Gerard Pons-Moll is the head of the Emmy Noether independent research group "Real Virtual Humans", senior researcher at the Max Planck for Informatics (MPII) in Saarbrücken, Germany, and Junior Faculty at Saarland Informatics Campus. His research lies at the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning -- with special focus on analyzing people in videos, and creating virtual human models by "looking" at real ones. His research has produced some of the most advanced statistical human body models of pose, shape, soft-tissue and clothing (which are currently used for a number of applications in industry and research), as well as algorithms to track and reconstruct 3D people models from images, video, depth, and IMUs.
His work has received several awards including the prestigious Emmy Noether Grant (2018), a Google Faculty Research Award (2019), a Facebook Reality Labs Faculty Award (2018), and recently the German Pattern Recognition Award (2019), which is given annually by the German Pattern Recognition Society to one outstanding researcher in the fields of Computer Vision and Machine Learning. His work got Best Papers Awards at BMVC’13, Eurographics’17 and 3DV’18 and has been published at the top venues and journals including CVPR, ICCV, Siggraph, Eurographics, 3DV, IJCV and PAMI. He served as Area Chair for ECCV'18, 3DV'19, SCA'18'19, FG'20. He will serve as Area Chair for CVPR'21, ECCV'20 and 3DV'20.