Vasileios Vonikakis

Dipl.Eng (B.Eng.&M.Sc.), PhD

I am a Senior Solution Architect for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Singapore. I help AWS partners to design and build successful AI/ML applications in the AWS cloud.

I have extensive experience in AI, ML, Computer Vision and Image Processing, across both academic and industrial R&D environments, where I have worked as a senior researcher and team leader, focusing on IP creation and commercialization of technology.

In the past, I have 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.

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

On the Media

Academic 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)