Petros Maragos

Adjunct Researchers
Robotics Unit
Petros Maragos received the Diploma M.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1980, and the M.Sc.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, in 1982 and 1985.
In 1985 he joined the faculty of the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked for 8 years as professor of electrical and computer engineering, affiliated with the interdisciplinary Harvard Robotics Lab. He has also been a consultant to several industry research groups including Xerox’s research on image analysis. In 1993 he joined the ECE faculty of Georgia Tech, Atlanta. During parts of 1996-98 he was on sabbatical and academic leave working as director of research at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing in Athens. Since 1998 he joined the faculty of the National Technical University of Athens, where he is currently working as professor of electrical and computer engineering. Since 1999 he also joined the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems as a collaborating faculty member and principal investigator of research projects. During Fall 2012 he was a visiting scientist at MIT, with the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems. During Fall 2016 he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Computer and Information Science. Since 2008 he is the director of the NTUA Laboratory on Intelligent Robotics and Automation. He has also served (during 2009-2019) as the director of the NTUA ECE Division of Signals, Control and Robotics. Since 2009 he is the scientific director of the Robot Perception and Interaction Unit at Athena Research & Innovation Center. His current research and teaching interests include the general areas of signal processing, systems theory, machine learning, and their applications to computer vision, speech & language processing, and robotics. In the above areas he has authored or co-authored more than 350 publications as journal papers, book chapters or conference proceeding articles. The citations to his work can be found at Google Scholar. He has co-edited three Springer research books, one on multimodal processing and interaction and two on shape analysis. He has also been the principal investigator and/or scientific director of more than 40 USA and European/Greek research projects.
He has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech & Signal Processing and the Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence; as editorial board member for the journals Signal Processing, J. Visual Communications, Image Representation, and J. Mathematic Imaging and Vision; and as guest editor for several other journals. He has served as member of the IEEE DSP, IMDSP and MMSP technical committees, and the IEEE SPS Education Board. He has served as general chairman or co-chairman for several international conferences, including the 1992 SPIE Conf. on Visual Communications and Image Processing, the 1996 Int’l Symposium on Mathematical Morphology & Its Applications to Image Processing, the 2007 IEEE Int’l Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing, program cochair of the 2010 European Conf. on Computer Vision, coorganizer of ECCV-2010 Workshop on Sign, Gesture and Activity, tutorial cochair of EUSIPCO-2012,  coorganizer of the 2011, 2014 and 2018 Dagstuhl Symposia on Shape Analysis, coorganizer of IROS-2015 Workshop on Cognitive Mobility Assistance Robots, general cochair of EUSIPCO-2017, cochair of IEEE IVMSP Workshop-2022, and general chair of ICASSP-2023. He has also served as member of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology (2005-2009) and the Scientific Council for Mathematics & Information Sciences (2011-2013).
Dr. Maragos’ academic work has received several awards, including: a 1987 US NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in recognition of his academic accomplishments and potential; the 1988 IEEE ASSP Society’s Young Author Best Paper Award for his paper “Morphological Filters” (IEEE Trans. ASSP, 1987); the 1994 IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Senior Best Paper Award for his paper “Energy Separation in Signal Modulations with Application to Speech Analysis” (IEEE Trans. SP, 1993); the 1995 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award for the most outstanding original paper in all IEEE publications; the 1996 Pattern Recognition Society’s Honorable Mention Award for best paper (“Min-Max Classifiers”, Pattern Recognition, 1995); and the Best paper award from the CVPR-2011 Workshop on Gesture Recognition. In 1995 he was elected Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to the theory and application of nonlinear signal processing systems. He is the recipient of the 2007 EURASIP Technical Achievements Award for contributions to nonlinear signal processing and systems theory, image processing, and speech processing. In 2010 he was elected Fellow of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) for his research contributions. He has been elected IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018.