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Florian Willomitzer

Research Assistant Professor


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Florian Willomitzer


Computational 3D Imaging and Measurement Lab


Electrical and Computer Engineering


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics, 2017
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

MSc (Dipl.-Phys.) in Physics, 2010
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Research Interests

Computational Imaging; Optics and Photonics; AR/VR/MR; Optical (3D) Metrology; Computer Vision; Information Theory; Image Processing


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Florian Willomitzer directs the Computational 3D Imaging and Measurement (3DIM) Lab at Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. degree with honors (‘summa cum laude’) in 2017. During his doctoral studies (PhD advisor: Prof. Gerd Häusler) Prof. Willomitzer investigated physical and information theoretical limits of optical 3D-sensing and implemented sensors that operate close to these limits. Prof. Willomitzer joined Northwestern University as Postdoc (Postdoc advisor: Prof. Oliver Cossairt) in Fall 2017, where he further shaped his current research profile.

At Northwestern University, Prof. Willomitzer works together with his students and collaborators on novel methods to image hidden objects through scattering media or around corners, high-resolution holographic displays, unconventional methods for precise VR eye-tracking, and the implementation of high-precision metrology methods in low-cost mobile handheld devices. Moreover, the team develops novel time-of-flight and structured light imaging techniques working at depth resolutions in the 100μm-range.

Prof. Willomitzer is General Chair of the OSA COSI conference, Optics Chair of the IEEE ICCP conference, and served/serves as reviewer for IEEE, OSA, SPIE, CVPR, and the Nature Portfolio. He is a recipient of the NSF CRII grant and his Ph.D. thesis was awarded with the Springer Theses Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Research.