and Computer Vision, University of Konstanz.
  • Joachim Keinert, Chief Scientist, Department Moving Picture Technologies, Fraunhofer IIS.
  • Karol Myszkowski, Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Informatics.

For more information, visit TS3 website



Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Ron Op het Veld from Fraunhofer IIS

Tell something abron_op_het_veldout yourself?

My name is Ron and I’m from the Netherlands. I did both my bachelor and master in Electrical Engineering at the University of Technology Eindhoven. During my master thesis I focused on the handling of occlusions in an object detection system using computer vision and machine learning, my resulting paper got published by SPIE. For the past two years I have been traveling through several countries and I didn’t want to go back home, that’s how I ended up in Nuremberg. Further hobbies are cooking (to be honest, mostly eating) and fitness.

Why did you apply to the ETN-FPI project?

I applied to this project, because it provides several good opportunities for me. I’ve always been interested in doing research and being part of such a big network allows us to motivate and assist each other. Thereby, I have the possibility to travel some more and get to know countries I’ve never visited before. This project will also help to extend my knowledge in the area of computer vision and hopefully my current experience will be of good help. I hope that I can develop myself even further and eventually will qualify for a PhD.

What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?

I love the idea of being part of an international team. This way everybody can use ones own approach and background to tackle different problems. Everybody will have their own unique view and approach. Thereby we will get to know each other better and get to explore other countries. After all, not everything can be learned from a book. I’m certain we can teach each other a lot and we will have a good outcome, which will hopefully change the modern industry.

Ron Op het Veld is based at Fraunhofer IIS 2016-2019, and his research project “Algorithms for the conversion of image data acquired using sparse angular sampling into a dense lightfield” is linked to Work Package 1.

Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Yongwei Li from Mid Sweden University

yongweiTell something about yourself?

My name is Yongwei Li and I am from China. I got my Bachelor and Master Degree in Computer Science and Technology from Liaoning Normal University, China. My master study mainly focused on the field of image analysis, CBIR (content-based image retrieval) and signal processing. During my master, I worked in a lab which is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, from where I started my research career and published six journal papers as the co-author with my supervisor Xiangyang Wang and co-supervisor Hongying Yang. In my spare time, I enjoy myself with reading, traveling and working out at gyms.

Why did you apply to ETN-FPI project??

My academic study in general, and the experience of scientific research in particular, has left an indelible mark on my intellectual development. I am sure that the further development of my research requires a well-organized international training network just like ETN-FPI, which can provide me with broader vision and more profound insights into state-of-the-art technology. Additionally, I believe imagination and creativity can be stimulated through cross-cultural communication and a variety of advanced training modes such as training schools, secondments and online seminars.

What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?

Existing theory and technology can no longer meet the academic or industrial requirements of complex imaging systems due to the imbalanced descriptiveness and complexity in models. To be more specific, geometric models have a rather low complexity in computation meanwhile it is suffering from being unable to describe many optical properties. While on the other hand, wave optics models are highly descriptive but the cost of computation is intolerable. So it is of vital significance to find a balance between descriptiveness and computational complexity in optic models for the development of data capture and processing in complex imaging systems. My PhD research project will mainly focus on this problem, which makes it a highly interesting and challenging topic. And hopefully I will find a solution using my acquired knowledge from both physics and computer science perspectives in order to push forward the development of full-parallax imaging.


Yongwei Li is based in Mid Sweden University 2016-2019, and his research project “Modelling of Plenoptic capture in geometrical optics considering lightfield sampling and aliasing” is linked to Work Package 1.


Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Aron Cserkaszky from Holografika

Tell sometharon_cserkaszkying about yourself?

Hey, my name is Aron. I am computational physicist from Hungary, but spent most of the last 5 years in Germany and I moved back home for this project. As for hobbies I really love traveling (40 countries, 90 airports, 35 airlines). If you need a cheap ticket for a weird holiday plan or an airline messed up your itinerary, I am the guy, just ask :). Otherwise I also enjoy cooking for others, so I guess ESRs having secondments here will get to know me better on my dinner parties.


