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Marc Pollefeys
Full Professor

Computer Vision and Geometry lab (CVG) - Institute of Visual Computing

Department of Computer Science - ETH Zurich
CNB G105
Universitatstrasse 6
CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 632 31 05










Short Bio

Marc Pollefeys is a full professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of ETH Zurich which he joined in 2007 and where he leads the Computer Vision and Geometry lab. He is also the Director of the Microsoft Mixed Reality and AI Zurich Lab.  Previously he was with the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he started as an assistant professor in 2002 and became an associate professor in 2005.  Before he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where he also received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1994 and 1999, respectively. His main area of research is computer vision.  One of his main research goals is to develop flexible approaches to capture visual representations of real world objects, scenes and events. Dr. Pollefeys has received several prizes for his research, including a Marr prize, an NSF CAREER award, a Packard Fellowship and a ERC Starting Grant. He is the author or co-author of more than 280 peer-reviewed papers.  He will be a general chair for ICCV 2019, and was general chair for ECCV 2014 in Zurich, program chair for the IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision  and Pattern Recognition 2009 and was co-chair of the Third Symposium on 3D Data Processing, Visualization and Transmission and has organized workshops and courses at major vision and graphics conferences and has served on the program committees of many conferences. He is a regular reviewer for most of the major vision, graphics and photogrammetry journals.  Prof. Pollefeys is/was on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, the International Journal of Computer Vision, Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision and several other journals.  He is an IEEE Fellow.

Curriculum vitae - short version [pdf] extended version [pdf]

Research interests

Computer vision; 3D-from-video; (self-)calibration; structure-from-motion; simultaneous-localization and mapping (SLAM); camera tracking; camera networks; active vision; robot vision; multiple view geometry; omnidirectional vision; projector-camera systems; image-based modeling and rendering; video-based rendering; computational photography; image and video analysis; applications of computer vision to archaeology, urban modeling, terrain modeling, human-computer interaction, robotics, entertainment, medecine, etc.
[see research page]

EPFL EE Distinguished Lecture, April 2014 [YouTube]

Zurich.Minds 2011 short research presentation [YouTube]

We work with Google on Project Tango [YouTube] [NBC News]

Relive an event from multiple viewpoints: unstructured video-based rendering [webpage] (incudes interactive demo)

Reconstructing Rome: 3 million images, 1 day, 1PC... read more about it [BBC] [Chronicle of Higher Education] [Newswise] [UNC] [ReadWriteWeb] [physorg] [futurity] [smarthouse] []

Some cool stuff with helicopters [PixHawk]

Video from a 2007 talk at Google [video]

Postdoctoral researchers & senior researchers

Current PhD students

Yagız Aksoy, Federico Camposeco, Ian Cherabier, Andrea Cohen, Christian Haene, Dominik Honegger, Bastien Jacquet, Peidong Liu, Fabio Maninchedda, Lorenz Meier, Nikolay Savinov, Thomas Schoeps, Lukas Schneider, Pablo Speciale 

Alumni/Past Group Members


Main collaborators



If you want to refer to 3D modeling results we have obtained on these sequences the following paper is a good reference:
M. Pollefeys, L. Van Gool, M. Vergauwen, F. Verbiest, K. Cornelis, J. Tops, R. Koch, Visual modeling with a hand-held camera, International Journal of Computer Vision 59(3), 207-232, 2004. [IJCV][pdf]