Professor Sotirios (Sotos) Tsaftaris, has been appointed a Fellow of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) – a European body which exists to promote excellence in research in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).
Professor Tsaftaris is the Canon Medical/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Healthcare AI and Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision at the School of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.
He also leads VIOS, a collaboration between University of Edinburgh, Canon Medical (Edinburgh) and Edinburgh Napier University to address societal problems by solving key challenges in the life and natural sciences.
Shaping future research in machine learning and AI
ELLIS works to ensure that ‘the best basic research shapes how machine learning and modern AI change the world is performed in Europe’, and to have economic impact in these areas including through job creation.
ELLIS Fellows are high-calibre scientists appointed to advance their field through activities such as community building, ambassadorship, strategic advice and leadership on a range of machine learning and AI topics.
The body is supported by 30 ELLIS Units including the Edinburgh branch to which Professor Tsaftaris has been appointed, which has specialisms in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), AI theory, and the methods and applications of AI in science and medicine.
Reacting to the appointment, Professor Tsaftaris said “I want to thank immensely my team and collaborators for their achievements, which in turn have led to this recognition. Without them, this would have been impossible.”
ELLIS also supports PhD studentships and postdoctoral positions, and staff exchanges via a programme called ELISE.