Research Area: Robotics
I work at the intersection of robot planning, learning and perception. I am interested in designing practically efficient algorithms that make robots solve tasks in the real-world in a way that allows to argue about properties and the conditions under which the methods work. Some of the problems that my group is currently looking into include:
- developing perception and planning tools for manipulation with applications in domains, such as logistics, manufacturing and service robotics;
- studying model-based learning and robust planning for compliant, under-actuated and soft robots, which relate both to manipulation (e.g., soft adaptive hands) and locomotion (e.g, tensegrity robots for space exploration);
- dealing with the combinatorial challenges of coordinating multiple robotic arms and dealing with multiple objects in cluttered scenes;
- addressing the challenges of systems with significant dynamics deployed in unstructured environments, such as off-road navigation and locomotion.
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.