We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for CVMP 2018:
Wolfgang Lempp, FilmLight:
Technology of Visual Storytelling (title to be confirmed)
Wolfgang Lempp has been involved in motion picture technology for over 30 years. With a background in Physics, he started as an electronic design engineer in animatronics, and moved on to develop motion control systems. He was instrumental in the pioneering efforts of the Computer Film Company, developing one of the first digital film compositing systems, creating numerous image processing tools, including the original Keylight algorithm. In 2002, he founded FilmLight, together with his engineering colleagues from CFC. The Northlight film scanner, the Truelight colour management tools and the Baselight grading system were the basis of FilmLight’s widely recognised success, and the combination of film heritage, colour science and creative toolset are still driving innovation at FilmLight today. Wolfgang has received a number of industry awards, including an AMPAS Sci-Tech award and, more recently, the Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Award.
Rafał Mantiuk, University of Cambridge:
How many pixels are too many? (title to be confirmed)
Rafał K. Mantiuk is a senior lecturer at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge (UK). He received PhD from the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science (Germany). His recent interests focus on computational displays, novel display technologies, rendering and imaging algorithms that adapt to human visual performance and viewing conditions in order to deliver the best images given limited resources, such as computation time, bandwidth or dynamic range. He contributed to early work on high dynamic range imaging, including quality metrics (HDR-VDP), video compression and tone-mapping. More on his research can be found at: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rkm38/.
Matthias Nießner, Technical University of Munich:
3D Reconstruction and Understanding of the Real World (title to be confirmed)
In this talk, I will cover our latest research on 3D reconstruction and semantic scene understanding. To this end, we use modern machine learning techniques, in particular deep learning algorithms, in combination with traditional computer vision approaches. Specifically, I will talk about real-time 3D reconstruction using RGB-D sensors, which enable us to capture high-fidelity geometric representations of the real world. In a new line of research, we use these representations as input to 3D Neural Networks that infer semantic class labels and object classes directly from the volumetric input. In order to train these data-driven learning methods, we introduce several annotated datasets, such as ScanNet and Matterport3D, that are directly annotated in 3D and allow tailored volumetric CNNs to achieve remarkable accuracy. In addition to these discriminative tasks, we put a strong emphasis on generative models. For instance, we aim to predict missing geometry in occluded regions, and obtain completed 3D reconstructions with the goal of eventual use in production applications. We believe that this research has significant potential for application in content creation scenarios (e.g., for Virtual and Augmented Reality) as well as in the field of Robotics where autonomous entities need to obtain an understanding of the surrounding environment.
Sebastian Sylwan, Felix & Paul Studios (title to be confirmed)
Sebastian Sylwan is a renowned and respected Visual Effects and Digital Media Technology Executive.
Sebastian is currently developing novel and exciting live action Virtual Reality experiences and the cameras, pipeline and tools to produce them as CTO & Creative partner of Felix & Paul Studios, a Montreal-based Cinematic Virtual Reality startup widely recognized as pioneers in the nascent medium and for having produced the highest quality experiences to date including Jurassic World – Apathosaurus, Miyubi, Inside the box of Kurios, and The People’s House – Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama.
Sebastian previously served as the Chief Technology Officer at Weta Digital, a world leading, Oscar™-winning visual effects studio based in Wellington, New Zealand. Weta Digital is renowned for films such as The Lord of The Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Hobbit trilogy.