Mixed Reality and AI Zurich Lab Launch

Mixed Reality and AI Zurich Lab Launch


Microsoft scientists as well as collaborators from ETH Zurich, EPFL, and Inria presented talks and demos at the scientific launch of the Mixed Reality & AI Zurich Lab. Watch the video of special guest speaker, Alex Kipman, Inventor & Technical Fellow at Microsoft, who discusses the science and technology behind the HoloLens in his talk “HoloLens 2: Unpacked”.

Computer vision is a key enabling technology for Mixed Reality and a core part of Artificial Intelligence. Computer Vision allows robots and devices like the HoloLens to localise themselves and map their surroundings. These capabilities are critical to provide useful contextual information and facilitate effective collaboration between humans and machines.

With his team of scientists from all around the world, Prof. Marc Pollefeys, Head of the Institute for Visual Computing of the Dept. of Computer Science of ETH Zurich, brings together research and practical development. With this lab and the close collaboration with ETH Zurich, Microsoft Switzerland helps ensure that the innovations that are created in Switzerland are carried out into the world and applied in products and services that empower individuals and organizations around the world to achieve more.


Thursday, 3 October 2019

Time (CEST) Session Speaker Location
10:00 – 11:00 ETH Global Lecture: HoloLens 2 – Unpacked Alex Kipman, Microsoft ETH Hauptgebäude (Audimax)
11:00 – 11:45 Refreshments and networking
11:45 – 12:00 Break Transition to Zunfthaus zur Schmiden
12:00 – 13:00 Arrival, lunch and registration Zunfthaus zur Schmiden
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome Alex Kipman, Microsoft
13:10 – 13:30 Kickoff and Lab Vision Marc Pollefeys, Microsoft/ETH Zurich
13:30 – 13:50 Crowd-Sourced Image-Based 3D Reconstruction Johannes Schönberger, Microsoft
13:50 – 14:10 Lifelong Mapping Lukas Schmid, ETH Zurich
14:10 – 14:30 Learning Feature Representations for Localization and Mapping Mihai Dusmanu, ETH Zurich
14:30 – 14:50 Event Cameras Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich
14:50 – 15:10 Eye Tracking – the Key to Computational Understanding of Human Behavior and Cognition Mirko Meboldt, ETH Zurich
15:10 – 15:40 Afternoon break Group picture
15:40 – 16:00 Medical Augmented Reality: State of the Art, Requirements and Challenges Nassir Navab, TU Munich, JHU and Balgrist Hospital
16:00 – 16:20 Privacy Preserving Mixed Reality Cloud Pablo Speciale, Microsoft
16:20 – 16:40 Adaptive Mesh Texture for Multi-View Appearance Modeling Edmond Boyer, Inria
16:40 – 17:00 Semantic 3D Reconstruction Martin Oswald, ETH Zurich
17:00 – 18:00 Break Transition to Talstrasse 9
18:00 – 21:00 Apéro Riche and Demos at the new MR&AI Zurich Lab Talstrasse 9

Friday, 4 October 2019

Time (CEST) Session Speaker Location
08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and coffee Zunfthaus zur Schmiden
09:00 – 09:30 At the Heart of the AI Revolution Christopher Bishop, Microsoft
09:30 – 09:50 Learning to See and Generate people Siyu Tang, MPI
09:50 – 10:10 Learning Joint Reconstruction of Hands and Manipulated Objects Yana Hasson, INRIA/Microsoft TBC
10:10 – 10:30 Hands Segmentation with Recurrent U-Net Wei Wang, EPFL TBC
10:30 – 10:50 H+O: Unified Egocentric Recognition of 3D Hand-Object Poses and Interactions Buğra Tekin, Microsoft
10:50 – 11:20 Morning break
11:20 – 11:40 Making Synthetic Training Data with Digital Humans Erroll Wood, Microsoft
11:40 – 12:00 Immersive Teleoperation and Task Autocompletion Roi Poranne, ETH Zurich
12:00 – 12:20 Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone towards World-Scale Virtual Reality Christian Holz, ETH Zurich
12:20 – 12:40 Mixed Reality Trompe L’oiel for Fun and Profit Andy Wilson, Microsoft
12:40 – 13:00 Lunch and depart
13:00 – 14:00 Wrap-up / Conclusions Marc Pollefeys, Microsoft/ETH Zurich