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I am a scientific advisor (DSc) and the head of research group on Geo-Information Computing (GeoComp) in the Machine Perception Research Laboratory (MPLab) of the Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI). Besides, I am a full professor with the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics, Péter Pázmány Catholic University (PPKE ITK), Budapest.

My current research work focuses on the interpretation and reconstruction of dynamic urban scenes from LIDAR point cloud sequences, using both aerial measurements and mobile/terrestrial data of different laser scanners. I also deal with various pattern recognition problems in medical image analysis and in remote sensing based on multimodal measurements, using probabilistic and machine learning based approaches. At the Pázmány University, I teach Basic Image Processing and Computer Graphics.

I am the president of the the Hungarian Association for Image Processing and Pattern Recognition (Hungarian IAPR Society), and a vice chairman of the John von Neumann Computer Society. I also work as an Editorial Board Member for Elsevier Digital Signal Processing, and as a Guest Editor for MDPI Remote Sensing. I am the current Hungarian Governing Board Member in the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), the Hungarian national representative in the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Sensor-Driven Mapping and in the European Association for Biometrics (EAB).

In the recent years, I have been a visitor to the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and to the CSIRO ICT Center at Sydney Australia, to DLR Oberpfaffenhofen and to the University of the German Armed Forces at Munich, Germany, to the University of Pisa, to the Florida State University, Tallahassee, to the ORION Project (currently STARS), INRIA Sophia Antipolis, and to the Ramon Llull University, Barcelona. Starting from October 2008, I worked for 12 moths as a postdoctoral researcher with the ARIANA project-team of INRIA Sophia Antipolis-Méditerranée, France. I was the principal investigator of multiple projects of the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA), the local technical & scientific coordiantor of the zMed medical VR/AR project at SZTAKI, and the leader of various R&D projects, including DUSIREF (European Space Agency), and the i4D internal Project of SZTAKI. I received Janos Bolyai Research Fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for two periods between 2010-2013 and 2015-2018.

Contact address:

Institute for Computer Science and Control, Room 306, H-1111, Kende utca 13-17, Budapest, Hungary, Phone: (36)-1-279-6194


  • benedek.csaba AT sztaki.hu

Research interest:

  • Image and video segmentation, object recognition, event analysis

  • 3D point cloud processing

  • 3D medical image analysis and its VR/AR applications

  • Remote sensing applications: Aerial and satellite image classification, change detection, object recognition

    • Radar (ISAR) image classification, target identification and tracking

    • Aerial and terrestrial LIDAR data analysis (3D scene interpretation and reconstruction)

    • Video surveillance background segmentation, shadow detection, target tracking)

  • Statistical approaches applied in computer vision and pattern recognition

    • Markov Random Fields, Marked Point Processes, Stochastic optimization