Ron Kimmel

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Ron Kimmel
Ron Kimmel 2008
Born Haifa, Israel
Nationality Israel
Fields Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics
Institutions Technion, UCB
Doctoral advisor Alfred Bruckstein, Nahum Kiryati
Known for

Geodesic Active Contours
Image Segmentation

Non-rigid shape analysis
Notable awards IEEE Fellow (2009)
Helmholtz-Test of Time-Award (2013)

Ron Kimmel (Hebrew: רון קימל‎‎, b. 1963) is a professor of Computer Science at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. He holds a D.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (1995) from the Technion, and he was a post-doc at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Labs, and a visiting professor at Stanford University. He has worked in various areas of image and shape analysis in computer vision, image processing, and computer graphics. Kimmel's interest in recent years has been non-rigid shape processing and analysis, medical imaging, computational biometry, numerical optimization of problems with a geometric flavor, and applications of metric geometry and differential geometry. Kimmel is an author of two books, an editor of one, and an author of numerous articles. He is the founder of the Geometric Image Processing Lab [1], and a founder and advisor of several successful image processing and analysis companies.

Kimmel's contributions include the development of fast marching methods for triangulated manifolds (together with James Sethian), the geodesic active contours algorithm for image segmentation, a geometric framework for image filtering (named Beltrami flow after the Italian mathematician Eugenio Beltrami), and the Generalized Multidimensional Scaling (together with his students the Bronstein brothers) with which he was able to compute the Gromov-Hausdorff distance between surfaces.

In 2003, he appeared in an interview to WNBC on the use of geometric approaches in three-dimensional face recognition.



  • Helmholtz Prize (ICCV Test-of-Time Award) for his 1995 paper on Geodesic Active Contours, 2013
  • IEEE Fellow for his contributions to image processing and non-rigid shape analysis, 2009
  • Counter Terrorism Award, 2003
  • Henry Taub Prize, 2001
  • Hershel Rich innovation award, 2001, 2003
  • Alon Fellowship, 1998–2001


  • "Numerical Geometry of Images" published in 2003 by Springer
  • "Numerical Geometry of Non-Rigid Shapes" (with Alex and Michael Bronstein) published by Springer in 2009.

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