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I am a senior research fellow with the Machine Perception Research Laboratory (MPLab) in the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI) and an associate professor with the Faculty of Information Technology, 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 Velodyne HDL-64E or Riegl VZ-400/VMX-450 laser scanners. I also deal with various pattern recognition and change detection problems in remote sensing based on multimodal measurements, using probabilistic approaches. At the Pázmány University, I teach Computer Graphics and Biometrics.

I am presently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Inside Signal Processing eNewsletter, and the principal investigator of the National Research, Develpment and Innovation Fund (NKFIA) project "Instant environment perception from a mobile platform with a new generation geospatial database background" (2016-2020). I receive Janos Bolyai Research Fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for a second period between 2015 and 2018 after the first term 2010-2013.

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 (2012), to DLR Oberpfaffenhofen and to the University of the German Armed Forces at Munich, Germany (2011), to the University of Pisa (2011), to the Florida State University, Tallahassee (2008), to the ORION Project (currently STARS), INRIA Sophia Antipolis, and to the Ramon Llull University, Barcelona (2007). 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 a postdoctoral project of the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA-101598) "Comprehensive Remote Sensing Data Analysis", (2012-2014, 36 months) and leader of various R&D projects, including DUSIREF (European Space Agency), and the i4D internal Project of MTA SZTAKI.

Contact address:

Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Room 409, H-1111, Kende utca 13-17, Budapest, Hungary, Phone: (36)-1-279-6284


  • benedek.csaba AT sztaki.mta.hu

Research interest:

  • Image and video segmentation, object recognition, event analysis

  • 3D point cloud processing

  • 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 racking)

  • Statistical approaches applied in computer vision

    • Markov Random Fields, Marked Point Processes, Stochastic optimization