Dr Yiannis Demiris



At a glance

I am a Reader (US equivalent: associate professor), leading the Personal Robotics Laboratory at the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group, doing research in human-robot interaction, machine learning, humanoid & assistive robotics, and multi-robot systems, with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms of development and lifelong learning. A special interest of mine is the design and implementation of long-term assistive mechanisms for children and adults with disabilities.

Latest News


  1. Bullet  I am on a sabbatical at Harvard University; from beginning of January to end of June 2015 I am a visiting scholar at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

  2. Bullet Congratulations to Ayse Kucukyilmaz, Miguel Sarabia, Kyuhwa Lee, Theodosis Georgiou, and Hyung Jin Chang for getting their papers accepted at RO-MAN-2015 (Kobe, Japan), Intelligent Vehicles (Seoul, Korea), CVPR-2015 (Boston, USA) and ICRA-2015 (Seattle, USA).

  3. Bullet We were successful with another EU Horizon 2020 grant application, PAL (Personal Assistant for Healthy Lifestyle, March 2015 - 2019), where my laboratory will be looking into machine learning algorithms for advanced user modelling in order to personalise the assistance that a robot (and a avatar on mobile device) can provide to children with diabetes. If this sounds exciting, and you have an excellent mathematical and software engineering background, we have openings for research assistant positions (either postdoctoral or pre-doctoral): email me or see details here.

  4. Bullet In November and December 2014, I was elected Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (FRSS).

  5. Bullet We were successful with another EU FP7 grant application, WYSIWYD (“What you Say is What you Did”), where my laboratory will be looking at active humanoid robot learning through exploration. It started on the 1st of January 2014, and runs for 3 years. 

  6. Bullet Congratulations to Dimitrios Korkinof for successfully completing his PhD in Dec 2014 on statistical learning for robotics and action recognition from complete and incomplete data, the 12th PhD student to graduate from my lab.