Dr. Cristóbal Curio

Dr. Cristóbal Curio

Guest Scientist

Forschungsinteressen

Since November 2014 I am full Professor for Cognitive Systems at Reutlingen University.

I have been heading the applied  group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. In this group we develop and employ applications based on Computer-Vision, Computer-Graphics and Machine-Learning in combination with methods from applied human perception in order to optimize interfaces between emerging technologies and end-users.


In the Cognitive Engineering group computer scientists, psychologists, mathematicians, and engineers work closely together on research questions at the interface of different research areas overall contributing to a better understanding of building better human centered systems.



Highly controllable and realistic settings, for example animated faces, offer the opportunity for advanced experiments, and at the same time a framework to design and optimize novel Human-Machine Interfaces, ultimately opening a new window to industries such as entertainment computing (games), communication research (information transfer & multimedia), medical systems (rehabilitation, imaging), and personal assistance devices (assisted living, automotive).

04/11/2013 New HMI detectability concept supporting situational awareness featured in IEEE .

26/08/2013 Congratulations to Christian Herdtweck for his successful PhD defense!

29/06/2013 Our approach on 3D driver head pose monitoring was presented at  conference at Eurographics UK. 

18/06/2013 Our approach 'Detectability Prediction for Increased Scene Awareness', together with David Engel, M.I.T., is going to appear as regular paper in the upcoming IEEE Intelligent Tansportation Systems Magazine.


24/06/2013
Our cognitive vision architecture on efficient monocular car viewpoint estimation will be presented at the  conference.


10/06/2013
We participated in (Future and Emerging Technologies) project TANGO. The project has been evaluated as excellent.

20/01/2013 Visual cues in emotional dynamic facial expression recognition ()


13/09/2012 Award received together with my PhD student Christian Herdtweck at . 

06/03/2012
Novel HMI approach for enhancing drivers' environment perception (, runner-up for best paper) and novel monocular visual odometry approach at . 


09/ 2011
HMI system for image retrieval presented at conference.


06/ 2011
Automotive HMI approach at .


03/2011
Paper presentation at , Santa Barbara. Watch our latest . 

10/2010
Book on  has appeared. 

10/2010
Two . 

05/2010
Paper at CVPR Conference  on .

03/2010
New  'Emotional interaction grounded in realistic context'. 

09/2009
Runner up DAGM prize for work on automatic 3D surface tracking for the generation of a 4D morphable face model. .

From Research to Innovation and Practical Applications (Program Committee) 
PC Associate Editor 
WIAF-2012 Workshop  at ECCV, technical PC.
KI-2012
Associate Editor
06/2011 Organization of workshop on interactive pedestrian behavior analysis and synthesis at IEEE sponsored , Baden-Baden, June 5, .
11/2011
PC at 1st IEEE workshop on  at ICCV 2011
KI-2011
Program Committee
KI-2010
Area Chair
03/2008

Supervised doctoral students:

(graduated in 2011, Postdoctoral Associate at Sloan Management, M.I.T., Cambridge/ USA)
Shape-Centered Representations: From Features to Applications

(graduated in 2012, MPI)
Datenbasierte Gesichtsanimation

(graduated in 2013, MPI)
Learning Data-Driven Representations for Robust Monocular Computer Vision Applications []

(Technial Staff)

(Co-Supersion with Isabelle Bülthoff and Johannes Schultz)


Post-Docs


Master and Bachelor students

(2007, Master), David Engel (2007, Master), (2013, Bachelor), Johannes Stephan (2010, Master)


Recent teaching

WS 2012/13  at the Computer Science Department, Tübingen.

SS 2012 Teaching  at the Graduate School of Neural Information Processing, Tübingen

WS 2010/11 Teaching  at the Computer Science Department, Tübingen University

WS 2009/10 Teaching  at the Computer Science Department, Tübingen University

Recent talks

Curio C (May-05-2014) Invited Lecture: Perceptual Driver Assistance through Human-Centered Visual Modeling, , Marcus Evans, Wiesbaden.

