George P. Kontoudis
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics, advised by Daniel Stilwell. I also contribute to the OpenBionics initiative.
I completed my M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, advised by Tomonari Furukawa and Kyriakos Vamvoudakis. I received my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at National Technical University of Athens, where I was advised by Kostas Kyriakopoulos and Minas Liarokapis. I did my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at University of West Attica.
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 see the projects page.
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: 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)
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