“James’s research has already made remarkable impact at the intersection of computer graphics and vision,” says Department Chair Ugur Cetintemel. “His promotion is a recognition of this impact, as well as his excellent teaching, mentoring, and service both for the department and his research community.”
James first joined Brown CS in the spring of 2010 after serving as a postdoctoral scholar at MIT and earning his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Over the past five years, he’s won an NSF CAREER Award, been named a Manning Assistant Professor, and received a Sloan Research Fellowship.
Hays’s interests span computer graphics, computer vision, and computational photography, including topics such as image completion, photo quality assessment and enhancement, place and object recognition, and the use of Internet-scale data to improve scene understanding, image synthesis, and image manipulation.
His recent research includes experiments with crowdsourced sketching that have revealed shared, iconic representations of objects that can be recognized by both humans and machines as well as the development of a new application that enables users to change a suite of transient attributes of outdoor photos, making photo editing easy for people who might not be familiar with photo editing software.
“I'm lucky to be surrounded by talented students and faculty in the Brown Computer Science Department,” James says. “Together we have been able to pursue a range of interesting research topics and I look forward to new scientific collaborations in this great environment.”