Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges

Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab, ETH Zürich

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Stampfenbachstrasse 48, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
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ETH Zurich, Department of Computer Science, STD, H 24
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Biography

I'm originally from Munich, Germany where I was born and raised. Currently I'm an Associate Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. I lead the AIT lab and currently serve as the head of the the Institute of Intelligent Interactive Systems. Prior to joining ETH I was Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, in the I3D group(2010-2013). I was awarded a Diplom (equiv. MSc) in Computer Science from Technische Universität München, Germany (Summa Cum Laude 2004) and my PhD in Computer Science from LMU München, Germany (Summa Cum Laude 2009). Following my studies, I spent two years as a postdoc at Microsoft Research Cambridge (2010-2012).




Research Interests

My research interests are centered around the computational aspects of Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI). As technologies shift computing away from the desktop, it is becoming increasingly clear that traditional means of interaction need to be replaced or complemented with new forms of input and output. My main objective is to push the boundaries of what humans can do with computers and how they interact with them.

Concretely, I am interested in machine perception of human activity, including pose estimation, gesture recognition and other forms of input sensing. Furthermore, I am interested in algorithms that can extract high-level concepts such as style and semantic meaning from observations of human activities and algorithms that continuously update individualized user models (based on such data). Finally, we investigate how mathematical optimization techniques can be used to synthesize and optimize user interfaces, at design- and run-time. For example, finding optimal parametrizations of sensor-based interactive devices for a given input task or finding optimized ways to display information given the systems current best believe about the user's intention, attention and other states.

I'm interested in many different application domains such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, Human Robot Interaction and Smart Environments and more. We work in diverse areas including HCI, robotics, computer vision and computer graphics as well as in applied machine learning and numerical optimization.


CV, Research and Teaching statements

(These were in part compiled for my tenure case - I apologise for the usual boasting.)

Academic and Professional Activities

Grants

Technical Program Comittee Member

Organizing Comittee Member

Keynote speaker

Reviewing

I routinely review paper for ACM CHI, UIST, ITS, TEI, Ubicomp, IEEE ISMAR, 3DV as well as for many journal publications.




Selected Publications

Please see our full publications list. Also check Google Scholar, DBLP or the ACM DL.

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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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Capturing Subjective First-Person View Shots with Drones for Automated Cinematography

AuthorsA. Ashtari, S. Stevsic, T. Nägeli, J. Bazin, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH) (Volume: 39, Issue: 5), Aug 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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Photo-Realistic Monocular Gaze Redirection Using Generative Adversarial Networks


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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.

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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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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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STCN:Stochastic Temporal Convolutional Networks


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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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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


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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.

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MagTics: Flexible and Thin Form Factor Magnetic Actuators for Dynamic and Wearable Haptic Feedback

AuthorsF. Pece*, J. Zarate*, V. Vechev, N. Besse, O. Gudozhnik, H. Shea, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technologies (UIST), Quebec City, Canada, Oct 2017
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

Honorable Mention Best Paper Award

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Real-time Planning for Automated Multi-View Drone Cinematography

AuthorsT. Nägeli, L. Meier, A. Domahidi, J. Alonso-Mora, O. Hilliges
In ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH), Los Angeles, USA, 2017

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Thin-slicing network: A deep structured model for pose estimation in videos

AuthorsJ. Song, L. Wang, L. Van Gool, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2017

Accepted as oral presentation

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Real-time Motion Planning for Aerial Videography with Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance and Viewpoint Optimization

AuthorsT. Nägeli, J. Alonso-Mora, A. Domahidi, D. Rus, O. Hilliges
In IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Volume: 2, Issue: 3), July 2017

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Interacting with soli: Exploring fine-grained dynamic gesture recognition in the radio-frequency spectrum

AuthorsS. Wang*, J. Song*, J. Lien, I. Poupyrev, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsProceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, 2016
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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Rig Animation with a Tangible and Modular Input Device

AuthorsO. Glauser, W. Ma, D. Panozzo, A. Jacobson, O. Hilliges, O. Sorkine-Hornung
In ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH), Anaheim, CA, USA, Jul 2016

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

AuthorsC. Gebhardt*, B. Hepp*, T. Nägeli, S. Stevsic, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose, CA, 2016
* These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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DefSense: Computational Design of Customized Deformable Input Devices

Authors M. Bächer, B. Hepp*, F. Pece*, P. G. Kry, B. Bickel, B. Thomaszewski, O. Hilliges
To appear in ProceedingsACM SIGCHI, San Jose, CA, USA, May 2016
*These two authors contributed equally to this work.

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In-air Gestures Around Unmodified Mobile Devices

Authors J. Song, G. Sörös, F. Pece, S. Fanello, S. Izadi, C. Keskin, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 2014

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Environment-independent Formation Flight for Micro Aerial Vehicles

Authors T. Naegeli, C. Conte, A. Domahidi, M. Morari, O. Hilliges
In ProceedingsIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 2014

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Tangible and Modular Input Device for Character Articulation

Authors A. Jacobson, D. Panozzo, O. Glauser, C. Pradalier, O. Hilliges, O. Sorkine
In ProceedingsACM SIGGRAPH, Vancouver, Ca, Aug 2014

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Type–Hover–Swipe in 96 Bytes: A Motion Sensing Mechanical Keyboard

Authors S. Taylor, C. Keskin, O. Hilliges, S. Izadi
In ProceedingsACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM SIGCHI), Toronto, Ca, Apr 2014 / Best Paper Award

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Digits: Freehand 3D Interactions Anywhere Using a Wrist-worn Gloveless Sensor

Authors D. Kim, O. Hilliges, S. Izadi, A. Butler, J. Chen, I. Oikonomidis, P. Olivier
In ProceedingsACM User Interface and Software Technologies, Boston, MA, USA, Oct 2012 / runner-up Best Demo Award

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HoloDesk: Direct 3D Interactions with a Situated See-Through Display

Authors O. Hilliges, D. Kim, S. Izadi, M. Weiss
In ProceedingsHuman Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI), Austin, Tx, USA, Apr 2012