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The Road to Success is Paved with Rejection Letters

My other CV. The CV of failures.

Let's get this out of the way up front. I'm a successful academic. I have one of the best jobs in academia (Max Planck director). I've been able to do work that I care about, with great colleagues and students, and it's been recognized by my community.  I'm white, male, and st...

07 February 2022 Michael J. Black 7 minute read
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Novelty in Science

A guide for reviewers

Reviewers have strong ideas about what makes a paper acceptable in top conferences like CVPR. They know that getting into such conferences is hard and that getting a paper in is prestigious. So, the papers that get in must be really special. This is true, but what makes a pap...

30 January 2022 Michael J. Black 5 minute read
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Creating digital humans: Capture, Modeling, and Synthesis

ICCV 2021 papers in context

18 October 2021 Michael J. Black 16 minute read
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Reflections on ICCV over 31 years

Computer vision from 1990 to 2021

14 October 2021 Michael J. Black 8 minute read
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Could body shape determine the German election?

Our perception of leadership traits is influenced by body shape

Could biases in how we perceive body shapes influence the outcome of the German election? Using recent work from our group, we investigate which of the chancellor candidates is perceived to be a good leader, solely based on their body shape.

05 September 2021 Michael J. Black, Lea Müller 5 minute read
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Modeling the 3D shape of animals

The SMAL animal model

We describe our work for modeling animal shape. This is joint work with Angjoo Kanazawa and Michael J. Black.

12 October 2020 Silvia Zuffi 5 minute read
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The Secrets of the Secrets of Optical Flow

The following paper was awarded the Longuet-Higgins Prize at the 2020 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). The prize is given annually by the IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Technical Committee for "Contributions in Computer ...

02 June 2020 Michael J. Black 6 minute read
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The Road to Safe Self-driving

Optical flow prediction systems in autonomous cars.

A simple color patch could severely affect the optical flow prediction systems in autonomous cars

01 December 2019 Anurag Ranjan 5 minute read