Prof. Ioannis Poulakakis is currently an Assistant Professor with the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of the U. Delaware. During the period 2009-10, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, where he was collaborating with Prof. N. Leonard and Prof. P. Holmes. In December 2008, he completed his Ph.D. thesis at the U. of Michigan, where he was registered in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Control Systems Lab. His Ph.D. research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. J. Grizzle. From 2000 until 2004 he was working as an M.Eng. and then a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) at McGill U. under the supervision of Prof. M. Buehler and Prof. E. Papadopoulos. Prior to that he was with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the NTUA working with Prof. E. Papadopoulos. His current research interests are in the area of dynamics and control with application to bio-inspired robotic systems. His work has been concentrated on the theoretical development and experimental evaluation of control laws for legged machines, including monopedal, bipedal and quadrupedal walking and running robots. The goal of his research efforts is to replace existing empirical control approaches, often involving time-consuming, trial-and-error techniques, with a general framework for the systematic design of controllers for legged robots that will enable the use of such machines in real-world tasks.
Ioannis Kontolatis received his Diploma from Technical University of Crete (TUC), in January 2005, in Production Engineering and Management. In his thesis he developed a Graphical User Interface (GUI) using the C language and Open GL API for handling three dimensional grids and surfaces. He became conversant with CAD, CAM and CAE. He attended the Postgraduate Program “Automation Systems” organized by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA and received the M.S. Degree in 2008. His Master thesis concerned position feedback for visual servoing implementation of a space robot simulator. During this period he became member of the NTUA Control Systems Lab team and familiarized himself with control systems, space robotics, image processing, artificial vision, visual servoing, and real-time systems. Since 2009, he is a PhD Candidate with the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA. His research is in the area of dynamics and control of legged robots with compliance.
Kostas Koutsoukis was born in Athens in 1986. He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in October 2012. His thesis concerned the development of a modeling and a simulation environment with experimental validation for a monopod robot. He worked as Production Manager in marble industry for 2 years. Since June 2013 he is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA.
Konstantinos E. Machairas was born in Athens in April 1989. He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in February 2013. His Diploma thesis concerned the design and the implementation of the electrical/ electronic subsystem, and the real-time programming for a space emulator robot. This work was also presented in ESA’s ASTRA conference in 2013. Since April 2013, he is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA. His current research focuses on dynamics and control of legged robots. He works in the area of embedded systems and robotics since 2010, and he has received several awards and distinctions for his work. He has also worked as an intern in Mechanical Engineering Dept. in TU Clausthal in Germany, on the spline shaft-hub connections analysis in Ansys Mechanical APDL.
Nikolaos Galanis received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his PhD in Engineering in 2011 from National Technical University of Athens. Currently, working as researcher in CS Laboratory of Prof. Papadopoulos in School of Mechanical Engineering in National Technical University of Athens. His professional experience also includes: - A number of design and manufacturing process for large Corporations (i.e. NSRC D, Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company "EYDAP SA") - Cooperation with technical and consultant offices for large Intustrial Projects (i.e. Technometrics Ltd.) - Instructor for Energy and Efficiency problems and ways for Energy Saving (Passiv Haus) - Teaching in Technical Educational Institutes (i.e. TEI of Chalkida, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education).
Pavlos Stavrou is a graduate of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunication of the University of Athens. He is currently a PhD student at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications in the filed of 3D Graphics and Image and Video Transmission over WSNs. Pavlos has worked as an embedded and high-level software developer in the R&D industry and has participated in a number of funded European projects.