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Graphics, Vision and Video - Interdisciplinary Topics in Visual Computing

Seminar – Summer Semester 2012

Organizer: Christian Theobalt, Co-organizers: Levi Valgaerts

Human Motion Capture
(Hasler etal. CVPR 2009)
Motion Deblurring
(Cho etal. ICCV 2011)
Advanced Video Editing
(Bhat etal. EGSR 2007)
Photometric Stereo
(Joshi and Kriegman ICCV 2007)
Cloth Capture
(Kavan etal. SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011)
Performance Capture for Editing
(Jain etal. SIGGRAPH ASIA 2010)
Images courtesy of respective authors.

These are just a few examples, for a full list of topics see here.


In case you have questions about this seminar, please contact Levi Valgaerts – valgaerts (at)


Date What
  April 17, 2012     First meeting of the seminar, presentation of topics. Compulsory for all Participants! (Slides)  
  May 10, 2012     Class room lecture: "How to give a good talk" (Slides)  ATTENTION: TIME CHANGED! (Slides)  
  May 17, 2012     First seminar talk by participant. All other talks will follow in regular weekly slots.  


The field of Computer Vision strives to develop algorithms for understanding, interpreting and reconstructing information of real world scenes from image and video data. The focus of Computer Graphics, on the other hand, is on image synthesis, i.e. on the development of algorithms to build and edit static and dynamic virtual worlds and to display them in photorealistic or stylised ways.

In recent years, it could be observed that these fields have more and more converged since both disciplines started to investigate research questions that are of relevance for either side. As an example, Computer Graphics researchers have started to investigate algorithms to reconstruct detailed models of static and dynamic scenes from image data, such that more believable virtual renderings of real world scenes could be achieved. In a similar manner, Computer Vision research has been able to benefit from the experience of Computer Graphics research to efficiently and effectively model image formation and light transport, which also simplifies scene analysis and reconstruction tasks. Recently, the ever increasing amount of image and video data has further strengthened the links between the two fields, as both communities start to investigate new ways to analyse, structure and immersively display these data.

This seminar covers advanced research topics that lie on the boundary of the fields of Computer Vision and Computer Graphics. These include classic and recent research results that were published at the top tier conferences and in top journals in either field. More specifically, the seminar will cover research papers from the following problem fields: Motion estimation and tracking, multi-view geometry and reconstruction, computational photography and videography, reconstruction of static and dynamic 3D scenes, advanced image and video processing

Target Audience

The target audience are graduate students in computer science or related fields. Basic knowledge in at least one of the fields of 3D geometry, computer vision, image processing, and computer graphics is required. Every participant will give a talk on a chosen scientific topic. Afterwards, the topic will be discussed within the seminar group. This is a great opportunity for students to improve their research and presentation skills and to learn about the latest developments in computer vision and computer graphics. The seminar language is English.


Part 1: Presentation

Part 2: Paper


Participants are expected to read every paper in preparation for the upcoming presentations. We expect students to actively engage in discussions for further understanding of the presented material. We aim at a creative atmosphere - ideas developed during the seminar work might lead to Master thesis projects. To encourage lively discussions, we decided that you can improve your grade by one step, e.g. from 2.0 to 1.7, if you participate actively in the discussion sessions after the talks.

Time and Place

Time: Thursdays, 14:00-16:00 h
First Meeting: Tuesday April 17, 2012, 17:00 h
Second Meeting: Thursday May 10, 2012
Presentation Slots: May 31, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26
Room: Building E1.4 (Max-Planck-Institut), Room 019



Registration is open.

In case you want to participate in the seminar, send an email with your name, matriculation number, current semester and email address to valgaerts (at) The details of the seminar and the available topics will be discussed in the first class on April 17. Attendance is required in all classes. If possible, take already a look at the list of topics and provide a ranked list of your three favorite topics: (1) best, (2) second best, etc. Based on your preference we plan to assign topics within one week. Please note that the number of available presentation slots is limited to ten. We will try to accommodate all requests for participation but in case we have more requests than available slots, we will assign slots on a first come first serve basis. All official announcements will be made through the mailing list. Please subscribe/unsubscribe to it.

