Cameras for Hybrid Work

Dr. Sara Nagelberg and Dr. João Fayad

(OWL Labs)

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Date: February 23, 2022


 Owl Labs is a Boston-based technology company dedicated to creating a better collaboration experience for all. Launching its flagship product in 2017, the Meeting Owl is a smart 360-degree camera, microphone, and speaker device that creates a deeply immersive video experience, making every voice seen and heard, wherever they may be. The Whiteboard Owl pairs with the Meeting Owl to capture and enhance the content of the whiteboard, so that remote participants can see everything. This talk will delve into how the Owl cameras work, the challenges and tradeoffs of 360 video, and the computer vision that makes it possible.

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Sara joined Owl Labs as an optical systems engineer in the summer of 2020. She works on next-generation camera systems for hybrid work. Prior to joining Owl Labs, she was a graduate student researcher in the Laboratory for Bio-Inspired Photonic Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she worked on microscale dynamic liquid structures for structural color, microlenses, and bio-sensing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from McGill University, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She is interested in cameras, displays, computer vision and other technologies that enhance our interactions with the world around us,  the digital world, and with each other.

João joined Owl Labs as a senior computer vision engineer in the fall of 2019. He’s main project is the computer vision algorithm for the recently released Whiteboard Owl device. He has also developed commercial computer vision applications both at Catapult Sports and Naked Labs. Prior to joining the industry, João received a PhD in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, University of London (UK) for his research work on 3D reconstruction of non-rigid scenes from a single video source. He also held post-doctoral research positions at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (Japan) and the Champalimaud Research Programme in Lisbon (Portugal) where he continued working on the problems of motion tracking and 3D reconstruction. He has both a BSc. and MSc. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Lisbon (Portugal). He’s interested in computer vision and machine learning solutions to understand human motion and interaction from video.

Created: Friday, March 4th, 2022