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  • Tolga Birdal

    Tolga Birdal

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computer Science

    BioTolga Birdal is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Geometric Computing group of Prof. Leonidas Guibas. He has recently defended his PhD thesis at the Computer Vision Group, Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures, Technical University of Munich and was a Doktorand at Siemens AG. He completed his Bachelors as an Electronics Engineer at the Sabanci University in 2008. In his subsequent postgraduate programme, he studied Computational Science and Engineering at Technical University of Munich. In continuation to his Master's thesis on “3D Deformable Surface Recovery Using RGBD Cameras”, he focused his research and development on large object detection, pose estimation and reconstruction using point clouds. Tolga is awarded both Ernst von Siemens Scholarship and EMVA Young Professional Award 2016 for his PhD work. He has several publications at the well respected venues such as NeurIPS, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, IROS, ICASSP and 3DV. Aside from his academic life, Tolga is a natural Entrepreneur. He has co-founded multiple companies including Befunky, a widely used web based image processing platform. For further information, visit and

  • Gerald Brantner

    Gerald Brantner

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computer Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe scope of my research interest is robotics and automation for remote and extreme environments. Currently, mobile robots deployed in the field are largely confined to providing passive solutions for observation, and mapping. My aim is to enable dexterous manipulation in previously inaccessible environments. My PhD project is Ocean One, a humanoid underwater robot designed specifically for underwater manipulation. My contribution towards the Ocean One project is its software stack, including whole-body control architecture, visual perception, haptic teleoperation, and shared autonomy. On its maiden mission into the Mediterranean Sea, Ocean One explored and recovered archaeological remnants from the ruins of the Lune, a French naval vessel that sank in 1664 off the coast of Toulon, France. In its second expedition, Ocean One assisted human divers in investigating underwater volcanic structures at Santorini, Greece. Although implemented and tested underwater, the developed methods have the potential to generalize to robotic systems operating on land, in the air or in space.