Christoph Gebhardt

Christoph Gebhardt

Postdoctoral researcher
Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab, ETH Zürich

+41 44 632 89 62
+41 44 632 16 59
Stampfenbachstrasse 48, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
ETH Zurich, Department of Computer Science, STD, H 23


I am a postdoctoral researcher associated with the Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab and the Sensing, Interaction & Perception Lab at ETH Zurich. My research interests lie at the intersection of reinforcement learning, human-computer interaction, and cognitive psychology. I am working on modeling the closed-loop dynamics of human-computer interaction to create truly functional adaptive user interfaces.

I received my doctoral degree from ETH Zürich, advised by Professor Otmar Hilliges. I interned at Facebook Reality Labs with Hrvoje Benko (2018) and visited the User Interfaces group at Aalto University where I worked with Antti Oulasvirta(2017). Prior to my postdoc, I worked for the robotics startup Tinamu AG, a spin-off from ETH Zurich.

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Optimal Control to Support High-Level User Goals in Human-Computer Interaction

Optimization-based User Support for Cinematographic Quadrotor Camera Target Framing


Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning Explains Task Interleaving Behavior


Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning as a Model of Human Task Interleaving

AuthorsC. Gebhardt, A. Oulasvirta, O. Hilliges
In arXiv:2001.02122, 2020


High-Level Teleoperation System For Aerial Exploration Of Indoor Environments

AuthorsW. Isop, C. Gebhardt, T. Nägeli, F. Fraundorfer, O. Hilliges, D. Schmalstieg
In Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2019


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


Optimizing for Aesthetically Pleasing Quadrotor Camera Motion


WYFIWYG: Investigating Effective User Support in Aerial Videography

AuthorsC. Gebhardt, O. Hilliges
In arXiv:1801.05972, 2018


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.


Airways: Optimization-Based Planning of Quadrotor Trajectories according to High-Level User Goals

Authors C. Gebhardt*, B. Hepp*, T. Nägeli, S. Stevsic, O. Hilliges
To appear in ProceedingsACM SIGCHI, San Jose, CA, USA, May 2016
*The first two authors contributed equally to this work.


Employing Blended Interaction to Blend the Qualities of Digital and Physical Books

Authors C. Gebhardt, R. Raedle, H. Reiterer
In ProceedingsM&C 2014, Munich, Germany, Sep. 2014, Best Paper Award


Integrative Workplace: Studying the Effect of Digital Desks on Users’ Working Practices

Authors C. Gebhardt, R. Raedle, H. Reiterer
In ProceedingsACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts, Toronto, Canada, Apr. 2014


Student Theses

BA Jonathan Chen A Design-based Solution for a Notification Management System
MA Brian Regan Application of Deep Q-Learning to Sequential Recommendation of Music
BA Roman Sattler Optimizing Image Framing for Quadrotor Trajectory Generation
SA Himankar Sharma Semantic Clustering of Mobile Instant Messages
SA Yuwen Chen Learning the Weights of a Trajectory Optimizer
BA Andreas Roth Implementing a Predictive Text Entry Method for Swiss German
MA Yi Hao Ng A Trajectory Generation Scheme to Improve the Global Smoothness of Quadrotor Camera Shots
SA Milan Schilling Design and Evaluation of an App-Based User Interface for a Stair Climbing Wheelchair
SA Krzysztof Lis Quadrotor pilot training using augmented reality