James L. Crowley, Professeur, Grenoble I.N.P.

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Research Activities:

He is a Professor at the Institut  Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP) where he directs the Pervasive Interaction Research  group of the LIG laboratory at the INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes Research Center in Montbonnot, France. He teaches courses in Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems at l'ENSIMAG (Ecole National Superieure d'Informatique et de Mathematiques Appliquées). He is also director of the Amiqual4Home innovation platform, funded by the  EquipEx program of the French "Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir".

Professor Crowley has edited two books, five special issues of journals, and authored over 250 articles on computer vision and mobile robotics, with over 12,000 Citations (Google Scholar) and an h-index of 52.

In Sept. 2011, James Crowley was appointed as Senior Member of the l'Institut Universitaire de France (IUF).
In Mar. 2014, James Crowley was named Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

Over the last 30 years, professeur Crowley has made fundamental contributions to computer vision and mobile robtics. These include early innovations in multi-resolution and multi-scale computer vision, position estimation, perception and navigation for mobile robots, architecture for autonomous systems, multi-sensor fusion, robust tracking for observing human activity, appearance-based techniques for object recognition and navigation, and observation and modeling of human activity for context aware environments and ambient informatics.

In 2008, Professor Crowley oversaw the creation of the Master of Science in Informatics at Grenoble (MoSIG). The MoSIG program offers a 2 year, European Standard, English-language,  Master of Science with specialisations in Graphics-Vision-Robotics, AI and the Web, Mobile Interactive Systems, Parallel Distributed Embedded Systems, Software Engineering, and High Performance Embedded Systems.

From 1994 to 1998, Prof. Crowley served as coordinator of the European Computer Vision Network (ECVnet), the EC "Network of Excellence" in Computer Vision. From 1993 to 2001, Professor Crowley coordinated the marie-Curie networks SMART and SMART II whose subject was the development of techniques for surveillance and monitoring. He has served as the technical coordinator of project ESPRIT basic research project BRA 3038/EP 7108, "Vision as Process" from 1989 to 1995. He has participated in a total of 14 European Projects since 1986 including the early FP II project P940 "Depth and Motion Analysis".

Professor Crowley was one of the first research faculty hired in January 1980 for the  Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute. From 1982 to 1985 he directed the Laboratory for Household Robotics at CMU, where he developed systems for world modeling and navigation using computer vision and ultrasonic range sensors. Versions of these systems have been used in several commercial mobile robots.


Current Administrative Responsabilities 

Recent Responsabilities :

Scientific Activities:

  1. Member "Board of Editors" Robotics and Autonomous Systems, North Holland.
  2. General Chair or Co-Chair for the following International Conferences:
  3. Program co-Chairman for the following Conferences:
  4. Area Chair/Editor for International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE-ICRA) in  20092010
  5. Publications Chairman, I.R.O.S '97, Grenoble, September 1997.
  6. General Chairman of Symposium on Robotics Systems: SIRS '93 (Zakopane) SIRS '94 (Grenoble), SIRS '95 (Pisa), SIRS '96 (Lisbon) and SIRS '97 (Stockholm).
  7. Member of program commitees: EUSIPCO-88, IROS-89, IAS-89, ECCV-I (90), 7th SCIA (91), ECCV-II (92), IAS-III (93). ECCV-III (94), IROS '94, IAS IV (95), ECCV '96, IROS '96, FGR '96, ICIAP '97, PUI 97, FGR '98, ECCV '98, SIRS 98,IAS '98, CVPR 98, IROS 98, IMVIP 98, ICPR 98, IAS 98, IROS 99, Eurobot 99, SIRS 99, ICIAP 99, IHM 99, IMVIP 99, IEEE CVPR 99, IEEE ICRA 2000, ECCV 2000, IAS 00, IROS 2000, ORASIS 2001, ICRA 2000,, ICMI 2000, ICVS 2001, ScaleSpace 01, CVPR 2001, ICRA 2001, PUI 2001, UbiComp 2001, FG 2002, IAS 2002, ICPR 2002, UBICOMP 2002, IROS 2002, ICMI 2002, UBICOMP 2003, ScaleSpace 2003, sOc 03, ICIP 03, ICCV 03 AMFG 04, ICMI 03, RFIA 2004, IAS 2004, ECCV 2004,FG 2004, ICPR 2004, CVPR 2004, ICMI 2004, EUSAI 2004, , PETS 05, CVPR 2005, ICRA 2005, IROS 2005, Interact 2005, ICCV 2005, ICVS 06, ECCV 06, CVPR 06, ICPR 06, IROS 2006, ICVS 2007, ICRA 2007, CVPR 2007, INTERACT 2007, ICDL 2007, LOCA 2007, ICCV 2007 ICRA 2008, ICRA 2007, AMI 2007, ICRA 2008, ICVS 2008, CVPR 2008, ECOOP 2008, ECAI 2008, AMI 2008, ICMI 2008, INTERACT 2009, CVPR 2009, ICCV 2009, ICVS 2009, ICMI 2009, CVPR 2010, ICRA 2010.
  8. Expert for the European Commission ESPRIT, TMR, IST and ICT programs since 1988.
  9. Expert panelist for the NSF ITR Program.


Most of these papers are .pdf formated for European A4 paper

Featured Paper: N. Gourier, D. Hall, J. L. Crowley, “Facial features detection robust to pose, illumination and identity”, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybertnetics, SMC (1) 2004: pp 617-622.

Doctoral Thesis, "A Representation for Visual Information", CMU-RI-TR-82-07, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, November, 1981. (US 8-1/2 by 11)

List of Journal Papers.(Updated 25 Dec 2009)

List of Papers in International Conferences and Symposia.(Updated 25 Dec 2009)

List of Papers in Workshops.(Updated 15 August 2004)

List of Books and book chapters.(Updated 25 May 1996)

List of Selected Tutorials.(Updated 1 December 1996)

Course Notes from classes taught in 1996/2009 (in French and English).

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Contact Information

Physical Mail Address :

Project PRIMA
INRIA Rhone-Alpes
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Created: Monday, 3 October 1994
Last Updated: 10 March 2013