Shivangi Aneja

I am a PhD candidate at Visual Computing and AI Lab at Technical University of Munich advised by Prof. Matthias Nie├čner. Prior to that, I obtained my Masters degree in Informatics from Technical University of Munich and Bachelors degree in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (India). My Master's thesis earned highest honors and was awarded the Best Master Thesis Award at DGOF Conference. During my undergrad, I was awarded a gold medal for academic excellence. My PhD research focuses on developing algorithms to generate lifelike and immersive 3D digital humans with expressive capabilities. Additionally, I also develop novel approaches that can thwart the malevolent usage of such generative models.

Publications

FaceTalk: Audio-Driven Motion Diffusion for Neural Parametric Head Models

Shivangi Aneja, Justus Thies, Angela Dai, Matthias Niessner

Given input speech signal, FaceTalk can synthesize high-quality and temporally consistent 3D motion sequences of high-fidelity human heads as neural parametric head models. Our method can generate diverse set of expression sequences including foreign languages and songs. By optimizing for correspondences to produce temporally-optimized expressions fitted for audio supervision, we couple speech signal with latent space of neural parametric head model (NPHM) enabling coherent motion generation for arbitrary audios like songs and foreign languages.


ClipFace: Text-guided Editing of Textured 3D Morphable Models (SIGGRAPH 2023)

Shivangi Aneja, Justus Thies, Angela Dai, Matthias Niessner

ClipFace learns a novel self-supervised approach for text-guided editing of textured 3D morphable model of faces. Specifically, we employ user-friendly language prompts to enable control of the expressions as well as appearance of 3D faces. We leverage the geometric expressiveness of 3D morphable models, which inherently possess limited controllability and texture expressivity, and develop a self-supervised generative model to jointly synthesize expressive, textured, and articulated faces in 3D. We enable high-quality texture generation for 3D faces by adversarial self-supervised training, guided by differentiable rendering against collections of real RGB images.


COSMOS: Catching Out-of-Context Misinformation using Self-Supervised Learning (AAAI 2023)

Shivangi Aneja, Chris Bregler, Matthias Niessner

One of the most prevalent ways to mislead audiences on social media is the use of unaltered images in a new but false context. To address this challenge and support fact-checkers, we propose a new method that automatically detects out-of-context image and text pairs. Our method takes as input an image and two captions from different sources, and we predict whether the image has been used out of context or not. We show that it is critical to the task to ground the captions w.r.t. image, and it is insufficient to consider only the captions; e.g., a language-only model would incorrectly classify the right image to be out of context.


TAFIM: Targeted Adversarial Attacks against Facial Image Manipulations (ECCV 2022)

Shivangi Aneja, Lev Markhasin, Matthias Niessner

We propose a novel approach to protect facial images from several image manipulation models simultaneously. Our method works by generating quasi-imperceptible perturbations using a learned neural network. These perturbations when added to real images force the face manipulation models to produce a predefined manipulation target as output. Compared to existing methods that require an image-specific optimization, we propose to leverage a neural network to encode the generation of image specific perturbations, which is several orders of magnitude faster and can be used for real-time applications. In addition, our generated perturbations are robust to jpeg compression.


IndoFashion: Apparel Classification for Indian Ethnic Clothes (CVPRW 2021)

Pranjal Singh Rajput, Shivangi Aneja

Cloth categorization is used by e-commerce websites for displaying correct products to the end-users. Indian clothes have a large number of clothing categories both for men and women. Moreover, the style and patterns of ethnic clothes have a very different distribution from western outfits. Thus the models trained on standard cloth datasets fail on ethnic outfits. We introduce the first large-scale ethnic dataset of over 106K images with 15 different categories for fine-grained classification of Indian ethnic clothes. We evaluate several baselines for the cloth classification task on our dataset and obtain 88.43% accuracy.


Generalized Zero and Few-Shot Transfer for Facial Forgery Detection (Master Thesis)

Shivangi Aneja, Matthias Niessner

Cloth categorization is used by e-commerce websites for displaying correct products to the end-users. Indian clothes have a large number of clothing categories both for men and women. Moreover, the style and patterns of ethnic clothes have a very different distribution from western outfits. Thus the models trained on standard cloth datasets fail on ethnic outfits. We introduce the first large-scale ethnic dataset of over 106K images with 15 different categories for fine-grained classification of Indian ethnic clothes. We evaluate several baselines for the cloth classification task on our dataset and obtain 88.43% accuracy.


What's New

Aug, 2023
Rising Stars Scholar 2023, WiGRAPH
Selected as one of the participants for Rising Stars 2023, WiGRAPH co-located with SIGGRAPH 2023 & 2024.
Aug, 2023
ClipFace got accepted to SIGGRAPH 2023
Feb, 2023
COSMOS got accepted to AAAI 2023
Oct, 2022
TAFIM got accepted to ECCV 2022
Sept, 2022
Grand Challenge on Detecting CheapFakes, ACM Multimedia Conference
Co-organized a competition on detecting out-of-context misuse of images in collaboration with Google AI.
Sept, 2021
Grand Challenge on Detecting CheapFakes, ACM MMSys Conference
Co-organized a competition on detecting out-of-context misuse of images in collaboration with Google AI.
Sept, 2021
Best Master Thesis 2021
Awarded Best Master Thesis Award for the academic year 2020-2021 at DGOF Conference for my Master Thesis
Jun, 2021
Apr, 2020
Graduated Masters in Informatics (Magna Cum Laude), TUM
Master Thesis: Generalized Zero and Few-Shot Transfer for Facial Forgery Detection