We inject human intelligence precisely where automation fails

crowd driven computer vision

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The technology of game

Pallas Ludens delivers an end-to-end data annotation service. This ensures optimal quality in every step of your image processing project.

The Challenge

Image processing is an integral part of the value chain for today's leading high-tech industries. Ever-increasing demands in algorithm robustness and accuracy are its main challenges. For specific applications automation reaches fundamental limits. However, even laymen excel at these problems.

Pallas Ludens resource-friendly harnesses this potential by enhancing cutting-edge low-level vision with individually optimized crowd-interfaces. This enables currently infeasible endeavors including ground truth generation for machine learning and performance analysis.

Our Approach

Pallas Ludens is a high tech startup which emerged from the HCI at the Heidelberg University, founded by image processing experts with decades of experience and strong connections to the scientific community all around the world. We developed a technology that not only allows us to solve even the most complex problems in image processing with crowdsourcing but also minimizes the amount of manual labor significantly through our award-winning processing methods.

Now, we are successfuly gamifying annotation tasks to further improve the efficiency of our offering. Our approach enables us to reach millions of gamers in all developed countries who are eager to quickly accomplish vision tasks in a matter of minutes at any time of the day.

Our technology has been thoroughly tested in prototypes and has been awarded the best paper award at the International Conference for Vision Systems in 2013.

Our Services

Your support along the vision value chain.

Our team of experts is able to support any vision problem end-to-end, offering a full service as well as specialized support for each important element in the processing chain.
Read more about our solutions for Automotive Vision.

Data Collection/Preprocessing


Collecting large amounts of data is a critical issue. The right sampling can significantly reduce engineering efforts or dramatically increase quality. We offer crowdsourced data collections for publicly accessible data such as outdoor environments. Our new technology for gamification of microtasks enables worldwide data mining by crowds.

Data Collection/Preprocessing


During preprocessing our experts support the data homogenization and result specification. We will then tailor our annotation tools to obtain your desired results with maximum quality.

Data Collection/Preprocessing


Based on your specific needs such as speed, quality, culture or time, image annotation is performed by a carefully selected subset of our crowd. We select individual crowdworkers based on a well-designed reputation scheme to guarantee fast and clean results. Each task can be presented to many crowdworkers for statistical evaluations.

Data Collection/Preprocessing


During Postprocessing we carefully examine the individual results to ensure data quality based on eyeballing, statistical analysis as well as machine learning. All results are merged to a data package in the format you specified.

Data Collection/Preprocessing


Our experts will help you with visualizations, machine learning and algorithm design based on the crowdsourcing results. If needed, we also connect you with vision experts in academia around the world for any questions we cannot answer right away.


Dr. Wolfgang Eckstein

Managing Director, MVTec

"[...] (T)he product of the company Pallas LudensGmbH, made possible by its innovative technology, is highly in demand in many industries."

Prof. Ph.D. Carsten Rother

Microsoft Research Cambridge

"[...] (I)ch(würde) die Firma gerne beauftragen [...]. So können wir in unserem Institut neue Modelle lernen und evaluieren und darüber hinaus auch neue Verfahren entwickeln, die bisher aufgrund der schlechten Datenlage schlicht und ergreifend nicht möglich waren."

Denise Engel

Head of Advertising Sales, Bigpoint

"Die Minitasks von Pallas Ludens werden von Tausenden unserer Spieler genutzt, da sie die großartige Möglichkeit bieten, Premiuminhalte kostenlos zu nutzen."

Uwe Franke

Head of Image Understanding Group, Daimler

"The technology developed by Pallas Ludens Computer Vision is most attractive for generation of such data bases as it is cheap, fast and scalable. Since the importance of image understanding and classification will further increase, we expect a high demand in the future."


For further details and questions we gladly demonstrate our technology. We are looking forward to both industrial as well as academic collaborations.

Pallas Ludens GmbH
Im Bosseldorn 29
69126 Heidelberg-Rohrbach

Tel.: +49 (62 21) 64 79 30 8

Jonas Andrulis

Tel.: +49 163 81 84 265

Dr. Daniel Kondermann

Karsten Maxem

Tel.: +49 151 52 422 896