Publications

The main theme of my work is the creation of digital humans using commodity hardware. It includes the modeling of the human body, tracking, as well as the reconstruction and interaction with the environment. The digitization is needed for various applications in AR/VR as well as in movie (post-)production. Teleconferencing and working in VR is of high interest for many companies ranging from social media platforms to car manufacturer. It enables the remote interaction in VR, e.g., the inspection of 3D content like CAD models or scans from real objects. A realistic reproduction of appearances and motions is key for such applications. Thus, my work is closely related to photo-realistic video synthesis and editing. The development of algorithms for photo-realistic creation or editing of image content comes with a certain responsibility, since the generation of photo-realistic imagery can be misused. Thus, I'm also working on the detection of synthetic images or manipulations (Digital Multi-media Forensics).

2020


State of the Art on Neural Rendering

Neural rendering is a new and rapidly emerging field that combines generative machine learning techniques with physical knowledge from computer graphics, e.g., by the integration of differentiable rendering into network training. This state-of-the-art report summarizes the recent trends and applications of neural rendering.

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Adversarial Texture Optimization from RGB-D Scans

We present a novel approach for color texture generation using a conditional adversarial loss obtained from weakly-supervised views. Specifically, we propose an approach to produce photorealistic textures for approximate surfaces, even from misaligned images, by learning an objective function that is robust to these errors.

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2019


FaceForensics++:
Learning to Detect Manipulated Facial Images

In this paper, we examine the realism of state-of-the-art facial image manipulation methods, and how difficult it is to detect them - either automatically or by humans. In particular, we create a datasets that is focused on DeepFakes, Face2Face, FaceSwap, and Neural Textures as prominent representatives for facial manipulations.

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Deferred Neural Rendering:
Image Synthesis using Neural Textures

Deferred Neural Rendering is a new paradigm for image synthesis that combines the traditional graphics pipeline with learnable Neural Textures. Both neural textures and deferred neural renderer are trained end-to-end, enabling us to synthesize photo-realistic images even when the original 3D content was imperfect.

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DeepVoxels: Learning Persistent 3D Feature Embeddings

In this work, we address the lack of 3D understanding of generative neural networks by introducing a persistent 3D feature embedding for view synthesis. To this end, we propose DeepVoxels, a learned representation that encodes the view-dependent appearance of a 3D object without having to explicitly model its geometry.

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Research Highlight: Face2Face

Research highlight of the Face2Face approach featured on the cover of Communications of the ACM in January 2019. Face2Face is an approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video. The method had significant impact in the research community and far beyond; it won several wards, e.g., Siggraph ETech Best in Show Award, it was featured in countless media articles, e.g., NYT, WSJ, Spiegel, etc., and it had a massive reach on social media with millions of views.

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2018


ForensicTransfer: Weakly-supervised Domain Adaptation for Forgery Detection

ForensicTransfer tackles two challenges in multimedia forensics. First, we devise a learning-based forensic detector which adapts well to new domains, i.e., novel manipulation methods. Second we handle scenarios where only a handful of fake examples are available during training.

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HeadOn: Real-time Reenactment of Human Portrait Videos

HeadOn is the first real-time reenactment approach for complete human portrait videos that enables transfer of torso and head motion, face expression, and eye gaze. Given a short RGB-D video of the target actor, we automatically construct a personalized geometry proxy that embeds a parametric head, eye, and kinematic torso model. A novel reenactment algorithm employs this proxy to map the captured motion from the source to the target actor.

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Deep Video Portraits

Our novel approach enables photo-realistic re-animation of portrait videos using only an input video. The core of our approach is a generative neural network with a novel space-time architecture. The network takes as input synthetic renderings of a parametric face model, based on which it predicts photo-realistic video frames for a given target actor.

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InverseFaceNet: Deep Monocular Inverse Face Rendering

We introduce InverseFaceNet, a deep convolutional inverse rendering framework for faces that jointly estimates facial pose, shape, expression, reflectance and illumination from a single input image. This enables advanced real-time editing of facial imagery, such as appearance editing and relighting.

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State of the Art on Monocular 3D Face Reconstruction, Tracking, and Applications

This report summarizes recent trends in monocular facial performance capture and discusses its applications, which range from performance-based animation to real-time facial reenactment. We focus on methods where the central task is to recover and track a three dimensional model of the human face using optimization-based reconstruction algorithms.

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FaceForensics: A Large-scale Video Dataset for Forgery Detection in Human Faces

In this paper, we introduce FaceForensics, a large scale video dataset consisting of 1004 videos with more than 500000 frames, altered with Face2Face, that can be used for forgery detection and to train generative refinement methods.

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FaceVR: Real-Time Facial Reenactment and Eye Gaze Control in Virtual Reality

We propose FaceVR, a novel image-based method that enables video teleconferencing in VR based on self-reenactment. The key component of FaceVR is a robust algorithm to perform real-time facial motion capture of an actor who is wearing a head-mounted display (HMD).

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2017


Dissertation: Face2Face - Facial Reenactment

This dissertation summarizes the work in the field of markerless motion tracking, face reconstruction and its applications. Especially, it shows real-time facial reenactment that enables the transfer of facial expressions from one video to another video.

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2016


Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos

We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion.

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2015


Real-Time Pixel Luminance Optimization for Dynamic Multi-Projection Mapping

Using projection mapping enables us to bring virtual worlds into shared physical spaces. In this paper, we present a novel, adaptable and real-time projection mapping system, which supports multiple projectors and high quality rendering of dynamic content on surfaces of complex geometrical shape. Our system allows for smooth blending across multiple projectors using a new optimization framework that simulates the diffuse direct light transport of the physical world to continuously adapt the color output of each projector pixel.

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2014


Interactive Model-based Reconstruction of the Human Head using an RGB-D Sensor

We present a novel method for the interactive markerless reconstruction of human heads using a single commodity RGB‐D sensor. Our entire reconstruction pipeline is implemented on the graphics processing unit and allows to obtain high‐quality reconstructions of the human head using an interactive and intuitive reconstruction paradigm.

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