# Georgios Arvanitidis

### Assistant Professor @ Section for Cognitive Systems - Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (DTU Compute), Technical University of Denmark

## About me

Currently, I am a tenure-track assistant professor at the Section for Cognitive Systems at the Technical University of Denmark. Before, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Empirical Inference department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, working with Bernhard Schölkopf. I finished my PhD at the Section for Cognitive Systems, at the Technical University of Denmark under the supervision of Søren Hauberg and Lars Kai Hansen. Also, during my PhD studies I visited for six months the Probabilistic Numerics group working with Philipp Hennig. I obtained my Master's Degree in Computer Science from the Saarland University, with the support of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (IMPRS-CS). Everything started from the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where I received my Bachelor's Degree.

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## News

I participated in LogML summer school as a tutor! A great event and very fun to interact with such a cool group of students!**July 11-15.**I gave a talk at SIAM - Geometric Methods for Understanding and Applying Machine Learning.**March 22, 2022.**New preprint from Hadi, which brings together geometry, robots, variational auto-encoders and change of variables!**March 16, 2022.**Contact me if you are interested in pursuing a PhD.**March 1, 2022.**I started as tenure-track assistant professor at the Section for Cognitive Systems at the Technical University of Denmark. Fantastic to be back again! :-)**February 1, 2022.**Two papers accepted at AISTATS 2022!**January 19, 2022.**I gave a talk at the Computer Lab @ University of Cambridge about differential geometry for representation learning. Cool group! I wish I could visit!**November 2, 2021.**Check our new preprint where we study several properties of random deep nets based on the stable rank of the weight matrices.**October 5, 2021.**Our paper at R:SS 2021 got a best student paper award. Congratulations Hadi!**July 17, 2021.**. I gave a talk about Riemannian manifolds learned from data at the workshop Geometry and Topology in Robotics: Learning, Optimization, Planning and Control (R:SS 2021).**July 15, 2021**New preprint online! We show using information geometry that we can compute continuous shortest paths in the latent space of generative models which model non-continuous data. Quite funky!**June 9, 2021.**Hadi's paper got accepted to R:SS 2021! We control robots with geodesics in the latent space of generative models, while we take into account objects by changing the geometry of the ambient space!**May 11, 2021.****May 8, 2021.**In our new preprint we show that we can approximate the induced Riemannian metric in the latent space of a generative model by a conformal metric that is based on a simple learnable prior. This turns out to be robust and efficient, while the behavior of shortest paths is similar.**March 9, 2021.**Our paper "Geometrically Enriched Latent Spaces" accepted at AISTATS 2021!**January 23, 2021.**Check our new preprint. We replace the Euclidean metric of the ambient space with a Riemannian data based metric. Thus, we encode domain knowledge in the latent space of a generative model and control the shortest paths therein.**August 4, 2020.**Best way to start the summer! Dimitris' paper got accepted at ICML 2020! We use Brownian motion on Riemannian manifolds to define a flexible prior in the latent space of a VAE.**June 1, 2020.**. Due to the covid-19 the Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) 2020 at Tübingen, will be a virtual event. This will be the first time of such an event in a virtual form. Eager to see the result.**April 27, 2020**. Since the latent space of a VAE is a curved space, prior distributions in there can be defined accordingly. Check the new preprint from Dimitris.**February 19, 2020**. Back to back! I got for the second year in a row, a best reviewer award for NeurIPS 2019.**September 3, 2019**. I will be one of the organizers of the Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) 2020 at Tübingen.**June 25, 2019**. I start my postdoc in the Empirical Inference department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where I will be working with Bernhard Schölkopf. Das ist fantastisch! :-)**June 1, 2019**. Here you can find my PhD thesis, in case you are interested to know how differential geometry can be applied in machine learning. For any questions, doubts (or potential mistakes) please feel free to contact me. :-)**May 31, 2019**. Very long trip to Okinawa (Japan) for AISTATS 2019, however, the conference worth it.**April 16, 2019**. My PhD is officially finished after a great defence. Special thanks to the wonderful committee Mark Girolami, David Pfau and Ole Winther.**April 12, 2019**. I uploaded the code from my PhD thesis and papers here.**March 25, 2019**. My last day as PhD student, I just submitted my thesis. Very strange and mixed feelings! Quite unpleasant to leave my awesome group. Getting ready for the new challenge though.**January 31, 2019**. The preprint of the AISTATS 2019 paper is available in arXiv.**January 23, 2019**. Our work "Fast and Robust Shortest Paths on Manifolds Learned from Data" accepted at AISTATS 2019. What a fantastic way to finish the PhD. :-)**December 24, 2018**. It seems that I was one of the best reviewers for the NeurIPS 2018. Indeed, very flattering.**September 9, 2018**. Back to base! Returned from the external stay. Fantastic experiences during my external stay, thanks to all the people there!**April 1, 2018**. Our paper on the latent space geometry of the deep generative models accepted at ICLR 2018. Wonderful!**January 29, 2018**. I presented at the Geometric Data Analysis workshop at NeurIPS 2017 an overview of our work on the LAND model and its extensions.**December 8, 2017**. Very happy to give a talk about geometrical machine learning models at the Geometric Science of Information conference. By the way, Paris is beautiful.**November 8, 2017**. When deep learning meets geometry arXiv. See why the latent space geometry of the notorious deep generative models is highly non-linear.**October 31, 2017**. Starting my external stay at the Max Planck for Intelligent Systems at Tübingen. I will be a part of the Probabilistic Numerics group for the next six months.**September 1, 2017**. We continue our research on the LAND model. We try to estimate the Riemannian metric with our new paper at GSI 2017.**July 3, 2017**. The summer school in Nonlinear Statistics at DIKU was amazing. Super interesting to see how geometry is used in several other research fields.**June 12, 2017**. We presented our work at NeurIPS 2016! Great experience to be a part of such a conference.**December 6, 2016**. I participated in the Gaussian Process Summer School at Sheffield. The uncertainty quantification rules!**September 12, 2016**. Our paper on locally adaptive normal distributions accepted at NeurIPS 2016. This is awesome!**August 12, 2016**. My personal website is finally online.**June 1, 2016**