Curio C (March-4-2013) Invited Lecture: Novel Design Principles for Interfacing Artificial and Human Vision for Assistive Perceiving Systems, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems: Perceiving Systems Department, Tübingen, Germany.

Curio C (November-18-2012) Invited Lecture: Fusion of Human- and Machine-Vision: Research, Tools and Applications for Driving Assistance, Bosch R&D, Hildesheim, Germany.

Curio C (October-12-2012) Invited Lecture: Fusing Human- and Machine-Vision for Enhanced Driver Perception and Decision Making, Environment Perception Group, Daimler AG, Ulm, Germany.

Curio C, Giese M, Bülthoff HH and de la Rosa S (September-2012) Abstract Talk: Motor-visual effects in the recognition of dynamic facial expressions, 35th European Conference on Visual Perception, Alghero, Italy, Perception, 41(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 44.

Curio C (March-2011) Invited Lecture: Perceptual Graphics: Revealing the Algorithms of Perception, University of Southern California, Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT), Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Projects of the applied  group encompassed:

My group was supported mostly through my fundings (EU and DFG since 2004 and various automotive industry and BMBF projects, since 1998).

Major recent fundings since 2006 have been:

(PI and project leader, grant application, and local coordinator)

(PI and project leader, grant application for a senior post-doc position)

(grant application, PI, Project Leader and local Coordinator)

Vita

Since 11/2014 Full Professor for Cognitive Systems in 

07/2014 Habilitation in Computer Science, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen

2013-2014 TWT GmbH Science & Innovation, Innovation Management

2004-2013 Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Dept. Prof. Bülthoff

Research

, International Project Management

Teaching

Medizinische Bildverarbeitung at the Computer Science Department, Tübingen (WS 2012/13).

Machine Learning II, International Graduate School for Neural Information Processing, Tuebingen (SS 2012)

Probabilistic Methods in Artificial Intelligence at , , University of Tübingen (WS 2010/2011)

Advanced Methods in Machine Learning at , , University of Tübingen (WS 2009/2010)

2004 Dr.-Ing., Title: "A learning-based computer vision approach for the inference of articulated motion"

1998-2003 , Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Dept. Prof. W. von Seelen

Group member of the Real-Time Computer-Vision Group

Automotive Industries Consulting (BMW Group, Audi AG, Opel AG, Daimler AG)

BMBF Project VESUV "Videobasiertes Assistenzsystem zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit ungeschützter Verkehrsteilnehmer"/"Video-based driver assistance system for increased safety of passice traffic pariticipants". Coordinator BMW Group.

2001 MIT, USA, CBCL-AI Object Recognition, visiting researcher since

1992-1998 , Ruhr-University of Bochum, Graduated Dipl.-Ing. (1998)

1996-1997 , Indiana, USA

1997 and 1998 Prucka Engineering Inc, Houston/USA, Industry: Medical Devices

Privately held company (now General Electric Healthcare), 200 employees, Hardware Development, Market Research Medical Imaging Devices, Supplier Market Monitoring, Development of Image Processing/3D Catheter Reconstruction, Software Testing.

Recent Grants and Awards:

2012 Best Paper Award at IEEE Multisensor Fusion and Information Integration Conference (MFI)

2010 EU-Future & Emerging Technologies Grant Award TANGO

2009 DFG Perceptual Graphics Grant Award II

2009 Best Paper Award DAGM

2006 EU-Integrated Project Grant Award BACS, Integrated Project

2006 DFG Perceptual Graphics Grant Award I

External activities

IV 2013 , PC/Associate Editor
WIAF-201
2 Workshop  at ECCV, PC.
KI-2012
Associate Editor
06/2011 Organization of workshop on interactive pedestrian behavior analysis and synthesis at IEEE sponsored , Baden-Baden, June 5, .
11/2011
PC at 1st IEEE workshop on  at ICCV 2011
KI-2011
Program Committee
KI-2010
Area Chair
03/2008

Organisationseinheit (Abteilung, Gruppe, Einrichtung):

  • Alumni of the Department Human Perception, Cognition & Action
  • Alumni of the Group Cognitive Engineering
  • Alumni of the Group Recognition & Categorization
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