News: I will be joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at Stanford as an Assistant Professor from September 2023. I will continue my research on Visual Machine Perception for the Built Environment, adding an exciting new direction on where I think the built environment and AEC practice should head. As a teaser of many works to come on this vision, I wrote a short story to illustrate this future and the impact on designers. You can read more about it here:

A Day in the Life of an Architect in the Gradient World


I am looking for PhD students from CEE and CS to join me on this adventure! If you are interested, please consider applying for a PhD at Stanford University. [ For CEE applicants | For CS applicants ]

Iro Armeni

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH Zurich, at the departments of Civil, Env. and Geomatic Engineering and of Computer Science. I am working with Prof. Catherine de Wolf, Circular Engineering for Architecture, and with Prof. Marc Pollefeys, Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. I am also affiliated with the Design++ at ETHZ.

I am interested in interdisciplinary research between Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Machine Perception. My area of focus is on developing quantitative and data-driven methods that learn from real-world visual data to generate, predict, and simulate new or renewed built environments that place the human in the center. My goal is to create sustainable, inclusive, and adaptive built environments that can support our current and future physical and digital needs. As part of my research vision, I am particularly interested in creating spaces that blend from the 100% physical (real reality) to the 100% digital (virtual reality) and anything in between, with the use of Mixed Reality.

Education: I completed my PhD at Stanford University on August 2020, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Sustainable Design and Construction (SDC) Program, with a PhD minor at the Computer Science Department. I conducted research under the supervision of Martin Fischer (CEE, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering - CIFE) and Silvio Savarese (CS, Stanford Vision and Learning Lab - SVL). Prior to my PhD, I received an MSc in Computer Science (Ionian University-2013), an MEng in Architecture and Digital Design (University of Tokyo-2011), and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering (National Technical University of Athens-2009). I have also worked as an architect and consultant for both the private and public sector.


Recent Highlights


 

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[Oct 24th 2022]
I will be giving a keynote talk at the Computer Vision for Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Workshop" Workshop at ECCV 2022.
[Oct 14th 2022]
I will be co-hosting the "AI+AEC Workshop" at the AI+X Summit 2022 organized by the ETH AI Center.
[Jul 26th 2022]
My students will be presenting two papers at the "VR/AR applications for AEC" track, EC3 Conference 2022.
[Jul 22nd 2022]
I will be giving a keynote talk at the ICML 2022 Workshop on Machine Learning For Computational Design.
[Jul 21st 2022]
I will be teaching a class on Computer Vision for Construction at the EC3 Summer School.
[Apr 1st 2022]
Data for the 2D challenge in "Computer Vision in the Built Environment" CVPR22 Workshop is now available! For more details see here.
[Mar 18th 2022]
Our papers "SemSpray: Virtual Reality As-Is Semantic Information Labeling Tool for 3D Spatial Data" (Zhao et al., 2022) and "HoloLabel: Augmented Reality User-In-The-Loop Online Annotation Tool for As-Is Building Information" (Agrawal et al., 2022) got accepted in EC3 Conference 2022.
[Mar 2nd 2022]
Our paper "ImpliCity: City Modeling From Satellite Images with Deep Implicit Occupancy Fields" (Stucker et al., 2022) got accepted in ISPRS Congress 2022.
[Dec 1st 2020]
I am starting as a Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH Zurich, Depts of Civil, Env, and Geomatic Engineering and of Computer Science.

Academic Publications


HoloLabel: Augmented Reality User-In-The-Loop Online Annotation Tool for As-Is Building Information
Dhruv Agrawal*, Janik Lobsiger*, Jessica Bo, Véronique Kaufmann, and Iro Armeni
EC3 2022 Conference
[pdf]
SemSpray: Virtual Reality As-Is Semantic Information Labeling Tool for 3D Spatial Data
Yiming Zhao*, Cyprien Fol*, Yuchang Jiang, Tianyu Wu, and Iro Armeni
EC3 2022 Conference
[pdf]
ImpliCity: City Modeling From Satellite Images with Deep Implicit Occupancy Fields
Corinne Stucker, Bingxin Ke, Yuanwen Yue, Shengyu Huang, Iro Armeni, and Konrad Schindler
ISPRS Congress 2022 [Best Young Author Award]
[pdf]
Robust Policies via Mid-Level Visual Representations: An Experimental Study in Manipulation and Navigation
Bryan Chen*, Alexander Sax*, Gene Lewis, Iro Armeni, Silvio Savarese, Amir Zamir, Jitendra Malik, and Lerrel Pinto
CoRL 2020
[pdf]
3D Scene Graph: A Structure for Unified Semantics, 3D Space, and Camera
Iro Armeni, Jerry Zhi-Yang He, JunYoung Gwak, Amir R. Zamir, Martin Fischer, Jitendra Malik, Silvio Savarese
ICCV 2019
[pdf]   [website]   [code]   [dataset]
SEGCloud: Semantic Segmentation of 3D Point Clouds
Lyne P. Tchapmi, Christopher B. Choy, Iro Armeni, JunYoung Gwak, Silvio Savarese
3DV 2017 [Spotlight Presentation]
[pdf]   [website]
Joint 2D-3D-Semantic Data for Indoor Scene Understanding
Iro Armeni*, Alexander Sax*, Amir R. Zamir, Silvio Savarese
Technical Report 2017
[pdf]   [website]   [code]
3D Semantic Parsing of Large-Scale Indoor Spaces
Iro Armeni, Ozan Sener, Amir R. Zamir, Helen Jiang, Ioannis Brilakis, Martin Fisher, Silvio Savarese
CVPR 2016 [Oral Presentation]
[pdf]   [website]   [video]
State of Research in Automatic As-Built Modelling
Viorica Pătrăucean, Iro Armeni, Mohammad Nahangi, Jamie Yeung, Ioannis Brilakis, Carl Haas
Advanced Engineering Informatics 2015
[pdf]
A dynamic identification of a historical building using accelerometers with interface modules and a digital synchronization method
Luigi Spedicato, Iro Armeni, Nicola Ivan Giannoccaro, Markos Avlonitis, Sozon Papavlasopoulos
Periodical of Key Engineering Materials 2015
[pdf]
Pedestrian navigation and shortest path: Preference versus distance
Iro Armeni, Konstantinos Chorianopoulos
Workshop @ International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2013
[pdf]
Resume of the thesis "More than a machine" J. A. Coderch
Iro Armeni, Telesilla Bristogianni
Technical Chronicles, Technical Chamber of Greece 2020

