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Prof. James Orwell

School/Department: Computer Science & Mathematics
Position: Professor


Dr. James Orwell is a Reader in the Faculty of Computing, Information Systems, and Mathematics at Kingston University where he teaches programming to undergraduates and works with postgraduates on digital imaging research projects. A member of the Digital Imaging Research Centre (DIRC), his research interests include detection and tracking algorithms for visual surveillance and sports applications and the representation of extracted visual semantics.

Dr Orwell studied Physics and Philosophy at Oxford University before completing his PhD on image processing within the department of Physics at King's College London. He has worked on numerous projects relating to image processing, including projects for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (at King's College), research contracts in vehicle tracking and recognition (at Kingston University), and as a Short Term Research Fellow at BTExact.

As leader of the Visual Surveillance Research Group within DIRC, Dr Orwell is responsible for maintaining the international leadership DIRC has established in both tackling the key research issues and encouraging their deployment within industry. He was principal investigator for the EU INMOVE (2002-2004) project to develop a software toolkit for developing intelligent audio-visual applications for mobile phone networks and the EU CARETAKER (2005-2008) to develop a monitoring system for town centres, railway stations or other public space using video and audio devices. Under the Grand Challenge programme, he was funded by the Ministry of Defence to evaluate DIRC visual surveillance technology for the protection of armed forces in hostile environments (2007). He has led two EPSRC funded Industrial Cases Awards with BAe Systems Ltd and Overview Ltd and two DBERR Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Pharos Ltd and Infoshare Ltd.

He is an active member of IST 37 committee and has provided contributions to MPEG standardization activities, in particular the MPEG-A part 10 (Visual Surveillance Application Format). He has provided numerous media interviews on the topic of visual surveillance including the Guardian and BBC Radio 4.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • PhD


    +Professional Experience



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