PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Michael Schmitt



Room:  1780
E-mail: m.schmitt [at] tum.de
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Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 07.2015, senior researcher and deputy head at Signal Processing in Earth Observation, TUM
  • 07.2016 - 09.2016, visiting scientist at Microwave and Remote Sensing Laboratory, UMass Amherst, USA
  • 08.2014 - 06.2015, senior researcher and temporary manager at Chair of Remote Sensing Technology, TUM
  • 05.2009 - 07.2014, research assistant at Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, TUM


  • Best Paper Honourable Mention at ISPRS TCI Midterm Symposium (2018)
  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing at ISPRS TCI Midterm Symposium (2018)
  • IEEE Senior Member (2016)
  • 2015 IEEE GRSL Best Reviewer (2016)
  • Georg Burg Award of the TUM Department of Civil Geo and Environmental Engineering (2015)
  • Munich GeoCenter Outstanding PhD Thesis Award (2015)
  • 2013 IEEE GRSL Best Reviewer (2014)

Editorial Activities and Services to the Community

  • Editor Reports for Journal of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Sciences (since 2018)
  • Co-Chair of Working Group "SAR and Microwave Sensing" of ISPRS Technical Comission I ("Sensor Systems")
  • Associate Editor for IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (since 2016)
  • Reviewer for IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and many more
  • Program committee member of IEEE IGARSS 2016, ISPRS Congruess 2016, and many more
  • Editor of Special Issue "Photogrammetric Image Analysis" of Photogrammetrie Fernerkundung Geoinformation 2012 (5), together with U. Stilla, H. Mayer, B. Jutzi and F. Rottensteiner

Research Interests

  • 3D reconstruction by interferometric and tomographic synthetic aperture radar
  • Estimation theory for statistical signal processing
  • Fusion of SAR and optical data
  • Millimeterwave synthetic aperture radar
  • Remote sensing with application to urban or forested areas

Key Publications

  • Hughes LH, Schmitt M, Mou L, Wang Y, Zhu X (2018): Identifying corresponding patches in SAR and optical images with a pseudo-siamese CNN. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 15 (5): 784-788 (doi:10.1109/LGRS.2018.2799232)
  • Schmitt M, Zhu X (2016): Data fusion and remote sensing - an ever-growing relationship. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine 4 (4): 6-23 (doi:10.1109/MGRS.2016.2561021)
  • Schmitt M, Shahzad M, Zhu X (2015): Reconstruction of individual trees from multi-aspect TomoSAR data. Remote Sensing of Environment 165: 175-185 (doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.05.012)
  • Schmitt M, Stilla U (2014): Maximum-likelihood based approach for single-pass synthetic aperture radar tomography over urban areas. IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation 8 (9): 1145-1153 (doi:10.1049/iet-rsn.2013.0378)
  • Schmitt M, Stilla U (2014): Maximum-likelihood estimation for multi-aspect multi-baseline SAR interferometry of urban areas. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 87: 68-77 (doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2013.10.006)

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