Sotirios A Tsaftaris, PhD

Chancellor's Fellow and Reader @ University of Edinburgh

My name is Sotirios A. Tsaftaris but most people call me Sotos (in Greek Σωτήριος Α. Τσαυτάρης or Σώτος). I am currently with the University of Edinburgh and the Institute of Digital Communications as a Chancellor's Fellow and Reader (US equivalent Associate Professor). Critically, I am also a Canon Medical/Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare AI. I am also a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

My research interests are machine learning, deep learning, medical image analysis (medical image computing), image processing, and distributed computing. Core research application domains are computer aided diagnosis in medicine and computer vision in agriculture (e.g. plant phenotyping, precision agriculture, agritech and indoor farming).

Within my web pages, you will find an extended Biography and CV, descriptions of my various research interests as well as a list of publications.

I would like to acknowledge the sponsors and supporters of my research program.

Recent key news

  • Recruiting NOW PhD students and Postdocs: I am growing the team. If you have a strong profile please email me and attach a CV.
  • Won prestigious RAEng fellowship: I became a Canon Medical/Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare AI. Over 5 years this endowed position will provide with the opportunity to look into distinct challenges in using and deploying AI in healthcare settings. It is thanks to the generous support of Canon Medical Research Europe, the Academy and the School of Engineering. [PROJECT PAGE]
  • CVPPP goes to Long Beach: The 5th CVPPP workshop will occur in conjunction with CVPR 2019 the premier Computer Vision Conference. (I am one of the co-organizers.)
  • Open data make impact: Our plant data have made a significant impact in progressing the state of the art. See paper and associated website.
  • £17M for Healthcare and AI: Our Scottish-wide bid for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare with 17 partners across Scotland has been approved. More forthcoming at the website
  • UDRC 3: The Edinburgh-lead consortium for EPSRC-Dstl University Defence Research Collaboration 3, won funding of £4M. I am leading the workpackage on generative models.
  • Training session at MICCAI 2018: Together with Trucco, Konukoglu and Kainz we organised a MICCAI 2018 training session on how to be a good reviewer (Spain, Sept 2018)
  • Associate Editor for IEEE TMI: AE for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. (April 2018)
  • Area Chair for MICCAI 2018: Invited to serve as area chair MICCAI 2018 (Spain, Sept 2018)
  • Keynote at Int. Conf. on Artificial Neural Networks ICANN 2018 (Rhodes, Oct 2018)
  • My PhD student, Ilkay Oksuz, is now a Doctor. Congratulations Ilkay. He did a fantastic job in joint segmentation and registration of cardiac MRI. I am sure he will do great also at King's College London as a postdoc.
  • I am now also a Turing Fellow with the Alan Turing Institute.
  • We won (with Ilkay) a best paper award in STACOM 2017 (MICCAI), on joint segmentation/registration in sparse latent spaces.
  • Area chair for ICME 2018: area chair for ICME 2018 (San Diego, USA).
  • Keynote at Phenome 2018 (Arizona, USA)
  • 3 papers in MICCAI and 2 in ICCV (CVPPP): We have five new conference papers all as orals. Congrats to everyone.
  • Area chair for ICCV 2017: I served as an area chair for ICCV 2017 (Venice).
  • Doctoral symposium chair for ICIP 2018: I will serve as doctoral symposium chair together with Dr Nikos Thomos (Essex, UK) for ICIP 2018 in Athens Greece.
  • New NIH (USA) project funded: I have received an NIH grant together with Prof. Dharmakumar to develop a new non-invasive non-contrast infarct MR imaging approach. My team is in charge of the analysis algorithms.
  • Two new UK projects funded: I have received an EPSRC first grant to develop multimodal deep learning methods for cardiac MRI processing [CardiacAI PROJECT PAGE]. I have also received a grant from BBSRC (as part of the Grand Challenges Research Fund) to develop affordable phenotyping of roots with colleagues in Ethiopia. [Chickpea GCRF PROJECT Website]
  • CVPPP goes to Venice: The 3rd CVPPP workshop will occur in ICCV 2017 the premier Computer Vision Conference. (I am one of the co-organizers.)
  • SASHIMI goes to Quebec: The SASHIMI workshop will occur again in MICCAI 2017. Visit the website for details. (I am one of the co-organizers.)
  • Keynote at the BMVA meeting in London on plants and computer vision (Nov 2016).
  • Always looking for talented PhD students and Postdocs: I am always interested in growing the team. If you have a strong profile please email me and attach a CV.
  • After 5 years in the making, 8 if you count from the start of writing the proposal, finally Phenotiki our affordable plant phenotyping solution is now available.
  • Quoted in article of El Espanol (In Spanish) on the future of DNA storage (my PhD work) as commentary on a recent study by colleagues at Univ. of Washington and Microsoft Research. [PDF copy of the news article].