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.
- We congratulate Daniela Massiceti for winning a Bronze medal at STEM for Britain, presenting her poster "An Artificially Intelligent Chat-Bot to Help the Blind" to Members of Parliament in Westminster.
- Luca Bertinetto and his collaborators won Visual Object Tracking (VOT) real-time challenge at ICCV'17.
- Prof Torr interviewed on Horizon with link here
- Philip Torr to be General Chair of IEEE CVPR 2019
- TVG work with Oxsight featured on Yang Lan (see here)
- TVG-spinoff OxSight Ltd's developing Helios smart glasses for the vision impaired has become one of five finalists at NVIDIA's 2017 Global Impact Award. Read full story here.
- Prof Torr named as Chief Scientific Advisor to FiveAI, read the article here.
- Follow TVG on Twitter (@OxfordTVG)! We will be twittering updates about our research activity regularly from now on.
- TVG augmented reality glasses collaborators launch spinout company, read the news article and watch the TED talk.
- Torr Vision Group won ICCV 2015 best demo award for the live demo website for semantic image segmentation with CRF-RNN.
- Dr. Vibhav Vineet has been awarded the BMVA's Sullivan Thesis Prize for 2015.
- TVG stuff in Click, BBC: Link
- BBC: Computers that see objects with touch, www.bbc.co.uk
- Media coverage of SemanticPaint: gizmodo.com, popularmechanics.com, fastcodesign.com, softpedia.com, winbeta.org, engadget.com
- Media coverage of VA-ST: MIT Technology Review, Augmented Reality trends, MashableUK
- New formed company VA-ST
- Recent work (CRF as RNN arXiv:1502.03240) setting a new state-of-art in semantic image segmentation on the PASCAL VOC benchmarks. Live demo website is also on, press coverage of this: Reddit, Show HN Hacker News, qore.com, inverse.com 2015.
- Vision group involved in winning entry for Google Impact Challenge 2014.
- PhD student Vibhev Vineet has been awarded "Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman-2014" for outstanding services, achievement and contributions for keeping the "Flag of India high".
- Computer Vision group credited for Sony Wonderbook 2013.
- Professor Torr was program co-chair of ICCV 2013.
- Professor Torr was awarded the European Union Advanced Investigator Award 2013, "ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains."
- C. Russell, L. Ladicky, P. Kohli and P.H.S. Torr. Graph Cut based Inference with Co-occurrence Statistics, In the Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on Computer Vision ,2010. (oral) ECCV Best Science Paper Prize
- L. Ladicky, P. Sturgess, C. Russell, S. Sengupta, Y. Bastanlar, W. Clocksin and P.H.S. Torr. Joint Optimisation for Object Class Segmentation and Dense Stereo Reconstruction , In Proceedings British Machine Vision Conference, 2010. (oral) BMVA Best Science Paper Prize.
- Our industrial project with Vicon won the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the UK 2009.
- Professor Torr has been awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. "This scheme is for outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit them to or retain them in the UK."
- O. Woodford, P.H.S. Torr, I. Reid, and A.W. Fitzgibbon, Global Stereo Reconstruction under Second Order Smoothness Priors, In Proceedings IEEE Conference of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2008 (oral) Best Paper at Conference.
- Honorary mention at the NIPS 2007 conference for P. Kumar, V. Kolmorgorov, and P.H.S. Torr, An Analysis of Convex Relaxations for MAP Estimation, In NIPS 21, Neural Information Processing Conference, 2007.
- P. Kumar, P.H.S. Torr, and A. Zisserman, An Invariant Large Margin Nearest Neighbour Classifier, Opto-Electronics Committee prize for best contributed paper at the Rank Prize Funds Mini Symposium. 2007.
- Y. Sun, P. Kohli, M. Bray, and P.H.S. Torr, Using Strong Shape Priors for Stereo, In ICVGIP, 2006. IAPR Best paper award.
Torr Vision Group Circa June 2016
Older Group Photographs
Torr Vision Research in the Media