I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor equivalent) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and advisor of the New Dexterity research group. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the GRAB Lab at Yale University working with Prof. Aaron Dollar. I received a Diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras in 2008, a MSc in Information Technologies in Medicine and Biology from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2010 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2014.
During my PhD studies, I worked under the supervision of Prof. Kostas Kyriakopoulos in the Control Systems Lab and my research focused on EMG-based decoding of human motion and intention for the control of robotic and prosthetic devices in structured and dynamic environments. During my postdoctoral training, my research focused on hybrid schemes that combine analytical models, constrained optimization methods and machine learning techniques to simplify robust grasping, dexterous, in-hand manipulation and haptic object identification using adaptive robot hands.
Currently, my research lies at the intersection of robotics and bionics. I am interested in equipping robots with dexterous manipulation capabilities and enabling humans to regain lost dexterity or augment their performance, modeling, designing and controlling new robotics and bionics hardware. I am the founder of the OpenBionics initiative and a co-founder and technical coordinator of the OpenRobotHardware and HandCorpus initiatives.