Dr. Martin Breidt

Address: Max-Planck-Ring 8
72076 Tübingen
Room number: 103
Phone: +49 7071 601 604
Fax: +49 7071 601 616
E-Mail: martin.breidt


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Martin Breidt

Position: Research Technician  Unit: Bülthoff

In my understanding, a Technical Director (TD) should bridge the gap between art and technology, creativity and engineering, intuition and science. That is what I am trying to do at the MPI in the field of 3D facial and body animation, in particular.

Areas of Interest: Computer graphics, 3D animation, facial perception/analysis/animation, visual effects, 3D + 4D scanning, motion capture, video technology, virtual reality, visualization & realtime rendering.

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I was part of the Cognitive Engineering group where we develop and use systems from Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning with methods from psychophysics in order to investigate fundamental cognitive processes. For this, we make use of our Face and Motion Capture facilities as well as the 3D face scanning systems in our department.


Recently I have started to investigate perceptual effects of avatars in computer graphics and virtual reality in collaboration with Betty Mohler, Michael Black, Javier Romero, Naureen Mahmood and Reuben Fleming (whose PhD I supervise jointly with Betty Mohler).


Until summer 2016, I will also be giving lectures on medical visualization at the Reutlingen University.


In addition to my research, I am responsible for software licensing management at our institute.

Having received a Diplom (Masters) in Computer Science from the University of Tuebingen, I continued my interest in applied computer graphics at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, where I specialized as Technical Director for Visual Effects. Since 2003 I am working as Research TD at the MPI, developing new methods for believable 3D facial animation. In 2012, I completed my PhD in Computer Science on the topic of data-driven facial animation.

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Breidt M (July-2011) Invited Lecture: 3D-Mimikanalyse, Tübinger Innovationstage 2011 der Industrie- und Handelskammer Reutlingen, Tübingen, Germany.
Breidt M (March-2011) Invited Lecture: Robust Semantic Analysis by Synthesis of 3D Facial Motion, University of Southern California, Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT), Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Breidt M (June-5-2009): MPIK Face Technology, Maxnet Cognition Meeting: Max Planck Institute for Human Development,, Berlin, Germany.
Breidt M and Curio C (November-24-2006): Technologien für Virtual Reality und Gesichtsanimation am MPI, Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme: IAIS Seminar, Sankt Augustin.
Breidt M and Curio C (October-4-2006): Motion Capture für Facial Animation in der Grundlagenforschung, Universität München: Vicon User Meeting, München, Germany.
Breidt M (February-1-2006): Facial Animation in the Industry, Computer Science Course: Computeranimation und Lernmethoden in der Computergrafik, Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany.
Krimmel M, Schmiedeberg T, Straub-Duffner S, Breidt M, Blanz V, Scherbaum K, Bülthoff HH and Reinert S (August-30-2005) Abstract Talk: 3D Facial Growth in Healthy Caucasian Infants, 17th International Conference on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ICOMS 2005), Wien, Austria.
Breidt M, Wallraven C, Cunningham DW and Bülthoff HH (July-2003) Abstract Talk: Facial Animation Based on 3D Scans and Motion Capture, 30th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH 2003), San Diego, CA, USA.
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