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UW CSE’s Richard Newcombe, Dieter Fox and Steve Seitz win Best Paper Award for DynamicFusion at CVPR

DynamicFusionAnother team of UW CSE researchers has captured Best Paper honors. This time, postdoc Richard Newcombe, professor Dieter Fox of the UW Robotics and State Estimation Lab and professor Steve Seitz of CSE’s Graphics and Imaging Laboratory (GRAIL) are bringing home the glory with their paper “DynamicFusion: Reconstruction and Tracking of Non-rigid Scenes in Real-Time” at IEEE’s International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) currently taking place in Boston, MA.

DynamicFusion is the first dense SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) system capable of reconstructing dynamic scenes in real-time. It moves beyond systems such as KinectFusion, an approach to real-time 3-D reconstruction that, while a major advance, assumes that the observed scene is static. DynamicFusion generalizes KinectFusion’s dense, real-time tracking and mapping to yield detailed and complete reconstructions of subjects in motion. The research team demonstrated the system using a variety of subjects in different scenes, including snuggling with a stuffed animal, making funny faces, drinking tea, and performing “jazz hands.”

View the YouTube video demonstrating how DynamicFusion works here. Read the winning paper, selected out of more than 2,000 conference submissions, here.

Congratulations to Richard, Dieter and Steve!

June 8, 2015