Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007, following an MSc from UCLA and a M.Eng. (Summa Cum Laude) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the founder and director of the Interactive Robots and Media Lab (IRML), and has served as a researcher and faculty in numerous universities worldwide. His research interests include human–robot interaction, and especially verbal and non-verbal communication with robots, artificial intelligence, machine perception, and cognitive systems.
His work at the Interactive Robots and Media Lab received coverage from media of over than 20 countries, such as the BBC, Agence France-Presse (AFP), The National (Abu Dhabi), Al Jazeera TV etc. Apart from his academic activities, Dr. Mavridis has been an active pro-bono contributor to a number of organizations, including: vice-president of the MIT HSA, vice-chair of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society, bid presenter and technical committee member of the team that brought the World Robot Olympiad to Abu Dhabi, founding chair of the IEEE UAE Robotics and Automation Society, member of EUCog, Judge in the Dubai Drones for Good competition, and speaker in four TEDx conferences (Athens, Carthage, Al Ain, Geneva).
He has also participated multiple times in the Horasis think tank based in Switzerland, whose purpose is to “enact visions for a sustainable future” through new platforms for cooperation and knowledge-sharing, particularly between developed countries and emerging markets.