About us

ART is a leading manufacturer of high-end optical tracking systems for Virtual and Augmented Reality. In addition, ART provides solutions for industrial measurement and Motion Capture for ergonomics. The company is located near Munich, Germany. Please click here for directions.

Founded in 1999, ART became one of the most important suppliers of infrared optical tracking solutions for the automotive and aerospace industries, and for research institutes and universities. ART offers a variety of tracked input devices, such as Flysticks and Fingertracking, particularly designed for Virtual Reality applications.
Moreover ART provides a dedicated solution for optical tracking inside multi-sided projection systems. All ART products are developed and manufactured in Germany, which guarantees a high reliability and a maximum of flexibility to satisfy the individual requirements of each customer.


Certifications

We are delighted to announce that ART has been successfully certified by TÜV SÜD for ISO 9001:2008, the most widely used and recognised international standard in Quality Management (QM). Furthermore ART was awarded by the German Stifterverband with the “INNVOVATIVE THROUGH RESEARCH” label.  more

General Management

Dr.-Ing. Konrad Zürl

Konrad Zürl is ART's CEO in the management team, having founded the company in 1999. The company has since experienced continuous steady growth, with a worldwide customer base. After graduating in electrical engineering at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen, he progressed to scientist at the chair of Applied Optics. In 1992, he was seconded to Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, NJ as visiting scientist. His thesis was about parallel optoelectronic data transmission. In 1995, he moved from academia to industry, holding several R&D management positions in the field of optoelectronic measurement technology, mainly for medical purposes.

Dr. Armin Weiss

Armin Weiss joined ART in 1999 and became CTO of the management team in 2002. He studied Physics at Technical University Munich, receiving a PhD on biophysical mechanisms of ‘New Forest Disease’ following experimental fieldwork in the Bavarian Alps. In 1996 he moved to industry to work on medically related optical measurement techniques in a startup company. In 1998 he joined the German based development team of Qualisys AB, working on the development of their optical tracking technology.

Ulrich Probost

Ulrich joined ART in 2009 in the role of an application engineer. In addition to his day to day sales and customer support activities, he focused more and more on special key accounts and, in April 2012, was promoted to Sales Director. In July 2017, Ulrich joined the General Management Team as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Prior to joining ART, Ulrich studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Ulm, Germany and carried out an extended internship with Nokia Inc. in San Diego, USA. After completing his diploma thesis he joined VOLKE Consulting Engineers GmbH & Co. Planungs KG where he was involved in several development projects at BMW in Munich.


Teamleaders

Andreas Werner:  Sales

Andreas Werner joined ART in 2005 as a sales manager and application engineer. Combining his long experience in computer graphics and his engineering background, he focused on Virtual Reality applications for industrial end-users. Furthermore, he developed the US market for ART and built up the relationship with North American resellers. Following Ulrich Probosts change into management, Andreas was promoted to Sales Director in July 2017.

Andreas studied Aerospace Technology at the University of Stuttgart, and joined the Scientific Visualization group of the Computing Center already during his studies. In the Visualization group, he later worked as a Research assistant before he joined VirCinity, a company developing VR applications for industry.

Dr. Steffen Herbort: Research & Development SW

Steffen joined ART in 2014 as a software developer for markerless tracking systems. With his academic background in the fields of image processing, computer vision and machine learning, he developed core components for ART's industrial markerless tracking system.

In 2015 he became teamleader of the research and development department focusing on markerless systems for industrial applications ([link to markerless Tracking]??, [link to VERPOSE]??).

Before joining ART, Steffen majored in electrical engineering. During that time, he accomplished an internship at AUDI, spent a semester abroad at the University of Iowa (USA) and wrote his thesis at Philips research laboratories in Aachen. In 2014, he received his PhD from TU Dortmund Unversity in the field of computer vision and 3D reconstruction.

Kurt Achatz: Research & Development SW

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Robert Scheibe: Research & Development HW

Robert joined ART in 2006 as a hardware engineer. Before, he studied media systems at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, where his main focus was on virtual reality. His special interests lay in the design of human computer interface solutions, e.g. in the tactile feedback system on ARTs optical fingertracking.

Since 2009 he is the head of hardware development at ART, designing the SMARTTRACK, ARTTRACK5 and TRACKPACK/E cameras.

Sebastian Trenkler: Production

Sebastian joined ART in 2008 as a manufacturing enmployee. Five years later, in 2013 he was promoted to Head of the production team.