The RAPP Members

The RAPP software developers team gathers 7 institutes across Europe : CERTH/ITI, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Inria, Ortelio Ltd. and the Warsaw University of Technology, Ormylia and Sigma.

Asst. Prof. Andreas L. Symeonidis

Electrical & Computer Engineer, PhD

Andreas L. Symeonidis is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Research Affiliate with the Informatics and Telematics Institute in Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests include Software Engineering (SE) Processes and Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE), data mining and knowledge extraction from Software repositories, Model-driven Engineering, Software quality and Software analytics. Dr. Symeonidis’ work has been published in over 80 papers, book chapters, and conference publications. He is the co-author of the book “Agent Intelligence through Data Mining”, published under the Springer Science and Business Media (ISBN: 0-387-24352-6, August 2005). Dr. Symeonidis is currently Project Coordinator of S-CASE (FP7-ICT-610717), RAPP (FP7-ICT-610947) and Technical Coordinator for the Pandora robotic vehicle (https://pandora.ee.auth.gr/) projects. He is also member of the board of directors for the Association for Trading Agent Research (http://tradingagents.org/) (2011-2014).

Prof. Pericles A. Mitkas

Electrical & Computer Engineer, professor 

Prof. Pericles A. Mitkas received his Diploma of Electrical Engineering from AUTH (1985), an MSc and a PhD in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, USA, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Between 1990 and 2000 he was a faculty member with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University in USA and since 2000 he is a faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of AUTH. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Information Technologies Institute of CERTH, where he directs the Intelligent Systems and Software Engineering Laboratory. His research interests include databases and knowledge bases, data mining, software agents, enviromatics and bioinformatics. Prof. Mitkas is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and has served as Project Coordinator in several US and EU research projects. His work has been published in over 220 papers, book chapters, and conference publications. He is the co-author of a book on “Agent Intelligence through Data Mining” by Springer and Dr. Mitkas. Currently Prof. Mitkas is the elected Rector of AUTH (1.9.2014-31.08.2018).

Dr. Fotis E. Psomopoulos

Electrical & Computer Engineer, PhD

Fotis E. Psomopoulos (Young Researcher) is an Academic Fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has obtained his doctorate and engineering diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2010 and 2004 respectively. Since 2005, he has been working on European projects as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), initially at the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) and then at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB). He is also working as a Research Associate at the Information Processing Lab (IPL) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of AUTH. Moreover, since 2004 he has been working as a Teaching Assistant for courses in the same Department and, during the academic year 2011-2012, as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia. His research interests are mainly focused on Bioinformatics, Phylogenetic Profiles and System biology, Data Mining techniques for knowledge extraction in proteomics and High Performance Computing and Grid Computing among others. Since 2013, he has been selected as an EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) Champion for Bioinformatics.

Marianna Politou

Electrical & Computer Engineer

Ms. Marianna Politou received her Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2005. She obtained her Master Degree on Advanced Computer and Communication Systems in 2008. Since 2006 she participated in various EU and national funded projects as a Project Manager at Prefecture of Thessaloniki. She is currently a Project and Quality Assurance Manager at the Information Processing Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki participating in EU funded projects (SPLENDID, S-CASE, RAPP, SEAF, Mobile AGE, BigO). Since 2013 she serves as a Research Assistant for the IPL group. She is full member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Dr. Tsardoulias G. Emmanouil

Electrical & Computer Engineer, PhD

Dr. Tsardoulias G. Emmanouil has obtained his doctorate and engineering diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, in 2013 and 2007 respectively. His working experience includes participating in the ”Eudoxus” project, a web application that unifies the Greek University secretariats, enables the easy distribution of books and the on-line payment of the publishing houses, with the collaboration of Ministry of Education and the RAPP Project (FP7-ICT-610947) among others. His research interests are focused in Robotics and specifically in Autonomous Robots. Some of the topics involved are autonomous navigation, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping), multi-robot exploration / full coverage and robotic architectures oriented for the creation of robotic applications. In addition, from 2009 till now, is the head manager of the artificial intelligence group of the robotics team P.A.N.D.O.R.A., which operates at the Department of electrical and computer engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Team P.A.N.D.O.R.A. has participated in the national competition RoboCup-RoboRescue in China, Graz-Austria, Istanbul-Turkey and Eindhoven-Netherlands.

