Dr. Dirk Berndt

”As a member of the EMVA Board of Directors, I would like to focus on topics related to research and development in the field of machine vision, image processing and other methods of optical inspection. I see it as our common goal to network and bring together European research institutes and facilities with companies in the machine vision industry at a European level. The innovative capacity of our European machine vision industry is crucial for its sustainable competitiveness. As a representative of applied research and development, I would therefore like to work on improving cooperation between research institutes and companies in the machine vision industry.
Machine vision technologies are the engine of our modern industrial landscape. They enable robotic solutions to react more flexibly and adaptively. Artificial intelligence applications require reliable and robust optical data on product quality and the manufacturing environment. I would like to explain this key role of machine vision technologies to decision-makers in business and politics.”

Short CV

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Berndt studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany. He specialized in the fields of precision mechanics, technical optics, sensor technology and computer science. Dirk Berndt then worked for two years as an application engineer for industrial machine vision applications.
For more than 30 years, Dirk Berndt has been working for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest research organization for applied research. He works at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg, where he has been Head of Department since 1998. After completing his doctorate in 2008 in the field of optical 3D measurement technology for industrial applications, Dirk Berndt took over the position of Head of the Measurement and Testing Technology business unit. To date, he has managed more than 1,000 projects with industrial customers in a wide range of sectors such as aviation, automotive and rail vehicles, always focusing on industrial image processing technologies and optical 3D production metrology. Since 01.01.2021, Mr. Berndt has been appointed deputy director of the institute.

Always a networker, Dirk Berndt also represents the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance, a network of experts in optical measurement and testing technologies within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, consisting of 15 institutes and more than 500 scientists, where he has been a member of the advisory board since 2010. There, he is primarily responsible for cooperation between Fraunhofer members and industry, but also contributes new ideas and research initiatives. These activities are to be further expanded to the European level. Within the European partner networks, Mr. Berndt is active in the Horizon Europe Joint Undertakings “Europe’s Rail” and “Clean Aviation”.

Since 2018 Dirk Berndt is member of the EMVA Board of Directors and in this role he represents the interests of EMVA members on the Board of Stakeholders of the JU “Photonics 21”.