ETH Zurich : Computer Science : Pervasive Computing : Distributed Systems : People : Mihai Bâce


Mihai Bâce
PhD Candidate

ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)
Department of Computer Science
Distributed Systems Group
ETH Zentrum, CNB H 108
Universitätstr. 6
CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland

Phone+41 44 633 87 37
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Short CV

I am a PhD student and Research Assistant in the Distributed Systems Group at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Friedemann Mattern. Before joining the PhD program, I obtained my master's degree in Computer Science from EPFL, Switzerland. I also hold a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. During my master studies I did two internships, one at Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer and one at ABB Corporate Research Center where I worked on my master thesis.

My research interest is in the general area of Human-Computer Interaction, with a focus on computational aspects and has influences from both Machine Learning and Computer Vision. In my work, I develop innovative technologies to better understand users and enhance their interaction capabilities. Concretely, my work so far has focused on 1) detecting gestures using off-the-shelf wearables and facilitating interaction among multiple people, 2) enhancing the interaction experience when using wearable eye trackers either by making calibration easier or through gaze gestures, and 3) understanding and modelling users' visual attention in everyday mobile device interactions.

A more detailed CV can be found here: Mihai Bâce CV


I regularly review for conferences such as ETRA, MobileHCI, IoT, WWW and jurnals such as PACM IMWUT or IEEE Sensors. I have also served as a Program Commitee member for IoT and WWW.


Supervised student projects

  • Pursuit Interactions with an RGB Camera in Unconstrained Remote Settings (Lab project), Chenyang Wang, 2019
  • Visual Attention on Mobile Devices (MSc thesis), Sander Staal, 2018
  • Gaze-based Camera Focus on Mobile Devices (MSc thesis), Michael Franz, 2018
  • Head Pose Estimation for Gaze Estimation (MSc thesis), Amirreza Bahreini, 2018
  • Pursuit-based Interaction on Unmodified Devices (MSc thesis), Alexander Kayed, 2018
  • Eye Contact Detection on Constrained Devices (BSc thesis), Philipp Schimmelfennig, 2018
  • Deep Learning for Real-time Gaze Estimation on Mobile Devices (MSc thesis), Erfan Abdi, 2017
  • Wearable Eye Tracker Calibration (Lab project), Sander Staal, 2017
  • Automatic Shelf Monitoring with Convolutional Neural Networks (MSc thesis), Carlo Beltrame, 2017
  • Wearable Eye Tracking on Mobile Devices (BSc thesis), Philippe Schlattner, 2017
  • Gaze Estimation with Convolutional Neural Networks (Lab project), Andrey Ihantov, 2017
  • Price Comparison Shopping Assistant on Mobile Devices (BSc thesis), Patrick Huwiler, 2016
  • Gesture Recognition on Wearable Devices (BSc thesis), Sander Staal, 2016
  • Bluetooth Indoor Localization - Beacon Placement Strategies (BSc thesis), Frederic Vogel, 2015


  • Distributed Systems (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Ubiquitous Computing (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Smart Systems Seminar (2018)
  • Ubiquitous Computing Seminar (2015)
  • Computer Science II for Electrical Engineers (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
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