Research Overview

Welcome to the AIT Lab where AI meets Interactive Technologies. We do research at the intersection of Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Our main mission is to develop new ways for humans to interact with complex interactive systems (computers, wearables, robots), powered by advanced algorithms and technologies in machine perception, planning and data driven user modelling. Please see research and publications for more information.

The AIT Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges, is within the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. The group is jointly affiliated with the Institute of Visual Computing and Institute of Pervasive Computing.

Latest News

26.07.2019
5 papers from our group were accepted at ICCV'19 - more info coming soon!
01.07.2019
Sammy Christen joins the AIT lab. Welcome!
28.06.2019
We have two papers accepted conditionally at ACM UIST'19.
28.06.2019
We will be presenting three papers at SIGGRAPH'19. One on quadrotor motion planning for 3D reconstruction, one on deformation capture via capacitive arrays, and one on applying this to hand pose estimation using a soft printable glove.
01.04.2019
Xu Chen joins the AIT lab. Welcome!
15.02.2019
Our paper on generative modeling of time-series is accepted to ICLR'19.

Open PostDoc positions

We are currently looking for 2 post-docs with a background in either i) machine learning, bayesian optimisation, active learning, variational methods, deep-learning or related areas or ii) computer vision, graphics, robotics, numerical methods or physical simulation.

Excellent programming skills in C++ or other high-level language are expected and experience in Matlab, Python, OpenGL, or CUDA are beneficial. Fluent communication skills (written and presentation) in English are essential.

Positions are fully funded (via ERC starting grant) and are available to those of any nationality (some knowledge of German is beneficial but not essential). For more details see how to apply.


Latest Projects


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Dynamic Drawing Guidance via Electromagnetic Haptic Feedback

AuthorsT. Langerak, J. Zarate, V. Vechev, D. Panozzo, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsarXiv preprint, 2019

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Photo-Realistic Monocular Gaze Redirection Using Generative Adversarial Networks

AuthorsZ. He, A. Spurr, X. Zhang, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsIEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Seoul, Korea, 2019

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Monocular Neural Image Based Rendering with Continuous View Control

AuthorsX. Chen*, J. Song*, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Oct 2019
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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End-to-end Learning for Graph Decomposition

AuthorsJ. Song, B. Andres, M. Black, O. Hilliges, S. Tang
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Oct 2019

Few-Shot Adaptive Gaze Estimation

AuthorsS. Park*, S. De Mello*, P. Molchanov, U. Iqbal, O. Hilliges, J. Kautz
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Seoul, Korea, 2019
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

Accepted as Oral Presentation

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Structured Prediction Helps 3D Human Motion Modelling

AuthorsE. Aksan*, M. Kaufmann*, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsThe IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Oct 2019
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

Content-Consistent Generation of Realistic Eyes with Style

AuthorsM. C. Buehler, S. Park, S. De Mello, X. Zhang, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Computer Vision Workshops (ICCVW), Seoul, Korea, 2019

OpenEDS Image Generation Challenge Winner

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Learning Cooperative Personalized Policies from Gaze Data

AuthorsC. Gebhardt, B. Hecox, B. van Opheusden, D. Wigdor, J. Hillis, O. Hilliges, H. Benko
In ProceedingsProceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, New Orleans, LA, USA, 2019

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Context-Aware Online Adaptation of Mixed Reality Interfaces


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AudioTouch: Minimally Invasive Sensing of Micro-Gestures via Active Bio-Acoustic Sensing


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Interactive Hand Pose Estimation using a Stretch-Sensing Soft Glove


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Deformation Capture via Self-Sensing Capacitive Arrays

AuthorsO. Glauser, D. Panozzo, O. Hilliges, O. Sorkine-Hornung
In ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) (Volume: 38, Issue: 2), 2019

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Unpaired Pose Guided Human Image Generation


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Video-based Prediction of Hand-grasp Preshaping with Application to Prosthesis Control

AuthorsL. Taverne*, M. Cognolato*, T. Bützer, R. Gassert, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2019
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Demonstration-Guided Deep Reinforcement Learning of Control Policies for Dexterous Human-Robot Interaction


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STCN:Stochastic Temporal Convolutional Networks


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TacTiles: Dual-mode Low-power Electromagnetic Actuators for Rendering Continuous Contact and Spatial Haptic Patterns in VR

AuthorsV. Vechev*, J. Zarate*, D. Lindlbauer, R. Hinchet, H. Shea, O. Hilliges
In Proceedings2019 IEEE Virtual Reality (VR), Mar 2019
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Plan3D: Viewpoint and Trajectory Optimization for Aerial Multi-View Stereo Reconstruction


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Real-time Environment-independent Multi-view Human Pose Estimation with Aerial Vehicles

AuthorsT. Nägeli, S. Oberholzer, S. Plüss, J. Alonso-Mora, O. Hilliges
In ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA), Tokyo, Japan, 2018

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Deep Inertial Poser: Learning to Reconstruct Human Pose from Sparse Inertial Measurements in Real Time

AuthorsY. Huang*, M. Kaufmann*, E. Aksan, M. Black, O. Hilliges, G. Pons-Moll
In ACM Transactions on Graphics, (Proc. SIGGRAPH Asia), Nov 2018
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Sample Efficient Learning of Path Following and Obstacle Avoidance Behavior for Quadrotors

AuthorsS. Stevsic, T. Nägeli, J. Alonso-Mora, O. Hilliges
In IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Volume: 3, Issue: 4), Oct 2018

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DextrES: Wearable Haptic Feedback for Grasping in VR via a Thin Form-Factor Electrostatic Brake

AuthorsR. Hinchet*, V. Vechev*, H. Shea, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technologies (UIST), Berlin, Germany, Oct 2018
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Learn-to-Score: Efficient 3D Scene Exploration by Predicting View Utility

AuthorsB. Hepp, D. Dey, S. Sinha, A. Kapoor, N. Joshi, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsEuropean Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), Munich, Germany, 2018

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Deep Pictorial Gaze Estimation

AuthorsS. Park, A. Spurr, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsEuropean Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), Munich, Germany, 2018

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Optimizing for Aesthetically Pleasing Quadrotor Camera Motion


Learning to Find Eye Region Landmarks for Remote Gaze Estimation in Unconstrained Settings

AuthorsS. Park, X. Zhang, A. Bulling, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA), Warsaw, Poland, 2018

Best Presentation Award

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Cross-modal deep variational hand pose estimation


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DeepWriting: Making Digital Ink Editable via Deep Generative Modeling

AuthorsE. Aksan, F. Pece, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montréal, Canada, 2018

Honorable Mention Best Paper Award

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AdaM: Adapting Multi-User Interfaces for Collaborative Environments in Real-Time

AuthorsS. Park, C. Gebhardt*, R. Rädle*, A. Feit, H. Vrzakova, N. Dayama, H. Yeo, C. Klokmose, A. Quigley, A. Oulasvirta, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montréal, Canada, 2018
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.