Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

Tolga Birdal

Me Tolga Birdal
Technische Universität München
MSc. Computational Science And Engineering (CSE)

Address: Technische Universität München
Fakultät für Informatik, I-16
Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching b. München


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Brief Bio

Tolga Birdal is a PhD candidate at the Computer Vision Group at the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures, TUM and 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 now focuses his research and development on large object detection, pose estimation and reconstruction. Recently, he is awarded Ernst von Siemens Scholarship and EMVA Young Professional Award 2016 for his PhD work. Aside from his academic life, Tolga is a natural Entrepreneur. He has founded multiple companies including Befunky, a widely used web based image processing platform. He is a Jazz lover, enjoys drumming and appreciates the delicate taste of whisky.


  • [12.09.16] Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, the famous machine vision magazine, publishes an interview with myself, regarding EMVA award.
  • [09.09.16] Our paper "X-Tag: A Fiducial Tag for Flexible and Accurate Bundle Adjustment" got accepted to 3DV 2016.
  • [11.06.16] I have received the prestigious EMVA Young Professional Award 2016, for a part of my PhD work.
  • [12.08.15] Our paper "Point Pair Features Based Object Detection and Pose Estimation Revisited" got accepted as an oral presentation at 3DV 2015.

Research Topics

I am currently involved in conducting research in the following research areas.

  • 3D reconstruction and shape recovery in point clouds.
  • Real-time 3D object detection and tracking.
  • Robust, real-time point cloud matching
  • 3D object detection in depth data.
  • Multiple view geometry and camera calibration.
  • Geometric object modeling.
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition

Teaching Assistance


  • 2008-2011 - Computational Science and Engineering / Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 2004-2008 - Electronics Engineering / Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkiye
  • 2000-2004 - Robert College, Istanbul, Turkiye


T. Birdal, I. Dobryden, S. Ilic
X-Tag: A Fiducial Tag for Flexible and Accurate Bundle Adjustment
International Conference on 3DVision (3DV), Stanford University, California, USA, October 2016 (bib)
T. Birdal, E. Bala, T. Eren, S. Ilic
Online Inspection of 3D Parts via a Locally Overlapping Camera Network
IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), Lake Placid, NY, USA, March 2016 (bib)
T. Birdal, S. Ilic
Point Pair Features Based Object Detection and Pose Estimation Revisited
IEEE Computer Society Conference on 3D Vision (3DV), Lyon, France, October 2015 (poster) (bib)
U. Simsekli, T. Birdal
A Unified Probabilistic Framework for Robust Decoding of Linear Barcodes
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Brisbane, Australia, April 2015 (bib)
T. Birdal, D. Mateus, S. Ilic
Towards A Complete Framework For Deformable Surface Recovery Using RGBD Cameras
IEEE IROS'12 Workshop on Color-Depth Fusion in Robotics, Vila Moura, Portugal, October 2012 (bib)

Title: M.Sc.
Circumference of your head (in cm): M.Sc.
Firstname: Tolga
Lastname: Birdal
Picture: myimage.JPG
Birthday: 17.12.1983
Nationality: Turkey
Languages: English, Turkish
Expertise: Computer Vision
Position: External Phd
Status: Active
Emailbefore: tolgabirdal

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