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Aloimonos, Yiannis

Yiannis Aloimonos
Dept of Computer Science, Institute for Systems Research
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
4474 A.V. Williams Building
General Research Interests: 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision

The research of Professor Aloimonos is devoted to the principles governing the design and analysis of real-time systems that possess perceptual capabilities, for the purpose of both explaining animal vision and designing seeing machines. Such capabilities have to do with the ability of the system to control its motion and the motion of its parts using visual input (navigation and manipulation) and the ability of the system to break up its environment into a set of categories relevant to its tasks and recognize these categories (categorization and recognition). The work is being done in the framework of Active and Purposive Vision, a paradigm also known as Animate or Behavioral Vision.

Since the early 2000 he has been working on the integration of sensorimotor information with the conceptual system, bridging the gap between signals and symbols. This led to the introduction of language tools into the Robotics community. During the past five years his research is supported by the European Union under the cognitive systems program in the projects POETICON and POETICON++ , by the National Science Foundation under the Cyber Physics Systems Program in the project Robots with Vision that find objects and by the National Institues of Health in the project Human Activity Languages.


Diplome University of Athens, 1981 Greece
M.S. University of 1984 Rochester, New York
Ph.D. University of 1987 Rochester, New York
Field: Mathematics Computer Science Computer Science

Professional Experience

September 1986 to present Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, Department of Computer Science, and Computer Vision Laboratory, Center for Automation Research, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-3275. Assistant Professor, 1987–1992; Associate Professor, August 1992–1997; Professor, 1998–present
September 1990 to present Head, Computer Vision Laboratory, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland
September 1993 to February 1994 Visiting Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
February 1994 to August 1994 Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Crete and Institute for Computer Science, FORTH, Crete, Greece