And now, what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.

[C. Cavafy, "Waiting for the Barbarians"]


Dimitrios Kanoulas, Ph.D.[Δημήτρης Κανούλας]

  • e-mail: echo "name@iit.it" | sed 's!name!Dimitrios.Kanoulas!'
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  • I support: Free and Open Source software and Hardware and Open Source Robotics.


  • I am working in the field of perception and learning for robotics, and in particular, I am developing new estimation and planning algorithms for articulated robots that locomote and manipulate in uncertain natural environment. I am focused on developing new theoretical results on sensing, real-time map building, and self/environment modeling of surface contact areas which include statistical models of uncertainty, for the purpose of articulated locomotion on very uneven 3D terrain, using SLAM and perception systems, as well as manipulation methods for structured and free-formed objects.

    My Erdos Number: 3 [László Lovász (1) -> Rajmohan Rajaraman (2) -> Dimitrios Kanoulas (3)]

    Short Bio

    I am a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Humanoids & Human Centered Mechatronics (HHCM) Lab of the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), working with Nikos Tsagarakis and Darwin Caldwell on the WALK-MAN, CogImon, CENTAURO, and Pholus projects.

    In September 2014, I became the perception team leader for the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) team WALK-MAN DRC, for the DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015, whose finals held in June 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

    In August 2014, I completed my Ph.D. at the Geometric and Physical Computing (GPC) Lab in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University, advised by Prof. Marsette Vona. I started out as a member of the Algorithms and Theory group at Northeastern University, advised by Prof. Rajmohan Rajaraman and Ravi Sundaram.

    During the summer of 2012, I completed an internship at INRIA in France, advised by Prof. Christian Laugier and Dr. Alexandros Makris.

    I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Informatics Department from University of Patras, Greece in 2008, advised by Prof. Paul Spirakis, and Dr. Haralampos Tsaknakis.

    Research Interests

    My general research interests are:

    Students

    I am excited to supervise: Past Students: