“Slow Glass”

Steve Seitz

(University of Washington and Google)

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Date: April 7, 2021


Wouldn’t it be fascinating to be in the same room as Abraham Lincoln, visit Thomas Edison in his laboratory, or step onto the streets of New York a hundred years ago? We explore this thought experiment, by tracing ideas from science fiction through antique stereographs to the latest work in generative adversarial networks (GANs) to step back in time to experience these historical people and places not in black and white, but much closer to how they really  appeared.  In the process, I’ll present our latest work on Keystone Depth, and Time Travel Rephotography.

Further Information:

Steve Seitz is Robert E. Dinning Professor in the Allen School at the University of Washington. He is also a Director on Google’s Daydream team, where he leads teleportation efforts including Google Jump and Cardboard Camera. Prof. Seitz also co-directs the UW Reality Lab.  He received his Ph.D. in computer sciences at the University of Wisconsin in 1997. Following his doctoral work, he did a postdoc at Microsoft Research, and then a couple years as Assistant Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington in July 2000. His co-authored papers have won the David Marr Prize (twice) at ICCV, and the CVPR 2015 best paper award. He received an NSF Career Award, and ONR Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow. His work on Photo Tourism (joint with Noah Snavely and Rick Szeliski) formed the basis of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology. Professor Seitz is interested in problems in 3D computer vision and computer graphics, and their application to virtual and augmented reality.

Created: Thursday, April 8th, 2021