Ralf Dragon studied Electrical Engineering with a focus on information processing at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, starting in 2001. In 2005, he wrote his study thesis 'Appearance-Based Facial Motion Analysis for Model-Based Coding' during a stay in Sweden at the Institutionen för Systemteknik, University of Linköping. His diploma thesis 'Kamerakalibrierung mit beweglichen Kalibriermustern' ('Camera Calibration with Movable Calibration Patterns') at the Institut für Informationsverarbeitung dealt with a new method of lens undistortion. It got the VDE study award 2006 of the VDE Hannover. Ralf Dragon received his Dipl.-Ing. degree with distinction in 2006. Since 2007 he has been working towards a PhD degree at the Institut für Informationsverarbeitung.