Why did you apply to ETN-FPI project

I have already been in an other Marie Curie network so I know how valuable this opportunity is, and I didn’t want to go into to pure industry just yet. Freedom is the best currency.


What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?

I hope we can show the world that the lightfield technology is ready for commercial use and with our valuable research we can bring it successfully to the market. And I also want to travel of course to interesting conferences.

Aron Cserkaszky will be based in Holografika 2016-2019, and his research project “GPU assisted lightfield data processing” is linked to Work package 2.

Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Faezeh Sadat Zakeri from Fraunhofer IIS

faezeh_zakeriTell something about yourself?

I got my Bachelor’s degree from university of Kashan, Iran in Computer Software Engineering, and a Master’s degree in CIMET (Color in Informatics and Media Technology) an Erasmus Mundus Program consortium of four European universities. During the Master’s studies, I spent the first year at university of Jean Monnet (branch of Lyon universities) in France, and the third semester at university of Eastern Finland. CIMET program focused on topics like Computer Vision, Image Processing, Spectral Imaging and Machine Learning. I had an opportunity to put education into practice in my Master’s thesis,  “Light Field Super Resolution”,  at Media Computing Lab of Technicolor R&D company in Rennes, France.


Why did you apply to ETN-FPI project?
Since ETN-FPI project aims at advancing the research in the areas of plenoptic and light field, it covers my fields of interest, and motivated me to join this research network.

What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?
I expect to build new knowledge upon the state of art methods in this field, and hope to use the benefits of this advance training network to find solutions to at least one the challenges in this area of technology.

Faezeh Sadat Zakeri will be based in Fraunhofer IIS 2016-2019, and her research project “Lightfield imaging for cinema quality media production” is linked to Work package 2.

Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Amir Ansari from University of Valencia

Tell something about yoursamir-ansarielf?

I have a master degree in electrical engineering- communication systems from Shiraz university of Technology, Iran. I have designed some customized hardware platforms using FPGA devices as well as a hardware platform for GPS-based remote positioning. I also have experience of theoretical and practical research in digital watermarking. My master thesis was about restoration of remote sensing hyperspectral images by data fusion techniques. My research interests include image processing, video coding, digital watermarking and hardware design.

Why did you apply to ETN-FPI project?

I think that full parallax imaging is an upward trend both in academia and industry and it will attract even more attention in future. This project fits my research interests and my background can be helpful to fulfill the aims of this project. ETN provides a unique  opportunity for international collaboration with academic and industrial sectors involved in the network.


What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?

I hope to overcome the challenges of this project on schedule and with best possible solutions. Despite the potential hardships of any contemporary research, working on this project will revitalize my research profile and will help me to attain a great insight into full parallax imaging.

Amir Ansari is based in University of Valencia 2016-2019, and his research project “Visualization techniques based on integral imaging ” is linked to Work package 3.

Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Filipe Gama from Tampere University of Technology

Tell something about yopic_filipegamaurself?

My name is Filipe Gama, from Leiria, Portugal. I received both, Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering – Electronics and Telecommunications from Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. In the past five years, I worked in a research community which is mainly supported by a national organization of research and development in the field of telecommunications called Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT). Most of my research was aimed to 3D video systems and video compression. Furthermore, in my last year of studies, I performed part of my master’s thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

As a hobby, I like to travel, to practice sports, to play guitar and piano, and hang out with friends.


Why did you apply to ETN-FPI project?

Continue my studies was always a priority because I do like the academic and research environment. Basically, two main factors brought me down here. First of all, I guess I was at the right place, at the right time because someone proposed me this project. Secondly, ETN-FPI project is an ambitious and promising project, full of potential. This is a great and a unique opportunity to work in a field that I like, in a multidisciplinary universe and international environment, and to have a close contact with the industry.


