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Wolfgang Osten

Prof. Dr. sc. nat.

Professor and Institute Director
Faculty of Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering
Institute of Technical Optics (ITO)


Pfaffenwaldring 9
70569 Stuttgart


Wolfgang Osten's research work is focused on new concepts for industrial inspection and metrology by combining modern principles of optical metrology, sensor technology and image processing. Special attention is directed to the development of resolution enhanced technologies for the investigation of micro and nano structures. Ongoing activities are directed to the profound investigation of the institute’s strategic research topics such as multi-scale sensor fusion, computational microscopy, resolution enhancement, model-based reconstruction of measurement data, asphere and freeform metrology, optical systems design, hybrid optics, digital holography, and inverse scattering.

Education and Degrees

  • 1983 – PhD degree from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg for his thesis in the field of holographic interferometry
  • 1979 – MSc/Diploma in Physics from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Professional Career

  • 2002 – present Full professorship at the University of Stuttgart and director of the Institute for Applied Optics
  • 2006 – 2010 Vice rector for research and technology transfer of the Stuttgart Univer-sity where he is currently an elected member of the university council
  • 1991 – 2002 Director of the Department Optical 3D-Metrology after joining the Bre-men Institute of Applied Beam Technology (BIAS)
  • 1988 – 1991 Head of the Institute for Digital Image Processing at the ZKI
  • 1984 – 1991 Investigator in digital image processing and computer vision at the Cen-tral Institute of Cybernetics and Information Processes ZKI in Berlin

Collaborative Research Center

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