BIO - John Collomosse

Reader (Assoc. Prof.) in Computer Vision

Dr John Collomosse joined CVSSP [1] in 2009, following 4 years as a lecturer (Asst. Prof.) at the University of Bath where he also completed his Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Graphics (2004) and B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science) with 1st class honours (2001). John is a Reader (Assoc. Prof.) in Computer Vision, and a Visiting Researcher at Adobe Systems Imagination Lab (San Jose, California) where he is currently on sabbatical. John is course director of the MSc in Computer Vision, Robotics and Machine Learning. He is Deputy Director of Teaching (Undergraduate) for the Department.

John has spent periods of time in commercial R&D, working for IBM UK Labs (Hursley), Vodafone R&D (Munich), Hewlett Packard Labs (Bristol); the latter under a Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship resulting in 3 patents and rated outstanding by the Academy. He is a member of the EPSRC college, BCS, IEEE and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng).


John's research focuses on ways to add value and make sense of large, unstructured media collections - to visually search media collections, and present them in aesthetic and comprehensible ways. Recent projects include: sketch based search of images/video, exploring the fusion of text and sketch (EPSRC EP/D055032); plagiarism detection in the arts, resulting in a 'visual TurnItIn' service trialled in 4 UK HEIs (JISC iTrace); visual search of dance video by pose / choreographic activity (AHRC AH/H037926/1); structuring and presenting large home media collections using artistic rendering (HP Labs IRP); and developing expressive animatable characters from 3D multi-view capture data (EU FP7 RE@CT).

John holds ~70 refereed publications, including oral presentations at ICCV, BMVC, and journal papers in IJCV, IEEE TVCG and IEEE TMM. Seven of his papers have won academic prizes at conference. He was general chair for CVMP 2014-15, BMVC 2012, NPAR 2010-11 (at SIGGRAPH), and is an assoc. editor for C&G and CGF. He regularly reviews for the major vision and graphics conferences, as well as for the EPSRC and European Funding councils (incl. ERA, Vienna Science & Technology Fund).



[1] Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)

CVSSP was established by Prof Josef Kittler in 1986. Directed now by Prof. Adrian Hilton, CVSSP forms part of the Department for Electronic Engineering at Surrey, which received the highest rating of 5**A in the 2001 RAE, and ranked 2nd in the 2008 RAE with the highest number of research active staff. CVSSP has grown into the largest UK Computer Vision research group with over 120 researchers, maintaining an internationally leading reputation for research in four main areas: pattern recognition, computer vision, biometrics, and visual media. Spin out companies from CVSSP members include AvatarMe, Mirriad, and Omniperception.