ETH Zurich : Computer Science : Pervasive Computing : Distributed Systems : People : Gábor Sörös


soeroesg Gábor Sörös
Dr. sc. ETH Zurich

ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)
Department of Computer Science
Distributed Systems Group
ETH Zentrum
Universitätsstrasse 6
CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland

phone:+41 44 632 0121
fax:+41 44 632 1659

About me

Since July 2017, I work full time at the ETH Spin-off Kapanu but I still keep close contact with the Institute for Pervasive Computing at ETH where I was a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student before. I still actively supervise three PhD students at ETH.

My research interests include mobile and wearable computer vision, human computer interaction, and augmented reality. From 2011 to 2015, I was a scientific advisor to the ETH Spin-off Scandit on visual code scanning with mobile and wearable devices. In 2014, I completed an R&D internship in mobile computer vision and augmented reality at Qualcomm Research. Since 2016, I also work with Kapanu on building cutting-edge augmented reality for dentistry.

I studied electrical engineering in Budapest and in Karlsruhe with focus on communication systems, and visual computing in Vienna with focus on mobile augmented reality. During my studies, I was working as a student assistant at the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. I joined ETH Zurich as a research and teaching assistant in 2011 and defended my doctoral thesis in May 2016. (Full CV)

Research interests

Visual codes


Augmented reality


Interaction with smart objects


Mobile optical character recognition

  • Price label recognition
  • Credit card recognition
  • Business card recognition
  • Play card recognition

Other activities

08/2017: We are featured on TechCrunch and The Verge
03/2017: We presented our AR technology at IDS 2017, a dental trade show with over 155.000 visitors from 157 countries
07/2016: We are building cutting-edge augmented reality for dentistry at Kapanu
05/2016: I successfully defended my PhD thesis
01/2016: I attended the Dagstuhl seminar 16042 on eyewear computing
10/2015: I presented our research to the President of ETH and the Vice President of Switzerland
03/2015: Our work on gesture recognition was nominated for the ETH Spark Award 2015 as one of the 20 most promising inventions
03/2015: I presented our research to the Rector and the President of ETH
10/2014: I completed a 4-months internship on Mobile Augmented Reality at Qualcomm Research Vienna, Austria
09/2014: Our work is featured in ETH unterwegs
07/2014: Our work on gesture recognition won the Swisscom ICT Award 2014
10/2014: We are featured in Neue Zürcher Zeitung
09/2014: I was a student volunteer at the ECCV 2014 conference in Zurich
03/2014: I visited the Interactive 3D Technologies group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
02/2014: I participated in the ETH - Disney Research Augmented Reality Games Hackathon in Zurich
09/2013: Our work is featured in ETH unterwegs
09/2013: I was local co-organizer of the Ubicomp 2013 and ISWC 2013 conferences in Zurich
06/2013: I attended the 4th UBI Summer School on Mobile Augmented Reality Interfaces in Oulu, Finland
05/2013: I presented my poster on next generation barcode scanning at the Swiss Vision Day 2013
10/2012: I was a student volunteer at the 3DIMPVT conference in Zurich
07/2012: I attended the International Computer Vision Summer School in Sicily
05/2012: I was a finalist in Mobile Visual Computing for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship
07/2011: I attended the University of Zurich Summer School on Interaction, Visualization and Ubiquitous Computing
07/2011: I attended the Networked Embedded Systems Summer School in Bertinoro, Italy

I was a member of the program committee of ETRA'19

I was a reviewer of the following conferences:
Ubicomp'13, MUM'13, UIST'14, ISMAR'15, Ubicomp'15, ISWC'15, CHI'16, UIST'16, MobileHCI'16, Ubicomp'16, Ubicomp'17, ISMAR'17, ETRA'18, ISMAR'18, CHI'19, ETRA'19

I am or I was a reviewer of the following journals:
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging
Elsevier Signal Processing: Image Communication
Elsevier Image and Vision Computing
Hindawi Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging
ACM Interactive, Multimedia, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)


