Research Area: Algorithmic Robotics
I am interested in designing practically efficient algorithms with desirable formal guarantees in robotics. I have primarily focused on motion planning and coordination algorithms but I am increasingly working with machine learning methods in the context of perception and control challenges. My research group is currently focusing on the following application domains:
- collaborative manipulators that can effectively operate and interact in human environments and can impact domains, such as logistics, manufacturing and service robotics;
- novel platforms that take advantage of compliance, under-actuation and soft material so as to safely operate in unstructured environments and can impact applications, such as space exploration;
- coordination and modeling of many robots or physically-realistic agents in serious simulations and games that can impact domains, such as transportation planning, urban design and security applications.
I am originally from Greece, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete in 2001. I then headed to Rice University in Houston, TX, where I completed both my Master’s (2004) and Doctoral (2008) degrees in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Lydia Kavraki. The title of my Ph.D. thesis was Informed Planning and Safe Distributed Replanning under Physical Constraints. On July 2008 I joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) as an Assistant Professor. On July 2012 I moved to Rutgers University and I joined the Computer Science department as an Assistant Professor. Since July 2016, I am serving as Associate Professor in the same department.