Dr. Ir. Geert De Cubber

Head of UVC Research Activities

Geert De Cubber


Royal Military Academy (RMA)

Department of Mechanics (MECA)

Av. De La Renaissance 30, B1000 Brussels, Belgium

Room: G10-06

Tel: ++32-(0)2-7426553

Fax: ++32-(0)2-7426547

E-Mail: geert.de.cubber@rma.ac.be

Full CV


Short CV:

Geert De Cubber received in 2001 the degree of Master in Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), with as specialization Electro-Mechanical Engineering. He then obtained a PhD. for his research in the field of 3-dimensional reconstruction of natural scenes perceived by mobile robots. This PhD. and the associated research project were part of a joined research effort between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA).

Currently, Geert De Cubber is a researcher working in the department of Mechanics of the Royal Military Academy, where he is leading the research activities of the research group on robotics for high-risk applications. The specialization of this research unit is the development of unmanned vehicles (aerial and ground robotic systems) for high-risk applications like search and rescue and humanitarian demining. Within the group of Unmanned Vehicle Centre, Geert’s main task is to apply computer vision techniques to mobile robots, rendering these robots able to perceive, analyze, and – to some degree – understand their environment. More specifically, three-dimensional reconstruction and cognitive vision approaches are investigated with the aim to port the capabilities of the human eyesight to intelligent robots

Currently, Geert is the coordinator of the EU-H2020-SafeShore project which deals with the development of novel detection system to cover existing gaps in the maritime border security system. The main focus of this project is to find detection means for small unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), which cannot be detected by present-day security installations.

Previously, Geert was the coordinator of the EU-FP7-ICARUS project which dealt with the development of unmanned tools (aerial, ground and marine robots) which can assist search and rescue workers to save human survivors after a major crisis (earthquake, tsunami, typhoon, shipwreck, …).

The robotics for high-risk applications research unit doesn’t only perform state-of-the-art fundamental research in the domain of robot perception and navigation, but also applies this research on the terrain. As an example, an unmanned aerial vehicle was deployed during an immediate disaster relief operation with the Belgian B-FAST team and the Bosnian Mine Action Centre to assist with the demining operations after the 2014 Spring floods in Bosnia-Hercegovina.


Member of:

· Member of EURON (European Network in Robotics)

· Member of the EURON Education and Training Board (ETB)

· Member of the CLAWAR Association for Climbing and Walking Robots

· Project Coordinator of the EU FP7 Project ICARUS

· Member of the EU FP7 Project TIRAMISU

· Member of the EU FP6 Project View-Finder


Research interests:

- 3D Reconstruction from monocular image sequences

- 3D Reconstruction from stereo image sequences

- 3D Scene Reconstruction and Interpretation

- Human Detection

- Terrain Traversability Estimation

- UGV-UAV Collaboration



Course: Introduction to mobile robotics

Lab session: Computer Vision Laboratory

Lab session: Manipulator Control

Final Term projects: see the list of ongoing projects and my new open project proposals