Organisation: R&D Dept. at SingularLogic S.A.
Address: Perikleous 54, 14576 Dionissos, Attiki, Greece
Contact: Panagiotis Vartholomeos (Tel: +30 210 626 6424, pvartholomeos(at)singularlogic.eu)
- Andreas Ntalakas (Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory at NCSR Demokritos)
- Thanasis Mastrogeorgiou (Control Systems Lab, Mech. Eng. Dept. at National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
- Georgios Rekleitis (Control Systems Lab, Mech. Eng. Dept. at National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
- Vassilios Tsounis (Control Systems Lab, Mech. Eng. Dept. at National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
- Dimitris Triantis (Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece)
- Dr. Kostas Vlachos (Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece)
Dr. Panagiotis Vartholomeos received his M.Eng degree in Electrical and Electronic Eng. from Imperial College London, in 2001 and his PhD in Mechanical Eng./Robotics, from CSL at the National Technical University of Athens in 2007. From 2010 till 2013 worked as a Research Fellow at Harvard and at the Children’s Hospital Boston (http://robotics.tch.harvard.edu/ ). Has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and 100 (non-self) citations.
Andreas Ntalakas received his M.Eng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1999. In 2009 he was a co-founder of XRobotics, which created the XBOT robot. In 2012 he constructed the SEK robot. Since 2013, is member of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory at NCSR.
Thanasis Mastrogeorgiou has worked in the area of robotics since 2007. He received his 4-year BSc in Applied Informatics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2008, his MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and his MSc in Automation from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in 2009 and 2013 respectively.
Georgios Rekleitis received his diploma at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Patras, in 2001 and his Master of Engineering at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of McGill University, in 2003. He is currently writing his PhD thesis at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
Vassilios Tsounis is a Diploma in Eng. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece and is currently working as a stagiaire (internship) at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Dimitris Triantis is an undergraduate student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece, since 2008. Currently he is working on his Diploma Thesis entitled as "Autonomous Object Tracking with the AR.Drone and ROS". His research interests lie in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Robotics.
Dr. Kostas Vlachos received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, in 1993, and his PhD in Robotics from CSL at the National Technical University of Athens in 2004. From 1996 till 1998 he worked as a Software Analyst. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Ioannina, Greece. He has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and 100 (non-self) citations. Dr. Vlachos has expertise in dynamic modelling and non-linear control methods for autonomous and overactuated floating platforms, has developed the hardware and software modules for a haptic robotic simulator, and position control algorithms for a miniature autonomous mobile robotic platform.
The team members have complementary expertise that enables them to address the entire range of tasks needed for Challenge 3. In addition there is expertise-overlap offering a redundancy that ensures smooth workflow during the course of the project.
More specifically: Dr. Vartholomeos, has expertise in dynamic modelling and non-linear control methods for autonomous and underactuated robotic systems [1-5 and video 1], has developed hardware and software modules for a miniature autonomous mobile robotic micromanipulator (see ,  and video 1) and controllers for quadcopter hovering stabilization [see Technical Reports in 3-5]. He will contribute on the controller development and real-time implementation in Task 3 and will be responsible for the coordination of the team.
Mr. Ntalakas has hands-on expertise in vision based localization, 3D reconstruction and SLAM techniques [image 1] for robot supervision and inspection tasks roboskel.iit.demokritos.gr/personnel/sek) and has experience on the implementation of core software modules in ROS Fuerte, as well as on hardware prototyping of mobile autonomous robots [images 2, 3 and 4]. He will contribute in Task 1 and Task 2.
Mr. Rekleitis has experience in dynamic modelling and non-linear control, robustness and sensitivity analysis, and has implemented sensor based navigation of autonomous robot for space applications [6, 7]. He will contribute in Task3 and Task 4.
Mr. Mastrogeorgiou has a strong background in robotic vision, autonomous robot navigation, bipedal locomotion and quadruped biomimetic robots and has hands-on experience on ROS and Webots/Gazebo, he will contribute in Task 1 and Task4 and will provide general programming assistance for the ROS/Gazebo environments.
Finally, Mr. Tsounis, has a strong background in robotics, sensor based navigation, 3D reconstruction and embedded control for real time applications . He is an RC enthusiast and has assembled and controlled his own quadcopter implementing hovering control using an Arduino Autopilote APM-2 controller. He will contribute in Task 2 and will provide general assistance in real time implementation of the vision and control algorithms in ROS/Gazebo environment.
- P. Vartholomeos, C. Bergeles, L. Qin, P. E. and Dupont, "An MRI-powered and Controlled Actuator Technology for Tetherless Robotic Interventions", Int. J. Robotics Research, vol. 32, no. 13, pp. 1536-1552, 2013.
- Vartholomeos, P., Vlachos, K., and Papadopoulos, E., “Analysis and Motion Control of a Centrifugal-Force Microrobotic Platform” accepted for publication, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, January 2013.
- P. Vatholomeos and E. Papadopoulos, "Dynamics, Design and Simulation of a Novel Micro-robotic Platform Employing Vibration Micro-actuators," ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Vol. 128, No. 1, March 2006, pp.122-133.
- P. Vartholomeos, R. Akhavan-Sharif, P. E. Dupont, "Motion planning for multiple millimeter-scale magnetic capsules in a fluid environment", IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA 12), pp. 1927-1932, 2012.
- P. Vartholomeos, S. Loizou, E. Papadopoulos and K. Kyriakopoulos, “Control of the Multi Agent Micro-Robotic Platform MiCRoN,” IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA 06), Munich, Germany, October 4-6, 2006.
- Rekleitis, G. and Papadopoulos, E., "On-orbit Cooperating Space Robotic Servicers Handling a Passive Object," accepted for publication, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (TAES), June 2014.
- Rekleitis, G. and Papadopoulos, E., “On Controller Parametric Sensitivity of Passive Object Handling in Space by Robotic Servicers,” Proc. of the 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '14), Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 14–18, 2014, USA.
- Tsounis, V. and Makrodimitris, M. and Papdopoulos, E., “A low cost, sensor-less drag force estimation methodology via measuring of motor currents”, International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), 2014 IEEE/ASME (in press).