ANTHONY PLATANIOS

Curriculum Vitae

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
Education

2013-15

Carnegie Mellon University – Ph.D. in Machine Learning

USA

  • 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 a method for using unlabeled data to estimate the accuracies of several different classifiers performing the same task, which I presented at the Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) conference in 2014
    • I am developing a self-reflection mechanism for machine learning systems and I am applying it in NELL

2013-15

Carnegie Mellon University - M.S. in Machine Learning

USA

2009-13

Imperial College London – M.Eng. and ACGI in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UK

  • 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
    • Development of three statistical regression models:
      • Variational Heteroscedastic Multi-Output Gaussian Process Employing a Convolved Kernel with Echo State Property
      • Pitman-Yor Process Mixture Variational Heteroscedastic Multi-Output Gaussian Process
      • Markov Switching Variational Heteroscedastic Multi-Output Gaussian Process
    • Derivation of inference algorithms for the above models, using both the variational Bayesian paradigm and sampling approaches

2007-09

Geitonas School – International Baccalaureate

Greece

  • Received a Certificate of Excellence from the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Work Experience

2015

Researcher at Microsoft Research

USA

  • Manager: Dr. Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research
  • Design and development of a completely new version of the Literome Project that includes self-reflection aspects

2010-13

Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Holic

Greece, UK

  • Development of an intelligent news reader application
  • Development of algorithms utilizing advanced nonparametric Bayesian models for clustering news articles and for user profiling
  • Received funding from the following investors:
    • Dr. John Coustas, President & CEO of Danaos Corporation
    • Mr. Leon Yohai, Founder & CEO of ZuluTrade

2008-10

Founder of Project Protasis – Forest Protection

Greece

  • 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 – due to regulations a previous winner cannot win for a second time

2010

Web Designer and Software Developer at Curtainmakers S.A. (a company based in Athens)

Greece

2009-10

Software Developer at vWorker.com

Greece

2007-09

Founder of Project Protasis – Home Automation

Greece

  • 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

2007-08

Software Developer and I.T. Professional at Sigma Group Inc. (a company based in New Jersey)

USA

2006

Software Developer and I.T. Professional at Embiria S.A. (a company based in Athens)

Greece

Honors and Awards

2013

  • Won the Sir Bruce White prize in engineering for the best thesis during my MEng studies in Electrical and Electronic engineering, at Imperial College London

2010-13

  • 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 by "Geitonas School", for honoring my school internationally
  • Had a computer science laboratory named after me in "Geitonas School"
  • Awarded €1,000 by the President of the Greek Parliament, for internationally honoring my country
  • Awarded an honorary plaque by the Mayor of my city, Vari, in Greece
  • Represented Greece in the Imagine Cup 2008 Worldwide Finals, in Paris, France
  • Won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008 Greek Finals, 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 – due to regulations a previous winner cannot win for a second time)

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

2014

Estimating Accuracy from Unlabeled Data

USA

  • Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) conference
  • Machine Learning Lunch at Carnegie Mellon University

2012

Nonparametric Mixtures of Multi-Output Heteroscedastic Gaussian Processes for Volatility Modeling

USA

  • "Modern Nonparametric Methods in Machine Learning" Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) workshop

2009

Project Protasis – Forest Protection

Greece

  • Microsoft, in Athens, Greece
  • Ministry of Transportation of the Greek government (the Ministry later funded a pilot program)

2008-09

Project Protasis – Home Automation

Greece, France

  • Microsoft, in Athens, Greece, and Paris, France
  • "International Conference on Climate Change and Challenges for the Future Generations", organized by UNESCO
  • 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"
  • "Generation Next 0-18" fair in Athens
  • "4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Bio and Earth Sciences" (HAICTA 2008)
Teaching Experience

2014

Teaching Assistant - 10-701/15-781 Machine Learning graduate course at Carnegie Mellon University

USA

  • Responsibilities included giving recitation lectures and writing and grading homework assignments and exams
Development Skills
Other Interests
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"