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With the proliferation of touchscreens, sketching has become a much easier undertaking for many – we can sketch on phones, tablets and even watches. Research on sketches has consequently flourished in recent years, both in terms of the number of publications and their quality.

SketchX has been actively investigating all aspects of sketch research since 2011. Problems we work on range from conventional tasks such as sketch recognition and sketch synthesis, to those pioneered within, e.g., fine-grained sketch-based image retrieval and memory-aware forensic sketch analysis.

Over the years, SketchX has established itself as a world-leading research lab on human sketch analytics, and continues to publish sketch-specific papers in top conferences and journals. It had enjoyed many achievements both academically including a Best Science Paper Award at BMVC’15, and commercially including collaborations with police forces on forensic sketch analysis and on-line retailers on fine-grained sketch-based image retrieval.