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In memoriam: Piet Schwering, electro-optics scientist

25 September 2014

Piet Schwering
Piet Schwering

Piet Schwering, SPIE Fellow and senior scientist at the electro-optics department of TNO Institute, died in late August after an extended illness. He was 54.

Despite his medical condition, Schwering still came to the TNO Defence, Security and Safety facility, where he worked on Infrared Search and Track Systems (IRST), noted friend and TNO colleague Ric Schleijpen in a brief tribute 22 September during SPIE Security + Defence 2014.

Schwering was an excellent scientist, Schleijpen said. “He often kept in the background, but he had strong drive to get things done. He did this with a good sense of humor and interest in the human side.”

After receiving his PhD in Astronomy on the study of Infrared Radiation of Magellanic Clouds in 1987, Schwering started working at TNO. He participated and chaired NATO Task groups and presented numerous papers on IRST-related topics.

With 27 years of experience in infrared sensors for various applications, he was an active participant at SPIE conferences. He co-authored over 60 conference publications and had four papers published in the SPIE journal Optical Engineering.

His latest publications were as a co-author on two papers presented at SPIE Remote Sensing and Security + Defence this week:

·         “Ship recognition for improved persistent tracking with descriptor localization and compact representations”

·         “Characteristics of turbulence-driven atmospheric blur over coastal water”

“The electro optics community has really lost one of its excellent and most capable scientists,” Schleijpen said during the tribute session.