Gerhard Paar leads the Space robotics & Instruments Team in the JOANNEUM RESEARCH Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (DIGITAL) in Austria, with 30 years of experience in the field of computer vision and digital photogrammetry. He holds a diploma engineering degree for technical mathematics at the Technical University of Graz. Gerhard coordinates the ExoMars PanCam 3D Vision Team and coordinated the EC FP7-Space Projects PRoVisG, PRoViScout and PRoViDE, and the FP7-SME Project De-Montes. He leads the development team for the photogrammetric & laser-scan based tunnel metrology system Dibit, one of the first fully automatic industrial close-range photogrammetry systems for non-expert users world-wide. He acts as project manager of ESA and nationally funded space-related projects and is a member of the European Space Science Committee and Co-Investigator for ExoMars PanCam and CLUPI, and for Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z.
19 March 2023 article about Mastcam-Z 3-D imaging in Der Standard: https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000144610245/3d-bilder-vom-mars-rover-perseverance-machen-den-roten-planeten?ref=rss
23 November 2022 interview with Austrian Press Agency: https://science.apa.at/power-search/5611717920910476456