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 a member of the Control Systems Lab, advised by Kostas Kyriakopoulos and Minas Liarokapis. I did my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at University of West Attica.

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



Research Interests

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.



News

Nov 2019: Received the Graduate Student Assembly's Travel Fund Award from Virginia Tech
Oct 2019: Presented our paper at the ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WuWNet)
Oct 2019: Presented our poster at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids)
Oct 2019: Presented our work at the Workshop on New Challenges in Humanoid Grasping and Manipulation
Sep 2019: Received the NSF Student Travel Grant (WuWNet)
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: Presented our paper at the American Control Conference (ACC)
Jul 2019: Paper appears in Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Jun 2019: Presented our poster at the IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
May 2019: Received the Graduate Student Assembly's Travel Fund Award from Virginia Tech
Apr 2019: Received the ACC Student Travel Award (ACC)
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)
Dec 2016: Received 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: Released an assembly guide for the OpenBionics prostheses
Oct 2015: Presented our paper at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Oct 2015: Received 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: Released an assembly guide for the OpenBionics robot hands