About me

Head of Visual Computing Group
Research Centre of Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies – RISE
Senior Research Scientist
University of Cyprus
1 University Avenue, Building FFT01, room 122
2109 Nicosia, Cyprus.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

I am currently the Head of Visual Computing Group (VCG) at Research Center on Interactive Media Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE) where I lead a team of research scientists working on visual computing. I am also a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus, where I carry out research, supervise post-graduate students and teach courses in the broad area of visual computing. My research spans the areas of computer vision, machine learning, and computer graphics, focusing on data-driven methods for learning semantics from 3D and 2D data. I am especially interested in deep learning architectures to acquire, model, and understand the semantics of real-world environments at multiple scales, ranging from single objects, indoor scenes, buildings, and ultimately entire cities. This knowledge can be used to power intelligent tools for scene understanding which have important applications in artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality. Have a look at my publications for more information.

I got an MPhil in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 2010, before going to University College London where I got a PhD in 2015, working in the Smart Geometry Processing Group. I was supervised by Professor Niloy Mitra, working on collections of 3D objects to develop novel representations and shape analysis algorithms for understanding, learning and using object structure. I then joined the University of Cyprus for a Postdoc, where I focused on deep learning for 3D geometry, including segmentation and style identification

I grew up in Cyprus, a tiny island in the Eastern Mediterranean. Have a look at my CV for more information.

News

  • June 2020: Our paper Learning Part Boundaries from 3D Point Clouds will be presented at SGP 2020. Check the project’s website for details including code and data.
  • January 2020: I am serving as a member of the program committee for Shape Modeling International (SMI) 2020.
  • January 2020: Visual Computing Group of RISE and Sony Semiconductor Solutions have initiated a collaboration in the area of Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras. More details here.
  • June 2019: I have been offered a group leader position at RISE Research Centre of Excellence. I will be starting the Visual Computing Group from 1st July 2019.
  • April 2019: I am serving as a member of the program committee for International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC) 2019.
  • February 2019: I am serving as a member of the program committee for Shape Modeling International (SMI) 2019.
  • February 2019: I am serving as a member of the program committee for Computer Graphics International (CGI) 2019.
  • July 2018: Our project titled ANNFASS has been awarded a 250k euro grant by the Excellence Hubs program of the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, ranked 9th out of 123 proposals. I am honoured to have secured this prestigious grant under such fierce competition, and I am looking forward to working on this great project!
  • July 2018: Our paper Learning Material-Aware Local Descriptors for 3D Shapes will be presented at 3DV 2018. Details will be on the project’s website soon..
  • April 2018: I am glad to be serving as a member of the program committee for International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC) 2018.
  • February 2018: I am glad to be serving as a member of the program committee for Shape Modeling International (SMI) 2018.
  • February 2018: I am glad to be serving as a member of the program committee for Computer Graphics International (CGI) 2018.
  • January 2018: I will be teaching the Computer Games development (CS653) course for the summer term.
  • 23 March 2017: Our paper Co-Locating Style-Defining Elements on 3D Shapes will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2017. Check the project’s website for details.
  • 4 March 2017: Our paper 3D Shape Segmentation with Projective Convolutional Networks has been accepted as an oral presentation in CVPR 2017 [acceptance rate 2.65%]. A preprint of the paper is on arXiv. Code and data are on the project’s website.
  • January 2017: I will be teaching the Computer Games development (CS653) course for the summer term.
  • 20 December 2016: Our paper Co-Locating Style-Defining Elements on 3D Shapes has been conditionally accepted to ACM Transactions on Graphics pending minor revisions.
  • 8 December 2016: A preprint of our paper on 3D Shape Segmentation with Projective Convolutional Networks is now on arxiv. Check https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.02808.
  • 1 November 2016: I started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cyprus. I will be working on deep learning for 3D geometry.
  • 3 January 2016: I visited the SIAT Visual Computing Research Center in Shenzhen, China to collaborate on a project, between 3 and 21 January 2016.
  • January 2016: I will be teaching the Computer Games development (CS653) and Intro to Programming (CS032) courses for the summer term.
  • 12 October 2015: I visited the SIAT Visual Computing Research Center in Shenzhen, China to collaborate on a project, between 12 and 30 October 2015.
  • October 2015: I started working as a ‘special scientist’ at the University of Cyprus. I will be teaching the Visual Computing (CS607) post-graduate course for the winter term.
  • 1 September 2015: Officially done with my PhD! Looking for the next step now..
  • 6 July 2015: Our paper Autocorrelation Descriptor for Efficient Co-alignment of 3D Shape Collections has been accepted to Computer Graphics Forum.
  • 15 May 2015: I successfully defended my PhD thesis (with minor revisions)!
  • September 2014: I visited the Geometric Computing Group at Stanford University for a month, to collaborate on a project with Vladimir Kim and Leonidas Guibas.
  • 15th August 2014: I attended Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver, between 10 and 14 August, where I presented our work on Meta-representation of Shape Families together with Noa Fish.
  • 12th April 2014: I attended Eurographics 2014 in Strasbourg, between 7 and 11 April, where I presented our work on ShapeSynth: Parameterizing Model Collections for Coupled Shape Exploration and Synthesis.
  • 11th April 2014: Our paper Recurring Part Arrangements in Shape Collections received the best paper honourable mention award at Eurographics 2014.
  • 22nd March 2014: Our paper Meta-representation of Shape Families has been conditionally accepted to Siggraph 2014.
  • 28th February 2014: I have been awarded a bursary from the Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust for 2014. I am very grateful to the scholarship committee for selecting me.
  • 25th November 2013: Our paper ShapeSynth: Parameterizing Model Collections for Coupled Shape Exploration and Synthesis has been conditionally accepted to Eurographics 2014.
  • 25th November 2013: Our paper Recurring Part Arrangements in Shape Collections has been conditionally accepted to Eurographics 2014.