Dr Nikolaos Chatzinikolaou holds a BEng (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Sussex, UK (2002), a MSc in Evolutionary & Adaptive Systems from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the same University (2003), as well as a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh (2012). His research interests lie in evolutionary computation, neural networks, autonomous robotic agents, digital automation and complex networked software systems.
Dr Manthos Alifragis is a Computer Vision Engineer at Innora SA. He holds a Diploma of Electrical Computer Engineer from the National Technological University of Athens focused on the fields of Telecommunication Systems and Computer Networks, Automatic Control and Robotics, as well as a PhD from the Technical University of Athens (2010), in Computational Computer Vision focused on 3D digital restoration of natural scenes. He worked, in the past, for three years at Inos -Automation software GmbH as a Computer Vision engineer. His research interests span the areas of multiview computer vision, statistical image analysis and robot calibration techniques.
Anastasios Chatziloukas is a Senior Embedded Engineer at Innora SA. He holds a Diploma of Mechanical Engineer from National Technical University of Athens focusing on Automatic Control and Mechanical Design. His area of expertise includes the study, analysis and design of embedded systems for autonomous robots’ control and wired and wireless communication networks for the purposes of sensor networks.
Dimitris Boulougaris holds a Diploma of Automation Systems from the Technical Educational Institute of Piraeus. He has significant experience in embedded programming and control of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as well as in signal processing. He has developed optical flow odometry systems for MAVs and has contributed in a project of the Hellenic army to assist the navigation of UAVS in GPS denied environments.
Antonis Porichis holds a Diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from National Technological University of Athens (NTUA). He is working at Innora as a Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence engineer focusing on Image Processing, 3D Computer Vision, Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping applications. His Diploma Thesis was on surgical instrument motion modeling and segmentation using Hidden Markov Models.
INNORA-MAV team is composed of skilled professionals with significant expertise in the areas of Visual SLAM as well as MAV/UAV control which constitute the fundamental challenges of the Plant Servicing and Inspection Challenge.
Nikos Chatzinikolaou will be leading the development of the artificial intelligence framework for higher level control (structure following) while Manthos Alifragis will design algorithms for Image Registration and Structure from Motion, leveraging his expertise in Image Feature Extraction using phase-based monogenic signal representation techniques that are greatly resilient to illumination variance, which is of paramount importance in this specific application. Antonis Porichis with his background on Monocular and Stereo Visual SLAM approaches (both Bayesian and Particle-based) will develop the Localization and Mapping algorithms with the aid of Dimitris Boulougaris. The MAV control scheme (obstacle avoidance, path planning) will be designed by Anastasios Chatziloukas. The team’s strong experience and professionalism will ensure a high quality outcome within the context of EuRoC Challenge 3.