Mr Stephen Ackland

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Computer Science

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI)

Address: The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7497




Personal profile

Stephen Ackland is a Lecturer in Computer Science, teaching mathematical modelling, AI and advanced C++ programming on the BSc Games Programming course. He is a member of the Intelligent Games and Interactivity (IGI) research group within the Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI) with a research interest in Artificial Intelligence in Games. His other research is primarily in the field of Computer Vision focussing on human-computer interaction methodologies such as head-pose tracking and eye-gaze estimation.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI), Intelligent Games and Interactivity (IGI).

Publications and outputs 

Click here to see a list of all Stephen Ackland's outputs.

Research interests/expertise

Computer Vision

Artificial Intelligence in Games

Human-Computer Interaction

Evolutionary Computation

Visual Analytics

Mobile Computing

Big Data Analytics


MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics - Distinction

BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics - 1st 


Courses taught

Advanced Games Programming (C++ and OpenGL)

Mechanics and Artificial Intelligence for Simulation

Quantitative Methods

Big Data Analytics

Conference attendance

ETRA '14 Eye Training Research and Applications, Safety Harbor, FL, USA March 26-28 2014 - paper and presentation "An investigation into determining head pose for gaze estimation on unmodified mobile devices". Funded by CCI

Key research outputs


Ackland, S., Istance, H., Coupland, S., Vickers, S. (2014) "An investigation into determining head pose for gaze estimation on unmodified mobile devices". In Proceedings of the Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA), ACM 


Zhong, M., Vickers, S., Istance, H., Ackland, S., Xinbo, Z., Wenhu, W. (2015) "What were we all looking at? Identifying objects of collective visual attention". Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence



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