Vision and Sports Summer School 2009

Zurich, 17-21 August 2009
application deadline: 10 May 2009


Vision and Sports is a special special kind of summer school. In addition to a broad-range of lectures on state-of-the-art Computer Vision techniques, it offers exciting sport activities, such as Kung-Fu, Ultimate Frisbee, and Volleyball. Sports will be organized by the same internationally renowned experts who deliver the lectures. The school offers the best of both worlds to participants: high-quality teaching on Computer Vision, and lots of fun with a variety of attractive sports. This will offer plenty of opportunity for personal contact between students and teachers.

The Vision and Sports Summer School will cover a broad range of subjects, reflecting the diversity of Computer Vision. Each lecture will cover both basic aspects and state-of-the-art research. Every day there will two Computer Vision classes and one sports session. The classes will include both lectures and practical exercises.

The school is open to about 40 participants, and is targeted mainly to young researchers (Master students and PhD students in particular).


Jiri Matas
Czech Technical University

Marc Pollefeys
ETH Zurich

Carsten Rother
Microsoft Cambridge

Bodo Rosenhahn
University of Hannover

Christoph Lampert
MPI Tuebingen

Bastian Leibe
TU Aachen

Vittorio Ferrari
ETH Zurich


Topics will include:

Local feature extraction
Multi-view geometry
3D reconstruction
Large-scale specific object recognition
Appearance-based object categorization
Shape representation and matching
Contour-based object categorization
Kernel Methods for Computer Vision
Markov Random Fields and Conditional Random Fields for Computer Vision
3D human pose estimation


Tennis, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Kung-Fu, Unihockey, Table Tennis


The school is open to about 40 participants. Please apply online at

Although priority will be given to young researchers (Master/PhD students in particular), applications from senior researchers and industrial professionals are welcome as well. The registration fee is expected to be around 300 Euro. This fee will include all classes, sports activities, coffee breaks, lunches, and a social dinner. For hotel accommodation, students will get discount rates on hotels affiliated with the Summer School.

Applicants should apply before 10 May 2009.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31 May 2009.