Hi 👋 I’m Dimitris Spathis

Computer Science PhD Student
University of Cambridge

I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, where I am advised by Prof. Cecilia Mascolo. I work in the fields of multi-modal machine learning, mobile sensing and human-computer interaction. My research is supported by Jesus College, Cambridge.

Previously, I worked in Barcelona as a data scientist at Qustodio and research intern at Telefonica Research. I received an MSc in Computational Intelligence from the Aristotle University and a BSc in Computer Science from the Ionian University. Before that, I worked as a research intern at CERTH.

Curriculum Vitae



Sequence Multi-task Learning to Forecast Mental Wellbeing from Sparse Self-reported Data
Dimitris Spathis, Sandra Servia, Katayoun Farrahi, Cecilia Mascolo, Jason Rentfrow
International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), Anchorage, USA

Publisher PDF Oral presentation (Top 6%)

Passive mobile sensing and psychological traits for large scale mood prediction
Dimitris Spathis, Sandra Servia, Katayoun Farrahi, Cecilia Mascolo, Jason Rentfrow
International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth), Trento, Italy

Interactive dimensionality reduction using similarity projections
Dimitris Spathis, Nikolaos Passalis, Anastasios Tefas
Knowledge-Based Systems, 165: 77-91


Fast, Visual and Interactive Semi-supervised Dimensionality Reduction
Dimitris Spathis, Nikolaos Passalis, Anastasios Tefas
European Conference on Computer Vision (CEFLR workshop), Munich, Germany


Diagnosing Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with Machine Learning
Dimitris Spathis, Panayiotis Vlamos
Health Informatics Journal

Class-based Prediction Errors to Detect Hate Speech with Out-of-vocabulary Words
Joan Serra, Ilias Leontiadis, Dimitris Spathis, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn, Athena Vakali
Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ALW Workshop), Vancouver, Canada


A comparison between semi-supervised and supervised text mining techniques on detecting irony in greek political tweets
Basilis Charalampakis, Dimitris Spathis, Elias Kouslis, Katia Kermanidis
Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 51: 50-57


Detecting Irony on Greek Political Tweets: A Text Mining Approach
Basilis Charalampakis, Dimitris Spathis, Elias Kouslis, Katia Kermanidis
International Conference on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks, Rhodes, Greece


Glocal News: An Attempt to Visualize the Discovery of Localized Top Local News, Globally
Dimitris Spathis, Theofilos Mouratidis, Spyros Sioutas, Athanasios Tsakalidis
International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Hong Kong, China


Photo-Quality Evaluation based on Computational Aesthetics: Review of Feature Extraction Techniques
Dimitris Spathis
arXiv preprint, 1612.06259, 2016


I have also taught small groups of undergrad students (supervisions in Cambridge slang) and evaluated their code assignments in lab sessions (demonstrations) for the following courses:

  • Scientific Computing
  • Machine Learning & Real-World Data
  • Mobile & Sensor Systems
If you're a last year (Part II) student looking for thesis projects, don't hesitate to send me an email or drop by my office (FN01). My current interests involve Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), non-linear dimensionality reduction, and —broady— unsupervised learning for real data from wearables. Don't get scared by the fancy terms, I can be of help!


Community pop references

Communitypoprefs.com is a data visualization project, where we present every pop-culture reference during the 5 seasons of the TV sitcom Community #sixseasonsandamovie.

Map out your music taste on Spotify

Visualizing my favourite songs on Spotify with statistics, non-linear dimensionality reduction and one-class learning. Published in Cuepoint Magazine .

How do popular book authors use language differently?

Text mining on Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings books. Featured in Medium's Editor Picks .

Discover top local news globally

Glocalne.ws was a mashup of Google News and Google Maps. Unfortunately now defunct due to API discontinuance.

Composing music and text with Recurrent Neural Networks

Training deep neural networks on massive amounts of musical notation (Irish folk) and literature (Shakespeare's oeuvre) and letting them create their own art. Essay in Greek but you can still see/listen to the results.


Non-academic things about me: I love music, both playing and listening. Lately, I have been into art rock—indie folk. I am accordionist by training, but over the last years I've been playing mostly piano and ukulele. I have performed in classical orchestras, cover bands and critically acclaimed indie bands like The Children of the Oldness (aka Kore Ydro). You can listen to the album I participated, "Consortium in Amato", here. Sometimes I associate still depictions of the real world with words, lyrics or people; a subset of them is on Flickr. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I'm always on the lookout for ways to move items from the "non-academic list" to the "academic list"—let me know if you'd like to help!