Research Overview

The AIT lab conducts research at the fore-front of human-centric computer vision. Our core research interests are algorithms and methods for the spatio-temporal understanding of how humans move within and interact with the physical world. We develop learning-based algorithms, methods and representations for human- and interaction-centric understanding of our world from videos, images and other sensor data. Application domains of interest include Augmented and Virtual Reality, Human Robot Interaction and more. Please refer to our publications for more information.

The AIT Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges, is part of the Institute for Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS), in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich.

Latest News

09.05.2022
We have 1 paper accepted at SIGGRAPH 2022. Stay tuned for more details.
17.03.2022
Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges receives the ERC Consolidator Grant. Congratulations!
02.03.2022
We have 4 papers (1 oral) accepted at CVPR 2022. Stay tuned for more details.
01.03.2022
Chen Guo joins the AIT lab. Welcome!
24.02.2022
Yufeng receives the 2022 Meta PhD Research Fellowship. Congratulations!
25.01.2022
Our recent projects on virtual avatars, VariTex and SNARF, are covered in ETH News.
22.01.2022
In this NZZ interview, Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges talks about Metaverse and virtual avatars. Check it out for more details (paywalled).
Check here for previous news.

Latest Projects


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D-Grasp: Physically Plausible Dynamic Grasp Synthesis for Hand-Object Interactions


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gDNA: Towards Generative Detailed Neural Avatars


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I M Avatar: Implicit Morphable Head Avatars from Videos

AuthorsY. Zheng, V. Abrevaya, M. Bühler, X. Chen, M. Black, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022

Accepted as Oral Presentation

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PINA: Learning a Personalized Implicit Neural Avatar from a Single RGB-D Video Sequence

AuthorsZ. Dong*, C. Guo*, J. Song, X. Chen, A. Geiger, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Computational Design of Kinesthetic Garments

AuthorsV. Vechev, J. Zarate, B. Thomaszewski, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsComputer Graphics Forum, 2022

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Human Performance Capture from Monocular Video in the Wild


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A Skeleton-Driven Neural Occupancy Representation for Articulated Hands

AuthorsK. Karunratanakul, A. Spurr, Z. Fan, O. Hilliges, S. Tang
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on 3D Vision (3DV), 2021

Accepted as Oral Presentation

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Learning to Disambiguate Strongly Interacting Hands via Probabilistic Per-pixel Part Segmentation

AuthorsZ. Fan, A. Spurr, M. Kocabas, S. Tang, M. Black, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on 3D Vision (3DV), 2021

Accepted as Oral Presentation

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A Spatio-temporal Transformer for 3D Human Motion Prediction


VariTex: Variational Neural Face Textures


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EM-POSE: 3D Human Pose Estimation from Sparse Electromagnetic Trackers

AuthorsM. Kaufmann, Y. Zhao, C. Tang, L. Tao, C. Twigg, J. Song, R. Wang, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021

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SNARF: Differentiable Forward Skinning for Animating Non-Rigid Neural Implicit Shapes


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Shape-aware Multi-Person Pose Estimation from Multi-view Images


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Self-Supervised 3D Hand Pose Estimation from monocular RGB via Contrastive Learning

AuthorsA. Spurr*, A. Dahiya*, X. Wang, X. Zhang, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsInternational Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

Accepted as Oral Presentation

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SPEC: Seeing People in the wild with an Estimated Camera

AuthorsM. Kocabas, C. Huang, J. Tesch, L. Müller, O. Hilliges, M. Black
In ProceedingsProceedings of the International Conference on Computer Vision 2021, Oct 2021

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PARE: Part Attention Regressor for 3D Human Body Estimation


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Hedgehog: Handheld Spherical Pin Array based on a CentralElectromagnetic Actuator

AuthorsA. Aline, J. Zarate, T. Langerak, V. Vechev, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsWorld Haptics Conference, 2021

Honorable Mention - Best Paper Award

Learning Functionally Decomposed Hierarchies for Continuous Control Tasks With Path Planning

AuthorsS. Christen*, L. Jendele*, E. Aksan, O. Hilliges
In IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Volume: 6, Issue: 2), 2021
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

Accepted as Oral Presentation at the Deep RL Workshop at NeurIPS

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Improved Learning of Robot Manipulation Tasks via Tactile Intrinsic Motivation

AuthorsN. Vulin, S. Christen, S. Stevsic, O. Hilliges
In IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Volume: 6, Issue: 2), April 2021

Optimization-based User Support for Cinematographic Quadrotor Camera Target Framing


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Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning Explains Task Interleaving Behavior


CoSE: Compositional Stroke Embeddings

AuthorsE. Aksan, T. Deselaers, A. Tagliasacchi, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 2020

Self-Learning Transformations for Improving Gaze and Head Redirection


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Spatial Attention Improves Iterative 6D Object Pose Estimation


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Convolutional Autoencoders for Human Motion Infilling


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Omni: Volumetric Sensing and Actuation of Passive Magnetic Tools for Dynamic Haptic Feedback

AuthorsT. Langerak*, J. Zarate*, D. Lindlbauer, C. Holz, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Virtual Event, USA, 2020
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Optimal Control for Electromagnetic Haptic Guidance Systems


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Learning-based Region Selection for End-to-End Gaze Estimation

AuthorsX. Zhang, Y. Sugano, A. Bulling, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsBritish Machine Vision Virtual Conference (BMVC), 2020

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Human Body Model Fitting by Learned Gradient Descent

AuthorsJ. Song*, X. Chen*, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsEuropean Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2020
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Category Level Object Pose Estimation via Neural Analysis-by-Synthesis

AuthorsX. Chen*, Z. Dong*, J. Song, A. Geiger, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsEuropean Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2020
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Weakly Supervised 3D Hand Pose Estimation via Biomechanical Constraints

AuthorsA. Spurr, U. Iqbal, P. Molchanov, O. Hilliges, J. Kautz
In ProceedingsEuropean Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), Glasgow, Scotland, 2020

Winner of HANDS2019 challenge: RGB-based 3D Hand Pose Estimation while Interacting with Objects

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ETH-XGaze: A Large Scale Dataset for Gaze Estimation under Extreme Head Pose and Gaze Variation

AuthorsX. Zhang, S. Park, T. Beeler, D. Bradley, S. Tang, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsEuropean Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2020

Accepted as Spotlight Presentation

Towards End-to-end Video-based Eye-Tracking


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Contact-free Nonplanar Haptics with a Spherical Electromagnet

AuthorsJ. Zarate*, T. Langerak*, B. Thomaszewski, O. Hilliges
In Proceedings2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2020
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Accurate Real-time 3D Gaze Tracking Using a Lightweight Eyeball Calibration


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Learning to Assemble: Estimating 6D Poses for Robotic Object-Object Manipulation

AuthorsS. Stevsic, S. Christen, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Volume: 5, Issue: 2), April 2020