Luc Van Gool got a degree in electro-mechanical engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in '81. Currently, he is a full professor for Computer Vision at the ETH in Zurich & the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He leads research & teaches at both places. He has authored over 200 papers in his field & he has been a program committee member of several, major computer vision conferences. His main interests include 3D reconstruction & modeling, object recognition, tracking & gesture analysis. He is co-founder of 5 spin-off companies.
Over the last decade the area of computer vision has achieved an important goal of automated image understanding, namely the capacity to identify objects as belonging to a certain class. This is a crucial achievement of which the effect in the long run can be expected to go far beyond telling which objects are in a picture.