Dr Wannes van der Mark
Ph.D. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Artificial Intelligence)
From early on, I have had diverse academic interests. I chose to study artificial intelligence because in addition to traditional computer science topics such as mathematics and programming languages, it also incorporates philosophy, natural language processing and psychology.
Upon completion of my degree in artificial intelligence, I specialized further by undertaking a Ph.D in robotics and 3D computer vision. During my Ph.D research, I worked on computer vision algorithms for an autonomous off-road vehicle. I researched techniques for stereovision based robot navigation, obstacle detection and colour based terrain recognition.
After completing my Ph.D. in computer science, I worked as a research scientist at TNO in the Netherlands. I have developed algorithms for novel applications in defence, video surveillance, forensics and medical imaging. My research work has resulted in a number of publications and several patents. I also took on project management responsibilities. In this role I gained experience in leading teams consisting of people with different expertise and pursuing research funding.
In the beginning of 2012, I moved to New Zealand to start my job as team leader of the research programmers at the Department of Computer Science.
As team leader I manage a group of research programmer professionals. Our team helps the academics at our department realise their visions and dreams for the future. We help as much as possible; by filling research gaps, doing feasibility studies and performing all the software related development tasks. We can also convert novel ideas into mature software that is suitable for commercial applications. We consider our projects to be successful not only if they achieve their goals in a timely matter. They should also provide a solid foundation for things we will work on in the future.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Russello, G., Blas Jimenez, A., Naderi, H., & van der Mark, W. (2013). FireDroid: hardening security in almost-stock Android. Paper presented at 29th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, New Orleans, USA. 9 December - 13 December 2013. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. 10.1145/2523649.2523678
- Bouma, H., van der Mark, W., Eendebak, P. T., Landsmeer, S. H., Eekeren, A. W. M., ter Haar, F. B., ... van Basten, J.-P. (2012). Streaming video-based 3D reconstruction method compatible with existing monoscopic and stereoscopic endoscopy systems. Paper presented at Proc. SPIE 8371, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, Disaster Response, and Environmental Monitoring II; and Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX. Proc. SPIE 8371, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, Disaster Response, and Environmental Monitoring II; and Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX. 10.1117/12.918592
- van der Mark, W., & Gavrila, D. M. (2006). Real-Time Dense Stereo for Intelligent Vehicles. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 7 (1), 38-50. 10.1109/TITS.2006.869625