Our Partners

Vision Group
Robotics Lab
Oxford University
Indian Institute
of Technology, Bombay
Federico II University
KU Leuven
TU Delft

Cognitive Robotics group
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Nigel Crook, Dr Matthias Rolf

The Cognitive Robotics research group undertakes research into human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robotics. A primary focus of this research is enabling more natural interactions between humans and robots. This theme centres largely around the changing needs of society as we become more reliant on robots and need more intuitive ways of interacting with them.
Current projects include the accurate robotic replication of human head gestures, bootstrapping biomimetic control, and ethical implications of artificial intelligence.

Torr Vision Group
Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University

Professor Philip Torr

Torr Vision Group (formerly known as Brookes Vision Group, Oxford Brookes University) in the Department of Engineering Science at University of Oxford, was formed in 2005 and later moved to University of Oxford in 2013, is led by Professor Philip Torr. It comprises around 20-25 people. The aim of the group is to engage in state of the art research into the mathematical theory of computer vision and artificial intelligence, but to keep the mathematical research relevant to the needs of society. A particular emphasis of the group has been on real time understanding and reconstruction of the world around using mobile cameras, such as those on drones, intelligent glasses or other robots. Examples of which can be seen here CRF-RNN and here Semantic Paint. Members of the group have won major awards in all the main conferences in the field including the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), CVPR, ECCV, BMVC, NIPs as well as various thesis awards for the students, and industrial awards such as best Knowledge Transfer Partnership. We have collaborated with many exciting high tech companies including Google, Sony, Microsoft, Technicolor, and Sharp.

ALTAIR Robotics Lab
Computer Science Department, University of Verona

Professor Paolo Fiorini, Dr Riccardo Muradore

The ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory was founded in 2000, concurrently with the establishment of the courses in Automatic Control and Robotics in the Computer Science Department of the University of Verona. The aim of this laboratory is to lead research and development on non-conventional robotic systems that can interact with the surrounding environment in multiple ways, from teleoperation to autonomous behaviours. Of particular interest to us are the areas of: robotic surgery, human-robot interaction, elderly and disabled care, service robotics, search and rescue robotics.

Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS)
Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Helen Dawes, Dr Patrick Esser

The Centre is a growing research centre which brings together three key ingredients - research, education and care. MOReS is underpinned by a strong research team under four key research themes: Clinical Applied Nutrition (CAN) Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Research (CLEAR) Movement Science Group (MSG) Occupational Sciences (OS) Our flagship Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR Unit) based at the Centre for Sports enables children living with disability to undertake exercise in a supported environment with our clinical expertise and research excellence.

Oxford University
Department of Computer Science

Professor Thomas Lukasiewicz

Thomas Lukasiewicz is a Professor of Computer Science in Oxford University’s Department of Computer Science since 2010. Prior to this, he was holding a prestigious Heisenberg Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG), affiliated with the University of Oxford, TU Vienna, Austria, and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His research interests are in artificial intelligence (AI) and information systems, including especially knowledge representation and reasoning, uncertainty in AI, machine learning, the (Social and/or Semantic) Web, personalised search and recommender systems, question answering systems, ontology-based data access, and databases. Among his recent awards are the AIJ Prominent Paper Award 2013 and the RuleML 2015 Best Paper Award. He is area editor for the journal ACM TOCL, associate editor for the journals JAIR and AIJ, and editor for the journal Semantic Web.

Huawei Technologies Canada

Dr Zhan Xu

Prof Cuzzolin is collaborating with Huawei Technologies, Canada. Huawei have also recently provided research funding to the Visual AI Lab research in the area of deep learning for activity recognition.

Cambridge Neuroscience

Prof Barbara Sahakian

Prof Cuzzolin and Prof Barbara Sahakian, from Cambridge University's Department of Neuroscience have recently put in a joint bid to the Leverhulme Trust on the topic of "Theory of mind at the interface of AI and neuroscience", to fund a new research initiative aimed at studying the ability of humans to guess other people's mental states and at providing machines with similar capabilities.
The collaboration involves the joint supervision of Cambridge PhD student Wojtek Buczynski.

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Prof Biplab Banerjee and Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri

The Visual AI Laboratory has secured, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay funding from UKIERI (the UK-India Education and Research Initiative) for a project on "Analysis of Human Action in Unconstrained Videos". IIT Bombay Director Subhasis Chaudhuri will lead the Indian side of the effort, assisted by Prof Biplab Banerjee.

Createc and Sportlight

Matt Mellor and Ian Cowling

The Visual AI Lab has won funding for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Createc Technologies and Sportslight Technologies, for a project on the visual understanding of player's behaviour on the pitch.
At Createc, we’ve gathered a unique team and it shows – we see things differently, we’re comfortable with uncertainty and we’ve found unusual solutions to some big problems. We’ve created a dynamic, supportive and collaborative culture where people can try out their ideas, learn from mistakes and work together to find even better answers.

University Federico II, Naples

Prof. Giuseppe Di Gironimo

Prof. Giuseppe Di Gironimo of the IDEAS Lab, Dept. of Industrial Engineering is leading an Erasmus+ exchange programme between Oxford Brookes University and University of Naples Federico II, one of the highest ranking universities in Italy, founded on June 5, 1224 by the Svevian emperor.
MSc students Manuele di Maio and Valentina Fontana, during their six-month stays in the Visual AI Lab have kickstarted our effort in the area of road event detection for autonomous driving, which has lead to the creation of READ - the first Road Event and Activity Dataset, soon to be released.
Visitors Stanislao Grazioso and Brenda Romino have also contributed to our work in human-robot interaction.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Keivan Shariatmadar

KU Leuven as a key partner in the new H2020 FET project 'Epistemic AI', coordinated by us. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the KU Leuven consists of 25 faculty members, 50 postdoc researchers and 250 PhD researchers. Research is organized around six major clusters: advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, operational research, travel and logistics, biomedical science, robotics and control.

The effort is led by Dr Keivan Shariatmadar. Keivan is active in the field of imprecise probability theory, optimisation under uncertainty, imprecise decision theory, system engineering, Human/Machine modelling and interactions. He has both an academic and industrial track record in research and innovation. He owns several patents and is the author of books and papers in the fields of applied mathematics, automotive, mechatronics, healthcare and industry 4.0, which are now being deployed as products/research paths.

Delft University of Technology

Neil Yorke-Smith

TU Delft as a key partner in the new H2020 FET project 'Epistemic AI', coordinated by us. The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive university of technology in the Netherlands. With over 24,000 students and around 3,000 scientists (including 300 full professors), it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing. The University collaborates on a structural basis with other international education and research institutes and has partnerships with governments, branch organizations, numerous consultancies, industry partners and companies from the small and medium business sectors. TUD ranks 54th on the 2018 QS World University Rankings and 51-60 on the 2017 The World Reputation Rankings list. In the field of Engineering and Technology TUD ranks 19th in THE World University Rankings 2019 and 22nd in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

The effort is led by Prof Neil Yorke-Smith. Neil focuses on intelligent decision making in complex socio-technical situations, with a particular interest in agent-based methodologies and behavioural factors in automated planning and scheduling. His work includes ground-breaking publications on optimisation with preferences and intelligent virtual assistants. Among the spin-out companies from his research was Siri, subsequently acquired by Apple. Yorke-Smith was Programme co-chair of AAMAS 2020 and IAAI 2020, will co-chair ICAPS 2020 Novel Applications track, and serves on the editorial board of four journals. PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence (2004) from Imperial College London on uncertainty in constrained optimisation.