George P. Kontoudis

I am a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech under the supervision of Dan Stilwell in the Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics. I also contribute to the OpenBionics initiative.

I completed my MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech advised by Tomonari Furukawa and Kyriakos Vamvoudakis. I obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at National Technical University of Athens advised by Kostas Kyriakopoulos and Minas Liarokapis. I hold a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of West Attica.

Links: CV, Google Scholar, ORCID, Publons, GitHub, Twitter, YouTube



Research Interests

My research interests lie in the intersection of robotics, control theory, and machine learning. I am particularly interested in how learning algorithms and control theory can enable robots to provably operate optimal and robust in complex environments with minimal information. Also, I am excited to contribute to the OpenBionics initiative on the design and development of affordable, open-source robot hands and prostheses. For more information see the projects page.



News

Jul 2021: Paper accepted to IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
Jul 2021: Paper appears in Frontiers in Neurorobotics
May 2021: Paper appears in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Feb 2021: Two papers ([1], [2]) accepted to IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Jan 2021: Paper accepted to American Control Conference (ACC)
Dec 2020: Passsed my preliminary exam (PhD proposal) in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech
Aug 2020: Paper accepted to IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC)
Jan 2020: Paper accepted to American Control Conference (ACC)
Oct 2019: Gave an invited talk at the Workshop on New Challenges in Humanoid Grasping and Manipulation (Humanoids)
Sep 2019: Paper accepted to ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WuWNet)
Aug 2019: Paper accepted to IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids)
Jul 2019: Paper appears in Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Apr 2019: Paper accepted to IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
Mar 2019: Paper appears in IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Jan 2019: Paper accepted to American Control Conference (ACC)
Dec 2018: Defended my MSc thesis in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech
Sep 2017: Paper accepted to IEEE Symp. on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (ADPRL)
Aug 2016: Started my graduate studies at Virginia Tech
Mar 2016: Graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at National Technical University of Athens
Nov 2015: Won the 2nd place in 2015 Hackaday Prize with the OpenBionics Initiative
Oct 2015: Released an assembly guide for the OpenBionics prostheses
Sep 2015: Won the Robotdalen Innovation Award with the OpenBionics Initiative
Jul 2015: Paper accepted to IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Jan 2015: Released an assembly guide for the OpenBionics robot hands



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