Who I Am

Willi Menapace

Welcome! I am a Ph.D Student at the University of Trento where I work with Elisa Ricci and Nicu Sebe at the Multimedia and Human Understanding Group MHUG. My research interests include the application of deep learning techniques to the computer vision field, in particular in the areas of image and video generation. During my studies I had the pleasure to work with Sergey Tulyakov at Snap Inc., Stéphane Lathuilière at Telecom Paris, Vladislav Golyanik and Christian Theobalt at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.

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Playable Environments: Video Manipulation in Space and Time

Willi Menapace, Stéphane Lathuilière, Aliaksandr Siarohin, Christian Theobalt, Sergey Tulyakov, Vladislav Golyanik, Elisa Ricci
CVPR 2022

We present Playable Environments - a new representation for interactive video generation and manipulation in space and time. With a single image at inference time, our novel framework allows the user to move objects in 3D while generating a video by providing a sequence of desired actions. The actions are learnt in an unsupervised manner. The camera can be controlled to get the desired viewpoint. Our method builds an environment state for each frame, which can be manipulated by our proposed action module and decoded back to the image space with volumetric rendering. To support diverse appearances of objects, we extend neural radiance fields ...

Playable Video Generation

Willi Menapace, Stéphane Lathuilière, Sergey Tulyakov, Aliaksandr Siarohin, Elisa Ricci
CVPR 2021 (Oral)

This paper introduces the unsupervised learning problem of playable video generation (PVG). In PVG, we aim at allowing a user to control the generated video by selecting a discrete action at every time step as when playing a videogame. The difficulty of the task lies both in learning semantically consistent actions and in generating realistic videos conditioned on the user input. We propose a novel framework for PVG that is trained in a self-supervised manner on a large dataset of unlabelled videos. We employ an encoder-decoder architecture where the predicted action labels act as ...

Learning to Cluster under Domain Shift

Willi Menapace, Stéphane Lathuilière, Elisa Ricci
ECCV 2020

While unsupervised domain adaptation methods based on deep architectures have achieved remarkable success in many computer vision tasks, they rely on a strong assumption, i.e. labeled source data must be available. In this work we overcome this assumption and we address the problem of transferring knowledge from a source to a target domain when both source and target data have no annotations. Inspired by recent works on deep clustering, our approach leverages information from data gathered from multiple source domains to build a domain-agnostic clustering model which is then refined at inference time when target data become available. ...

Deep Learning for Classification and Localization of COVID-19 Markers in Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound

Subhankar Roy*, Willi Menapace*, Sebastiaan Oei, et al.
IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging

Deep learning (DL) has proved successful inmedical imaging and, in the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, some works have started to investigate DL-based solutions for the assisted diagnosis of lung diseases. While existing works focus on CT scans, this paper studies the application of DL techniques for the analysisof lung ultrasonography (LUS) images. Specifically, we present a novel fully-annotated dataset of LUS images collected from several Italian hospitals, with labels indicating the degree of disease severity at a frame-level, video-level, and pixel-level (segmentation masks). ...

Served as Reviewer at:
  • CVPR 2022
  • CVPR MULA 2022
  • CVPR MULA 2021
  • ACM MultiMedia 2021
  • ICRA 2021
  • ACM MultiMedia 2020
Working Experience
  • Spring 2021 - Spring 2022: Research Intern at Max Planck Institute for Informatics
  • Summer 2019: Intern, Deep Learning at eXact lab
  • Spring 2019: External Collaborator, Deep Learning at eXact lab
  • Summer 2017: Intern, CUDA/OpenCL Developer at eXact lab
  • Summer 2014: Intern, Data Analyst/C# Programmer at Famas System
  • Summer 2013: Intern, Software Engineering at FBK