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Portrait photo of Christian RichardtChristian Richardt is a Research Scientist at Reality Labs Research in Pittsburgh. He was previously 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.



April 2022
I’m excited to join Reality Labs Research in Pittsburgh as a Research Scientist Lead.
March 2022
Our work on high-resolution 360° monocular depth estimation (360MonoDepth) will appear at CVPR 2022.
December 2021
We are presenting our work on time-of-flight NeRF for dynamic scenes at NeurIPS 2021.

I co-chaired the CVMP 2021 conference in London, the first ACM SIGGRAPH affiliated conference to be back in person.

October 2021
Our work on time-of-flight NeRF for dynamic scenes will appear at NeurIPS 2021.

We have a paper on 360° optical flow accepted at BMVC 2021.

I am delighted that 3DV 2021 will be free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors!

August 2021
We presented our work on Real-time Global Illumination Decomposition of Videos at SIGGRAPH 2021.
June 2021
I co-organised DynaVis – the third workshop on dynamic scene reconstruction at CVPR 2021. Watch the recording of our keynotes, talks and panel discussion on YouTube.

I presented OmniPhotos at the OmniCV 2021 CVPR workshop. Watch the recording on YouTube.

April 2021
Two Minute Papers covered our work OmniPhotos: “360° VR Photography Is Here! 📸”
March 2021
I will be co-chairing the European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP) in December 2021 (with Rafał Mantiuk). See you in London!

I will be one of the Sponsorship Chairs for 3DV 2021 (with Federica Bogo).

January 2021
We presented our work on long-term localization in dynamic scenes at WACV 2021.

I am co-organising DynaVis – the third workshop on dynamic scene reconstruction at CVPR 2021.

December 2020
We presented our work OmniPhotos: Casual 360° VR Photography at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020.

We presented our work BlockGAN at NeurIPS 2020.

I chaired the European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP) on 7–8 December, which was free to attend for all.

November 2020
We presented two papers at ISMAR 2020:

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

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.

Selected publications

360MonoDepth: High-Resolution 360° Monocular Depth Estimation
Manuel Rey-Area*, Mingze Yuan* and Christian Richardt
Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2022

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

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)