Public Invited to Attend Talk on 3D Imaging of Earth Oct. 25

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NOTE ROOM CHANGE:  The Grabbing the Globe seminar will be held in W10 Pappajohn Business Building.


Business and 3D imaging of the Earth will be the subject of a University of Iowa College of Engineering seminar from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in W10 Pappajohn Business Building.

Franz Leberl, a professor of computer science at Graz University of Technology in Graz, Austria and whose research involves 3D object reconstruction and computer vision, will deliver the talk, titled Internet-inspired 3D Geodata:  The Vexcel-business Story with a Microsoft-exit.”

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk is free and open to the public.

Leberl’s talk will address 3D imaging of the Earth, planets and the human habitat--his professional passion during his 43-year-long professional career. He will explain his transition from a start in academia into the business world, a life lived between Europe and the United States, between academia and business, and between research and research management. The talk’s focus will be on the two businesses he founded–-Vexcel Corporation in Boulder, Colo., in 1985 and Vexcel Imaging GmbH in Austria in 1993--and his links to academia. Although their markets and products differed, both businesses were involved in Earth imaging, both developed leadership roles in their respective niche markets, and both companies were sold to Microsoft Corporation in 2006.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.