George P. Kontoudis
I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Autonomous Systems and Control Lab, advised by Daniel Stilwell and Kyriakos Vamvoudakis. I am also a member of the OpenBionics initiative.
I completed my M.Sc. in ME at Virginia Tech. I was a member of the Computational Multiphysic Systems Lab, led by Tomonari Furukawa and co-advised by Kyriakos Vamvoudakis. I received my Diploma in ME at National Technical University of Athens. I was a member of the Control Systems Lab, advised by Kostas Kyriakopoulos and Minas Liarokapis. I did my bachelors in ME at Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.
My research interests lie in the intersection of robotics, control theory, and artificial intelligence. 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 check my projects.
Jan 2019: Paper accepted to American Control Conference (ACC)
Dec 2018: Graduated with an M.Sc. (thesis option) in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech
Sep 2017: Paper accepted to IEEE Symp. on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (ADPRL)
Dec 2016: Won the Thomaideion Award from National Technical University of Athens
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: Published an assembly guide for the OpenBionics prostheses
Oct 2015: Paper presented to IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Oct 2015: Won the IEEE/RAS Student Travel Award (IROS)
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: Published an assembly guide for the OpenBionics robot hands