Welcome to new academics
Dr Francesco Belardinelli joined from the Laboratoire IBISC, Université d'Evry, France. He received his PhD Scuola Normale Superiore with a dissertation on Quantified Modal Logic and the Ontology of Physical Objects. His research focuses on the applications of logic-based formalisms to Artificial Intelligence. Specifically, he is interested in modal and first-order logics for the specification and verification of multi-agent systems.
Professor Michael Bronstein has served as a professor at USI Lugano, Switzerland. He received his PhD with distinction from the Technion in 2007. He holds an ERC Consolidator grant as well as a Royal Society Wolfson Merit award. His main expertise is machine learning and deep learning applied to geometric data. In addition to academic work, Michael is actively involved in commercial technology development and start-up companies. His most recent start-up, Fabula AI, addresses the global scourge of fake news in social media.
Dr Antoine Cully received his PhD degree in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence from Polytech-Paris UPMC Paris, France. His PhD thesis focuses on learning algorithms that grants robots the ability to adapt to unforeseen situations, like mechanical damages in less than 2 minutes. His work has been internationally recognized with a publication in Nature which received the “Outstanding paper 2015 award” from the International Society for Artificial Life. His research interests cover many aspects of learning algorithms applied to physical robots.
Dr Soteris Demetriou has joined as a Lecturer in Cyber-Physical Systems. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on Security and Privacy issues related to mobile devices. He has been studying side-channel and confused deputy attacks on the Android OS, privacy threats from mobile advertising, and access control designs and applications for smartphones and IoT systems.
Dr Ed Johns has joined as a Lecturer in Robot Learning. He received a PhD in vision-based robot localisation from Imperial College. He has been a founding member of the Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College, where he led the robot manipulation team. Ed he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship for his project "Empowering Next-Generation Robots with Dexterous Manipulation: Deep Learning via Simulation”. His research interests revolve around robotics and in particular, robot-learning.
Professor Lucia Specia has joined as Professor of Language Engineering. Lucia received a PhD from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Before coming to Imperial, she was a Professor at Sheffield. She also worked as research engineer at the Xerox Research Centre Europe, France. Lucia currently holds an ERC Starting Grant on Multi-modal Context Modelling for Machine Translation. Her main areas of research are Machine Translation and Text Adaptation.