General Information

Full Name Emmanouil Antonios Platanios
Date of Birth 7th July 1991
Nationality Greek
Languages Greek (native), English (fluent), and German (intermediate)

Research Areas

  • Theoretical artificial intelligence and machine learning (I am currently focusing on unsupervised and semi-supervised learning and more specifically, I am trying to introduce self-reflection in the context of machine learning)
  • Applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning to natural language processing, robotics, computer vision and finance

Education

    USA

  • 2013-16
    Carnegie Mellon University – Ph.D. in Machine Learning
    • Awarded the CMU Presidential Fellowship
    • GPA: 4.18 (4.0 scale)
    • Advisor: Prof. Tom M. Mitchell
    • I work on the Never Ending Language Learning (NELL) project
    • I do research on topics related to self-reflection in machine learning:
      • I have developed multiple methods for using unlabeled data to estimate the accuracies of several different classifiers performing the same task, that I have presented at Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) in 2014, International Conference in Machine Learning (ICML) in 2016, and will present at Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) in 2017.
      • I am developing a self-reflection mechanism for machine learning systems and I am applying it in NELL
      • I am working on a new framework for learning where agreement among multiple agents is the objective
  • USA

  • 2013-15
    Carnegie Mellon University – M.S. in Machine Learning
    • GPA: 4.18 (4.0 scale)
    • Advisor: Prof. Tom M. Mitchell
    • Thesis: Estimating Accuracy from Unlabeled Data
    • Master’s degree requirements completed while working towards obtaining my Ph.D. in machine learning
  • UK

  • 2009-13
    Imperial College London – M.Eng. and ACGI in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree
    • Dean’s List for exceptional academic performance (all four years)
    • Grade: 91.67% (ranked in top 1% of class) with 92.37% on the final exams – First-Class Honors Degree
      • Equivalent to 4.0 GPA in the USA academic system
    • Thesis Title: "Human Motion Classification Using Statistical Machine Learning Methods"
      • Awarded the Sir Bruce White prize in engineering for the best final year project
    • Third Year Summer Research Project: "Bayesian Machine Learning Methodologies for Modeling Time Series with High Volatility"
      • Volatility modeling and prediction in a multitude of applications with significance both for industry (e.g. finance) and academia

Work Experience

    USA

  • 2016-17
    Research Consultant at Cubist Systematic Strategies
    • Worked for the Advanced Methods Groups (AMG) in new machine learning-driven approaches for end-to-end algorithmic trading systems
    • Developed the main pipeline for trading algorithms research and for integrating these algorithms in a new production system
  • USA

  • 2015
    Research Intern at Microsoft Research
    • Manager: Dr. Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research
    • Collaborators: Dr. Hoifung Poon and Dr. Ashish Kapoor
    • First 3 months: Developed a probabilistic logic-based approach for accuracy estimation using unlabeled data, as part of the Literome Project
    • Last 3 months: Active learning amidst logical knowledge
  • Greece

  • 2010-13
    Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Holic
    • Development of an intelligent news reader application
    • Development of algorithms utilizing advanced nonparametric Bayesian models for clustering news articles and for user profiling
    • Received €400,000 funding from the following investors:
      • Dr. John Coustas, President & CEO of Danaos Corporation
      • Mr. Leon Yohai, Founder & CEO of ZuluTrade
  • Greece

  • 2008-10
    Founder of Project Protasis – Forest Protection
    • Development of a forest fire detection and prevention system
    • Development of software (involving use of neural networks for recognizing fire and smoke in photos) and related hardware
    • Prototype installed in “Alsos Syggrou”, a wooded area in Athens, funded by the Greek government
    • Patent approved in Greece (Patent #: 20110100016) and international patent pending approval
    • Interviewed by CNN, as well as several newspapers, magazines and other TV channels, regarding this project
    • Won the 2nd place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009 Greek Finals with this project
  • Greece

  • 2010
    Web Designer and Software Developer at Curtainmakers S.A.
  • Greece

  • 2009-10
    Software Developer at vWorker.com
  • Greece

  • 2007-09
    Founder of Project Protasis – Home Automation
    • Development of a smart home automation system that controls all electrical appliances, heating systems and water systems and aims to reduce domestic energy consumption while making the lives of homeowners as comfortable as possible
    • Development of software, employing several machine learning algorithms
    • Funded by the Greek government and more specifically, by the Organization of School Buildings
    • Interviewed by NBC, as well as several newspapers, magazines and other TV channels, regarding this project
    • Won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008 Greek Finals with this project and represented Greece in the Imagine Cup 2008 Worldwide Finals, in Paris, France, competing against teams from universities, at age of only 16 and having worked without a team or a mentor
  • USA

  • 2007-08
    Software Developer and I.T. Professional at Sigma Group Inc.
  • USA