Aristeidis G. Thallas

Electrical & Computer Engineer

Mr. Aristeidis G. Thallas has received his engineering diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, in 2015. His research interests are focused in Autonomous Robotic Systems/Agents, including topics such as Autonomous Navigation, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) and multi-robot collaboration. He has participated in P.A.N.D.O.R.A. robotics team (http:// pandora.ee.auth.gr/ ) as the team leader of SLAM and navigation teams and was a research assistant at ITI (http:// www.iti.gr/ ) working on RAPP project (FP7-ICT-610947)(http:// rapp-project.eu/ ). He is currently a research assistant at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Athanassios M. Kintsakis

Electrical & Computer Engineer

Mr Athanassios M. Kintsakis (male) received his Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in July 2014. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the same Department. His research interests lie in the field of Software Engineering and data mining and machine learning in a cloud computing environment. His publications are in the field of High performance Computing Systems and Bioinformatics. Since November 2014 he is working as a software Engineer in European Union Research Projects and as a teaching assistant in various Department courses

Maria Th. Kotouza

Electrical & Computer Engineer

Ms Maria Th. Kotouza (female) received her Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in July 2016. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the same Department. Her research interests lie in the field of Software Engineering, Big data analysis, data mining and machine learning. Since November 2016 she is working as a software Engineer in the RAPP European Research Project and as a teaching assistant in various Department courses.

Sofia Reppou

MSc in Psychology and Counseling

Sofia Reppou obtained her MSc degree from the Psychology department of Sheffield University and her BSc degree from the Psychology department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She was engaged for several years in managerial positions at Vodafone Telecommunications and has extended experience in project management as well as human resource management. During the last years she is working as a researcher in EU projects. Her research interests include Human-Robot interaction, social psychology, education for people at risk of exclusion and e-learning. She is a currently a research associate with the Ormylia Foundation working on RAPP (FP7 EU): Robotic Applications for Delivering Smart User Empowering Applications.

Dr. Georgios Karagiannis

Electrical & Computer Engineer, PhD

Dr. Georgios Karagiannis is a scientific and technical head of the Diagnosis Centre of the «ORMYLIA» Foundation. He is scientific collaborator of «ORMYLIA» Foundation since January 1997. His research field is related to Non-Destructive Testing, Multispectral imaging and Spectroscopic imaging, Signal processing and Knowledge Management as well as the optimize-combined use of these methods in various scientific and industrial applications. Since 1998, he is involved as coordinator as well as principal participant in European R&D as well as industrial projects related to NDT techniques development and application in art objects diagnosis and documentation, biomedical diagnosis, image and signal processing and knowledge management. He is also reviewer in several scientific journals as well as evaluator of European commission for RTD projects. He has been also member of technical and scientific committees of international conferences as well as chairman in special sessions of them. From 1998, he teaches also to the master of degree of conservation and restoration of art-objects of the school of engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has more than 20 publications in international scientific journals, more than 55 presentations to international scientific conferences and 17 invited lectures. He holds two national and one international patent. He is member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Konstantinos Panayiotou

Electrical & Computer Engineer

Konstantinos Panayiotou is an undergraduate student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He is an active member of the PANDORA robotic team (http://pandora.ee.auth.gr) mainly working on software development, optimizations, system distributions, motors control and sensor control and data acquisition. He is a research associate (internship) at the ORMYLIA team working for the development of robotic applications, Cloud Platform – To- Robot interfaces and communications. He is currently working with the NAO robot for the RAPP project (www.rapp-project.eu) developing robotic applications for the elderly. He has extended experience in programming and developing in C, C++, JavaScript and Python and has an excellent knowledge of ROS (Robotic Meta –Operating System) and Unix-like systems.

 

Miren Iturburu

Psychosocial Interventor in Gerontology

Miren Iturburu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She is expert in Psychosocial Intervention in Gerontology and holds a Master degree in Aging at the University of Murcia. Currently she works at the Matia Institute as researcher in the field of ageing in different projects related to the elderly and disabled people. Within Matia she coordinates and participates in different national and European research projects (ITEA2, AAL, FP6, FP7, Erasmus + and H2020) and has conducted pilot trials in projects involving older people and both formal and informal caregivers.

