Invited Talk – Daniel Cremers: Deep Direct Visual SLAM, 26th of April 2021, 14h CET

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We welcome Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers as an invited speaker to our lab next week and are looking forward to his presentation.

Title: Deep Direct Visual SLAM
Date: 26th of April 2021, 14h CET

Abstract: While neural networks have swept the field of computer vision and replaced classical methods in most areas of image analysis and beyond, extending their power to the domain of camera-based 3D reconstruction and visual SLAM remains an important open challenge. In my talk, I will discuss the problem of image-based reconstruction and visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). In particular, I will advocate direct methods that recover 3D structure and camera motion directly from the intensity images. Moreover, I will discuss how the performance of visual SLAM methods can be drastically enhanced using the predictive power of deep networks.

Short Bio: Daniel Cremers received a PhD in Computer Science (2002) from the University of Mannheim, Germany. Subsequently he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and one year as a permanent researcher at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ. From 2005 until 2009 he was associate professor at the University of Bonn. Since 2009 he holds the Chair of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich. His publications received numerous awards, including the ‘Best Paper of the Year 2003’ (Int. Pattern Recognition Society), the ‘Olympus Award 2004’ (German Soc. for Pattern Recognition) and the ‘2005 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research’. For pioneering research he received five grants from the European Research Council, including a Starting Grant, a Consolidator Grant and an Advanced Grant. In 2018 he organized the largest ever European Conference on Computer Vision in Munich. He is member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In December 2010 he was listed among “Germany’s top 40 researchers below 40” (Capital). On March 1st 2016, Prof. Cremers received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award, the biggest award in German academia. He is co-founder of several companies, most recently the high-tech startup Artisense.