Nikolas Tsagkas

PhD candidate @ University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics


Informatics Forum,

10 Crichton Street,

Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

about me

I am a PhD candidate, at the MAPS Lab and the School of Informatics - University of Edinburgh, sponsored by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, under the supervision of Prof. Chris Xiaoxuan Lu and Prof. Oisin Mac Aodha. My research objective is to ground language into neural implicit spatial representations, for the purpose of enabling open vocabulary queries in mobile robotics.

In November 2021, I completed with distinction the Artificial Intelligence master’s programme at the University of Edinburgh, where I worked under the supervision of Prof. Chris Williams on a novel inference and learning algorithm for generative capsule models. In August 2019, I was awarded the Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, in Greece (graduated 4th in my class out of 202 students – GPA: 8.11 out of 10). I completed my ECE Diploma thesis under the supervision of Prof. Athanassios Skodras, researching the use of CNNs for real-time hand-gesture recognition via sEMG signals.


May 1, 2023 :rotating_light: VL-Fields was accepted for a spotlight talk at the RAP4Robots @ICRA’23 workshop;
Jan 15, 2023 :pencil: served as reviewer @ ICLR-2023: Neural Fields across Fields;
Oct 25, 2022 :rotating_light: our paper Inference for Generative Capsule Models was accepted at Neural Computation;
Apr 1, 2022 :trophy: awarded the CDT-RAS PhD studentship - Supervisor: Prof. Chris Xiaoxuan Lu;

recent projects

VL-Fields: Towards Language-Grounded Neural Implicit Spatial Representations
Spotlight Talk + Poster: Workshop on Effective Representations, Abstractions, and Priors for Robot Learning - ICRA 2023
Nikolaos Tsagkas, Oisin Mac Aodha, Chris Xiaoxuan Lu