17.1 Volume Editors
Dr. Bernhard Braunecker
Leica Research Fellow (Retired)
Braunecker Engineering GmbH
Bernhard Braunecker studied physics at the University of Erlangen-NÃ¼rnberg (Germany) from 1960 to 1965. The main topics of his diploma work (1968), PhD thesis (1972), and further research work (until 1974) were experimental studies in Nuclear Physics. From 1974 to 1982 he was active in optical information processing at the University of Erlangen, at the IBM San Jose Research Laboratory (USA), and at the University of Essen (Germany). His research focus was optical and digital image processing, holographic data storage, and image coding.
In 1982 he joined Wild Heerbrugg AG in Switzerland, later called Leica Geosystems AG. From 1992 to 2006 he was chief scientist of âOptics design & System modeling,â responsible for the optics of the geodetic, photogrammetric, and defense surveying instruments. Special highlights of the R&D group were the work on the world first âDigital Level,â the large airborne film and digital cameras, a UV laser printer for screen exposure (screen size 1.5 m Ã 7 m), several thermal imaging and night-vision systems, and about 10 large technology projects for ESA, the European Space Agency.