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

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Research Activities:

James L. Crowley  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 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 13,000 Citations (Google Scholar) and an h-index of 54.

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, Ubiquitous Interactive Systems, Parallel Distributed  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. Member of the Steering committee for the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction.
  3. Founding member of the European Computer Vision Society (1990).
  4. General Chair or Co-Chair for the following International Conferences:
  5. Program co-Chairman for the following Conferences:
  6. Area Chair/Editor for International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE-ICRA) in  20092010
  7. Publications Chairman, I.R.O.S '97, Grenoble, September 1997.
  8. General Chairman of Symposium on Robotics Systems: SIRS '93 (Zakopane) SIRS '94 (Grenoble), SIRS '95 (Pisa), SIRS '96 (Lisbon) and SIRS '97 (Stockholm).
  9. Member of program commitee of reviewer for over 100 scientific conferences in Computer Vision, Robotics, AI amd Multi-Modal Interaction since 1988.
  10.  Expert for  European Commission research programs ESPRIT, TMR, Marie-Curie, IST and ICT programs since 1988.


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
655 Ave de l'Europe
38330 Montbonnot-St. Martin

Email: I receive over 200 emails per day. I make NO promises to read and answer all email.  If you have not had a response within a week, send your mail again, or contact my assistant, Catherine Bessiere. 

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