Ulrich Weidenbacher

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In this contribution we extend existing methods for head pose estimation and investigate the use of local image phase for gaze detection. Moreover we describe how a small database of face images with given ground truth for head pose and gaze direction was acquired. With this database we compare two different computational approaches for extracting the head(More)
In this paper we present the setup of an extensive Wizard-of-Oz environment used for the data collection and the development of a dialogue system. The envisioned Perception and Interaction Assistant will act as an independent dialogue partner. Passively observing the dialogue between the two human users with respect to a limited domain, the system should(More)
BACKGROUND Humans can effortlessly segment surfaces and objects from two-dimensional (2D) images that are projections of the 3D world. The projection from 3D to 2D leads partially to occlusions of surfaces depending on their position in depth and on viewpoint. One way for the human visual system to infer monocular depth cues could be to extract and(More)
Many materials including water, plastic, and metal have specular surface characteristics. Specular reflections have commonly been considered a nuisance for the recovery of object shape. However, the way that reflections are distorted across the surface depends crucially on 3D curvature, suggesting that they could, in fact, be a useful source of information.(More)
We present a biologically inspired model for learning proto-typical representations of head poses. The model employs populations of integrate-and-fire neurons and operates in the temporal domain. Times-to-first spike (latencies) are used to develop a rank-order code, which is invariant to global contrast and brightness changes. Our model consists of 3(More)
The PIT corpus is a German multi-media corpus of multi-party dialogues recorded in a Wizard-of-Oz environment at the University of Ulm. The scenario involves two human dialogue partners interacting with a multi-modal dialogue system in the domain of restaurant selection. In this paper we present the characteristics of the data which was recorded in three(More)
Many materials including water, plastic and metal have specular surface characteristics. Specular reflections have commonly been considered a nuisance for the recovery of object shape. However, the way that reflections are distorted across the surface depends crucially on 3D curvature, suggesting that they could in fact be a useful source of information.(More)
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