Stanford Computer Science

Christian Theobalt


I am looking for PhD students to work with me at MPI. Please check here.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department - Stanford University
Head of research group 3D Video and Vision-based Graphics in the
Max-Planck-Center for Visual Computing and Communication

Mentor in Stanford: Prof. Sebastian Thrun

Mailing Address: Stanford University
Computer Science Department
353 Serra Mall, Gates Building - Office 134,
Stanford, CA-94305-9010
Email: theobalt [at] cs dot stanford dot edu
theobalt [at] stanford dot edu
theobalt [at] acm dot org
Phone: +1 (650) 723-1143
Fax: +1 (412) 725-1449

Research Interests

  • Free-viewpoint and 3D Video
  • Marker-less Optical Motion Capture
  • 3D Image Analysis and Synthesis
  • Image-based Rendering
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • Dynamic Scene Reconstruction
  • 3D Computer Vision
  • Physicall-based Rendering


3/2009 I received the EUROGRAPHICS Young Researcher Award 2009.
3/2009 Two papers accepted at IEEE CVPR 2009 - more info coming soon.
5/2008 NewScientist reports on our performance capture method. Read more on our [project page].
4/2008 Performance Capture from Sparse Multi-view Video accepted as full paper at SIGGRAPH 2008. [project page]
3/2008 Two papers accepted for CVPR 2008 - one of them an oral presentation (see project pages below)
11/2007 Two papers accepted for EUROGRAPHICS 2008 - see project pages below

Selected Projects

S. Schuon, C. Theobalt, J. Davis, S. Thrun,
LidarBoost: Depth Superresolution for ToF 3D Shape Scanning.
In Proc. of IEEE CVPR 2009. (PDF) (Additional Material)
J. Gall, C. Stoll, E. de Aguiar Edilson, C. Theobalt, B. Rosenhahn, H.-P. Seidel.
Motion Capture using Joint Skeleton Tracking and Surface Estimation
Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2009 [pdf] [project]
Y.M. Kim, D. Chan, C. Theobalt, S. Thrun,
Design and Calibration of a Multi-view TOF Sensor Fusion System.
in Proc. IEEE CVPR Workshop on Time-of-flight Computer Vision 2008. (PDF)
S. Schuon, C. Theobalt, J. Davis, S. Thrun,
High-quality Scanning using Time-of-Flight Depth Superresolution.
in Proc. IEEE CVPR Workshop on Time-Of-Flight Computer Vision 2008. (PDF)
E. de Aguiar, C. Stoll , C. Theobalt, N. Ahmed, H.-P. Seidel, S. Thrun,
Performance Capture from Sparse Multi-view Video,
in Proc. of SIGGRAPH 2008. [project page]
Data now available !
N. Ahmed, C. Theobalt, P. Dobrev, H.-P. Seidel, S. Thrun,
Robust Fusion of Dynamic Shape and Normal Capture for High-quality Reconstruction of Time-varying Geometry,
in Proc. of CVPR 2008. (PDF) (Video)
N. Ahmed, C. Theobalt, C. Roessl, S. Thrun, H.-P. Seidel,
Dense Correspondence Finding for Parametrization-free Animation Reconstruction from Video,
in Proc. of CVPR 2008, to appear. [Oral presentation - Acceptance Rate 3.95%] (PDF) (Video)
E. de Aguiar, C. Theobalt, S. Thrun, and H.-P. Seidel,
Automatic Conversion of Mesh Animations into Skeleton-based Animations.
in Proc. of EUROGRAPHICS 2008 (Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 27 issue 2), Crete, Greece.
[BibTeX] [project page]
M. Eisemann, B. de Decker, M. Magnor, P. Bekaert, E. de Aguiar, N. Ahmed, C. Theobalt and A. Sellent,
Floating Textures.
in Proc. of EUROGRAPHICS 2008 (Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 27 issue 2), Crete, Greece. (PDF) (Video)
Zhao Dong, Jan Kautz, Christian Theobalt, Hans-Peter Seidel.
Interactive Global Illumination Using Implicit Visibility,
Accepted by Pacific Graphics 2007 (oral paper),[PDF]
C. Theobalt, C. Roessl, E. de Aguiar, H.-P. Seidel,
Animation Collage,
to appear ACM SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS Symposium on Computer Animation 2007, San Diego, USA. [project page]

N Ahmed, C. Theobalt, M. Magnor, H.-P. Seidel,
Spatio-Temporal Registration Techniques for Relightable 3D Video,
Proc. of IEEE ICIP, 2007, to appear [project page]
I. Ihrke, G. Ziegler, A. Tevs, C. Theobalt, M. Magnor, H.-P. Seidel,
Eikonal Rendering - Efficient Light Transport in Refractive Objects.
in Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 (ACM TOG), San Diego, USA. [project page]
M. Song, Z. Dong, C. Theobalt, H. Wang, Z. Liu, H.-P. Seidel,
A Generic Framework for Efficient 2D and 3D Facial Expression Analogy,
IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 9(7), p.1384-1395, 2007. (Video) [Publisher's page] (preprint)
C. Stoll, E. de Aguiar, C. Theobalt and H.-P. Seidel,
A Volumetric Approach to Interactive Shape Editing.
Technical Report MPI-I-2007-4-004, MPII, 2007.
[pdf] [avi]
E. de Aguiar, C. Theobalt, C. Stoll and H.-P. Seidel,
Marker-less Deformable Mesh Tracking for Human Shape and Motion Capture.
In Proc. of IEEE CVPR 2007, Minneapolis, USA.
[pdf] [BibTeX] [project page]
Rapid Animation of Laser-scanned Humans. Aguiar, C. Theobalt, C. Stoll, H.-P. Seidel,
Rapid Animation of Laser-scanned Humans,
in Proc. of IEEE Virtual Reality 2007, Charlotte, USA.[paper]
Spatio-temporal Reflectance Sharing for Relightable 3D Video.

N. Ahmed, C. Theobalt, H.-P. Seidel,
Spatio-temporal Reflectance Sharing for Relighatble 3D Video,
Proc. of MIRAGE, Paris, 2007.[paper] [project page]
The Relightable Free-Viewpoint Video Project. [project page]
GPU-based Realtime Quadtree/Octree Analysis

G. Ziegler, R. Dimitrov, C. Theobalt, H.-P.Seidel,
Real-time Quadtree Analysis using HistoPyramids,
in Proc. of IS&T/SPIE Symposium on Electronic Imaging, 2007, San Jose, CA.[paper][videos]

GPU-based Data Compaction using HistoPyramids

G. Ziegler, A. Tevs, C. Theobalt, H.-P. Seidel,
GPU Point List Generation Through Histogram Pyramids,
in Proc. of VMV'06, p. 137--141, Aachen, Germany, 2006. [paper][videos]

Automatic Learning of Articulated Skeletons from 3D Marker Trajectories. [project page]
Confluent Motion - A Simple Method for Animating Scanned Geometry. [project page]
Tracking High-speed Motion with Multi-exposure Images. [project page]
Free-Viewpoint Video of Human Actors. [project page]
Enhancing Human Motion Capture with 3D Motion Fields. [project page]
Automatic Generation of Human Avatars. [project page]
Reconstructing Human Shape and Motion. [project page]
Automatic Marker-less Reconstruction of Kinematic Skeletons. [project page]
Marker-free Human Motion Capture. [project page]
Volumetric Reconstruction of Dynamic Scenes. [project page]
The secret projects - there are always secret projects :-)