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Stoll, Carsten

Carsten Stoll

Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Department 4: Computer Graphics

Mail address:
Campus E1 4, Room 117
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany

Email: Get my email address via email
Phone: +49 681 9325 4044

Important:
From April 2014 I will no longer be a member of the Max-Planck Institute. I will be working full-time at our startup The Captury, developing exciting new methods for markerless motion- and performance capture.

Research Focus

Performance Capture:

Creating high-quality and realistic virtual content is nowadays an important task for modern virtual worlds, games, and movies. While it is possible to roughly capture the motion and static shape of performers and scenes, capturing subtle surface motion details and appearance of actors (such as muscle bulging, cloth motion or facial wrinkles) and details of real scenes (such as moving leaves on trees) in uncontrolled environments is still a challenging problem.

My focus lies in researching novel techniques for capturing and processing highly detailed and accurate models of performers and scenes in motion using optical method. One of the main aspects of this is also to create results that match the high quality standards of production environments. This is only possible by combining approaches from Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, and Geometric Modeling.



Publications


2013

Wu, Chenglei; Stoll, Carsten; Valgaerts, Levi; Theobalt, Christian;
On-set Performance Capture of Multiple Actors With A Stereo Camera
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia 2013)

[preprint] [project] [video]
Liu, Yebin; Gall, Juergen; Stoll, Carsten; Dai, Qionghai; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Theobalt, Christian;
Markerless Motion Capture of Multiple Characters Using Multi-view Image Segmentation
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) 2013

[pdf] [video]
Li, Guannan; Wu, Chenglei; Stoll, Carsten; Liu, Yebin; Varanasi, Kieran; Dai, Qionghai; Theobalt, Christian;
Capturing Relightable Human Performances under General Uncontrolled Illumination
Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics 2013)

[preprint] [video]

2012

El Hayek, Ahmed; Stoll, Carsten; Kim, Kwang-in; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Theobalt, Christian;
Feature-Based Multi-Video Synchronization with Subframe Accuracy
Pattern Recognition. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (DAGM 2012)

[pdf] [supplementary material]
El Hayek, Ahmed; Stoll, Carsten; Hasler, Nils; Kim, Kwang-in; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Theobalt, Christian;
Spatio-temporal Motion Tracking with Unsynchronized Cameras
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2012

[pdf] [supplementary material] [video]
Richardt, Christian; Stoll, Carsten; Dodgson, Neil; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Theobalt, Christian;
Coherent Spatiotemporal Filtering, Upsampling and Rendering of RGBZ Videos
Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics 2012)

[pdf] [video]

2011

Stoll, Carsten; Hasler, Nils; Gall, Juergen; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Theobalt, Christian;
Fast Articulated Motion Tracking using a Sums of Gaussians Body Model
IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2011)

[pdf] [supplementary material] [video]
Xu, Feng; Liu, Yebin; Stoll, Carsten; Tompkin, James; Bharaj, Gaurav; Dai, Qionghai; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Kautz, Jan; Theobalt, Christian;
Video-based Characters - Creating New Human Performances from a Multi-view Video Database
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2011)

[pdf] [video]
Liu, Yebin; Stoll, Carsten; Gall, Juergen; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Theobalt, Christian;
Markerless Motion Capture of Interacting Characters Using Multi-view Image Segmentation
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2011

[pdf] [video]

2010

Stoll, Carsten; Gall, Juergen; de Aguiar, Edilson; Thrun, Sebastian; Theobalt, Christian;
Video-based Reconstruction of Animatable Human Characters
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia 2010)

[pdf] [project] [video]
Theobalt, Christian; de Aguiar, Edilson; Stoll, Carsten; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Thrun, Sebastian;
Book chapter: Performance Capture from Multi-view Video
Image and Geometry Procesing for 3D-Cinematography (Springer, 2010)

[publisher]
Valgaerts, Levi; Bruhn, Andres; Zimmer, Henning; Weickert, Joachim; Stoll, Carsten; Theobalt, Christian;
Joint Estimation of Motion, Structure and Geometry from Stereo Sequences
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2010

[pdf] [project]

