Vassilios Vonikakis, Dipl. Eng (B.Eng.&M.Sc.)
, PhD 
I am a senior researcher and team leader with a diverse in-depth experience in AI, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Image Processing emphasizing in IP creation and commercialization of technology. In the past, I worked as a researcher for the University of Rome “Sapienza” and the CRAS Institute of Aerospace Research, where I developed medical-grade image processing software for mammographic images. Between 2012-2017 I was a Research Scientist in the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), a research institute of the University of Illinois (UIUC) and A*Star, developing and commercializing computer vision technologies for face analysis and image quality assessment. Between 2017-2020 I was a Senior Principal Engineer in Panasonic Industrial Devices technology center (Singapore), where I led an engineering team in developing AI technologies for human sensing and industrial visual inspection. As of February 2020, I have joined Amazon Web Services as a Partner Solutions Architect for Machine Learning. 
 



 Research Experience:

Machine Learning
  • Neural Networks
  • Learning with small unbalanced datasets
Computer Vision
  • Industrial Visual Inspection
  • Facial Expression Analysis / Affective Computing
  • Facial Landmark Detection and Tracking
  • Near-Duplicate Image Detection
  • Image Retrieval
  • Crowdsourcing
Image Processing - Digital Imaging
  • HDR imaging
  • Image Enhancement
  • Medical Image Processing
Human Visual System
  • Brightness, Lightness and Color perception
  • Color Constancy
  • Saliency - Attention models
       Awards:
  • Best reviewer award (VCIP 2016)
  • 2nd place in the EmotiW2016 group happiness estimation challenge (ICMI2016)
  • 3rd place in the EmotiW2015 emotion recognition challenge (ICMI2015)
  • Best reviewer award (ICME 2014)
  • 2nd place in Grand Challenge Competition (ACM Multimedia 2012)
  • Finalist (countrywide) in the Velti mobile demo day competition (2011)    
  • IET Image Processing Premium award (2009)
  • Best Paper Award in Computer Vision Applications (PSIVT 2007)

       On the Media:
  • Appeared on a panel for the BBC show "Talking Business" with Karishma Vaswani. The show was recorded during the 1st Singapore Deep Learning Summit. The discussion was focused on the potential impact of Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence, on businesses and the economy. You can find the interview on the following archive: https://archive.org/details/BBCNEWS_20170107_203000_Talking_Business
          http://www.csl.illinois.edu/news/researchers-develop-powerful-fashion-optimized-image-search-tool


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