Mayte Sancho

Licentiate in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1975, Master’s in Social Gerontology from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1991. She has a long career including working at the IMSERSO Body of Social Security Management, as the OECD Expert on Social Protection and Ageing (1992-1995), being a member of the Technical Committee of the Spanish Society Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG), Director of the IMSERSO Observatory on Ageing and Dependence (1998-2008), Co-Director Senior Portal, Coordinator of the “Mistreatment of Elderly” project at the World Health Organization (2002-2007), General Coordinator of the “Knowing how to age, preventing dependency” Project initiated by the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG) – Caja Madrid Social Project (2003-2007). In 2008 she went on work as a Technical Advisor for the Fundación Matia Gerontological Institute-INGEMA and the Director of Planning and Models of Care. She is an expert at national and international level in new models of care for the elderly.

José Javier Yanguas

Doctorate in Biological and Health Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. In 1991 he received the degree of University Expert in Adult Education from the Pontifical University of Salamanca. He earned two Masters of clinical Neuropsychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MBA at the University of Deusto in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He is earned the degree of Expert in Advanced Applied Statistical Methods from the National University of Distance Education in 2007. His career focuses on the field of the elderly and psychology and currently is a representative of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the IAG-International Association of Gerontology and the Vice President of the Zahartzaroa-Basque Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology. His work is focused on research projects in the prevention and promotion of healthy ageing, quality of life and quality of care and compensation and rehabilitation of frailty and dependence.

Pura Díaz-Veiga

Pura Diaz Veiga earned a licentiate in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1979. In 1985, she earned the Degree and in 2004, the Diploma of Advanced Studies. She has worked in Research Teams at the Autonomous University of Madrid and as a Psychologist in Primary Care Team of the Territorial Delegation of ONCE in Valladolid. She is the author of over 30 publications including the “When older people need help” Guide, published by IMSERSO (1997) and the “Manual for psychological intervention in adjustment to visual impairment,” published by ONCE (2003). She is also a Reviewer for the Journal of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Since 2007, she been part of the Technical Committee of the Organisation and since June 2010 she has been part of its Board of Directors.

Erkuden Aldaz

He has a degree in Social Work from the Public University of Navarra (2004) and a licentiate in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (2009). She earned a Master’s in “Psychology: Individual, group, organisation and culture” from the University of the Basque Country (2011). She is currently conducting her doctoral studies at the same university. Her Thesis project focuses on the study of emotional variables, such as empathy, alexithymia and emotional intelligence, and their association with Burnout in health assistants at Gerontology Centres. Her career has been focused on projects that study social and emotional variables associated with the paradigm of healthy ageing, which have led to the design and development of social and emotional education programmes for health professionals in direct contact with the elderly and the elderly themselves.

Dr. Erlantz Allur

Doctor in Law, Economics and Business (University of Girona 2014), Master in Political Integration and Economic Union of the European Union, Master in Management of Gerontology and Geriatric Care Centres, and Licentiate in Business Administration and Management. He has worked as a Contracted Personal Researcher at the University of the Basque Country and as a researcher at the Basque Institute of Competitiveness (IVC). He has participated in research projects linked with quality management in the sector for geriatric care, promoting entrepreneurship, as well as in various Consolidated Research Groups in the Basque University System. He currently works as a project specialist at the Matia Gerontological Institute on various projects related to active ageing, support for family caregivers, social participation, learning throughout life and processes associated with friendliness. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Management, in the School of Economics and Business at the University of the Basque Country.

Stratos Arampatzis

Stratos Arampatzis is the Director of Ortelio with over 20 years experience in international research and development initiatives. His work included managing, evaluating, and participating in EU projects for Horizon 2020, FP7, FP6, FP5, eContent, eTEN, Leonardo da Vinci, eco-innovation, Interreg III/IV, and the French and the Greek National Agencies of Research. He has also developed dissemination and exploitations plans for numerous of these projects, in domains such as robotics, ICTs and ageing well, digital preservation, intelligent transport, and environmental decision support systems. In the past Stratos worked as an associate researcher in the University of Bonn, Germany, and as the Director of Tero Ltd, Greece. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Policy from Duke University, USA, and a B.Sc. in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Alexander Gkiokas

Alexander Gkiokas holds a BSc degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration and a Master’s degree (MSc) in Artificial Intelligence. He is currently completing his PhD at Warwick University, in the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems group. His current research is in Imitation Learning, as a means to create autonomous agents, able to evolve their knowledge and manipulate it. He is involved to the following technologies: Knowledge Representation, Knowledge Acquisition, Conceptual Graphs, Machine Learning (R.Learning), Semantic Networks and NLP. He is also interested in Artificial Neural Networks, State Machines, Cloud Robotics, and Swarm Intelligence.

