Professor Richard Bowden
Academic and research departmentsCentre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Richard Bowden is Professor of Computer Vision and Machine Learning at the University of Surrey where he leads the Cognitive Vision Group within CVSSP and is Associate Dean for postgraduate research within his faculty. His research centres on the use of computer vision to locate, track, understand and learn from humans. He has held over 40 research grants from UK, EU funding bodies as well as industrial funded projects. These projects cover areas such as cognitive robotics and vision, sign and gesture recognition, lip-reading and nonverbal communication as well as many fundamental topics to computer vision such as tracking and detection. His research has been recognised by prizes, plenary talks and media/press coverage including the Sullivan thesis prize in 2000 and many best paper awards.
To date, he has published over 190 peer reviewed publications and has served as either program committee member or area chair for ICCV, CVPR, ECCV, BMVA, FG and ICPR in addition to numerous international workshops and conferences. He is an Associate Editor for the journals Image and Vision Computing and IEEE Trans Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (the top journal in his field). He was awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2013 and is a member of the RS international exchanges committee. He was a member of the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA) executive committee and a company director for seven years. He is a member of the BMVA, a senior member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2016.
Areas of specialism
Sign and gesture recognition;
Activity and action recognition;
Facial feature tracking;
University roles and responsibilities
- Associate Dean (Doctoral College)
- Professor of Computer Vision and Machine Learning
Affiliations and memberships
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Richard's research focuses on the use of computer vision to locate, track and understand humans, with specific examples in Sign and Gesture recognition, Activity and Action recognition, lip-reading and facial feature tracking but also in HCI and cognitive robotics and machine perception where machines learn to understand and predict humans.
His research into tracking and artificial life received worldwide media coverage, appearing at the British Science Museum and the Minnesota Science Museum.
Indicators of esteem
Awarded Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2016
Member of Royal Society’s International Exchanges Committee 2016
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
Sullivan thesis prize in 2000
Executive Committee member and theme leader for EPSRC ViiHM Network 2015
TIGA Games award for Makaton Learning Environment with Gamelab UK 2013
Appointed Associate Editor for IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 2013
Best Paper Award at VISAPP2012
Advisory Board for Springer Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
General Chair BMVC2012
Outstanding Reviewer Award ICCV 2011
Best Paper Award at IbPRIA2011
Main Track Chair (Computer & Robot Vision) ICPR2012, Japan
Appointed Associate Editor International Journal of Image & Vision Comp
I current teaching level 1 C programming and lever 3/4 Object Orientation Programming in C++
I'm currently preparing a new course on robotics.
Courses I teach on
Postgraduate research supervision
Sampo Kuutti, Jamie Spencer Martin, Celyn Walters, Stephanie Stoll, Rebecca Allday, Cihan Camgoz, Matthew Marter, Oscar Koller
Postgraduate research supervision
James Elder (Graduated 2017), Oscar Mendez Maldonado (Graduated 2017), Karel Lebada (Graduated 2016), Phil Krejov (Graduated 2016), Brian Holt (Graduated 2014), Simon Hadfield (Graduated 2013), Ashish Gupta (Graduated 2013), Timothy Sheerman-Chase (Graduated 2013), Stephen Moore (Graduated 2012), Olusegun Oshin (Graduated 2011), Dumebi Okwechime (Graduated 2011), Liam Ellis (Graduated 2010), Helen Cooper (Graduated 2010), Andrew Gilbert (Graduated 2008), Nickolas Dowson (Graduated 2006), Antonio Micilotta (Graduated 2005), Pakorn KaewTraKulPong (Graduated 2002).