28. October 2014

PCCL Researcher is "Austrian of the Year 2014"

For the eleventh time, the daily newspaper Die Presse has chosen its Austrian of the Year. At a gala held on 24 October 2014 in the Sofiensaal in Vienna the Austria'14-Awards were presented in a total of five categories: Family and Work, Research, Humanitarian Work, Cultural Heritage and Entrepreneurship. Polymer scientist Dieter P. Gruber from Leoben was chosen by a panel of experts as "Austrian of the Year" in the "Research" category.

The award came in recognition of his development of the world's first "artificial eye" to mimic human perception. This unique system was developed in the course of a project at the  Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH in collaboration with Montanuniversität Leoben. For the first time, this eye makes automatic, rapid and reproducible measurement of the visual effectiveness of surface imperfections and the different shine properties of various components possible while production is still in progress. The surface inspection is performed with an approximation to human perception that is closer than any previous system has achieved.

Photo 1: Dieter P. Gruber (Senior Researcher at the PCCL)
Photo 2: Dieter P. Gruber (centre) at the 2014 "Austrian of the Year" awards ceremony