I am a entrepreneur, inventor and researcher in computer vision, machine learning and robotics. I work
on real-time camera tracking, 3D reconstruction and scene understanding. I am interested in working with a small but highly qualified team on cutting edge computer vision technology.
I’m driven by the desire to push the state-of-the-art in interesting domains, to develop working solutions and to transfer them into commercially relevant applications with large outreach. For example, at TUM I developed a 3D reconstruction algorithm that allows to scan a person in 3D and print the acquired model as a small figure. To bring this technology to market, I co-founded the 3D scanning startup FabliTec in 2013 and served there as the CEO until 2015. Together with my team, I worked since 2014 at Metaio on efficient algorithms for inertial-inertial odometry, 3D reconstruction and face tracking for augmented reality applications. During my time there, we showcased our work successfully at various high-impact events which contributed significantly to the acquisition of Metaio in May 2015 by a US-based technology company. My particular strength is that I am both an excellent hands-on programmer and a successful team leader. I am good at motivating my team members and colleagues to work on challenging problems and at guiding these projects to success.
Dr. Jürgen Sturm currently works on 3D reconstruction and scene understanding in Google’s Project Tango. Before this, he headed the RGB-D and machine learning team at Metaio GmbH, the world-leading Augmented Reality technology provider. He and his team work on deep learning techniques such as random forests and convolutional networks to track and augment the human body on camera images. With this, the goal of Metaio’s machine learning efforts is to create immersive virtual shopping experiences. Before he joined Metaio, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Vision group of Prof. Daniel Cremers at the Technical University of Munich, where he developed several novel methods for real-time camera tracking and 3D person scanning. In 2011, he obtained his PhD from the Autonomous Intelligent Systems lab headed by Prof. Wolfram Burgard at the University of Freiburg. He won several awards for his scientific work including the best dissertation award of the European Coordinating Committee of Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) in 2011 and the TUM TeachInf best lecture award 2012 and 2013 for his course “Visual Navigation for Flying Robots”.