Since several years, methods and entire systems have been developped to evaluate digitized picture data from rather different problem areas such as medicine, geological and earth resource investigations, sa- tellite applications, and industrial automation to name but a few. As is to be expected, methodical approaches are usually first published in the context of the special application for which they have been de- velopped. To intensify the exchange of kw-how regarding the various methods across the boundaries of special application areas, the Technical Com- mittee 6 of the Gesellschaft fur Informatik in cooperation with the Technical Committee 6 of the Nachrichtentechnische Gesellschaft in the VDE have organized a conference on Digitized Image Processing at Munich, March 28-30, 1977, the proceedings of which are presented in this v- ume. It is a pleasure to thank my colleagues J. Bodechtel, MUnchen R. Dierstein, Oberpfaffenhofen Th. Einsele, MUnchen P. Heintzen, Kiel H. Kazmierczak, Karlsruhe A. Schief, Karlsruhe J. SchUrmann, Ulm for their willingness to offer their time and cooperation under some- what stringent boundary conditions in selecting the program for this conference. My special thanks are due to Prof. Bodechtel for his or- ganizational effort to host the conference at his institute. May I mention that Munich with its world rewn treasures of paintings provides the opportunity to experience some individual picture process- ing of a kind which in my opinion is worth the effort even it is t digital.
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