Ilias Trochidis

Dr. Jean-Pierre Merlet

Jean-Pierre Merlet, scientific team leader of the HEPHAISTOS project team, has joined INRIA in 1983, PhD, HDR, IEEE Fellow, IFToMM Award of Merits, doctor honoris causae University Innsbruck. He has written a reference book on parallel robot (Kluwer/Springer, 2nd edition) and has written over 250 journal and conference papers on this subject involving not only the technical and scientific aspects but also ethical, law and historical perspectives. His current interests are in the field of assistance robotics for frail people and educational robots. He acts as a reviewer for various national research agencies (NSF, ANT, FIST, IWR, Canada..) and has participated to 7 European projects. He was the chair of IROS 2008 and 2007 IFToMM World Congress, conferences with over 1000 attendees.

Dr. David Daney

David Daney, HDR, received the Ph.D. in robotics from the University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2000. He spent three years as a postdoctoral associate with C.M.W., France,  LORIA Lab, Nancy, France,  McGill University, Rutgers University and Laval University. Since 2003, he has been an INRIA Research Scientist in the Research Center of Sophia Antipolis. His research interests are in the areas of robotics, numerical analysis, mechanical design, and assistive systems. He has written more than 80 journal and conference papers on these subjects. More recently, he has studied assistive robotics. Between 2010-2013, he leads an Inria large-scale initiative action “Personally Assisted Living “involving 10 research teams which propose to work together to develop technologies and services to improve the autonomy and quality of life for elderly and frail persons. Since 2013, he is with the INRIA Research Center of Bordeaux to propose some robotics assistance to industrial operators. In 2017, he is scientific team leader of the AUCTUS focused on the design of cobots.

Vincent Prunet

Manuel Serrano

Prof. Cezary Zielinski

Cezary Zielinski received: M.Sc./Eng. degree in control in 1982, Ph.D. degree in control and robotics in 1988 and D.Sc. (habilitation) degree also in control and robotics in 1996, all from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology (FEIT), Warsaw, Poland. In 2012 the title of professor was conferred upon him. He is a professor of WUT employed by the Institute of Control and Computation Engineering (ICCE). He also worked for Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (1999-2001). He served as the vice-dean for Research and International Cooperation of FEIT WUT (2002-2005), deputy director for Research at the ICCE (2005-2008), and the director of this institute (2008-2016). Currently he is the vice-dean for General Affairs of FEIT. Since 2007 he is a member and was the secretary of the Committee for Automatic Control and Robotics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Moreover. In WUT he heads the Robotics Group in ICCE working on the design of robot controllers and programming methods. His research interests focus on robotics in general and especially include: robot programming methods, multi-robot system controllers, robot kinematics, robot force control, visual servo control, utilisation of sensors in robot control, design of digital circuits. He is the author/coauthor of over 190 conference and journal papers as well as books concerned with the above mentioned research subjects.

Maciej Stefańczyk

Maciej Stefańczyk graduated from the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology at WUT, from which he obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, in 2010 and 2011 respectively (both with honours). He is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation at the same university dealing with robot perception. His main research interests include utilization of the visual and 3-dimensional information in both robotics and computer entertainment systems. His works on data acquisition methods, image segmentation and object recognition covers full spectrum of the topic and aim at creating versatile system for integrated color- and depth-image based object recognition system.

 

Dr. Tomasz Kornuta

Tomasz Kornuta graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland (WUT) in 2003 (B.Sc) and 2005 (M.Sc). In 2013 he received the Ph.D. degree from the same university (with honours). Since 2008 he was afiliated with the Institute of Control and Computation Engineering (ICCE) at WUT, currently on sabbatical leave at IBM Research, Almaden, US, where hs is working in a DARPA founded project. His scientific interests combine robotics with artificial intelligence, including robot control, active/2D/3D robot perception and learning of intelligent robot behaviours. During last several years Dr Kornuta organized several special sessions devoted to robot perception and intelligence and served as reviewer for numerous journals and conferences. He is the author/coauthor of over 60 publications.

