Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Co-Director, Munich Data Science Institute, Technical University Munich

  • Since 2020
    Director/PI, International AI Future Lab "AI4EO"

  • Since 2018
    Head of Department "EO Data Science", DLR-IMF

  • Since 2018
    Head of Team "Big Data Analytics", EO Data Science, DLR-IMF

  • Since 2015
    Professor for Signal Processing in Earth Observation, Technical University Munich

  • Since 2013
    Helmholtz Young Investigators Group Leader of “SiPEO”

  • Since 2011
    Research Group Leader of "SparsEO", Munich Aerospace

  • 2011 – 2018
    Scientist and Head of team "Signal Analysis", DLR-IMF

  • 2013 – 2015
    Private Dozent, Technical University Munich

  • 2013 – 2015
    TMU Junior Fellow, Technical University Munich

  • 2008 – 2011
    Research Assistant, Technical University Munich

Selected publications

  • Mou L., Bruzzone L., Zhu X. (2019): Learning Spectral-Spatial-Temporal Features via a Recurrent Convolutional Neural Network for Change Detection in Multispectral Imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 57(2), pp.924-935

  • Shi Y., Zhu X., Yin W., Bamler R. (2018): A fast and accurate basis pursuit denoising algorithm with application to super-resolving tomographic SAR, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(10), 6148-6158

  • Zhu X, Tuia D, Mou L, Xia G, Zhang L, Xu F, Fraundorfer F (2017): Deep Learning in Remote Sensing: A Comprehensive Review and List of Resources, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine. 2017; 5(4): 8-36.

  • Zhu X., Montazeri S., Gisinger C., Hanssen R., Bamler R. (2016): Geodetic SAR Tomography, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 54 (1), pp. 18-35.

  • Zhu X., Bamler R. (2013): A Sparse Image Fusion Algorithm with Application to Pan-sharpening, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 51 (5), pp. 2827-2836.

  • Zhu X., Bamler R. (2010): Tomographic SAR Inversion by L1 Norm Regularization – The Compressive Sensing Approach

    IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48(10), pp. 3839-3846.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Scientific Advisory Board, TUM Georg Nemetschek Institute | Artificial Intelligence for the Built World

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

  • International Scientific Committee, Multidisciplinary Institute in Artificial Intelligence (MIAI) Grenoble Alpes, France

  • Vice-Chair/member of the Selection Committee, International Climate Protection Fellowship for young climate experts from developing countries, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2018 – 2020

  • Member of Leopodina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften/Junge Akademie, since 2016

  • Member of Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Junges Kolleg, since 2016

  • Scientific Steering Committee, Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE)

  • Scientific Advisory Board, German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)

  • Scientific Advisory Board, German Data Science Society (GDS) e.V.

  • Steering Committee, Munich Data Science Research School (MUDS)

  • Steering Board, Helmholtz AI (HAICU)

  • Steering Board, Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA)

  • Director, German International AI Innovation Labs “AI4EO”

  • Head, Helmholtz AI – Research Area “Aeronautics, Space and Transport”

  • ELLIES Fellow, ELLIS Units “Machine Learning for Earth and Climate Sciences “and “ELLIS unit Munich”

  • Area Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (IEEE-SPM)

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (T-GRS)

Media coverage

  • Global urban mapping:

  • Tomographic city tour of Berlin:

  • Artificial intelligence for Earth observation (starting from ca. 47:00):


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