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Challenge the way you perceive the world

Challenge the way you perceive the world

Computer scientists and entrepreneurs working with artificial intelligence reveal how they adapt visual perception to enable robots and intelligent systems to see and interpret the environment.

Much of how we perceive our daily lives stems from the visual input we receive ­ paintings, photographs, and videos reveal how we think, feel and perceive light. Creating sensors for robots, intelligent machines, and augmented reality, researchers enable machines to perceive information related to the task­at­hand, without having to produce visual images. Tasks such as search and rescue, industrial inspection, crop monitoring or archeological surveying require an unconventional approach that delivers visual information in differing formats. Speakers will reveal how sensory perception allows robotic devices to operate at high speeds and with a fraction of the power consumption of a conventional camera. They will also demonstrate multiple scene perception algorithms based in Computer Vision techniques and their applications.

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to challenge your own perception with interactive visual illusions and convince yourself that what your brain perceives is not what your eyes see.

Wann 14.09.2018
Zeit 14:00 - 17:00
Wo Schiffbau


Prof. Margarita Chli

Computer Vision for Robotics at ETH Zurich

Margarita Chli is a Professor at ETH Zurich leading the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich. Originally from Greece and Cyprus, she studied Information & Computing Engineering at the University of Cambridge and has conducted her PhD at Imperial College London, UK. Margarita’s interests lie in Computer Vision for Robotics and her work contributed to the first vision­based autonomous flight of a small helicopter. In 2016, she featured in Robohub’s list of 25 women in Robotics you need to know aboutand in 2017, she received the biannual Zonta prize on the basis of her high impact contributions to the development of robotic vision and was a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Alexander Sorkine­-Hornung

Research Scientist & Technical Lead for Mixed Reality at Oculus Zurich

Alexander is Research Scientist and Technical Lead for Mixed Reality at Oculus Zurich. With the teams in Zurich, he focuses on developing core technologies that bridge the boundaries between the Real and Virtual World, ranging from 3D computer vision and machine learning to high-performance graphics and experience design. Before his time at Oculus, Alexander headed the Imaging and Video group at Disney Research. The research and technologies developed by his group have significantly impacted Disney park attractions and movie productions such as Soarin’ over California and Soarin’ around the World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Maleficent, Cinderella, Big Hero 6, and various others. Alexander obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen in 2008, and spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zurich. In 2012 Alexander received the Eurographics Young Researcher Award.

Dr. Alexander Ilic

Head of Magicleap and Founder of Dacuda

Alexander Ilic is the head of Magic Leap Switzerland and an experienced high-tech entrepreneur. He co-founded the ETH Spin-off Dacuda (acquired by Magic Leap in 2017) and served as Assistant Professor at University of St.Gallen. In 2011, he won the Swiss Economic Award and was named «Entrepreneur of the Year» in 2012 by E&Y.

Julien Martel

Institute of Neuroinformatics, Cortical Computation Group

Julien is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Neuroinformatics. His research interests lie in artificial vision with the aim to give machines the ability to see, and understand what they see. Julien is interested in the design of algorithms and systems with novel, unconventional vision sensors. In particular, he has devoted his efforts to create algorithms for sensors that embed intelligent circuits in each pixel and is collaborating with chip designers to drive the design of the next generation of intelligent vision chips.

Prof. Markus Gross

Institute for Visual Computing at ETH Zurich and Director of Disney Research Zurich

Markus Gross is a Professor of Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory, Vice President Global Research and Development and the director of Disney Research. He joined the ETH Computer Science faculty in 1994. His research interests include physically based modeling, computer animation, immersive displays, and video technology. Before joining Disney, Gross was director of the Institute of Computational Sciences at ETH. He received a master of science in electrical and computer engineering and a PhD in computer graphics and image analysis, both from Saarland University in Germany in 1986 and 1989. In 2013 he received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Konrad Zuse Medal of GI and the Karl Heinz Beckurts price.

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Institute for Neuroinformatics at ETH Zurich and University of Zurich

Yulia Sandamirskaya is leading the group "Neuromorphic Cognitive
Robots'' that builds biologically inspired computing architectures for robots
using spiking and continuous neuronal dynamics. She is interested in
long­term memory formation, sequence learning, sensorimotor maps
learning, spatial cognition, and navigation, and aims at realising related
neuronal architectures in mixed signal analog/digital neuromorphic chips.
She builds neuronal architectures that can perceive, learn, and act
autonomously in a closed sensor­motor loop, inspired by biological