New Research Group

The IUPR Research Group at the University of Kaiserslautern has been succeeded by the Pattern Recognition (MADM) group, headed currently by Prof. Dr. Marcus Eichenberger-Liwicki since Summer 2014


This is the home page of the Image Understanding and Pattern Recognition group at the University of Kaiserslautern. The group was headed from 2004-2014 by Prof. Dr. Thomas Breuel. 

Prof. Breuel started working at Google in 2014, but still supervising several students in the department.

Publications of the research group from 2004-2014 can be found on the Publications Page.

From the Summer semester 2014 on Prof. Dr. Marcus Eichenberger-Liwicki is heading the group now as a substitute.


There will be some additional opportunities for oral exams on July 14th and 15th 2014; that will be the last time Prof. Breuel will be offering exams. To schedule an exam, please contact


Most inquiries should be directed to the Department of Computer Science; they will be able to give you additional contact information.


The following are links to course web sites for courses recently taught by Prof. Breuel; you may find them useful in preparing for exams.


Here are a few of the many projects and open source libraries developed in the IUPR research group.

  • OCRopus OCR An open source OCR system with competitive recognition performance. Written in Python and C/C++. Currently handles Latin script and Fraktur
  • Image Understanding Library (iulib) A C++ library for image processing from the late 80's and early 90's.
  • Decapod A system for 3D book capture using stereo vision, dewarping, and conversion to PDF.
  • PyOpenFST A Python wrapper around the OpenFST library.
  • PyTess A Python wrapper around the Tesseract OCR system.


Here are some links to resources that are useful for preparing for exams and for writing up theses.