About me

Tobias FischerMy research interests include a variety of topics including both computer vision and human vision, visual attention and computational cognition. I am interested in applying this knowledge to robotics, to imitate human-like behaviour.

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  • Sept 2019 – Our paper entitled “RT-BENE: A Dataset and Baselines for Real-Time Blink Estimation in Natural Environments” got accepted in the Gaze Estimation and Prediction in the Wild Workshop at ICCV2019 (ICCVW2019). Download to follow – please check back soon.
  • July 2019 – Incredibly happy to have been awarded the UK Best PhD in Robotics Award 2018 sponsored by the Advanced Robotics Group at Queen Mary University. Massive thank you to all members of the Personal Robotics Lab at Imperial College, especially to Yiannis Demiris, and to the organisers!
  • June 2019 – I serve as a program committee member for the ICCV2019 Workshop on Gaze Estimation and Prediction in the Wild.
  • June 2019 – Humbled to be a finalist for the Queen Mary UK Best PhD in Robotics Award.
  • May 2019 – I will be presenting my work at the Visual Information lab at the University of Bristol.
  • Feb 2019 – I serve as a program committee member for the CVPR2019 Workshop on Mutual Benefits of Cognitive and Computer Vision (MBCCV).
  • Jan 2019 – Thank you to the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the University of Birmingham and the Centre of Advanced Robotics at the Queen Mary University London for inviting me to present my work.
  • Dec 2018 – The RT-GENE dataset and code is now available for download. Please use the GitHub issue tracker for any questions. RT-GENE allows for robust gaze estimation in natural environments.
  • Nov 2018 – I passed my PhD viva with minor corrections. Many thanks to my examiners Bob Fisher and Krystian Mikolajczyk!
  • Nov 2018 – ROS code for our TRACA visual object tracking paper is now available on Jongwon Choi’s website.
  • Sept 2018 – Amazing news: our TRACA paper won the best poster award at the Samsung AI Forum! Very proud of the main author Jongwon Choi.
  • Sept 2018 – I had a great time at ECCV2018, and it was nice meeting many new people and having stimulating conversations. Also very happy that our work on gaze estimation received a lot of interest!
  • Sept 2018 – With only one month before submission of my PhD thesis, I am happy to announce that I will continue my research in the Personal Robotics Lab for some more time.
  • Jun 2018 – Great news with a third paper accepted within a single month! This one is at ECCV2018. Tobias Fischer, Hyung Jin Chang and Yiannis Demiris: “RT-GENE: Real-Time Eye Gaze Estimation in Natural Environments”. Download or watch the video. The dataset and code will be released within the next weeks.
  • Jun 2018 – Delighted that our IROS2018 submission got accepted! Phuong Nguyen, Tobias Fischer, Hyung Jin Chang, Ugo Pattacini, Yiannis Demiris, and Giorgio Metta: “Transferring Visuomotor Learning from Simulation to the Real World for Robotics Manipulation Tasks”. Download or watch the video .
  • Jun 2018 – A workshop paper got accepted to the CVPR2018 Workshop on Vision Meets Cognition. Tobias Fischer and Yiannis Demiris: “A Computational Model for Embodied Visual Perspective Taking: From Physical Movements to Mental Simulation”. Join on Monday 18 June for my spotlight presentation and the poster session! Download paper or the poster
  • Feb 2018 – Our CVPR 2018 paper got accepted. Jongwon Choi, Hyung Jin Chang, Tobias Fischer, Sangdoo Yun, Kyuewang Lee, Jiyeoup Jeong, Yiannis Demiris, Jin Young Choi: “Context-aware Deep Feature Compression for High-speed Visual Tracking”. Download or visit project page with (external link)
  • Nov 2017 – Our paper entitled “Learning Kinematic Structure Correspondences Using Multi-Order Similarities” got accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI). Download