Digitizing the coral reef: HyperDiver Surveys
HyperDiver is a diver-operable spectral surveying tool that I developed along with Paul Färber at MPI Bremen. This novel instrument allows us to capture rich images of shallow marine habitats such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, etc. However, large amounts of coastal survey data is mounting and automated ways of analyzing them are required. For this, I developed software to combine spectral analysis with machine learning ideas to 'learn' how to identify and map coral reef habitats. To do this with great detail to the coral reef taxonomy, I teamed up with Dr. Joost den Haan (MPI Bremen) who is a coral reef specialist and are currently developing this technique.
Our work so far shows great potential to rapidly and comprehensively describe the benthic biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems, an effort I call 'digitizing the coral reef'. We present this idea in a short video.
See the publication for detailed information.
Documentary featuring HyperDiver use in coral reefs
A documentary film "Oceans of the future" by Pierre-François Didek from the "Dream the future" series highlighted the HyperDiver technology and its use to monitor and understand coral reefs. An excerpt from this film is shown here with permission. All rights remain with the original publisher and creators.
Annette Barthelt Prize for best dissertation
Hermann Neuhaus Prize from the Max Planck Society
Hermann Neuhaus prize from the Max Planck Society
In 2018, the Max Planck Foundation and the Hermann Neuhaus Foundation bestow the first ever Hermann Neuhaus Prize in his memory. The prize recognizes outstanding postdoctoral achievements with reference to applied research and enables the winners to further advance their research’s potential for application.
The prize was awarded for recognition of achievements towards marine habitat mapping with the invention of the HyperDiver and supporting a spin-off company (www.hypersurvey.com)