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"]
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
My Erdos Number: 3 [László Lovász (1) -> Rajmohan Rajaraman (2) -> Dimitrios Kanoulas (3)]
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.
My general research interests are:
- Perception, Robotics, and Computer Vision:
3D Computer Vision and Perception,
Legged Robot Locomotion,
Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), and
- Algorithms and Complexity:
Algorithmic Game Theory (equilibria complexity, and applications of AGT in the networks domain),
Approximation Algorithms and Complexity,
Combinatorial and Linear Optimization, and
Design and Analysis of Algorithms.
I am excited to supervise:
- Anh Nguyen (November 2015 - August 2018: PhD Student, IIT): Visual perception for Humanoid Robot Manipulation. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis and Prof. Darwin Caldwell]
- Vignesh Sushrutha Raghavan (November 2017 - August 2020: PhD Student, IIT): State Estimation/SLAM for Humanoid Locomotion. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis]
- Vivekanandan Suryamurthy (February 2018 - August 2018: Master Student, IIT/DELFT): Terrain Classification for Quadrupedal/Mobile Locomotion. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis and Prof. Martijn Wisse]
- Emily-Jane Rolley-Parnell (July 2017 - August 2018: Placement Year, IIT/University of Plymouth): Human-Robot Interaction using Deep Learning. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Leonel Rozo]
- Vignesh Sushrutha Raghavan (May 2017 - October 2017: Research Intern, IIT): State Estimation/SLAM for Humanoid Locomotion. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis]
- Alexia Toumpa (March 2017 - August 2017: Research Intern, IIT): 3D Perception for Humanoid Locomotion. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis]
- Andrews Adu (April 2016 - August 2016: Master Student, AIMS Ghana): Human Recognition for Flying Robots.
- Yukitoshi Minami (September 2015 - February 2016: Research Intern, IIT): State Estimation for Humanoids. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Przemyslaw Kryczka and Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis]
- Buri Gershom (June 2015 - March 2016: Master Student, AIMS Ghana): Victim Recognition for Flying Robots. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Alessandro Crimi]
- Anh Nguyen (May 2015 - October 2015: Research Intern, IIT): Pre-Grasping Tools using 3D Perception. [Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis]