Pfeifer, Norbert

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Research Division:
Head of the Research Division Photogrammetry
Research Area:
Photogrammetry, and Laser Scanning, Calibration and Orientation, Segmentation and Classification, Point Cloud Processing, Topographic Modelling, 3D Modelling, Applications in Geomorphology, Forestry, Ecology, Archaeology, Architecture
Wiedner Hauptstraße 8 / E120-07 (DC02J30)
Phone #:
+43 1 58801 12219


Prof. Dr. Norbert Pfeifer received his Ph.D. from TU Wien (with honors) on 3D terrain modeling with subdivision surfaces (2002). He then worked at TU Delft (Netherlands) in the Section of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2003-2006), where he became Assistant Professor later. He then took the position of Senior Researcher at alp-S, Centre for Natural Hazard Management in Innsbruck (Austria), concurrent with a lecturer position at the Department of Geography at Innsbruck University (2006). Later in 2006 Norbert Pfeifer became Professor of Photogrammetry at TU Wien, which was evaluated 2009 and turned into a Full Professor position.

Research interests of Norbert Pfeifer are laser scanning and photogrammetry, reaching from modeling the observation process via calibration and orientation of sensors and data to 3D modeling and application of these models in the environmental and cultural heritage sciences in an interdisciplinary context (forestry, geomorphology, ecology, architecture, archaeology). This includes especially point cloud processing in orientation and classification. Platforms studied are especially static terrestrial, unmanned and manned aerial, and satellites.

Norbert Pfeifer is supervising PhD students (10 finsihed until 2019). He is leading the research unit photogrammetry within the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation at Technische Universität Wien, which has currently approx. 15 members, two thirds of which are funded by basic and applied research grants from various sources, including the European Union framework program. Norbert Pfeifer is regularly invited as lecturer in summer schools and serves as editorial board member of different national and international journals in photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geodesy.


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