Gunther Notni, born on February 23, 1963 in Potsdam, studied physics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena from 1983-1988, and was an aspirant at the Institute of Applied Optics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena from 1988-1992, where he received his PhD on "Investigations of wave coupling in volume gratings and their application in two-wave mixing and phase conjugation". During this time (1991-92) he received a doctoral fellowship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (Bonn). Since 1992 he is working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena. From 1994-2019 he was head of the department Optical Systems and since 2020 he is member of the board of directors of the IOF and head of the business unit Sensors and Metrology. The main focus of his work is the development of 3D and spectral measurement techniques, high-resolution surface and shape measurement techniques, application of machine learning methods in image processing, the development of optical system techniques and the development of THz systems. Within the scope of his activities he has led a large number of projects of the DFG, the BMBF and the EU.
Gunther Notni is a member of the German Society for Applied Optics (DGAO), the OptoNet e.V. Thuringia (board member) and the Society for Quality Science e.V. (GQW). Furthermore, he is head of the Thuringian Centre for Mechanical Engineering (ThZM) and chairman of the Thuringian regional association of the VDI.
His scientific work has been awarded the Faculty Prize 1992 of the Faculty of Physical-Astronomical-Technical Sciences of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, the Research Prize of the State of Thuringia 2001 (category Transfer) and 2014 (category Applied Research) and he received the "Judson C. Hickey Writing Award" of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry in 2005 and the Rudolf Kingslake Award of the SPIE (Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers) in 2014.
In the winter semester 2014/15, he was appointed as an endowed professor of the newly initiated Chair of Machine Vision at the Technical University Ilmenau. With the retirement of Professor Linß, Professor Notni also took over the management of the Group for Quality Assurance and Industrial Image Processing.
Since October 2019, the endowed professorship has been transferred to the professorship for Quality Assurance and Machine Vision and has been continued.