Vision and Sports Summer School • 2010

Zurich, Switzerland • 16-20 August 2010


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Vision and Sports is a special special kind of summer school.

In addition to a broad-range of lectures on state-of-the-art Computer Vision techniques, it offers exciting sport activities, such as Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and Table Tennis.

What is most fun: the sports sessions are given by the same internationally renowned experts who deliver the lectures!

As a student, you get the best of both worlds: high-quality teaching on Computer Vision, and lots of fun with a variety of attractive sports. This offers plenty of opportunity for personal contact between students and teachers. How would you like to beat your teacher in a tennis match ? Or play in the same Volleyball team ? This, and more, will happen at VS3!

For more information, please also see the website of VS3 2009


The schedule of the summer school is available here

Each day consists of two vision and one sports session.

Confirmed Lecturers (more coming soon)

  • Jiri Matas
    Jiri Matas
    Czech Technical University (Prague, Czech Republic)
    Vision: Local features extraction and matching / large scale specific object recognition
    Sports: Floorball/Unihockey/Tennis
  • Daniel Cremers
    Daniel Cremers
    TU München (Munich, Germany)
    Vision: 3D reconstruction / continuous optimization
    Sports: Volleyball and Rock climbing
  • Carsten Rother
    Carsten Rother
    Microsoft Research Cambridge
    Vision: MRF/CRF for Computer Vision
    Sports: Ultimate Frisbee
  • Vittorio Ferrari
    Vittorio Ferrari
    ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Vision: Shape representation and matching /contour-based object categorization
    Sports: Table Tennis
  • Cristian Sminchisescu
    Cristian Sminchisescu
    University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
    Vision: Human motion analysis and structured prediction
    Sports: Tennis/Soccer
  • Silvio Savarese
    Silvio Savarese
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Vision: Multi-view object categorization
    Sports: Soccer
  • Christoph Lampert
    Christoph Lampert
    Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
    Vision: Kernel Methods for Computer Vision
    Sports: Floorball/Unihockey
  • Pushmeet Kohli
    Microsoft Research Cambridge
    Vision: MRF/CRF for Computer Vision
    Sports: Tennis
  • Ondrej Chum
    Ondrej Chum
    Czech Technical University (Prague, Czech Republic)
    Vision: Large scale specific object recognition
    Sports: Tennis


Vision Lectures

  • Local features extraction and matching
  • Multi-view geometry and 3D reconstruction
  • Large scale specific object recognition
  • Appearance-based object categorization
  • Shape representation and matching
  • Contour-based object categorization
  • Kernel methods for computer vision
  • Markov random fields and conditional random fields for computer vision

Sports Activities


sports activities

Volley ball

sports activities

Ultimate Frisbee

sports activities


sports activities

Floor ball (Unihockey)

sports activities

Table tennis

sports activities


Important dates

  • Application deadline: May 10, 2010 (application deadline passed. Site closed.)
  • Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2010
  • Registration deadline for accepted participants: June 30, 2010
  • Summer school: August 16-20, 2010

Application site

The application deadline has passed on May 10, 2010. The site is now closed. We will soon sent out notification of acceptance to every applicant.


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The classes will take place at ETH of ETH Zurich, located in center of Zurich. The sports sessions will take place in Fluntern, only 10 minutes tram away from ETZ . Just next to the sports center, the Zurich zoo offers a good opportunity for entertainment.

The city of Zurich is located 409 m above sea level, at the north end of Lake Zurich. It covers an area of 92 square km and has 361,000 inhabitants, which makes it Switzerland's largest city. The average temperature in January is between -10°C and +5°C and up to +30°C in July.

Zurich is truly a wonderful place set among some of the most beautiful scenic vistas on the shores of Lake Zurich. Zurich is just a stone's throw from the Alps. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and rivers, picturesque villages, all provides an ideal starting point for all kinds of excursions from Zurich.

Take a walk through the old town, the glorious lake and enjoy the trendy new Zurich West district. There is so much to be enjoyed at Zurich that you may run short of time in Zurich. With over 50 museums and 100 galleries and operas in Zurich, ballet, theater premieres, shows, musicals and art exhibitions are a regular feature in the city. Zurich is a shoppers paradise. Enjoy an incredible shopping experience at the famous Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmatquai in Zurich. Above all, enjoy world class cuisines from all over the world. With over 1,700 restaurants and bars in Zurich serving both traditional Zurich and Swiss dishes as well as exotic specialities, its an experience in itself.

panoramic view of zurich


For the attendees of the VS3 Summerschool a number of rooms in local hotels is available at special rates.

More information on accommodation options is available here.

Useful links

Zurich Tourism
Stadt Zurich (German)
Züri Info (German)
ZVV Zürcher Verkehrsverbund
Federal Railways



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