Imperial College London

Professor Yiannis Demiris

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor of Human-Centred Robotics, Head of ISN



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Yiannis Demiris is a Professor in Human-Centred Robotics at Imperial, where he holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies (Personal Assistive Robotics). He established the Personal Robotics Laboratory at Imperial in 2001. He holds a PhD in Intelligent Robotics, and a BSc(Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, both from the University of Edinburgh. He has been a European Science Foundation (ESF) junior scientist Fellow, and a COE Fellow at the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST - ETL) of Japan. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (FRSS).

Prof. Demiris' research interests include active perception, machine learning, user modelling, and cognitive control architectures in order to determine how intelligent robots can generate personalised assistance to humans in order to improve their physical, cognitive and social well being. He participates in multiple EU research projects, including FP7 STREP WYSIWYD (What You Say in What You Did) where his group will work on active learning for humanoid assistive robots, and (starting in March 2015) the H2020 project PAL (Personal Assistant for Healthy Lifestyle, 2015-2019), where his group will be using machine learning to model diabetic users to optimise the medical assistance that robots and avatars on mobile devices can provide to their users.

His teaching includes (a) human-centered robotics, a 4th year research-led module on how to design and build a robot, and evaluate it with real users, and (b) Mobile Healthcare and Machine Learning, a 4th year research-led module on how to design and implement mobile healthcare systems that personalise their behaviour using data about their users. He received the 2012 Rector's Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2012 FoE award for excellence in Engineering Education.

For up-to-date information, readers are advised to look at the Personal Robotics laboratory webpage at where information is more frequently updated.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Demiris Y, Aziz-Zadeh L, Bonaiuto J, 2014, Information Processing in the Mirror Neuron System in Primates and Machines, Neuroinformatics, Vol:12, ISSN:1539-2791, Pages:63-91

Lee K, Su Y, Kim T-K, et al., 2013, A syntactic approach to robot imitation learning using probabilistic activity grammars, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol:61, ISSN:0921-8890, Pages:1323-1334

Carlson T, Demiris Y, 2012, Collaborative Control of a Robotic Wheelchair: Evaluation of Performance, Attention and Workload, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part B-Cybernetics, Vol:42, ISSN:1083-4419, Pages:876-888

Chatzis SP, Korkinof D, Demiris Y, 2012, A Quantum-Statistical Approach Toward Robot Learning by Demonstration, Ieee Transactions on Robotics, Vol:28, ISSN:1941-0468, Pages:1371-1381-1371-1381

Chatzis SP, Demiris Y, 2011, Echo State Gaussian Process, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Vol:22, ISSN:1045-9227, Pages:1435-1445

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