Nikolaos Mavridis
Computer Science

Nikolaos Mavridis

Current position
Founder and Director of Interactive Robots and Media Lab (IRML)
Machine Learning
Pattern Recognition
Artificial Intelligence
Signal Processing
Computer Vision

Personal web


Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is an academic and consultant specializing in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He is the founder and director of the Interactive Robots and Media Lab (IRML) and has served in various professor positions, including NYU Poly and AD, Innopolis University, and UAEU. He has been a four-time TEDx speaker, as well as a speaker at Singularity University, and is also a pro-bono contributor to a number of organizations. His interests include human-robot interaction, machine learning, cognitive systems, and he has more than 80 peer-reviewed academic publications. Nikolaos is a member of the MIT Educational Council, a mentor for the MIT Enterprise Forum, and is frequently invited for keynote talks worldwide.


Including, among other positions

Freelance Academic & Consultant
Various Clients
2014-2019 | Worldwide

Full Professor & Robotics Institute Director
Innopolis University
2015-2017 | Kazan, Tatarstan

Senior Researcher
National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos
2013-2016 | Athens, Greece

Asst. Professor of Research
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
2012-2015 | Brooklyn, New York

Asst. Professor of Engineering
New York University (NYU AD)
2011-2013 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Asst. Professor of Computer Engineering
United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
2007-2011 | Al Ain, UAE

Founder and Director
Interactive Robots and Media Lab (IRML)
2007-2019 | Various Locations

Vice-Chair and ExeCom Member
Hellenic Artifical Intelligence Association
2013-2017 | Greece

Founding Chair
IEEE UAE Robotics and Automation Society
2012-2014 | United Arab Emirates

Future Challenges Contributor and Member
European Union Cognitve Systems Network (EUCog)
2010-2019 | European Union


All Degrees with Suma Cum Laude

PhD full time on-campus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2002-2007 | Cambridge, MA

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
1999-2000 | Los Angeles, CA

Engineering Diploma in EECS
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
1993-1999 | Thessaloniki, Greece


London School of Economics and Political Science
Certificate in Business, International Relations, and Political Economy

MIT Sloan School of Management
Certificate in Internet of Things

MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Certificate in Big Data & Business Analytics


More than 90 publications, h-index>22 (per Google Scholar)

  • QTC3D: Extending the Qualitative Trajectory Calculus to Three Dimensions
    Elsevier Journal of Information Sciences

  • A Review of Verbal and Non-Verbal Human-Robot Interactive Communication
    Elsevier Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems pp. 22-35

  • Emotional Storytelling using Virtual and Robotic Agents
    World Scientif ic International Journal of Humanoid Robotics Vol. 15

  • Collision detection, localization & classification for industrial robots with joint torque sensors
    26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), pp. 838-843

  • Contextual Object Category Recognition in RGB-D Scene Labeling
    Elsevier Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 241-256

  • The lbnSina Center: An Augmented Reality Theater with Intelligent Robotic and Virtual Characters
    18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RoMAN09), pp. 681-686

  • Mental Imagery for a Conversational Robot
    IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics Part B, Vol. 34:3, pp. 1374-1383, IF: 4.88


  • Contribution to IEEE
    UAE Award

  • Best Paper Award
    IEEE iCreate

  • Schlumberger Pipe Inspection Robot
    i-Design Award

  • Microsoft External Research
    50K$ HRI Award

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