Mailing List

Instructor Office Hours

Instructor Time and Place Contact


Monday, 11:00h - 12:00h

elhayek (at)


Tuesday, 16:00h - 17:00h

granados (at)


Thursday, 16:30h - 17:30h

varanasi (at)



theobalt (at)


Tuesday, 15:30h - 16:30h (only after appointment)

valgaerts (at)

List of Papers

Topic Paper Title Authors Published at Contact Presenter Date

3D Non-Rigid Motion Analysis

A continuous, editable representation for deforming mesh sequences with separate signals for time, pose and shape, (paper)

Trajectory Space: A Dual Representation for Nonrigid Structure from Motion, (paper)

Thomas J. Cashman and Kai Hormann

Ijaz Akhter, Yaser Sheikh, Sohaib Khan and Takeo Kanade


PAMI 2011



May 31


Human Motion Capture

Fast Articulated Motion Tracking using a Sums of Gaussians Body Model, (paper)

Markerless Motion Capture with Unsynchronized Moving Cameras, (paper)

Carsten Stoll, Nils Hasler, Juergen Gall, Hans-Peter Seidel and Christian Theobalt

Nils Hasler, Bodo Rosenhahn, Thorsten Thormahlen, Michael Wand, Juergen Gall and Hans-Peter Seidel

ICCV 2011

CVPR 2009


Aurela Shehu

June 14


Video Stabilisation

Subspace Video Stabilization, (paper)

Content-Preserving Warps for 3D Video Stabilization, (paper)

Feng Liu, Michael Gleicher, Jue Wang, Hailin Jin and Aseem Agarwala

Feng Liu, Michael Gleicher, Hailin Jin and Aseem Agarwala




Nadia Robertini

June 21


Image Matching

Data-driven Visual Similarity for Cross-domain Image Matching, (paper)

Balanced Graph Matching, (paper)

Abhinav Shrivastava, Tomasz Malisiewicz, Abhinav Gupta and Alexei A. Efros

Timothee Cour, Praveen Srinivasan and Jianbo Shi

SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

NIPS 2006

Kwang In

Kwang In

June 28


Scene Flow Estimation

Multi-View Scene Flow Estimation: A View Centered Variational Approach, (paper)

Joint Estimation of Motion, Structure and Geometry from Stereo Sequences, (paper)

Tali Basha, Yael Moses, Nahum Kiryati

Levi Valgaerts, Andres Bruhn, Henning Zimmer, Joachim Weickert, Carsten Stoll and Christian Theobalt

CVPR 2010

ECCV 2010


Elham AfsariYeganeh

July 5


Motion Capture with Depth Cameras

A Data-Driven Approach for Real-Time Full Body Pose Reconstruction from a Depth Camera, (paper)

Real-Time Human Pose Recognition in Parts from Single Depth Images, (paper)

Andreas Baak, Meinard Müller, Gaurav Bharaj, Hans-Peter Seidel and Christian Theobalt

Jamie Shotton, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Mat Cook, Toby Sharp, Mark Finocchio, Richard Moore, Alex Kipman and Andrew Blake

ICCV 2011

CVPR 2011


Maxim Reznitskii

July 12

Cloth Capture and Simulation of Advanced Scene Models

Physics-Inspired Upsampling for Cloth Simulation in Games, (paper)

Video-based Reconstruction of Animatable Human Characters, (paper)

Ladislav Kavan, Dan Gerszewski, Adam W. Bargteil and Peter-Pike Sloan

Carsten Stoll, Juergen Gall, Edilson de Aguiar, Sebastian Thrun and Christian Theobalt

SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

SIGGRAPH Asia 2010


Artem Boldyrev

July 19


Passive Facial Performance Capture

High-Quality Passive Facial Performance Capture using Anchor Frames, (paper)

High Resolution Passive Facial Performance Capture, (paper)

Thabo Beeler, Fabian Hahn, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Paul Beardsley, Craig Gotsman, Robert W. Sumner and Markus Gross

Derek Bradley, Wolfgang Heidrich, Tiberiu Popa and Alla Sheffer





July 26


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