Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer

Chair for Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures,
Head of Division “Object and Shape Detection” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Alexander Reiterer researches and develops multi-sensor systems and software for monitoring artificial and natural objects.


Vision: Sustainable security through intelligent and precise monitoring

Maintenance of large-scale structures is expensive and time consuming. The intelligent use of monitoring systems contributes offers an important contribution to the sustainable operation of such structures.

Networked infrastructures extend our environment: They enable global communication, energy supply, goods transport, and human mobility. These infrastructures cover a variety of natural and artificial large-scale structures, like hillsides, forests, roads, railways, power lines or fibre-optic cables. To ensure the reliability and the safety of the infrastructure, it has to be monitored. Furthermore, the aging of the existing structures necessitate monitoring.

The cost for maintaining these systems is immense. However, this cost could be considerably reduced using continuous, comprehensive and precise monitoring. Only monitoring on this scale can guarantee sustainable operation of infrastructures of this size and importance. For this reason, the strategy for the future must be an intelligent and maximally multi-dimensional monitoring that takes the whole lifecycle of these large-scale structures into account.


Monitoring and inspection, development and calibration of closed system chains, data analysis and interpretation are the focus of the research

Sensor and data fusion

Sustainable operation and use of large structures in our infrastructure using continuous, comprehensive and precise monitoring

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Mobile data acquisition

Researching and monitoring 3D geometry of artificial and natural objects, high precision and fast object monitoring, innovative multi-sensor systems

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Data interpretation

Research and development of new processes for data analysis; data-interpretation components based on self-learning algorithms, data-processing methods.

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Calibration of closed system chains

Closed system chains – from selecting sensors to connecting system components to data fusion; holistic calibration and evaluation approaches

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Current research areas by members of the “Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures” (MLS) chair:

Amy - Autonomous mobile robotic monitoring system for large structures

ErfASst - Increase of the degree of automation for the evaluation of the stability of bridges

RaVeNNA - 4pi: Digital platform with 4PI real-time endoimaging for endoscopic 3D reconstruction, visualization and aftercare support of patients with bladder carcinoma


Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 04/2017 | Professorship (W3, Full Professor) “Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures” at the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany
  • Since 01/2016 | Head of the department “Object and Shape Detection” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM, Freiburg
  • Since 05/2012 | Head of the Research Group “Mobile Terrestrial Scanning” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM, Freiburg
  • 2010-2012 | Scientist (Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship) at the Institute of Engineering Geodesy, Technical University Munich
  • 2004-2010 | Scientist (PostDoc) at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Vienna University of Technology
  • 04/2004 | Doctorate (Applied Geodesy), Vienna University of Technology
Auszeichnungen und herausragende Leistungen

  • 2006 | Laureate of the “Karl Rinner Prize” of the Austrian Geodetic Commission.
  • 2009 | “Education Award” of the Vienna University of Technology for the academic year 2008/2009.
  • 2010 | “Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Scientists”.
  • 2011 | “Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG)” - Awarded by the Executive Committee of the IAG.
  • 2019 | “Josef von Fraunhofer Prize” for developments in the field of “Data evaluation with the aid of machine learning”.


Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer

Chair for Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures

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