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
Fax+41 44 632 16 59
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Short CV

I am a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in the Distributed Systems Group at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Friedemann Mattern. Before joining the PhD program in October 2014, 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 is aimed at developing innovative technologies which enhance people's interaction capabilities. It is at the intersection of human-computer interaction and machine learning with a focus on eye tracking. Nowadays, most of my efforts are directed towards building systems which can estimate the point of gaze from a single RGB camera (either model-based or appearance-based gaze estimation). I also have an interest and have worked with wearable eye trackers and gesture recognition systems running on wearable devices.

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


I reviewed for: IoT '16, IoT '17, IoT '18, IEEE Sensors Journal, ACM ETRA '18, ACM MobileHCI '18


Previous work

Supervised student projects

  • 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


  • Informatik II für ITET (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Ubiquitous Computing (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Ubiquitous Computing Seminar (2015)
  • Smart Systems Seminar (2018)
  • Distributed Systems / Verteilte Systeme (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
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