Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges

Prof. Dr. Otmar Hilliges

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

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I am an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich. I lead the AIT lab and serve as the head of the Institute of Intelligent Interactive Systems.

My research is in machine perception of human activity, computer vision and machine learning. Specifically, I am interested in spatio-temporal understanding of how humans move within and interact with the physical world. I research algorithms, methods and representations for human- and interaction-centric understanding of our world from videos, images and other sensor data. I'm interested in many different application domains such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, Human Robot Interaction and more.

Prior to joining ETH I was a postdoc and later a 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 and my PhD in Computer Science from LMU München, Germany (2009).





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I routinely review paper for conferences and journals in computer vision (CVPR, ICCV, 3DV, TPAMI), in HCI (CHI, UIST, Ubicomp, VR, ISMAR) and Robotics (ICRA, IROS, RA-L).




Selected Publications

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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.

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


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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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