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“Visual 3D/4D modeling of urban places and events”, Professor Marc Pollefeys

19 September 2012

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Professor Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zurich Skeel Lecture Theatre (NOTE: this is a change of venue)

“One of the fundamental problems of computer vision is to extract 3D shape and motion from images. This can be achieved when a scene or object is observed from different viewpoints or over a period of time. First, I’ll discuss image-based 3D modeling and localization in large environments, e.g. urban 3D reconstruction from vehicle-borne cameras and (geo)localization from mobile-phone images. In this context, I will discuss some of the challenges an opportunities offered by symmetries of architectural structures. I will also discuss how changes in an urban environment can be detected from images, leading to the possibility to efficiently acquire 4D models. In addition to explicit 4D modeling of an event, I’ll demonstrate the possibility to perform interactive video-based rendering from casually captured videos.”

Biography: Marc Pollefeys is a full professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of ETH Zurich since 2007 where he is the head of the Institute for Visual Computing and leads the Computer Vision and Geometry lab.He currently also remains associated with the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he started as an assistant professor in 2002 and became an associate professor in 2005. Before this he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where he also received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1994 and 1999, respectively. His main area of research is computer vision. One of his main research goals is to develop flexible approaches to capture visual representations of real world objects, scenes and events. Dr. Pollefeys has received several prizes for his research, including a Marr prize, an NSF CAREER award, a Packard Fellowship and a European Research Council Starting Grant.He is the author or co-author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. He is the General Chair for the European Conference on Computer Vision 2014 (ECCV) and was a Program Co-Chair for the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2009 (CVPR).Prof. Pollefeys is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computer Vision and was a associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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