Keynote: 3D Computer Vision and Mixed Reality

This is a golden age for computer vision. Research breakthroughs are leaving the lab and getting into users’ hands in record time. Computer vision now plays a pivotal role in many advances benefitting society, such as autonomous vehicles, improved biometric security, and medical imaging.  But out of all these innovations, one stands out as having the potential to completely upend how we access information and communicate with each other: mixed reality. Spurred by recent developments in SLAM, 3D reconstruction, gesture recognition, scene understanding, and power-efficient embedded computing, we’re already experiencing it in the form of groundbreaking products like Microsoft HoloLens. In this inspiring keynote, Marc will review recent advances in 3D computer vision and mixed reality and give us a preview of what’s to come.  

Speaker(s):

Marc Pollefeys

Director of Science, Microsoft HoloLens

Keynote Speaker:  Marc Pollefeys is Director of Science leading a team of scientist and engineers to develop advanced perception capabilities for HoloLens.  He is also a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich and was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2012.

He is best known for his work in 3D computer vision, having been the first to develop a software pipeline to automatically turn photographs into 3D models, but also works on robotics, graphics and machine learning problems.  Other noteworthy projects he worked on with collaborators at UNC Chapel Hill and ETH Zurich are real-time 3D scanning with mobile devices, a real-time pipeline for 3D reconstruction of cities from vehicle mounted-cameras, camera-based self-driving cars and the first fully autonomous vision-based drone.  Most recently his academic research has focused on combining 3D reconstruction with semantic scene understanding.  He has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications and holds several patents.  His lab at ETH Zurich also developed the PixHawk auto-pilot which can be found in over half a million drones and he has co-founded several computer vision start-ups.
 

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