Jürgen Sturm


3D Reconstruction in Project Tango

What if your smartphone could understand the 3D space and motion as as we do? Imagine what applications this would enable: Augmented reality games that play directly in the space around you, professional applications such as building and object scanning, indoor navigation, and robotics.

Google's Project Tango provides visual-inertial 6-DOF motion estimation and dense 3D reconstruction in real-time and on-board the device. In my talk, I will give a technical introduction to the hardware and algorithms underlying Tango, including visual-inertial odometry, SLAM, loop closure detection global re-localization and 3D reconstruction. During my talk, I will show several live demos on a Tango tablet.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jürgen Sturm joined Google's Project Tango in 2015. His research interests include 3D reconstruction, scene understanding, visual odometry and SLAM from RGB(-D) sensors. Before he joined Google, he was a team lead at Metaio GmbH working on augmented reality. From 2011 to 2014, he was a post-doc in the computer vision group of Prof. Daniel Cremers at the Technical University of Munich. He obtained his PhD in robotics from the University of Freiburg under the supervision of Prof. Wolfram Burgard in 2011. His PhD thesis received the ECCAI best dissertation award 2011 and was short-listed for the euRobotics Georges Giralt Award 2012. His lecture "Visual Navigation for Flying Robots" was distinguished with the TUM best lecture award in 2012 and 2013.