Stuart James

Researcher (Assist. Prof.) in Visual Geometry and Modelling


Venice, Italy
+39 010 2897 436

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Researcher (Assistant Professor) in Visual Geometry and Modelling at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). Stuart's research focus is on Visual Reasoning across Big Data problems with a particular interest in understanding layout and abstract concepts which challenge traditional algorithms. He has worked on Scene understanding, Visual Question and Answering, 3D Reconstruction, Texture Analysis, Social Media classification, Sketch-based Interaction and Retrieval and Domain Adaptation. Stuart became a Researcher following a Postdoctoral position also at IIT working on 3D scene understanding with Dr Alessio Del Bue. Previously Stuart was a Research Associate at University College London (UCL) working with Prof. Tim Weyrich. While at the University of Surrey Stuart completed his PhD and a Postdoctoral position with Dr John Collomosse. Stuart continues to hold an honorary position at UCL to this day and collaborates with researchers across universities and institutes.


Computer Vision Artificial Intelligence Information Retrieval Cultural Heritage Digital Humanities


IIT Publications

  • 2020
  • Fiorucci M., Khoroshiltseva M., Pontil M., Traviglia A., Del Bue A.iit, James S.iit

    Machine Learning for Cultural Heritage: A Survey

    Pattern Recognition Letters
  • 2019
  • Wang Y.iit, James S.iit, Stathopoulou E.K., Beltran-Gonzalez C.iit, Konishi Y., Del Bue A.iit

    Autonomous 3D reconstruction, mapping and exploration of indoor environments with a robotic arm

    IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
  • Giunchi D., James S.iit, Degraen D., Steed A.

    Mixing realities for sketch retrieval in Virtual Reality

    Virtual-Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry (VRCAI '19)
  • Bansal V., James S., Del Bue A.iit

    re-OBJ: Jointly Learning the Foreground and Background for Object Instance Re-identification

    20th International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP'19), pp. 402-413
  • 2018
  • Giunchi D., James S., Steed A.

    3D sketching for interactive model retrieval in virtual reality

    Proceedings - Expressive 2018: Computational Aesthetics Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering
  • Giunchi D., James S., Steed A.

    Model Retrieval by 3D Sketching in Immersive Virtual Reality

    25th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VR 2018 - Proceedings, pp. 559-560
  • Elkhouly M.D.iit, James S.iit, Del Bue A.iit

    Multi-view Aggregation for Color Naming with Shadow Detection and Removal

    IEEE 3rd International Conference on Image Processing, Applications and Systems, IPAS 2018, pp. 115-120
  • Gay P., James S.iit, Del Bue A.iit

    Visual Graphs from Motion (VGfM): Scene understanding with object geometry reasoning

    Asian Conference on Computer Vision
  • 2017
  • Orzech K.M., Moncur W., Durrant A., James S., Collomosse J.

    Digital photographic practices as expressions of personhood and identity: variations across school leavers and recent retirees

    Visual Studies, vol. 32, (no. 4), pp. 313-328
  • Moritz J., James S., Haines T.S.F., Ritschel T., Weyrich T.

    Texture Stationarization: Turning Photos into Tileable Textures

    Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 36, (no. 2), pp. 177-188
  • 2016
  • James S., Collomosse J.

    Evolutionary data purification for social media classification

    Proceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition, vol. 0, pp. 2676-2681
  • 2014
  • Trujillo-Pisanty D., Durrant A., Martindale S., James S., Collomosse J.

    Admixed portrait: Refections on being online as a new parent

    Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS, pp. 503-512
  • Gray C., James S., Collomosse J., Asente P.

    A particle filtering approach to salient video object localization

    2014 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2014, pp. 194-198
  • James S., Collomosse J.

    Interactive video asset retrieval using sketched queries

    ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, vol. 2014-November
  • James S., Fonseca M.J., Collomosse J.

    ReEnact: Sketch based choreographic design from archival dance footage

    ICMR 2014 - Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval 2014, pp. 313-320
  • 2013
  • Hu R., James S., Wang T., Collomosse J.

    Markov random fields for sketch based video retrieval

    ICMR 2013 - Proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval, pp. 279-286
  • 2012
  • Hu R., James S., Collomosse J.

    Annotated free-hand sketches for video retrieval using object semantics and motion

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7131 LNCS, pp. 473-484
  • Fonseca M.J., James S., Collomosse J.

    Skeletons from sketches of dancing poses

    Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC, pp. 247-248

Dissemination Talks

  • 2019
  • James S.iit

    Comprendere gli archivi culturali digitali, dal passato al presente


  • 2019 Best Student Paper Award ICIAP for "re-OBJ:Jointly learning the foreground and background for object instance re-identification"
  • 2018 Best Paper Award IPAS for "Multi-view Aggregation for Color Naming with Shadow Detection and Removal
  • 2011 BMVA Summer School Poster Runner-up "Interactive Video Asset Retrieval using Sketched Queries"
  • 2006 Microsoft Imagine cup Software Design Challenge UK Top 10