Dr James V Stone

Dr James V Stone

Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK.


  • BSc in Psychology and Pharmacology (1981, Manchester University)

  • MSc in Knowledge Based Systems (1984, Sussex University)

  • DPhil in Computer Vision (1991, Sussex University)

  • Wellcome Mathematical Biology Research Fellow (1996–2000)

  • The University of Sheffield Research Fellow (2000–2003)

  • Reader, the University of Sheffield (2003–)

Research interests

  • Generic computational principles which underpin visual perception, for example spatiotemporal smoothness, statistical independence, information maximisation, Bayesian inference.

  • The relationship between learning and evolution.


Details of my teaching – second year students are advised to have a look at lectures if they are considering taking the third year vision module PSY305.


Email: j.v.stone@sheffield.ac.uk

Galileo on intelligent design

"Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle."

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)