Teaching


Mixed Reality
Iro Armeni, Marc Pollefeys
CS, ETHZ | Autumn '22
[website]
Introduction to Visual Machine Perception for Architecture, Construction, and Facility Management
Iro Armeni
CEE, ETHZ | Spring '22, '21
[website]
Deep Learning for Computer Vision [seminar]
Iro Armeni
CS, ETHZ | Spring '22, '21
[website]
Mixed Reality
Iro Armeni, Federica Bogo, Marc Pollefeys
CS, ETHZ | Autumn '21
[website]
AI applications in the AEC industry
Iro Armeni, Martin Fischer
CEE, Stanford | Spring '18, '19
[website]

Organized Events


2nd Workshop and Challenge on Computer Vision in the Built Environment for the Design, Construction, and Operation of Buildings
CVPR 2022
[website]
Built to Change. Let's Reuse Buildings not AEC Practices
2nd Colloquium on AI4AEC 2021
[website]   [recordings]
1st Workshop and Challenge on Computer Vision in the Built Environment for the Design, Construction, and Operation of Buildings
CVPR 2021
[website]   [recordings]
Is AI Ready for the Buidling Industry? (and vice-versa)
1st Colloquium on AI4AEC 2020
[website]   [recordings]

Awards & Scholarships


  • ETH Zurich PostDoctoral Fellowship, 2020
  • Google PhD Fellowship, 2017
  • CIFE Seed Research Awards for 2016-17, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University (Sep 2016 - June 2017), Funding for PhD Studies
  • School of Engineering Fellowship, Stanford University (Sep 2015 - June 2016), Funding for PhD Studies
  • Marie-Curie Fellow (Oct 2014 - Mar 2015), CIG: Automated As-Built Modelling of the Built Infrastructure, Funding for Graduate studies in UK
  • Marie-Curie Fellow (Oct 2013 - Sep 2014), BIMAutoGen: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, Funding for Graduate studies in UK
  • MEXT Scholarship (Oct 2009 - Aug 2011), Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT), For Graduate Studies in Japan
  • 1st Prize(2010), Team project, Architectural Competition: Municipal Theatre of Corfu- Renovation of the facades and the entrance piazza
  • 1st of 15 equal prizes (2008), Team project, Architectural Competition: SEGM Housing Competition for Fire Victims
  • Socrates/Erasmus Scholarship (Feb 2007 - Jul 2007), For attending a 6 months exchange program

Miscellaneous


A Day in the Life of an Architect in the Gradient World
Short Story, Iro Armeni
[link]
User-based Space Suitability for Sustainable, Inclusive, and Adaptive Built Environments
Keynote Talk, Workshop on Machine Learning in Computational Design, ICML'22
[link]
Interview
Engineering ArchiTECHure 2021
[link]
Women in Computer Vision
Computer Vision News 2018
[pdf]
Interview
The Modern Architect (KZSU) 2016
[link]
A new computer vision system creates 3-D maps of building interiors
Stanford Engineering News 2016
[link]

Selected Older Work


  • Iro Armeni, Olesia Biloborodko, Trudi Ko (2013) Research Design Project on Patterns and Digital Computation, "Patterns and Layering: Japanese Spatial Culture, Nature and Architecture", Liotta, S. J., Belfiore, M., (eds), 2012
  • Stelios Zerefos, Christos Tessas, Iro Armeni, Telesilla Bristogianni (2013) "Municipal Theatre of Corfu: Renovation of the facades and the entrance piazza", 7th Biennale of Young Architects, Exhibition at Benaki Museum, November 2012, Athens, GR
  • Christos Tessas, Stelios Zerefos, Iro Armeni, Telesilla Bristogianni (2013) Housing Design Project 95 sq. m., Prototype Housing for the rehabilitation of the victims of the extended fires of August 2007, ETAEA, Hellenic Association of Consulting Firms, Bank of Greece Publications, January 2009, Athens, GR