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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

Accurate salient object detection via dense recurrent connections and residual-based hierarchical feature integration

Cao, Y., Fu, G., Yang, J., Cao, Y. & Yang, M. Y., 1 Oct 2019, In : Signal Processing: Image Communication. 78, p. 103-112 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Neural networks
Image reconstruction
Computer vision
Object detection

A deep-learning-based approach for fast and robust steel surface defects classification

Fu, G., Sun, P., Zhu, W., Yang, J., Cao, Y., Yang, M. Y. & Cao, Y., 15 May 2019, In : Optics and Lasers in Engineering. 121, p. 397-405 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Surface defects
surface defects
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
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Change detection between digital surface models from airborne laser scanning and dense image matching using convolutional neural networks

Zhang, Z., Vosselman, G., Gerke, M., Persello, C., Tuia, D. & Yang, M. Y., 29 May 2019, ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences: ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019. Vosselman, G., Oude Elberink, S. J. & Wang, M. Y. (eds.). 2/W5 ed. Enschede: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Vol. IV. p. 453-460 8 p. (ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
airborne lasers
change detection
Image matching
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
field margin
spatial resolution
agricultural land


Senior Member of IEEE

Michael Yang (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Honorary award