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Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik

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Portrait photo of Christian RichardtChristian Richardt is a Reader (=Associate Professor) and EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellow in the Visual Computing Group, the CAMERA Centre and REVEAL at the University of Bath. His research interests cover the fields of image processing, computer graphics and computer vision, and his research combines insights from vision, graphics and perception to reconstruct visual information from images and videos, to create high-quality visual experiences with a focus on 6-degree-of-freedom VR video.

Christian was previously a postdoctoral researcher working on user-centric video processing and motion capture with Christian Theobalt at the Intel Visual Computing Institute at Saarland University and also in the Graphics, Vision and Video group at Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken, Germany. Previously, he was a postdoc in the REVES team at Inria Sophia Antipolis, France, working with George Drettakis and Adrien Bousseau, and he interned with Alexander Sorkine-Hornung at Disney Research Zurich where he worked on Megastereo panoramas.

Christian graduated with a PhD and BA from the University of Cambridge in 2012 and 2007, respectively. His PhD in the Computer Laboratory’s Rainbow Group was supervised by Neil Dodgson. His doctoral research investigated the full life cycle of videos with depth (RGBZ videos): from their acquisition, via filtering and processing, to the evaluation of stereoscopic display.


I am always looking for students!

Are you interested in visual computing, computer graphics, computational photography or video processing? I am looking for strong, highly-motivated students at all levels, from Bachelor, Master to PhD level.

I am currently looking for a strong PhD student to work on:

Editing VR Photos and Videos (start: October 2021)

Please contact me if you are interested.


November 2020
We will be presenting our work BlockGAN at NeurIPS 2020.

I co-chaired the ISMAR 2020 Doctoral Consortium, virtually in Brazil.

The European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP) on 7–8 December will be free to attend this year. Register here.

September 2020
We will be presenting our work OmniPhotos: Casual 360° VR Photography at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020.

We will be presenting two papers at ISMAR 2020 in November:

August 2020
We presented two papers at ECCV 2020:

I am co-editing a Research Topic (special issue) on Capturing and Sharing the Real World in Virtual and Augmented Reality in Frontiers in Virtual Reality | Technologies for VR (with Jonathan Ventura and Stefanie Zollmann). Abstracts due 27 October 2020, manuscripts due 3 February 2021.

July 2020
Five papers accepted: two papers at ECCV (one oral), two papers at ISMAR (one TVCG), and one paper conditionally accepted at SIGGRAPH Asia.
June 2020
I co-organised DynaVis – the second workshop on dynamic scene reconstruction at CVPR 2020. Watch the recording on YouTube.
March 2020
I will be chairing the European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP) in December 2020.

Three book chapters are now available:

November 2019
We presented our HoloGAN paper at ICCV 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Hyeongwoo Kim presented our work on neural style-preserving visual dubbing was presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 in Brisbane.

Selected publications

OmniPhotos: Casual 360° VR Photography
Tobias Bertel, Mingze Yuan, Reuben Lindroos and Christian Richardt
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2020)

HoloGAN: Unsupervised learning of 3D representations from natural images
Thu Nguyen-Phuoc, Chuan Li, Lucas Theis, Christian Richardt and Yong-Liang Yang
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2019

MegaParallax: Casual 360° Panoramas with Motion Parallax
Tobias Bertel, Neill Campbell and Christian Richardt
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VR 2019)

LIME: Live Intrinsic Material Estimation
Abhimitra Meka, Maxim Maximov, Michael Zollhöfer, Avishek Chatterjee, Hans-Peter Seidel, Christian Richardt and Christian Theobalt
Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2018 (spotlight presentation)

Video for Virtual Reality
Christian Richardt, James Tompkin, Jordan Halsey, Aaron Hertzmann, Jonathan Starck and Oliver Wang
Course at SIGGRAPH 2017 (Thursday, 3 August, 9:00–12:15, Room 403AB)

EgoCap: Egocentric Marker-less Motion Capture with Two Fisheye Cameras
Helge Rhodin, Christian Richardt, Dan CasasEldar Insafutdinov, Mohammad Shafiei, Hans-Peter SeidelBernt Schiele and Christian Theobalt
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2016)

Live Intrinsic Video
Abhimitra Meka, Michael Zollhöfer, Christian Richardt and Christian Theobalt
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2016)

Megastereo: Constructing High-Resolution Stereo Panoramas
Christian Richardt, Yael Pritch, Henning Zimmer and Alexander Sorkine-Hornung
Proceedings of CVPR 2013 (oral presentation, 3.3% acceptance rate)