FS 2017: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers

FS 2016: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers

FS 2015: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers, Ubiquitous Computing and Ubiquitous Computing Seminar

FS 2014: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers, Seminar 'Smart Environments'

FS 2013: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers, Ubiquitous Computing and Seminar 'Interaction in Intelligent Environments'

HS 2012: Distributed Systems

FS 2012: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers and Ubiquitous Computing

HS 2011: Distributed Systems

FS 2011: Informatics II for Electrical Engineers

Student projects

I am always looking for talented students with background in both distributed systems and visual computing. Electrical engineers with experience in signal and image processing are also welcome.

Available Projects

M Machine Learning on Mobile GPU Gábor Sörösavailable
M Mobile and Wearable Augmented Reality Gábor Sörösavailable

Assigned Projects

L Inside-out Acoustic Head Tracking Using Imaginary Anchor Sources Felix PfreundtnerJing Yang,
Gábor Sörös
FS 19

Completed Projects

M Spatial Audio for Human-Object Interactions Yves FrankJing Yang,
Gábor Sörös
FS 18
M User-centric rendering for handheld augmented reality Shiheng WangJing Yang,
Gábor Sörös
HS 17
L Gaze Estimation with Convolutional Neural Networks Andrey IhnatovMihai Bâce,
Gábor Sörös
HS 16
L Facial Augmented Reality Andreas HessGábor SörösHS 16
B Temporal Context in Human Pose Estimation Susanne KellerJie Song,
Gábor Sörös
HS 16
B Visible Light Communication for Smartglasses Pascal JosephyGábor Sörös,
Stefan Schmid
FS 16
B Gesture Recognition on Wearable Devices Sander StaalMihai Bâce,
Gábor Sörös
FS 16
B Solfege Sign Recognition with a Wearable Camera Julia GigerGábor SörösFS 16
M Online Gyroscope-Camera Autocalibration for Image Enhancement on Smartphones Luc HumairGábor SörösFS 15
L Image Processing on Mobile GPU Carlo BeltrameGábor SörösFS 15
B Image Processing on Mobile GPU Marc FischerGábor SörösFS 15
B Wearable Shopping Assistant Mauro GueriniGábor SörösFS 15
M Blur Removal from Document Images Stephan SemmlerGábor SörösHS 14
B Smart Playing Cards with Smart Glasses Michael FranzGábor SörösFS 14
B Developing a Multi-Level Visual Code David ChettritGábor Sörös,
Leyna Sadamori
FS 14
B Multiframe Blur Estimation using Inertial Measurement Sensors Severin MüngerGábor SörösFS 14
B Rapid Object Reconstruction for Product Augmented Reality Sandro LombardiGábor SörösFS 14
B A Biking Assistant on a Wearable Computer Andy ZimmermannGábor SörösHS 13
B A Magic Lens for Visualizing Device Interactions Markus SchalchSimon Mayer,
Gábor Sörös,
Marian George
FS 13
B Optical Character Recognition with a Head-Mounted Camera Thomas KnellGábor SörösFS 13
B Motion Blur Compensation using Inertial Measurement Sensors Carlo BeltrameGábor SörösFS 13
M Optical Character Recognition on Mobile Phones (in cooperation with MIT) Ekansh AnandChristian Floerkemeier,
Gábor Sörös
FS 12
L Automatic Topology Estimation in Wireless Lamp Networks Moritz Hoffmann,
Claudio Gargiulo
Gábor SörösFS 12
L Uncovering Device Whispers Bram Scheidegger,
Claude Barthels
Simon Mayer,
Christian Beckel,
Gábor Sörös
FS 12
B Optical Character Recognition on Mobile Phones Luc HumairChristian Floerkemeier,
Gábor Sörös
FS 12



ETH Zurich Distributed Systems Group
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