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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil., Dr. h.c. Hans-Peter Bähr

Curriculum Vitae

Education (Degrees)
Professional Record
Lecturing Research
Main Professional Activities Awards


Education (Degrees)

Year Degree
Abitur (Matura, final high school examination) Tellkampfschule, Hannover (Germany)
1967 Diplomingenieur in geodetic sciences, University of Hannover
1971 Assessor in surveying for governmental administration in the State of Lower Saxony, Germany
1976 PhD (Doctor in engineering), University of Hannover
1979 Venia legendi (Habilitation) for lecturing “Digital Image Processing in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing” University of Hannover

Professional Record

Year Activity
Field work in Algeria (HANSA LUFTBILD, Air Survey Company)
1969 - 1971 Referendariat, employed by the German Surveying Administration in the State of Lower Saxony
1971 - 1981 Research Scientist and Lecturer (Akademischer Rat) at the University of Hannover, Institute of Photogrammetry and Engineering Survey (Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing Dr. mult. Gottfried Konecny)
1981- 1983 Employed by the "German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)"; University projects in Curitiba (UFPR) and Recife (UFPE), Brazil (development of a PhD course in Geodesy)
1983 - 2008 Head, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
1987 - 1989 Dean of the Faculty for Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Karlsruhe
1994 - 2002 President of the German Geodetic Commission (DGK) at the Bavarian Academy of Science
2001 - 2003 Head, Institute of Regional Science, University of Karlsruhe (temporary)
2008 retired


  • Advanced courses in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Digital Image Processing
  • Basic Courses in Surveying, Topograpy, Cartography and Geo Information Systems
  • Courses in German, English, Portuguese, Spanish and French


Research (see publication list)

Digital Image Processing in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Cartography for environmental and industrial use, in particular:

  • Object recognition and Image Understanding
  • Quality of classification procedures
  • Earth watch airborne and spaceborne
  • Information systems in disaster scenarios
  • Data fusion including verbal information
  • Common structures in visual and verbal interpretation

Principal Supervisor of more than 30 PhD theses in the listed fields in Germany and more abroad (Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, Belgium, France)


Main Professional Activities

  • International teaching and co-operation in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Cartography and GIS (Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, France, Austria)
  • Consultancy in Remote Sensing, Environmental Monitoring, Cadastre and Geo-Information Systems (SADCC States, Brazil, Argentina)
  • Elected consultant to the German Research Foundation (DFG) 1987 – 1997
  • Full member of the Senat´s Commission on Geosciences, German Science Foundation 1996 -2005
  • Full membership of German Geodetic Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Science (Deutsche Geodätische Kommission, DGK) since 1984; President 1994 - 2002
  • Editor-in-chief of "Zeitschrift für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung" (Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) from 1989 to 1996
  • Member of Karlsruhe University Board of Administration from 1992 to 2001
  • Board of the Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition (FOM), Ettlingen/Germany 1984 - 2008
  • Member of European Science Commission (ESF) Steering Committee on GISDATA, German delegate from 1993 to 1997
  • Member, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Earth Observation Board at the German Space Agency (DLR) 1998 - 2005



Year Award
Travelling fellowship (USA) for assessor examination
1980 Hansa-Luftbild-Prize for best annual publication in Journal Bildmessung und Luftbildwesen

Honorary member of the Society of Photogrammetry and Related Sciences of Argentina

Honorary member of the Hungarian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
2001 Doctor honoris causa, University for Civil Engineering, Bucuresti, Romania
2005 Ordem da Sociedade Brasileira de Cartografia (rank: comendador)