Iro Armeni

Photo credits: Rod Searcey

I am an assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, leading the Gradient Spaces group. 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. To learn more about this vision, I wrote a short story to illustrate this future and the impact on designers. You can read it here:

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



Education: I concluded my postdoctoral research position at ETH Zurich on July 2023, at the departments of Civil, Env. and Geomatic Engineering and of Computer Science. I was working with Prof. Daniel Hall (Innovative and Industrial Construction), Prof. Catherine de Wolf (Circular Engineering for Architecture), and Prof. Marc Pollefeys, Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. I was also affiliated with the Design++ Center at ETHZ. Previously, 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 2023]
The Gradien Spaces research group is live: gradientspaces.stanford.edu.
[Oct 2023]
I will be giving a talk at the "International Challenge on Compositional and Multimodal Perception" workshop, ICCV 2023.
[Jul 2023]
My postdoctoral research position at ETHZ is ending after 2.5 years. Next, I am starting an assistant professor appointment at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University.
[Jul 2023]
Our paper “SGAligner: 3D Scene Alignment with Scene Graphs” (Deb Sarkar et al.) on aligning 3D static & temporal scenes using 3D scene graphs, was accepted at ICCV 2023.
[Jul 2023]
I will be teaching a class on "Computer Vision and Machine Learning for Construction" at the EC3 Summer School 2023, in Crete.
[Jun 2023]
I will be presenting a demo on June 2nd at CVPR 2023 on our new work and benchmark Nothing Stands Still".
[May 2023]
I will be giving a talk at the 2nd Workshop on Future of Construction, ICRA 2023.
[Apr 2023]
The submission for the two challenges in the "Computer Vision in the Built Environment" CVPR23 Workshop is now open until June 2nd. For more details see here.

Academic Publications


Living Scenes: Multi-object Relocalization and Reconstruction in Changing 3D Environments
Liyuan Zhu, Shengyu Huang, Konrad Schindler, Iro Armeni
arXiv preprint 2023
[pdf]   [website]   [code]   [video]
Volumetric Semantically Consistent 3D Panoptic Mapping
Yang Miao, Iro Armeni, Marc Pollefeys, Daniel Barath
arXiv preprint 2023
[pdf]
Q-REG: End-to-End Trainable Point Cloud Registration with Surface Curvature
Shengze Jin, Daniel Barath, Marc Pollefeys, Iro Armeni
3DV 2024 Conference
[pdf]
SGAligner: 3D Scene Alignment with Scene Graphs
Sayan Deb Sarkar, Ondrej Miksik, Marc Pollefeys, Daniel Barath, Iro Armeni
ICCV 2023 Conference
[pdf]   [website]   [code]   [benchmark]
ARrow: A Real-Time AR Rowing Coach
Elena Iannuci, Zhu-Tian Chen, Iro Armeni, Marc Pollefeys, Hanspeter Pfister, Johanna Beyer
EuroVis 2023 Conference [Best Short Paper Honorable Mention Award]
Learning-Based Relational Object Matching Across Views
Cathrin Elich, Iro Armeni, Martin R. Oswald, Marc Pollefeys, Joerg Stueckler
ICRA 2023 Conference
[pdf]
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

Books & Chapters


Artificial Intelligence for Predicting Reuse Patterns
Iro Armeni, Deepika Raghu, Catherine De Wolf
A Circular Built Environment in the Digital Age, Eds. C.D. Wolf, S. Çetin, N.M.P. Bocken
Springer Nature 2024
[link]

Teaching


Computer Vision for the Built Environment
Iro Armeni
CEE, Stanford | Winter '24 [website]
Digital Transformation for Circular Construction
Catherine De Wolf, Iro Armeni
CEE, ETHZ | Spring '23
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


1st Computer Vision Aided Architectural Design Workshop
ICCV 2023
[website]
1st Workshop on Scene Graphs and Graph Representation Learning
ICCV 2023
[website]
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


Spotlight
Iro Armeni
Stanford Engineering 2023
[website]
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