Maja Pantić

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Maja Pantić
Born (1970-04-13) 13 April 1970 (age 48)
Alma materDelft University of Technology
Known forArtificial Intelligence Robotics

Maja Pantić (Serbian Cyrillic: Маја Пантић; Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) (born April 13, 1970) is a Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing at Imperial College, London and head of the Samsung AI lab in Cambridge, UK.


Maja Pantić was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She studied Mathematics at the University of Belgrade, but moved to the Netherlands in 1992 to study Informatics.[1] She received a BSc from Delft University in 1995, followed by an MSc in Artificial Intelligence in 1997.[1] Pantić earned a PhD at the Delft University of Technology, entitled "Facial expression analysis by computational intelligence techniques", in 2001.[2][3] She was an Associate Professor at Delft between 2001 and 2005, where she was one of only two women amongst 300 professors in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.[1] In 2002, she was award a Dutch Research Council Junior Fellowship (NWO Veni) and named one of the 7 best young researchers in the Netherlands.[4] In 2005 she joined Takeo Kanade's Face lab in Carnegie Mellon University as a Visiting Associate Professor.[5]


Pantić is a world expert on machine analysis of human nonverbal behaviour. In 2006 she joined Imperial College London, Department of Computing.[6] She published "Artificial Intelligence for Human Computing" with Huang, Pentland and Nijholt in 2007.[7] In 2008 she received European Research Council Starting Grant for her research on Machine Analysis of Human Naturalistic Behavior (MAHNOB).[8] At the time the MAHNOB team started, tools for human behaviour analysis could only handle exaggerated expressions.[9] She was appointed to full Professor at Imperial College in 2010.[10]

She is head of the Intelligent Behaviour Understanding Group (iBug) group at Imperial College London.[11] In 2012 she presented " Human-centered Computing" at "T100: One Hundred Years from the birth of Alan Turing" at the Royal Society Edinburgh.[12] Pantić is interested in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning:

  • Assisted independent living for the elderly: In 2017 Pantić contributed to the Channel 4 television program "Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds"[13][14]
  • Healthcare[15]
  • Autism[16]
  • Driverless Cars: In 2017 Pantić contributed to the public discussion about fatal Tesla crash[17]

Recognition and public engagement[edit]

In 2011 Pantić received the BCS Roger Needham Award.[18] In 2012 Pantić was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2012 for contribution to automatic human behaviour understanding and affective computing.[19] In 2016 she was named a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).[20] She is the Editor in Chief of Image and Vision Computing Journal (IVCJ).[4] She is the scientific advisor for Real Eyes.[21] She is on the Strategy and Science Board of Advisors to global market research company IPSOS.[22]

Pantić regularly talks about her research in National Media. She is an advocate for women in technology.[23] In 2016 she appeared with Charlie Rose on CBS 60 minutes, talking about artificial intelligence and emotion measurement.[24] That year, she was chosen by the journal Nature to present "Machines That Can Read Human Emotions" at the World Economic Forum in Davos.[25] In 2017 she took part in a Guardian Live event, "Brainwaves, How Artificial Intelligence will change the world".[26] In 2018 she expressed concern about the brain drain of AI experts out of academia and into the private sector.[27] However, since then she herself took on a leading role leading Samsung's AI lab in Cambridge, UK, and convincing other academics to join her.


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  3. ^ M., Pantic, (2001). "Facial expression analysis by computational intelligence techniques".
  4. ^ a b "KES2012 : Keynote Speakers". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  5. ^ "Robotics Seminar | Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  6. ^ "Maja Pantic : Home". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  7. ^ Artifical [i.e. artificial] intelligence for human computing : ICMI 2006 and IJCAI 2007 international workshops, Banff, Canada, November 3, 2006 and Hyderabad, India, January 6, 2007 : revised seleced [i.e. selected] and invited papers. Huang, Thomas S., 1936-, Special Session on Human Computing (2006 : Banff, Alta.), Workshop on AI for Human Computing (2007 : Hyderabad, india), International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (20th : 2007 : Hyderabad, India). Berlin: Springer. 2007. ISBN 9783540723486. OCLC 191468601.
  8. ^ "Maja Pantic receives ERC Starting Grant". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  9. ^ "European Commission : CORDIS : Projects and Results : Final Report Summary - MAHNOB (Multimodal Analysis of Human Nonverbal Behaviour in Real-World Settings)". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  10. ^ "Keynote Speakers". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  11. ^ "i·bug - home". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  12. ^ The University of Edinburgh (2012-05-24), Prof. Maja Pantic: Human-centered Computing, retrieved 2018-01-23
  13. ^ "Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds - All 4". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  14. ^ "How facial recognition could be key to maintaining independence of elderly". ITV News. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  15. ^ Contact Innovatemedtec (2017-08-24), Maja Pantic - The Power of Artificial Intelligence Face Recognition & Robots, retrieved 2018-01-23
  16. ^ Jie Shen (2017-02-17), ITV Seg Full 2017 02 17 01, retrieved 2018-01-25
  17. ^ Maja Pantic (2016-07-01), TESLA+MAJA+CLIP+1527+1+7 Converted, retrieved 2018-01-25
  18. ^ "Roger Needham lecture 2011 | 2011 lecture | Roger Needham Award and Lecture | Events | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  19. ^ "2012 elevated fellow" (PDF). IEEE Fellows Directory.
  20. ^, Conbrio Design, Buffalo, NY -. "IAPR - News". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  21. ^ "Realeyes - Maja Pantic". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  22. ^ "European Commission : CORDIS : Projects and Results : Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SEWA (Automatic Sentiment Estimation in the Wild)". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  23. ^ Pantic, Maja (2017-06-21). "Calling all women: London's thriving tech sector needs you". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  24. ^ "Maja Pantic on CBS 60 Minutes". Vimeo. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  25. ^ "Machines That Can Read Human Emotions - Maja Pantic | Open Transcripts". Open Transcripts. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  26. ^ Sample, Presented by Ian; Sanderson, produced by Max (2017-04-27). "How Artificial Intelligence will change the world: a live event - Science Weekly podcast". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  27. ^ Sample, Ian (2017-11-01). "'We can't compete': why universities are losing their best AI scientists". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-23.