2009

Stoll, Carsten;
Template Based Shape Processing
PhD Thesis, MPII (November 2009)
Gall, Juergen; Stoll, Carsten; de Aguiar, Edilson; Theobalt, Christian; Rosenhahn, Bodo; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Motion Capture using Joint Skeleton Tracking and Surface Estimation
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2009

[pdf] [project] [video]
Hasler, Nils; Stoll, Carsten; Rosenhahn, Bodo; Thormaehlen, Thorsten; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Estimating Body Shape of Dressed Humans
IEEE Shape Modeling International 2009

[pdf] [project]
Hasler, Nils; Stoll, Carsten; Sunkel, Martin; Rosenhahn, Bodo; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
A Statistical Model of Human Pose and Body Shape
Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics 2009)

[pdf] [project]

2008

de Aguiar, Edilson; Stoll, Carsten; Theobalt, Christian; Ahmed, Naveed; Seidel, Hans-Peter; Thrun, Sebastian;
Performance Capture from Sparse Multi-view Video
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2008)

[pdf] [project] [video]

2007

de Aguiar, Edilson; Theobalt, Christian; Stoll, Carsten; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Marker-less 3D Feature Tracking for Mesh-based Motion Capture
2nd Workshop on Human Motion at ICCV 2007

[pdf]
Stoll, Carsten; de Aguiar, Edilson; Theobalt, Christian; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
A Volumetric Approach to Interactive Shape Editing
Technical Report MPI-I-2007-4-004, MPII

[pdf] [video]
de Aguiar, Edilson; Theobalt, Christian; Stoll, Carsten; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Marker-less Deformable Mesh Tracking for Human Shape and Motion Capture
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2007

[pdf] [video]
de Aguiar, Edilson; Theobalt, Christian; Stoll, Carsten; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Rapid Animation of Laser-Scanned Humans
IEEE Virtual Reality 2007 (Short Paper)

[pdf] [video]

2006 and older

Stoll, Carsten; Karni, Zachi; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Geodesics Guided Constrained Texture Deformation
Pacific Graphics 2006

[pdf]
Stoll, Carsten; Gumhold, Stefan; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Incremental Raycasting of Piecewise Quadratic Surfaces on the GPU
IEEE Symposium on Interactive Raytracing 2006

[pdf] [video]
Stoll, Carsten; Karni, Zachi; Roessl, Christian; Yamauchi, Hitoshi; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Template Deformation for Point-Cloud Fitting
IEEE/Eurographics Symposium on Point-Based Graphics 2006

[pdf]
Stoll, Carsten; Alexa, Marc; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
BSP Shapes
IEEE Shape Modeling International 2006 (Short Paper)

[pdf]
Stoll, Carsten; Gumhold, Stefan; Seidel, Hans-Peter;
Visualization with stylized line primitives
IEEE Visualization 2005

[pdf] [example code]
Alexa, Marc; Klug, Tobias; Stoll, Carsten;
Direction Fields over Point-sampled Geometry
WSCG 2003

[pdf]

Education

July 2012 - March 2014 :
Max-Planck Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken
Post-doctoral researcher, EXIST grant "Next Generation Performance Capture"

April 2010 - June 2012 :
Max-Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication
Head of Optical Performance Capture Group

April 2011 - March 2012 :
Weta Digital, New Zealand
Visiting Researcher, Computer Vision Research Group

December 2009 - March 2010 :
Max-Planck Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken
Post-doctoral researcher, 3D Video and Vision-based Graphics Group

Juli 2008 - October 2008 :
Stanford University, California
Visiting researcher, AI Lab

December 2005 - November 2009 :
Max-Planck Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken
PhD student, Computer Graphics Group
Supervisors :
Prof. Hans-Peter Seidel, Dr. Christian Theobalt

October 1999 - Juli 2005 :
Technical University of Darmstadt.
Studies in Computer Science
Diploma, Discrete Geometric Modeling Group
Supervisor : Prof. Marc Alexa

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Capoeira
A brazilian martial art
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Electronic Music
Enthusiast musician/audio engineer with several label released tracks
Discography
Games and Design
I was active as amateur level-designer and modder for several games until a few years ago.