Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and City University London (2003-10); Imperial College London (2010-16).
BSc in mathematics; MSc in computing science; PhD in computational neuroscience
2011-17 Imperial College (teaching assistant); 2006-10 PANDORA robotics (co-founder, team leader, developer)
2016-now Imperial College (research associate); 2015-now Emotech LTD (research scientist)
I am a Greek mathematician/computer scientist with a passion for neuroscience, biologically inspired artificial intelligence and robotics.
I am a research associate at Imperial College in London trying to understand how humans perceive time and a research scientist at Emotech LTD building the brain of the personal robot called Olly.
I am particularly interested in any kind of research that helps us understand how the brain works and how to build artificial intelligence based on the same principles.
During my PhD, I investigated how our ability to select what action to do works in the brain and the relation between brain oscillations at different frequencies, action selection and movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (such as tremor).
My Typical Day:
Reading papers, brainstorming (especially after the previous), drinking coffee, coding in either C++ or in python, fixing bugs in code, drinking coffee, writing paper sections, designing data collection experiments, drinking coffee, answering to emails. That’s pretty much everything.
How does technology threaten your privacy?
Although I do understand the issues that people raise regarding privacy these days, I personally almost never had a problem with giving my data to technology companies. Maybe because I work in this field and I understand that there are no big conspiracy theories. The only service I can remember now that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable in terms of sharing data is the social features of Spotify. I feel like its difficult to be yourself when listening to music when everybody can see what you are listening to.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, persistent, geek
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My mother inspired me to become an academic and the internet (in particular youtube) made me obsessed with robots and AI.
What did you want to be after you left school?
A roboticist! Making AI for robots was in fact one of my favourite topics and I'm very happy this didn't change that much! :)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
My teachers hated me in high school