James Elder
York Research Chair


Research Interests
  • Computer Vision;
  • Human Vision.

James Elder is Professor and York Research Chair in Human and Computer Vision at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is jointly appointed to the Department of Psychology and the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at York and is a member of York’s Centre for Vision Research (CVR) and Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) program. His research seeks to improve machine vision systems through a better understanding of visual processing in biological systems. Dr. Elder’s current research is focused on natural scene statistics, perceptual organization, contour processing, shape perception, single-view 3D reconstruction, attentive vision systems and machine vision systems for dynamic 3D urban awareness.

Over his career, Dr. Elder has spearheaded and led numerous successful collaborative research projects with funding from federal, provincial and industry sources totalling more than $13M. Dr. Elder currently leads the $12M ORF-RE project Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Urban Mobility and the $1.65M NSERC CREATE Training Program in Data Analytics & Visualization. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals and conferences in both computer and biological vision, and these have been cited more than 6,000 times (Google Scholar). Dr. Elder holds two patents on attentive vision technologies and is the co-founder of the AI start-up AttentiveVision.

Dr. Elder’s research has won a number of awards and honours, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society. He is appointed to the Editorial Boards of two major international journals.

Please see the list of publications here.

James Elder <br> York Research Chair
Staff Information
Campus Address
Centre for Vision Research, Lassonde Building, room 0003G (LAS0003G)
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