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


Picture of Jim with Bow Tie

Research Activities:

James L. Crowley directs the PRIMA Research Project group of the LIG laboratory at the INRIA Grenoble research center in Montbonnot, France. He holds the post of Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), where he teaches courses in Computer Vision, Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence at l'ENSIMAG (Ecole National Superieure d'Informatique et de Mathematiques Appliquées). From 2003 through 2006, Professor Crowley has served as director for the UMR GRAVIR laboratory (UMR 5527 CNRS, INPG, UJF, INRIA). Professor Crowley has edited two books, five special issues of journals, and authored over 300 articles on computer vision and mobile robotics, with over 9000 Citations (Google Scholar Dec 2012) and an h-number of 46 (Citations Histogram).

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.

Professor Crowley directs INRIA Project Group PRIMA, at the INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes Research Centre.The objective of project PRIMA is to elaborate the science and technology of smart, interactive environments. An interactive environment is a environment capable of perception, action and communication with human inhabitants. PRIMA seeks to render environments sensitive to people and their activities. With this ability, the environment can become a collaborator, capable of offering services based on informatics and communications technologies.  PRIMA is part of the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG) at the Universities of Grenoble.

The research activities of professor Crowley combines 4 themes:

  1. Invariant, Robust visual perception based on appearance,
  2. Robust, Component-based architectures for perception based on autonomic programming techniques,
  3. Observation and modeling of human acitvities based on situation modeling,
  4. New forms of multi-modal man-machine interaction based on machine perception and situation modeling.

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

From 1994 to 1998, Prof. Crowley served coordinator ot 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.


Diplomas


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  2009, and 2010.
  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.

Publications

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

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).

Doctoral Students Directed


Hobbies

Skiing (expert level)
Cycling : Road and Mountain


Contact Information

Physical Mail Address :

Project PRIMA
INRIA Rhone-Alpes
655 Ave de l'Europe
38330 Montbonnot-St. Martin
France

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Some Phone Numbers:

Secretary (+33) 4 76 61 53 61
Office (+33) 4 76 61 53 96





Created: Monday, 3 October 1994
Last Updated: 10 March 2013