Ron Kimmel

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, deep learning, numerical optimization of problems with a geometric flavor, and applications of metric 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 , and a founder and advisor of several successful image processing and analysis companies.

Ron Kimmel
Ron Kimmel 2008
Known forGeodesic Active Contours
Image Segmentation
Non-rigid shape analysis
Computer aided diagnostics
Intel RealSense technology
AwardsSIAM Fellow 2019
IEEE Fellow 2009
Helmholtz-Test of Time-Award 2013
Scientific career
FieldsEngineering, Computer Science, Mathematics
InstitutionsTechnion, UCB
Doctoral advisorAlfred Bruckstein, Nahum Kiryati

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. In 2011 his cofounded company - InVision was acquired by Intel. Since then he played a leading role in the research and development of Intel RealSense technologies.



  • SIAM Fellow for contributions to shape reconstruction, image processing, and geometric analysis, 2019
  • SIAG Imaging Science Best Paper Prize for SIAM J. Imaging Science'2013. Scale invariant geometry for non-rigid shapes, 2016
  • 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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