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Personal profile

Dr. Michael Ying Yang is currently Assistant Professor with University of Twente (the Netherlands), heading a group working on scene understanding. 

He received the PhD degree (summa cum laude) from University of Bonn (Germany) in 2011. From 2008 to 2012, he worked as Researcher with the Department of Photogrammetry, University of Bonn. From 2012 to 2015, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Institute for Information Processing, Leibniz University Hannover. From 2015 to 2016, he was a Senior Researcher at TU Dresden.

His research interests are in the fields of computer vision and photogrammetry with specialization on scene understanding and semantic interpretation from imagery. He published over 80 articles in international journals and conference proceedings and currently co-supervise 4 PhD students. He serves as Associate Editor of ASPRS Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, co-chair of ISPRS working group II/5 Dynamic Scene Analysis, and recipient of the ISPRS President's Honorary Citation (2016) and Best Science Paper Award at BMVC 2016. He is guest editor of 4 journal special issues. Since 2016, he is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is regularly serving as program committee member of conferences and reviewer for international journals.


Activities in education

Main educational responsibilities are teaching topics on image processing, 3D modeling and photogrammetry.

Research interests

Activities in research

His research is in the fields of Computer Vision and Photogrammetry with specialization on Deep Learning, Graphical Models, Scene Understanding, and Multi-Sensor Fusion.

Current supervision (co-promoter) of PhD students in ITC:

Zhenchao Zhang (funded by CSC)

Sophie Crommelinck (funded by EU H2020)

Ye Lv (funded by CSC)


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • computer vision
  • photogrammetry
  • image processing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • machine learning

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Research Output 2009 2019

Box-level segmentation supervised deep neural networks for accurate and real-time multispectral pedestrian detection

Cao, Y., Guan, D., Wu, Y., Yang, J., Cao, Y. & Yang, M. Y., Apr 2019, In : ISPRS journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing. 150, April, p. 70-79 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Infrared radiation

Exploring the Semantics for Visual Relationship Detection

Liao, W., Lan, C., Zeng, W., Yang, M. Y. & Rosenhahn, B., 3 Apr 2019, In : Arxiv.org. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

Open Access
Neural networks
Object detection

Vehicle Detection in Aerial Images

Yang, M. Y., Liao, W., Li, X., Cao, Y. & Rosenhahn, B., 1 Apr 2019, In : Photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing : PE&RS. 85, 4, p. 297-304 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Neural networks
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A patch-based method for the evaluation of dense image matching quality

Zhang, Z., Gerke, M., Vosselman, G. & Yang, M. Y., 11 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG). 70, p. 25-34 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Image matching

Best of "ISPRS Hannover Workshop 2017" : editorial

Heipke, C., Jacobsen, K., Rottensteiner, F., Stilla, U., Yang, M. Y., Skaloud, J., Colomina, I. & Cramer, M., 1 May 2018, In : Photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing : PE&RS. 84, 5, p. 247-248 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


Senior Member of IEEE

Ying Yang (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Honorary award