  • 2006
    Software Developer and I.T. Professional at Embiria S.A.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017
    • Won 2nd place in the CMU NeuroHackathon
  • 2016
    • Awarded the CMU Presidential Fellowship
  • 2010-13
    • Awarded the Sir Bruce White prize in engineering for the best M.Eng. thesis at Imperial College London
    • Dean’s List at Imperial College London, for exceptional academic performance (all four years)
  • 2010
    • Nominated for the RAE (Royal Academy of Engineering) presentation skills award
    • "Roll of Honor" of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department of Imperial College London, for the best software design project in the year
  • 2009
    • Awarded a congratulatory diploma for my work on “Project Protasis – Home Automation” by UNESCO
    • Awarded an honorary plaque by the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs for honoring my country internationally
  • 2007-08
    • Awarded a full scholarship (of about €12,000) by “Geitonas School”, for honoring my school internationally
    • Had a computer science laboratory named after me in “Geitonas School”, for honoring my school internationally
    • Awarded €1,000 by the President of the Greek Parliament, for honoring my country internationally
    • Awarded an honorary plaque by the Mayor of my city, Vari, in Greece, for honoring my country internationally
    • Represented Greece in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008 Worldwide Finals, in Paris, France, with "Project Protasis - Home Automation"
    • Won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008 Greek Finals with "Project Protasis - Home Automation", competing against teams from universities, at age of only 16 and having worked without a team or a mentor (also won the 2nd place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009 Greek Finals with "Project Protasis - Forest Protection")
  • 2007
    • Received a Certificate of Excellence for the school year 2006-07 from the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
    • Won the 3rd place (bronze medal) in the Greek Mathematics Olympiad, organized by the Hellenic Mathematical Society
  • 2003-07
    • Won a total of 11 scholarships and competitions in the fields of mathematics, sciences and computer science

Major Talks

    USA

  • 2014-16
    Estimating Accuracy from Unlabeled Data
    • International Conference in Machine Learning (ICML) conference
    • Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) conference
    • AI Lunch at Stanford University
    • Machine Learning Lunch at Carnegie Mellon University
  • USA

  • 2012
    Nonparametric Mixtures of Multi-Output Heteroscedastic Gaussian Processes
    • "Nonparametric Methods in Machine Learning" Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) workshop
  • Greece

  • 2009
    Project Protasis - Forest Protection
    • Microsoft Hellas Headquarters in Athens, Greece
    • Ministry of Transportation of the Greek government, in Athens (the Ministry later funded a pilot program)
  • Greece, France

  • 2008-09
    Project Protasis - Home Automation
    • Microsoft Hellas Headquarters in Athens, Greece
    • Louvre Museum in Paris, France, as part of Imagine Cup
    • "International Conference on Climate Change and Challenges for the Future Generations", organized by UNESCO, in Athens
    • Organization of School Buildings of the Greek government, in Athens (later received funding for a pilot program from the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs which administers this organization)
    • "73rd Thessaloniki International Fair", in Thessaloniki
    • "Generation Next 0-18" fair, in Athens
    • "4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Bio and Earth Sciences" (HAICTA 2008), in Athens

Teaching Experience

    USA

  • 2014, 16
    Teaching Assistant for the 10-701/15-781 Machine Learning graduate-level course at Carnegie Mellon University
    • Did this for two semesters, one in 2014 and one in 2016
    • Gave some lectures and some recitation lectures
    • Wrote and graded homework assignments and exams

Development skills

  • High Level Programming Languages: Scala, Java, C#, C, C++, Python, Pascal, Prolog, MATLAB, Mathematica, JavaScript
  • Low Level Programming Languages: Intel 80x86 Assembly, ARM Assembly, AVR Assembly
  • Programming Environments (IDEs): IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio, MATLAB, Eclipse, NetBeans, Mathematica, SWI-Prolog IDE
  • Database Systems: PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, MySQL

Other Interests

  • Sports: Tennis, Squash, Winter Skiing, Basketball, Sailing, and Windsurfing
  • Hobbies: Travelling, Philosophy, and Politics (I also really want to learn to play the Guitar)

Community Service

  • 2009
    • Volunteer service at the Lavrion refugee center, in Athens, Greece
  • 2008
    • Reforestation of mountainside in Rafina, Greece
    • Volunteer service for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) training workshop
    • 13th Annual Underwater and Beach Cleanup in Athens, Greece
    • Organizing member of "Christmas Bazaar" (fund raiser project)
    • Organizing member of "Love Feast" (feast to celebrate family values and raise funds for the victims of the then recent fires in Greece)
  • 2007
    • Reforestation in Mani, Greece
    • Volunteer service at the "AQUA GALA" event for children who are physically challenged, for the "Hellenic Society for Disabled Children"