About me

I am an assistant professor at the Electronics and Informatics department at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and principal investigator in Data Science at the imec institute in Belgium. I am also the director of the Master in Applied Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

I have received the Diploma in electrical and computer engineering from University of Patras, Greece, in 2006, and the PhD in applied sciences from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, in 2012. From Oct. 2013 to Feb. 2015, I was senior researcher at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London, UK. Since 2013, I have been consulting companies and start-up’s operating in the area of big data analytics.

My research interests include data acquisition, processing and analysis, signal processing, machine learning, internet-of-things networking, and computer vision. I have authored over 100 journal and conference publications, book chapters, and hold an international patent application.

I have received the Young Scientist Best Paper Award at the NATO IST-160 Specialist’s Meeting Big Data and AI for Military Decision Making in 2018; the 2017 EURASIP (European Association for Signal Processing) Best PhD Award (in recognition of the EURASIP doctoral thesis with the highest impact in terms of publications and citations in the period 2012-2017); the 2013 Scientific Prize FWO-IBM Belgium for Informatics (in recognition of the best doctoral thesis to have made an original contribution to informatics); and the Best Paper Award at the 2011 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras. I am a member of the IEEE and EURASIP.

Research interests

Signal processing and Machine learning with applications in data acquisition (compressed sensing), processing, and analysis, and in networking

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3D tool visualizing public transformation flows in Brussels
Content-based image-text retrieval
3D visualization map displaying frequency of tweets in Brussels
3D video depth estimation using a 1K-pixel stereo camera
Low-complexity intra-frame video codec