Professor Richard BOWDEN

Date: Monday 21st March 2011
Time: 3pm
Place: Informatics Teaching Lab (ITL) — Top floor meeting room

Speaker: Professor Richard BOWDEN — University of Surrey.

Title: Seeing and Understanding People

Abstract: The talk will give an overview of work covering applications
from surveillance and HCI through to autonomy. It will discuss video
mining, the use of data mining and machine learning in the visual domain
and how these approaches can be applied to activity/object recognition,
sign language recognition and content retrieval. Facial feature
tracking and its use in lip reading and non verbal communication
recognition and finally the modelling of behaviour and pre-attentive vs
attentive vision and its use in the autonomous control of vehicles.

Dr Richard Bowden (BSc, MSc, PhD, SMIEE, FHEA) is a Professor at the
University of Surrey and heads the Cognitive Vision Group within the
Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP). His
award-winning research centres on the use of computer vision to locate,
track and understand humans and has received world-wide media coverage,
with exhibitions at national Science Museum’s in both the UK and US. His
awards include paper prizes for work on sign language recognition and
the Sullivan Doctoral Thesis Prize in 2000 for the best UK PhD thesis in
vision. He was a member of the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA)
executive committee and company director for 7 years, has organised over
20 conferences/workshops in related areas and published over 100 peer
reviewed publications. His grant portfolio includes both EPSRC and EU
projects covering areas from surveillance and HCI through to robotics
and cognitive systems. He is a London Technology Network Business
Fellow, a member of the British Machine Vision Association, a Senior
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a
fellow of the Higher Education Academy.