Augmented Vision department awarded as „Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen“

The Augmented Vision department of DFKI was honored as one of the 100 innovative award winners of the competition “Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen – Excellent Places in the Country of Ideas” in Berlin on June 4th 2018 during a ceremony in Berlin.

An independent jury selected the projects from almost 1,500 submitted applications. A certificate signed by the Federal President as well as a panel of honor will make the award visible. According to the annual motto “Connecting Worlds – Strengthening Cohesion”, the Augmented Vision department shows how innovations emerge in research and explore “AI for humans”. The department researches on different application areas of Computer Vision, such as Augmented Reality, Medicine and Automotive. The jury highlighted the project “Alter Ego” as particularly praiseworthy in which a digital twin helps patients with social disorders to improve their communication skills.

Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller received the award in Berlin representative for the department Augmented Vision. (credits: Deutschland – Land der Ideen/Bernd Brundert)

Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller received the award in Berlin representative for the department Augmented Vision. (credits: Deutschland – Land der Ideen/Bernd Brundert)

Keynote of Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller on Autonomous Driving

On May 15th Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller was giving a Keynote Lecture on visual perception in autonomous driving on the Mannheim Computer Science Colloquium. In his presentation, he introduced the different stages of autonomous driving and explained the central role of visual perception for them. Decisive for automated driving functions is, for example, the determination of distances to other road users (such as vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, etc.), the detection of lanes and traffic signs or the precise localization of one’s own vehicle. Furthermore, the movements in the environment have to be captured accurately in order to make predictions about the near future. The research of Dr. Wasenmüller’s team ‘Machine Vision and Autonomous Vehicles’ deals exactly with these challenges and is looking for more innovative methods to better perceive the vehicle environment.

The Mannheim Computer Science Colloquium serves to present and discuss new research results as well as new methods, techniques and solutions of computer science. Every month another speaker from science or industry is invited to present the latest trends in a given topic.

Mannheimer Informatik Kolloquium, Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller


Keynote talk of Prof. Stricker at INNOSPACE

Prof. Stricker presented at the INNOSPACE event of Airbus, ESA and HBO the current state of the art of Augmented Reality and newest results about how to automate content creation (see start-up and initialize 3D tracking without any preparation or set-up work.


LARA project wins Madrid Challenge of the European Satellite Navigation Competition, ESNC 2017

It is a great honour to announce that our Horizon2020 project LARA, won the Madrid Challenge of the European Satellite Navigation Competition, ESNC 2017. GeoImaging from Nicosia, coordinator and technology partner of LARA project together with SignalGeneriX from Limassol, a technology partner of the project, received the prestigious award on behalf of the LARA consortium.

The ESNC Awards Ceremony took place November 7, 2017 in front of an international audience during the European Space Week 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.


Dr Stylianidis, coordinator of LARA project and Dr Tasos Kounoudes of SignalGeneriX receive the award from the Director of the GSA, Mr Carlo des Dorides

The ESNC annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation in everyday life, spurring the development of respective market-driven applications.

This award is a confirmation of success for all the hard work invested by all project partners especially now that the project enters the commercialization phase.

A complete list of this year’s ESNC winners is available at the ESNC 2017 Hal of Fame.

Successful trials with “Eyes-of-Things“ at the Albertina Museum

The group Augmented Vision implemented an embedded and ultra-low power machine learning recognition algorithm, which has been tested in the context of trials at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria. The Eyes of Thing is a visual IoT System with AI capability. It has been jointly developed with 8 partners across Europe over the last three years and anticipated the current and very fast development of Embedded Machine Vision using Learning Techniques. High-level computer vision and machine learning are being embedded in more and more devices, paving the way to many new applications.

See the video of the trials, by our partner Fluxguide:

3 papers at WACV 2018
At the 18th edition of the Winter Conference on Applications of ComputerVision – WACV 2018 our team members are presentig the following papers:

Paper #1 : Fusion of Keypoint Tracking and Facial Landmark Detection for Real-Time Head Pose Estimation by Jilliam Maria Diaz Barros, Bruno Mirbach, Frederic Garcia, Kiran Varanasi, Didier Stricker

Paper #2: SceneFlowFields: Dense Interpolation of Sparse Scene Flow Correspondences by René Schuster, Oliver Wasenmüller, Georg Kuschk, Christian Bailer, Didier Stricker

Paper #3: 3D Shape Processing by Convolutional Denoising Autoencoders on Local Patches by Kripasindhu Sarkar, Kiran Varanasi, Didier Stricker

WACV is being held from March 12 – 14 at Harvey’s Casino in Lake Tahoe, NV/CA. The program schedule is available here.
Our project AlterEgo wins “Trophée Les étoiles de l’ Europe 2017”

Please follow this link for the German press release.

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Best Poster Award at ISMAR 2017!

Congratulations to our colleagues for this success!


Augmented Vision Demonstration at ISMAR 2017

The department Augmented Vision demonstrates its object tracking technology “Augmented Things” at ISMAR 2017 in Nantes! This technology allows to augment any object for everyday use – the tracking is especially robust in difficult light conditions and under partial occlusion. Besides the demonstrator “Augmented Things”, the department Augmented Vision presents two publications:

Augmented Things: Enhancing AR Applications leveraging the Internet of Things and Universal 3D Object Tracking
Jason Raphael Rambach, Alain Pagani, Didier Stricker

Fusion of unsynchronized optical tracker and inertial sensor in EKF framework for in-car Augmented Reality delay reduction
Jason Raphael Rambach, Alain Pagani, Sebastian Lampe, Ruben Reiser, Manthan Pancholi, Didier Stricker

A Probablistic Combination of CNN and RNN Estimates for Hand Gesture Based Interaction in Car
Aditya Tewari, Bertram Taetz, Frederic Grandidier, Didier Stricker