Michael Gschwandtner

Michael Gschwandtner alias mgschwan

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I am currently working as a Junior Scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in the field of automated document authentication. This work is part of the European FP7 project "FastPass" which has the goal to harmonize the design of Automatic Border Control (ABC) systems commonly known as eGates.

I finished my PhD at the University of Salzburg in January 2013 and have been a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg. Within the university I was a member of the Wavelab group and worked in the field of computer vision and image processing.

Apart from that I am developing and maintaining the infrastructure of LV CC Rental Agency(Luxury Villas Cape Coral) which is a business co-owned by my wife. If you are looking for a "Ferienhaus" (vacation home) in Cape Coral, Florida you may want to check out my wife's business www.villascc.com.

I am a strong believer in the Open Source concept, naturally you are going to find me on mailinglists and chats of some Open Source projects (Blender, OpenCV, ...).


University of Salzburg - Department of Computer Science

PhD in Computer Science
Masters Degree in Computer Science
Bachelor Degree in Computer Science

Technical College - Braunau am Inn



C++ - Python - Java
Matlab - Objective-C - PHP
Javascript - C#


GIMP - Inkscape - Blender

Software Libraries

OpenCV - ROS - LCM - ffmpeg


Junior Scientist Austrian Institute of Technology, 2013 - today

  • Automatic document verification (i.e. Automatic Border Control)
  • Security analysis (ePassport security)
  • 3D printing (Stereolithography)
  • Computational imaging (light field processing)

Research Fellow University of Salzburg, 2009 - 2012

  • Obstacle detection for autonomous trains
  • Camera calibration
  • Blender sensor simulation
  • Stereo vision
  • Distortion correction for endoscopic cameras

System Administrator/Developer Stegbauer Datawork, 2008 - 2010

  • Asterisk PBX installations
  • Virtual Private Network installations

Developer/System Administrator Techno-Z Braunau, 2000 - 2008

  • Cisco VOIP administration
  • Backbone router administration
  • Planning and Development of a Wirelless ISP

Programming I

Introduction to programming

Programming II

Algorithms and Datastructures

Programming III

Concurrent programming, advanced template programming

GUI Programming

Introduction to GUI programming with Qt


Computer Vision

Stereo vision - Lane detection - Visualization - Calibration


Video/Audio streaming - Multimedia encryption

Reading (mostly scifi novels)
Our dogs
3D modeling
Personal projects

BlenSor: Blender Sensor Simulation www.blensor.org

PyWiggle: 3D Stereo view interpolation github/pyWiggle

Reverse engineering the Sony LocationFree protocolxda-developers.com

C++ library for robust fitting of N-th order polynomials
using RANSACgooglecode

Streaming server for the NeurosOSD Neuros WIKI

Contribute to my work

If you want to help me or work with me, just check out my code or send me patches via email.

If you want to show your appreciation or want to push the development in one of the topics, you can send me a donation or something from the amazon wishlists


Conference Papers

  • [Gschwandtner14b] Michael Gschwandtner, Svorad Štolc, Andreas Vrabl
    Active Display Attack on Automated Security Document Readers
    ODS 2014 -- Optical Document Security, San Francisco, USA, January 2014
  • [Gschwandtner14a] Michael Gschwandtner, Andreas Uhl, Andreas Unterweger
    Speeding Up Object Detection -- Fast Resizing in the Integral Image Domain
    In VISAPP 2014 -- Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications, pp. 64-72, Lisbon, Portugal, 1, SciTePress, January 2014
  • [Gschwandtner12b] P. Marion, R. Kwitt, B. Davis, M. Gschwandtner
    Pcl and paraview - connecting the dots
    In IEEE CVPR Workshop on Point Cloud Processing, 2011, accepted
  • [Gschwandtner12a] M. Gschwandtner, J. Hämmerle-Uhl, Y. Höller, M. Liedlgruber, A. Uhl, and A. Vecsei
    Improved endoscope distortion correction does not necessarily enhance mucosa-classification based medical decision support systems
    In Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP), Banff, Canada, 2012, accepted
  • [Gschwandtner11b ] M. Gschwandtner, R. Kwitt, W. Pree, A. Uhl
    BlenSor: Blender Sensor Simulation Toolbox Advances in Visual Computing
    In Proceedings of the 7th international conference on Advances in visual computing - Volume Part II, pp. 199-208, Berlin, Heidelberg, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6939, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2011
  • [Gschwandtner11a] M. Gschwandtner, R. Kwitt, W. Pree, A. Uhl
    Infrared Camera Calibration for Dense Depth Map Construction
    In Proceedings of the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV '11), pp. 857-862, Baden-Baden, Germany, June 2011
  • [Gschwandtner10a ] M. Gschwandtner, M. Liedlgruber, A. Uhl, A. Vécsei
    Experimental Study on the Impact of Endoscope Distortion Correction on Computer-assisted Celiac Disease Diagnosis
    In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine (ITAB'10), pp. 1-6, Corfu, Greece, November 3 - 5, 2010
  • [Gschwandtner10b] M. Gschwandtner, W. Pree, A. Uhl
    Track detection for autonomous trains
    In Advances in Visual Computing: 6th International Symposium, (ISVC 2010), pp. 19-28, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 29 - December 1, 2010
  • [Gschwandtner09b] Michael Gschwandtner, Andreas Uhl
    Protected Progressive Meshes
    In Advances in Visual Computing, pp. 35-48, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5876, Springer, 2009
  • [Gschwandtner08a] Michael Gschwandtner, Andreas Uhl
    Toward DRM for 3D geometry data
    In Edward J. Delp III, Ping Wah Wong, Jana Dittmann, Nasir D. Memon, editors, Proceedings of SPIE, Security, Forensics, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents X, pp. 68190V ff., San Jose, CA, USA, 6819, SPIE, January 27 - 31, 2008
  • [Gschwandtner06a ] Michael Gschwandtner, Andreas Uhl, Peter Wild
    Compression of encrypted Visual Data
    In H. Leitold, E. Markatos, editors, Communications and Multimedia Security, Proceedings of the 10th IFIP International CMS 2006 Conference, pp. 141-150, Lecture Notes on Computer Science, 4237, Springer Verlag, Oct. 2006


  • Gschwandtner12c ] Michael Gschwandtner
    Support framework for obstacle detection on autonomous trains
    PhD thesis, Department of Scientific Computing, University of Salzburg, Austria, January 2013
  • [Gschwandtner09a] Michael Gschwandtner
    Efficient protection and access control of 3D geometry data
    Master thesis, Department of Scientific Computing, University of Salzburg, Austria, March 2009

Journal Articles


  • [Gschwandtner13a] Michael Gschwandtner, Svorad Štolc
    Document security in the age of fully automated border control systems
    2nd Global ABC Conference and Exhibition, Warsaw, Poland, October 2013