Researcher (Assistant Professor) in Computer Vision and Machine Learning (2019). Stuart’s research focus is on Visual Reasoning to understand the layout of visual content from Iconography (e.g. Sketches) to 3D Scene understanding and their implications on methods of interaction.
Prior to Stuart’s current appointment, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher position also at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) working on 3D scene understanding with Dr Alessio Del Bue (2017). Before which Stuart worked at University College London (UCL) as a Research Associate working with Prof. Tim Weyrich (2015) working on 3D reconstruction of large relief art. While at the University of Surrey he worked as a Research Fellow working on Charting the Digital Lifespan (2013) – a big social data classification task through the fusion of social image and comments while exploring the social implications.
Stuart’s PhD completed in 2015, also at the University of Surrey, explored how Visual Narratives (Free-Hand sketched storyboards) can be used for Video Retrieval and Synthesis. Contributions involved approaches for Sketch-based Video retrieval and Dance Choreography Synthesis. He also holds a BSc in Computer Science with Games development from the University of Hull.
During 2013 he visited INESC-ID (IST), Portugal for an internship. The research project looked at expanding prior work and integrating the user into the process of choreographic video synthesis. This work focused on Human Computer Interaction developed and interactive process.
During his PhD and Post-doc positions at University of Surrey and UCL, Stuart has enthusiastically engaged with students through teaching opportunities. By working as a lab assistant or marking student work. He has assisted in Computer Vision, Robotics, Research Methods and Programming (C, C++) modules.
Stuart is a member of several professional bodies including ACM, IEEE, BCS; additionally part of specialist groups in research related fields. Stuart regularly peer reviewers for: CVPR, ECCV, AAAI, BMVC, ICIAP, ACH, EADH, GCH conferences and workshops. As well as Computers & Graphics and IEEE Transaction on MultiMedia, RA-L, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities journals.
Additionally, Stuart has worked at JCS Technology for over ten years as IT Manager. Organising the lab infrastructure and services while making informed purchasing decisions. This experience has broadened Stuart’s interaction with industrial technologies and given an understanding which in turn has been used to guide research infrastructure.
Visual scene understanding through geometrywith Dr Alessio Del Bue (IIT)
How we can sketch in Virtual Environmentswith Prof. Anthony Steed (UCL)
We are always looking for good PhD candidates, so if you are interested in doing a PhD in Visual Reasoning please contact me to discuss the options. We have yearly calls in the Italian education system and other options depending on the type of PhD. Areas of research include:
2020 University of Genova - Cycle XXXVI [Now closed]
We have two (exciting) positions to join us on the MEMEX EU Project! One engineer to coordinate with the project consortium to develop an innovative app exposing Cultural Heritage and project participant stories. The second is a post-doc to research and develop algorithms for 3D Scene Understanding! These are two very exciting positions to work with us and create impactful tools and research.
About the project… The MEMEX project promotes social cohesion through collaborative, heritage-related tools that provide inclusive access to tangible and intangible cultural heritage and, at the same time, facilitate encounters, discussions and interactions...
Organising VISART V: Vision for Art
Rejoined Visual Geometry and Modelling Lab of IIT
Researcher (Assist. Prof) in Cultural Heritage in IIT
Moved to Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Became Honorary Research Associate at UCL
Invited to Rank Prize Symposium on Computer Vision and Video Effects
Graduated as Doctor of Philosophy
Research Associate at UCL with Prof. Tim Weyrich
Defended PhD Thesis
Accepted at Pattern Recognition Letters (PR-L) in Elsevier.