Henning holds a PhD from the Computer Vision Laboratory of ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He is an expert in large-scale video analytics and machine learning with a special focus on visual object tracking, object/face recognition, and crowd-sourced mapping & localization.

Henning also has several years of industry experience working at Continental, AGT Group (R&D) GmbH, DaimlerChrysler, and BOSCH. He is adept in agile software development and in technology transfer, i.e. turning the results from cutting edge research into products.

Hamer, Henning


2015 - now:
Director Image Processing at Continental Secure Data Germany GmbH in Munich, Germany.
Co-founder ColorYourPhoto GbR. is a platform that allows creating custom paint-by-number templates from uploaded images.
2011 - 2015:
Research Architect at AGT Group (R&D) GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany.
2007 - 2011:
Research assistant at the Computer Vision Laboratory of the ETH Zurich.
Work with a vision-based pedestrian recognition system at DaimlerChrysler-Research Center in the scope of the diploma thesis.
Internship at the company BOSCH Madrid, working with the automatic visual control of paste-on labels for airbag sensors.


2007 - 2011:
Doctoral studies
Computer Vision Laboratory, ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland
Thesis title: Capturing and Synthesizing Hand-Object Interaction (PDF)

Diploma thesis
DaimlerChrysler-Research Center, Ulm, Germany
Diploma thesis title: Approximation of the Posterior Probability on the Basis of a Cascade Classifier for the Integration of Tracking into an Intelligent Pedestrian Searching Strategy (PDF - Introduction)

2001 - 2006:
University studies
University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Study course: Media Informatics

Invited Talks

Enabling L3 + driving through the generation of crowd-sourced maps , IEEE IV'19: 3rd International Workshop on Connected, Cooperative, and Automated Driving, June 2019.

Continental's eHorizon and Road Database , 6th Workshop on Computer Vision for Road Scene Understanding and Autonomous Driving (CVRSUAD) @ ECCV'18, September 2018.

Automatisiertes Fahren und Fahrzeugvernetzung - der elektronische Horizont (PDF), Nokia-Lectures: "Mensch, Technik, Kommunikation" at University of Stuttgart, April 2017.


Hamer H.,Hamperl H., Karn H., Mattmueller K., Patent Application: Method and device for increasing the accuracy of localization , EP000003598163A1, DE102018212133A1, US020200025945A1, 2020-01-22

Hamer H., Karn H., Patent Application: Sustem for generating confidence values in the back end , DE102018204500A1, WO002019180149A1, 2019-09-26

Hamer H., Thiel R. Patent Application: Method and system for training and updating a classfier , WO002019114991A1, 2019-06-20

Hamer H., Kristensen S., Koerner R. Patent Application: System and method for generating and updating a 3d cad model of traffic routes , DE102017201368A1, WO002018138157A1, 2018-08-02

Hamer H. Patent Application: Method and device for generating digital map models, DE102017210798A1, WO002019002043A1, EP000003645969A1, US020200141740A1, 2018-06-20

Hamer H., Kristensen S., Patent Application: System and method for generating digital road models from aerial or satellite images and vehicle data collected , DE102016220308A1, WO002018073260A1, 2018-04-19

Koerner R., Hamer H., Loy C., Kristensen S., Zydek B., Patent Application: System and method for analyzing driving trajectories for a route section, DE102016216335A1, WO002018041591A1, 2018-03-01

Kristensen S., Hamer H., Grewe R., Patent Application: Method and system for generating map information for emergency surfaces, DE102016212587A1, EP000003482160A1, WO002018010891A1, CN000109477725A, 2018-01-18

Hamer H., Merentitis A., Frangiadakis N., and Sukhanov S., Automatic Visual Analysis of Real-World Events Covered By Social Media Using Convolutional Neural Networks (PDF), IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW'15), Nov. 2015. ©IEEE

Krauss S., Hirzel J., Abad P., Didier S., Hamer H., and Schlattmann M., Patent Application: Online Background Model Extraction, (PDF), WO2016062811 (A1), US2016117833 (A1).

Abad P., Hirzel J., Krauss S., Didier S., Hamer H., and Schlattmann M., Patent Application: Method and System for Object Detection With Multi-Scale Single Pass Sliding Window HOG Linear SVM Classifier (PDF), WO2016012593 (A1), US2016026898 (A1).

Hamer H., Sawchuk A., Schlattmann M., and Heremans R., Patent Application: Automatic Spatial Calibration of Camera Network (PDF), WO2016005433 (A1), US2016012589 (A1).

Frangiadakis N., Heremans R., and Hamer H., Patent Application: System and method for selecting sensors in surveillance applications (PDF), European Patent Office (EPO), filing 2012.

Schlattmann M., Hamer H., and Blanke U., Patent Application: Image processing to derive movement characteristics for a plurality of queue objects (PDF), European Patent Office (EPO)/ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), filing 2012.

Larue F., Dellepiane M., Hamer H., and Scopigno R., Automatic Texturing without Illumination Artifacts from In-Hand Scanning Data Flow (PDF), International Workshop on Multimedia for Cultural Heritage (MM4CH'11), 2011.

Hamer H., Gall J., Urtasun R., and Van Gool L., Data-Driven Animation of Hand-Object Interactions (PDF, Video with audio), IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG'11), 2011. ©IEEE

Hamer H., Gall J., Weise T., and Van Gool L., An Object-Dependent Hand Pose Prior from Sparse Training Data (PDF, Video), IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR'10), 2010. ©IEEE

Sagawa R., Akasaka K., Yagi H., Hamer H., and Van Gool L., Elastic Convolved ICP for the Registration of Deformable Objects , IEEE International Workshop on 3-D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM'09), 2009. ©IEEE

Hamer H., Schindler K., Koller-Meier E., and Van Gool L., Tracking A Hand Manipulating An Object (PDF, Video), IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV'09), 2009. ©IEEE

Schweiger R., Hamer H. and Lohlein O., Determining Posterior Probabilities on the Basis of Cascaded Classifiers as used in Pedestrian Detection Systems, IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV'07), 2007. ©IEEE


During the course of my PhD we created the Hand-Object Interaction (HOI) data-set 2010 which is publicly available. The data-set features 10 different objects and 9 different subjects. Both range and color information is available.


Data-mining project to automatically find the latest and most popular images of clothing on social media. See e.g. niceshoesnow on Twitter.

Development of the internet platform qapit!. The purpose of the system is to ease the search of forums in the internet.

Development of the network layer of the 3D jump-and-run game Animal Race during a student project at the University of Ulm.

Development of the video analysis software DotSpot, in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten

Personal Interests

Please visit my ultimate frisbee club ZUF. Other than playing frisbee, I enjoy sailing, climbing, and snowboarding/skiing.