Maksym Figat

Maksym Figat received M.Sc./Eng. degree in computer science (modeling CAD/CAM systems) in 2013 from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science, Warsaw, Poland. Since 2013, he is PhD student on the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology (FEIT), Institute of Control and Computation Engineering (ICCE), Warsaw, Poland. He is a member of the Robotics Group in ICCE working on the design of robot controllers and programming methods. His main scientific interests focus on automatic methods of robot control system generation based on a formal specification. His research in robotics is based on Model Driven Engineering, Domain Specific Language, Embodied Agent approach and the formal specification for robot control systems

Wojciech Dudek

Wojciech Dudek is a Ph.D. student in Control and Robotics at the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland. He received his M.Sc. degree from the WUT in 2015. His research interests focus on mobile robotics especially on the autonomous navigation and localization algorithms. His current research activities include also service mobile manipulator control and human aware navigation.

Dr. Wojciech Szynkiewicz

Wojciech Szynkiewicz received Ph.D. and D.Sc. (habilitation) degree in Control and Robotics both from the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). He is an assistant professor employed in the Institute of Control and Computation Engineering of WUT. From 1999 to 2003, he was the Deputy Director and Secretary to the Scientific Council of the Research Centre for Automation and Information-Decision Technology-CATID. His research activities concentrate on multi-robot systems, motion planning, autonomous mobile robots, robot controller structures, and real-time and distributed systems. He works on sensor based motion planning and control algorithms for robot systems, including service, personal and mobile robots. He is the author/coauthor of over 80 publications (in proceedings of conferences, journals and books) concerned with the above mentioned research subjects.

Dr. Włodzimierz Kasprzak

Włodzimierz Kasprzak received the Dr. degree in Pattern Recognition (1997) from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and the Ph.D. in Computer Science (1987) and D.Sc. in Automation Control (2001) from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). In 2014 he was awarded the Professor title in Poland. From 1997 he is with the Institute of Control and Computation Engineering at WUT. His research interests are in pattern recognition and artificial intelligence methods and their applications for image and speech analysis, robot perception and agent task planning. He is the author of 3 books and over 170 papers and research reports. Prof. W. Kasprzak is Member of the IEEE, the IEEE Signal Processing and national societies (TPO, DAGM) affiliated with IAPR.

Jan Figat

Jan Figat received: M.Sc./Eng. degree in robotics in 2013 from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Faculty of Mechatronics, Warsaw, Poland. Since 2013, he is PhD student on the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology (FEIT), Institute of Control and Computation Engineering (ICCE), Warsaw, Poland. He is a member of the Robotics Group in ICCE working on the design of robot controllers and programming methods. His main fields of interests are Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. The crux of his research is an automatic modelling of the complex objects, based on the information from the RGB-D sensor, in order to apply these models to detect objects in a robot’s working environment.

Dr. Marcin Szlenk

Marcin Szlenk is an Assistant Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 2006, and an M.S. in 2000, both in Computer Science and from the Warsaw University of Technology. His research interests are on software modeling, semantics of models and model-driven development.

Dr. Tomasz Winiarski

His scientific interests focus on manipulator and gripper control (programming frameworks, force control, force and visual sensor data fusion for control purposes) and specialized mobile robots design.

Konrad Banachowicz

Konrad Banachowicz is a student at Warsaw University of Technology. He is participating in scientific circle “BIONIK”. His scientific interest include robot control frameworks, real-time and embedded systems and whole-body control of service robots.

Prof. Teresa Zielinska

Prof Teresa Zielinska  obtained  Master of Science  in Engineering  with specialisation in automatic control and  doctorate in robotics  from the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). She holds  D.Sc in biocybernetics by Polish Academy of Sciences. She is full professor at WUT. Her main  research  experience includes  development of control and navigation sytems for waking machines, design and motion synthesis of walking machines and humanidal robots.  Her research  interest focuses on biorobotics and robot-human interactions. She is the local leader   of European Master on Advanved Robotics – the international studies suported by European Union.  She is the autohor or co-author of over 240 publications.