Paul Streli

Computer Science
PhD Student
ETH Zürich

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I am a PhD student at the Sensing, Interaction & Perception Lab at ETH Zurich with Christian Holz.

My ambition is to establish touch as the spatial interaction paradigm in VR. For this, I develop novel interaction techniques and learning-based perception algorithms by combining my experiences in machine learning with my background in electrical engineering.

Before starting my PhD, I completed a master's degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and worked as an AI research intern at TikTok.

Please reach out via email if you want to know more about my work.





Karan Ahuja, Paul Streli, and Christian Holz. TouchPose: Hand Pose Prediction, Depth Estimation, and Touch Classification from Capacitive Images. In Proceedings of ACM UIST 2021. project page.


Paul Streli and Christian Holz. CapContact: Super-resolution Contact Areas from Capacitive Touchscreens. In Proceedings of ACM CHI 2021. (best paper award). project page.


Manuel Meier, Paul Streli, Andreas Fender, and Christian Holz. TapID: Rapid Touch Interaction in Virtual Reality using Wearable Sensing. In Proceedings of IEEE VR 2021. (Accompanying demo received best demonstration award (juried)). project page.



ETH Zurich
since 2020

PhD student

Department of Computer Science

supervised by Prof. Christian Holz.

Imperial College London

Studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering (M.Eng.) with Management.

First-Class Honours | Top student of the final class list

Final Year Project with Dr. Tae-Kyun Kim:

"3D Hand Pose Sequence Data Augmentation using GANs" - Improving Recurrent Neural Network 3D hand pose action recognition performance by augmenting training data using Generative Adversarial Networks.



ByteDance / TikTok
AI Research Intern
December 2019 – June 2020

Research Intern within the AI Team in London.

Imperial College London
Teaching Assistant
October–December 2018

UTA helping students with their computing laboratory sessions for the Computer Architecture and Systems module (Dr Thomas Clarke).

TTTech Auto
Advanced Projects Team
April–September 2018

Intern developing embedded software for autonomous driving pre-series projects.

ÖBB-Technische Services GmbH 
Department of Systemtechnology
August–September 2017

Intern working on diagnosis-data-transmission for predictive maintenance at Austria’s biggest railway company.

Schiebel Corporation
July–August 2016

Internship on the development of test equipment at a company specialised in producing helicopter UAVs.



Best paper award at ACM CHI 2021 for CapContact (2021)

Best demo award at IEEEVR 2021 for TapID (2021)

Siemens Memorial Book Prize awarded to the student at the top of the final class list (2018/19)

Head of Department’s Prize awarded to the top M.Eng. EEE student in third year (2017/18)

Winning team of the Imperial College Business School Entrepreneurship Online Competition (2017/18)

Silvanus P Thompson Prize awarded to the top EEE student in the second year (2016/17)

Second Year Group Project Prize awarded to the best EEE group project in the second year (2016/17)

Dennis Gabor Prize awarded to the top EEE student in the first year (2015/16)

Member of the Dean’s list in first, second, third and fourth year of university ​

2nd place at the Viennese Latin Olympiad (2014 and 2015)

teaching & academic services

Reviewer for UIST, ISS, MobileHCI.

Assistant to Sub-committee Chairs CHI'21 & CHI'22.

Teaching assistant for Ubiquitious Computing  and Probabilistic Artificial Intelligence at ETH Zurich.

Student mentoring:

  • Huajian Qiu | Master, Computational Science and Engineering (EPFL)

  • Valentin Bieri | Bachelor, Computer Science (ETH Zürich)

  • Francois Pailleau | Master, Robotics, Systems and Control (ETH Zürich)

  • Daniel Gstöhl | Master, Computer Science (ETH Zürich)

  • Boris Bernegger | Bachelor, Computer Science (ETH Zürich)

  • Jannik Gartmann | Bachelor, Computer Science (ETH Zürich)