Michael Gruber studied Surveying and Photogrammetry at the Technical University Graz. From 1990 -1992 he was on the staff of the Department of Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Cartography of the Technical University Graz. After a short period in a private mapping company he joined the Institute for Computer Graphics of the Technical University of Graz to lead the working group for 3D Object Reconstruction. In 1997 he got his PhD degree from the Technical University of Graz.
Since October 1999 Michael Gruber is full time staff of Vexcel Imaging Austria (Chief Scientist Photogrammetry).
From May 2006 until March 2016 Vexcel Imaging Austria operated under the ownership of Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA.
Michael Gruber holds several US patents for developments in digital photogrammetry, among them the basic concept of the digital aerial camera family UltraCam.