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Maja Pantic

AI Research lead - Meta

Prof Pantic received the BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 1995, 1997 and 2001. From 2001 to 2005, she was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Delft University of Technology, where she was doing research in the areas of image and video analysis of face and body gestures, affective computing, and multimodal HCI. In April 2006, she joined the Imperial College Department of Computing, UK, where she became Professor in Affective and Behavioral Computing in October 2010. From November 2006 to November 2017, she also held a part-time appointment as the Professor of Affective & Behavioural Computing in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From April 2018 till April 2020, she was the Co-Founder and Research Director of Samsung AI Centre in Cambridge, where she helped set up the Centre and appoint a team of top machine learning and computer vision experts to work on human-centric AI for mobile devices. In April 2020, she became a Scientific Research Lead at Meta London, where she works on avatars creation, animation and metaverse applications. 
In 2011, she was awarded the BCS Roger Needham Award, made annually to an UK based researcher for a distinguished research contribution in computer science within ten years of their PhD. In 2020, she was awarded IAPR Maria Petrou Award, made bi-annually to a female world-leading scientist working in the field of pattern recognition. 
 She is a fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (2019), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2012) and International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) (2016). 

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