About me

Tassilo Schwarz

Welcome to my website! I am especially interested in theoretical computer science, the impact of technology on society, and computer vision. I am studying computer science at ETH Zurich and spending my last semester at UC Berkeley.

Theoretical Computer Science

  • Randomized matchings become increasingly important in behavioral economics (randomized experiments) and medical trials (randomized clinical  trials). I gave a talk about this topic at the ETH Center for Law and Economics.
  • Presentation of the complexity-theoretic paper Playing Dominoes Is Hard, Except by Yourself (Demaine et. al) at the Presenting Theoretical Computer Science Seminar at ETH Zurich

Technology & Society

  • I co-organize the seminar Europe’s Digital Future – Internet politics. Cybersecurity. Data rights. We invite speakers from academic scholars to policymakers to explore how digital technologies are transforming society, funded by the German  Academic Scholarship Foundation. Talks are on a bi-weekly basis. Feel free to contact me with any inquiries and refer to digital-ftr.eu for upcoming talks.
  • Working in Prof. Bechtold’s intellectual property group at the ETH Center for Law and Economics, I am happy to support empirical research based on game theory and behavioral experiments in the interdisciplinary field of intellectual property, Internet, privacy, telecommunication and law & technology. Example projects I support are on explainable AI (XAI) and so-called moral rights: Do particular legal rights granted by copyright law (moral rights) generate incentives for artists to create excellent art?
  • Panel Discussion #DE2036 – Wie soll es aussehen, dieses Land? Deutschland in 20 Jahren with Germany’s President Gauck on Germany in 2036, heading the team on European politics
  • I have worked for MP and Federal Minister ret. Dr. Ramsauer, Committee Chair on Economic Cooperation and Development, in the German Parliament

Computer Vision

  • I built a drone-detection system. My algorithm is mostly a computer vision algorithm with some sound analysis. The system is able to perform real-time drone detection and classification in 3d using just simple webcams. The user gets information such as 3d position and velocity. It is now possible to point automatically a laser pointer in real-time at the drone.
  • Prior projects include basic shape recognition algorithms and projects at the intersection of computer vision and robotics

Awards (selection)

  • Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
    • Best of Category Award in Robotics and Intelligent Machines
    • First Grand Award
  • European Union Contest for Young Scientists:
    • Second Award
    • EIROforum special prize
  • Jugend forscht (Europe’s biggest youth science competition):
    • Chancellor’s Award
    • Federal winner (German: Bundessieger)
    • Europe Award by DFG (German Research Foundation) and European Commission

Talks (selection)

Pressebericht Bundesregierung: Präsentation bei Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel
Pressebericht Bundesregierung: Präsentation bei Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel
  • Presentation to Chancellor Angela Merkel (incl. Video)
  • Presenting for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at CeBIT

Media References (selection)

  • Countries have political borders — science doesn’t. On my invitation to Shanghai (Society for Science)
  • DFG (German Research Foundation) press release (German)