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

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Research Activities:

James L. Crowley  is a Professor  Emeritus of the Institut  Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP). Prior to October 2021, he taught  courses in Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems at ENSIMAG (Ecole National Superieure d'Informatique et de Mathematiques Appliquées), and directed the Pervasive Interaction research team at INRIA Grenoble Reserch Center. In 2019 he was appointed to the chair of Collaborative Intelligent Systems, at the Univ Grenoble Alpes Multidisciplinary AI Institute (Miai) where he remains active in research on Artificial Intelligence and Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction. His current research combines multi-modal perception with cognitive modeling to explore new forms of interaction with intelligent systems using multimodal Transformers trained with self-supervised learning.

Over the last 35 years, Professeur Crowley has made a number of fundamental contributions to computer vision, mobile robtics and multi-modal interaction. These include early innovations in view invariant computer vision, position estimation, mapping and navigation for mobile robots, architectures for autonomous systemsrobust tracking, appearance-based techniques for visual perception, and observation of human activity for context aware environments and ambient informatics. He has co-edited two books, five special issues of journals, and authored over 300 articles on computer vision and mobile robotics, with over 15,800 Academic Citations (Google Scholar) and an h-index of 61.

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.
In Oct 2018 James Crowley received the ICMI Award for Sustained Contribution to Multimodal Interaction.

From 2012 to 2020,  he directed of the  Amiqual4Home innovation platform, funded by the EquipEx program of the French "Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir" in collaboration with INRIA Grenoble Research Center and the Univ Grenoble Alpes.

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 20 European Projects since 1986 including the early FP II project P940 "Depth and Motion Analysis". He served on the management board of ICT 28 project AI4EU, and currently serves in the core management committee of ICT 48 Humaine AI Net

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.


Recent Administrative Responsabilities

Scientific Activities:

  1. Member of the Steering committee for the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction.
  2. Founding member of the European Computer Vision Society (1990).
  3. General Chair or Co-Chair for the following International Conferences:
  4. Program co-Chairman for the following Conferences:
  5. Area Chair/Editor for International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE-ICRA) in  20092010
  6. Publications Chairman, I.R.O.S '97, Grenoble, September 1997.
  7. General Chairman of Symposium on Robotics Systems: SIRS '93 (Zakopane) SIRS '94 (Grenoble), SIRS '95 (Pisa), SIRS '96 (Lisbon) and SIRS '97 (Stockholm).
  8. Member of program commitee or reviewer for over 150 scientific conferences in Computer Vision, Robotics, AI amd Multi-Modal Interaction since 1988.


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

Featured Paper:
J. L. Crowley, J Coutaz, J. Grosinger, J. Vazquez-Salceda, C. Angulo, A. Sanfeliu, L. Iocchi, A. G. Cohn, A Hierarchical Framework for Collaborative Artificial Intelligence, IEEE Pervasive, Vol 22, No. 1, Mar 2023.  (Authors copy)

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)

Some earlier Journal Papers.

Some earlier Papers  in International Conferences and Symposia.

Some earlier Papers in Workshops.

List of Books and book chapters.

Course Notes from classes taught in 1996/2021 (in French and English).

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Contact Information

Physical Mail Address :

INRIA Grenoble Research Center
655 Ave de l'Europe
38330 Montbonnot-St. Martin

Created: Monday, 3 October 1994
Last Updated:  10 Feb 2023