Seervision is a startup project that was being accelerated at Wyss Zurich from 2018 to 2021.
As machine vision and robotic automation evolve towards new levels of intelligence, broadcast production systems will advance as well. This will pave the way for new approaches to production, with multi-camera robot and drone setups collaborating to segment and understand unexplored scenes, and then executing all of the operational tasks handled by traditional camera crews in the past – leaving creative storytelling to humans.
The software, which is both camera- and robot-independent, incorporates image recognition, artificial intelligence, model predictive control techniques and high-speed dynamics to make autonomous video production possible. Seervision has analyzed the motion sequences of cameramen working in a variety of applications and converted them into algorithms that allow for real-time object recognition and scene segmentation. Moreover, these algorithms are continually enriched through a machine learning process, resulting in multiple robot camera setups in which each robot can not only autonomously perform all the tasks of traditional camera work, but also exchange information with other robot cameras. The final product is indistinguishable from what is produced by a team of human beings. However, the production is now controlled by a single operator, who is free to focus creatively on the big picture.
Supported by Wyss Zurich, what started as an idea to improve live lecture recording has grown into a flourishing startup with over 30 employees from 18 countries. Seervision is now engaged in developing innovative software for automated, effortless video production.
The Seervision Suite automates the video production workflows of corporate studios, stage events and educational spaces. Seervision works alongside industry-leading distributors and system integrators to provide complete, autonomous solutions for the proAV industry, while also selling directly to venues and corporations looking to automate and upgrade their video productions. Seervision has grown by leaps and bounds in just a few years, and its recent expansion into markets across Europe, Asia and North America has made it clear that it is not stopping anytime soon.
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Nikolaos Kariotoglou joined Wyss Zurich in September 2018 as Project Leader of Seervision. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Seervision AG. Nikolaos leads the day-to-day business and is responsible for developments, partnerships and the entire corporate strategy as well as for the acquisition of future financing rounds of Seervision AG and the support of the existing network of investors. He is also responsible for the communication strategies of Seervision AG, for the cooperation with the ETH under the official spin-off umbrella and for partnerships around innovation, research and development programs in Switzerland and the EU, which can accelerate the company's growth. Before co-founding Seervision, he studied optimization-based automatic control and stochastic systems at ETH Zurich. During his studies, he led and supervised several development projects at the ETH and was directly involved in technology transfer from research to industry in various fields and disciplines.
Reto Hofmann joined Wyss Zurich in September 2018 as Robotics Engineer of the Seervision project. He is Co-Founder and CTO of Seervision AG. Reto is responsible for technical product development, industrialization issues and research, and development. Prior to this, Reto completed a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and robotics at ETH Zurich. During his master thesis he developed the first prototype of an autonomous camera system, which later became the products on which Seervision AG is working today. In further projects, he deepened his knowledge in topics around computer vision and control processes for cameras.
Conrad von Grebel
Conrad von Grebel joined Wyss Zurich in October 2018 as Business Developer of the Seervision project. He is Co-Founder and CMO of the Seervision AG. He is responsible for customer strategy and relationships, business development, sales and prioritization of product functions. Before that, Conrad was Co-Founder of two other successful start-ups: "dreicast gmbH", a streaming production company for corporate events, and "von Grebel Motion AG", a video production company in the institutional environment. Until the end of 2017, he was also a lecturer in multi-camera production and cinematography at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
Behind Seervision is a large team of dedicated roboticists and software engineers, producers and designers – get to know them here.