The Saarbrücken Research Center for

Visual Computing, Interaction & AI

With VIA

the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics and Google team up.

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Informatics in Saarbrücken (Germany) and Google have agreed on a strategic partnership to establish the “Saarbrücken Research Center for Visual Computing, Interaction and Artificial Intelligence (VIA)” at the MPI for Informatics.

The center will investigate basic frontier research challenges in computer graphics, computer vision, and human machine interaction, at the intersection to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Research results of the center will be openly published. The VIA center will be directed by Prof. Dr. Christian Theobalt from MPI for Informatics.

Read the full press release here

The Center has been successfully opened:

Christian Theobalt, MPI-INF,  and Shahram Izadi, Google.

from left:
Peter Druschel, Max Planck Society CPT Section Chair;
Christian Theobalt, Scientific Director VIA-Center;
Maximilian Prugger, Dept. Secretary General Max Planck Society;
Shahram Izadi, Senior Director and Head of AR at Google;
Anke Rehlinger, Saarland Minister-President;
Jakob von Weizsäcker, Saarland State Minister of Finance;
Manfred Schmitt, Saarland University President;
Lutz Mache, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager at Google;

More Impressions here


The Saarbrücken Center for Visual Computing, Interaction and Artificial Intelligence is continuously looking for outstanding candidates for PhD and postdoc positions in the core research areas of the center.

Candidates with a background in one or more of these topics:

  • (Neural) rendering and (neural) scene representations,
  • visual scene understanding,
  • man-machine interaction,
  • foundations of machine learning for visual computing,
  • virtual human capture and modeling,
  • computer animation,
  • 3D/4D reconstruction and scene understanding,
  • virtual and augmented reality

are encouraged to apply. Candidates with a background in related areas are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants for PhD positions should have a Master degree (or equivalent) in computer science or a related field and show an outstanding academic record. We further expect research experience in one of the aforementioned fields of work, ideally already documented by peer reviewed publications in high quality publication venues of the respective fields. Candidates should have solid programming experience. We also expect the candidates to be fluent in both written and spoken English.

In case you are interested, please submit your complete application package including a CV, a list of publications, transcripts, and the contacts of at least two references via Email to:
Applicants for postdoc positions should have an outstanding PhD in computer science or related field and have conducted research in one or more of the areas listed above. Applicants should have an excellent track record of publications in the top tier conferences in the relevant fields – vision (CVPR, ICCV, ECCV etc.), graphics (EUROGRAPHICS, SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia etc.), machine learning (NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR etc.), or HCI (ACM CHI, UIST etc.).

The application package should contain a CV, a statement of research, transcripts and the contacts of at least two academic references. More detailed information can be found in this PDF file..

In case you are interested, please submit your complete application package to:

More info to come.


Contact us.

VIA Center
@ MPI for Informatics
Saarland Informatics Campus
Building E1 4
66123 Saarbrücken

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