Vassilios Vonikakis, Dipl. Eng (B.Eng.&M.Sc.)
, PhD 
Dr. Vassilios Vonikakis received the Diploma (B.Eng & M.Sc.) on Electrical and Computer Engineering and the PhD degree, from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, in 2002 and 2008, respectively. Between 2009 and 2012 he worked as a researcher for the University of Rome “Sapienza” and the CRAS Institute of Aerospace Research, in the enhancement of High Dynamic Range (HDR) radiographic medical images. Between 2012-2017 he worked as a Research Scientist for the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), in Singapore, a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*Star). He currently works as a Senior Principal Engineer in Panasonic Industrial Devices R&D center, in Singapore. 
 



 Research Experience:

Computer Vision
  • Facial Expression Analysis / Affective Computing
  • Near-duplicate Image Detection
  • Image Retrieval
  • Crowdsourcing & Image Appeal
Image Processing - Digital Imaging
  • HDR imaging
  • Image Enhancement
  • Medical Image Processing
  • Computational Photography
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:
  • Recently I 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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