PhD candidate at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Matthias is a Research Associate and Ph.D. candidate of the Plant Biodiversity Group and the Computer Vision Group Jena and is primarily interested and involved in Computer Vision applications for biodiversity research. He undertook his master’s studies from 2016 to 2018 at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, concluding it with a thesis on elephant individual identification, followed by a project in insect detection. Since 2019, he has been pursuing his Ph.D. in the area of plant biodiversity research in a cooperation between the Plant Biodiversity Group and the Computer Vision Group of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
His research interests include Deep Learning approaches in weakly-supervised learning, occlusion handling, and semantic segmentation with application in biodiversity domains.
Matthias is currently the project coordinator of the PhenEye project, in which the abundance and phenology of plant communities are to be automatically analyzed from images of vegetation plots to speed up research and generate high-quality research data for assessing environmental changes like climate change.