Rudolf Mester studied electrical engineering with an emphasis on communication technology at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany. After having obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1983, he performed research work in industrial and academic projects on image processing and image coding and earned his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from RWTH Aachen in 1988.

After a short period with the Advanced Projects unit of Philips Data Systems, Dr. Mester joined the Research Institute of Robert Bosch GmbH, Hildesheim, where he established a computer vision and image interpretation group. He initiated and conducted numerous internal as well as several national and European joint research projects especially in the field of applying computer vision to surveillance, security and driver assistance (ADAS).