Dr. Kathrin Berkner selected as “Top Female Research Leader of the Year” for 2016 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

LOS ALTOS, CA – 18 July, 2016 – Dr. Kathrin Berkner, former Director of R&D for Ricoh Innovations Corporation, who recently joined Apple, was selected as “Top Female Research Leader of the Year” for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees will be invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With over 20 years of professional experience in the field, Dr. Berkner has certainly proved herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the industry.   As being Director of R&D, she was leading the Computation Optics & Visual Processing Group at the California Innovation Center of Ricoh Innovations.  Dr. Berkner’s key responsibilities include; creating innovative technology for computational imaging systems for computer and human vision applications; starting from digital-optical co-design of optics and signal processing algorithms via prototyping to transferring the innovative concepts into Ricoh’s products.  Her experience in creating innovative imaging solutions for healthcare and visual services gave her the recognition as Top Research Leader of the Year!

Dr. Berkner has authored over 20 technical publications and has over 30 patents granted or pending.  She has been recognized worldwide for her achievements and has received numerous awards.  In 2016 she was named Outstanding Member of the Year with the WAOFP.  In 2014 she was the recipient for the Best Paper Award for 3D-Keypoint Detection from the Lightfield Scale-Depth Space Analysis ICIP Conference in Paris France; February 2009 named CRA-W Industry Researcher of the Month; Selected as Outstanding Professional of the Year with the National Association of Professional Women.  In 2008 recipient of the Ricoh Patent Award.  In 2006 recipient of the Best Paper Award at International Conference on Multimedia & Expo and in 2003 Recipient of the Ricoh Internal Minori Award for Outstanding Creativity.

Kathrin received her PhD in Mathematics from the Universität Bremen in 1996 her Masters in Mathematics from the Universität Hannover in 1992.  She is an active member with IEEE; SPIE; ACM and OSA. When not working Dr. Berkner enjoys the violin, sports, camping, skiing, spending time with her family and volunteering for the Boy and Girl Scouts.

Looking back Dr. Berkner attributes her success to her deep love of learning, intellectual rigor, and passion for what she does.  She aspires to continue growing as a professional and to continue making a difference in the world.

For more information on Dr. Berkner please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrinberkner


The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the worlds finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields.This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization who hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

For more information about IAOTP please visit www.iaotp.com

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