What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?

I expect multiple challenges during the course of this project because of its potential and prospects. However, I hope to meet the research goals, making sure that all tasks given to me are completed on time and to the highest standards. On the other hand, I hope to grow personally and professionally due to the connection with other researchers, professors, members and professionals.

Filipe Gama is based at Tampere University of Technology, and his research project “Virtual 3D camera system for training and media production” is linked to Work package 3





Meet our Early Stage Researchers: Maydel Fernandez from Newcastle University

Tell something aboMaydel Fernandezut yourself?

My name is Maydel Fernandez Alonso and I come from Havana, Cuba. I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Havana (2015), and until recently, I worked as a Junior Researcher at the Cuban Center for Neurosciences.My research background is in cognitive neuroscience, and I have worked on subjects such as neurodevelopment and numerical cognition. During my senior year, I had the opportunity of doing a research internship at Cornell University, where I worked on a project studying depth perception in virtual reality using the Oculus Rift DK2.


Why did you apply to ETN-FPI project?

I decided to apply because the project with Prof. Jenny Read and Prof. Martin Banks at Newcastle University was a perfect fit to my research interests within the field of vision science and to my previous experience. In addition, being part of the ETN offers unique opportunities of training and collaboration in a truly interdisciplinary environment.


What kind of expectations do you have for your research project and network training?

I believe that the project examining metric depth perception with light field displays is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of new technologies and to further our knowledge of depth perception.I am confident that the training offered by the network will help me develop new valuable skills, and I hope that by achieving the goals of my research project, I will be able to contribute to the network and to field of vision science.

Maydel Fernandez is based at Newcastle University, and her research project “Metric depth perception with lightfield displays” is linked to Work package 3

Workshop on Multi-Camera Image Processing for Media Productions

As part of the European Training Network on Full Parallax Imaging activities, TUT and Fraunhofer IIS are organizing a practical workshop on Multi-Camera Image Processing for Media Productions to be given at TUT by Dr. Frederik Zilly, Head of Computational Imaging Group at Fraunhofer IIS, Erlangen, Germany.

The workshop is intended for doctoral students dealing with imaging and master students at their final stage of graduation can also attend it.

More information about the workshop can be found here.

Training school 2: Optical foundations of Full Parallax Imaging

Training school 2, “Optical foundations of Full Parallax Imaging”, will take place at University of Valencia from the 12th to the 15th of September 2016. It is a 4-day training school, and every day the course is structured as follows:

  • Morning sessions (4hrs) in the classroom with blackboard lessons and also exercises (open also to external participants)
  • Afternoon sessions (3 hrs) in the laboratory. In these sessions students perform simple experiments related to the theory explained in the morning session (limited number of places).

The expected instructors of the training school are:

  • Manuel Martinez-Corral, Full Professor of Optics, University of Valencia.
  • Genaro Saavedra Full Professor of Optics, University of Valencia.
  • Juan C. Barreiro, Associate Professor of Optics, University of Valencia.
  • Emilio Sanchez, Post-doctoral Researcher, Imperial College London.
  • Jim Swoger, Senior Researcher, Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona.

Preliminary agenda

All the sessions will be held in Seminar Room of Department of Optics Faculty of Physics
(Block D.; Ground floor,  University of Valencia,  Burjassot)

In the lunch break (13:00 to 15:00) students and instructors will share table at the canteen of the campus, where Mediterranean food is served. More information (registration etc.) coming soon

For further information, please contact:

Professor Manuel Martinez-Corral
3D Imaging & Display Laboratory / Department of Optics and Optometry & Visual Sciences
University of Valencia
Phone: : +34 963 544 718
Email: manuel.martinez(at)

Professor Genaro Saveedra
3D Imaging & Display Laboratory / Department of Optics and Optometry & Visual Sciences
University of Valencia
Phone: : +34 963 544 343
Email: genaro.saavedra(at)