He received the PhD degree in Computer Vision in 2001 from the University of Nancy, France, after working in the ISA INRIA team. He then joined the Virtual Reality Lab at EPFL as a post-doctoral fellow and became a founding member of the Computer Vision Laboratory. He became a Professor at TU GRAZ in February 2014. His research interests include computer vision and machine learning, and their application to 3D hand pose estimation, feature point detection and description, and 3D registration from images. In particular, he introduced methods such as Ferns, BRIEF, and LINE-MOD for feature point matching and 3D object recognition.