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ETH Zurich - Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering - Computer Vision Laboratory

About the Lab

The Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH Zurich, works on the computer-based interpretation of 2D and 3D image data sets from conventional and non-conventional image sources.

The computer vision lab performs research in the fields of Medical Image Analysis and Visualization, Object Recognition, Gesture Analysis, Tracking, and Scene Understanding and Modeling.

We treat the complete cycle from signals to their interpretation, and to the resulting action. It is our objective to develop universal concepts and methods. In order to meet these challenges, we want to keep our finger at the pulse of international, ongoing research. Therefore, we operate in the context of many collaborations with other labs, like the CO-ME and IM2 Swiss competence centers (NCCR), and many European projects.

This said, it simultaneously is our strategy to let difficult, real-world applications drive our research and development. We see collaboration with industry as an important plus for an engineering lab like ours.

Heads of the laboratory are Prof. Luc Van Gool and Prof. Gabor Székely.

Vision Lab News

CTI MedTech Award 2014 goes to CVL team
Gábor Székely, Head of CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation) Medtech, presented Orçun Göksel, SNSF-Professor at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich and Vincent Baumann (Veinpress GmbH) with the award, which includes a check for more than CHF 10 000 and a trophy. Their project was selected from among three nominated projects by the audience of around 400 experts from the fields of Medtech research and industry.
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ETH Robocup team powered by CVL
Several enthusiastic students, the Computer Vision Lab and the Automatic Control Lab (both D-ITET) have sent their robot soccer team to Magdeburg early April 2014. In the Standard Platform League at the Robocup German Open tournament, the 4 robots have defended ETH's honor with great success.
Read more (in German)


CVL spin-off kooaba acquired by Qualcomm
The CVL spin-off kooaba has been created in 2007 by two former PhD students, Till Quack and Herbert Bay. It brought visual recognition to the mobile phone, thus connecting the real and the digital worlds. Early 2013 the company has been acquired by Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest electronic companies. Qualcomm uses the kooaba technology to further strengthen in Vuforia cloud-based visual recognition and augmented reality tool.
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CVL in the Swiss TV
An interview with Ph.D. Matthias Harders is featured by Swiss TV in the "Einstein" show (June 6th, 2013).
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An article on the CVL members participating in RoboCup 2013
Two CVL members, Gemma Roig and Xavier Boix, participate in RoboCup 2013. Polykum, an ETH newspaper, printed an article about their work.
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Best Paper Award at ECCV 2012
The Best Paper Award for the ECCV 2012 conference was awarded to Daniel Kuettel, Dr. Matthieu Guillaumin and Dr. Vittorio Ferrari for their paper "Segmentation Propagation in ImageNet".
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Cars2 and the Computer Vision Lab
Spin-off Procedural's CityEngine software was used in Cars2 to generate a massive number of 3D building models.
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CVL spin-off company Procedural acquired by Esri
Esri has acquired (Procedural), the CVL spin-off founded by former PhD student Pascal Mueller and one of the world's leading software companies for creating 3D urban environments.
Read more: from ersi.com (in English) and from ETH Life (in German).


CVL in the Swiss radio
Prof. Luc Van Gool and the Computer Vision Laboratory were protagonists in the DRS 2 program Wissenschaft on April 30th. Hear the program (in German).


Prof. Luc Van Gool interviewed by the Swiss TV
The program Einstein featured an interview with Prof. Luc Van Gool on March 3rd. Watch the video (in German).