About Myself

Currently, I am a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Tomonari Furukawa in the CMS Lab at Virginia Tech. Moreover, I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I am also a Member and Research Associate of the OpenBionics.

I graduated from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in March 2016 with a Diploma degree (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering, following the option of Mechanical Design & Control. For my diploma thesis, I worked as a Research Assistant with Prof. Kostas Kyriakopoulos and Dr. Minas Liarokapis at Control Systems Lab from April 2014 to March 2016. Previously, I attended Piraeus University of Applied Sciences where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Alongside my studies, I worked 1.5 year as an Aircraft Engineer trainee at Olympic Airlines SA, 3 years as a Mechanical Engineer and 2 years as a Site Supervisor of a Desalination Plant at Sychem Group. After my studies, I worked as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Heliix Inc for 3 months.

My research interests include Robotics, Planning and Grasping.

You can find more about me in my CV.

Publications

Conference Papers

[1] George P. Kontoudis, Minas V. Liarokapis, Agisilaos G. Zisimatos, Christoforos I. Mavrogiannis and Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos, “Open-Source, Anthropomorphic, Underactuated Robot Hands with a Selectively Lockable Differential Mechanism: Towards Affordable Prostheses”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Hamburg, 2015.
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Technical Reports

[2] George P. Kontoudis, Minas V. Liarokapis, Agisilaos G. Zisimatos, Christoforos I. Mavrogiannis and Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos, “How to Create Affordable, Anthropomorphic, Light-Weight Prosthetic Hands”, Control Systems Lab, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Technical Report, October 2015.
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[1] Agisilaos G. Zisimatos, Minas V. Liarokapis, Christoforos I. Mavrogiannis, George P. Kontoudis and Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos, “How to Create Affordable, Modular, Light-Weight, Underactuated, Compliant Robot Hands”, Control Systems Lab, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Technical Report, January 2015.
[BibTeX] [PDF] [Video]

Theses

[1] George P. Kontoudis, “Design and Development of an Underactuated, Anthropomorphic Robot Hand”, Diploma Thesis, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece, March 2016 (In Greek).
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Openbionics

OpenBionics is an open source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular, robot hands and myoelectric prosthetic devices, that can be easily reproduced using off-the-shelf materials. The primary focus of the proposed design is to provide multiple low-cost task-specific robot hands instead of one that is complex and expensive.

The following video demonstrates the experimental validation of the prosthetic hand.


Robot hands are presented in the following video.


More information can be found at the OpenBionics website.

Contact


gpkont@vt.edu