Hi! I'm Sven. I am a newly appointed postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University, having just (August 2016) completed a joint Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and in Cognitive Science here at IU. I started my academic career in Germany with a B.Eng. from Cologne University of Applied Sciences (2010) that focused on Media and Imaging Technology. I also have a M.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University (2013).
My main research interest is computer vision, i.e. the intersection of computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence that investigates methods of analyzing and understanding the visual world in the form of images and videos. I am advised by David Crandall.
Originating from a collaboration with Chen Yu and his Computational Cognition and Learning Laboratory comes a specialization in first-person (egocentric) video that approximates a person's view. I am interested in why, how and when we look at things (and also how infants learn to do so) and how computer vision algorithms could predict or emulate human behavior. To that end, I have developed robust methods to locate and distinguish hands during complex interactions between the observer and the world. More generally, I am interested in a broad range of vision applications and have worked on tracking, recognition, detection, and scene classification problems using state-of-the-art techniques such as deep learning with convolutional neural networks.
Peer-reviewed conference papers from my research as a Ph.D. student at Indiana University:
This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in the Proceedings of the 17th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction.
Abstracts, challenges, and other things:
My Ph.D. dissertation, for those interested in a coherent summary of my work on analyzing hands from first-person cameras:
Survey papers from my Ph.D. qualifying exam that might be of interest for some:
From my time as an undergraduate student at Cologne University of Applied Sciences:
Since September 2016 I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, working with David Crandall, Chen Yu, and Linda B. Smith.
As a graduate student at IU, I was employed as a teaching assistant (officially called associate instructor) at IU (see Teaching) from Fall 2011 to Spring 2013, and worked as a research assistant from Summer 2013 to Summer 2016.
In the time between graduating with my bachelor's degree in Germany and coming to the US (01/2011 - 06/2011), I worked as a self-employed media engineer. My main client was almö GmbH.
Finally, here are some internships that I did during my time as an undergraduate engineering student at Cologne University of Applied Sciences:
For the current Fall 2016 semester I am the instructor of record for CSCI B551 - Elements of Artificial Intelligence together Prof. David Crandall, with whom I split the responsibility between the residential section and the online section of the course.
During my first two years at Indiana University, I helped teaching the following courses as an associate instructor:
I have also been asked to give various guest lectures in computer vision related courses both at the graduate and undergraduate level (e.g. CSCI B490 - Introduction to Computer Vision or CSCI B657 - Computer Vision.
I recently started biking as I discovered that it's by far the most fun "basic" outdoor activity to me and Bloomington actually has some really nice bike trails. The "normal" tour that I try to do daily (at least during summer) is about 18.5km. Not too bad I guess.
Inspired by playing foosball inbetween classes, my friend and I developed a software capable of tracking all key components of a foosball game in real time (30+ FPS). It was a project for a computer vision class that we took in the spring 2012 semester and a lot of fun to realize. A video of our results can be seen here.
Lastly, I don't only like to analyze photos, I also love taking them. Although I took some photography classes as an undergraduate, I am far from being a professional. However, I am a proud owner of a Canon SLR camera and you can check out a very sparse selection of my photos below. Feel free to also check out my Flickr account for more.