I am Full Professor on Robotics and Automation at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
My work is focusing in the area of Robotics, Control Applications and Cyberphysical Systems, while I have a significantly large experience in Creating and Managing European and National Research Projects. In the past I have been working as project manager and principal investigator in Several R&D&I projects funded by the EU, ESA, Swedish and the Greek National Ministry of Research, with some examples to be: a) EU funded projects: FLEXA (IP), C@R (IP), NANOMA (STREP), SYMBIOSIS-EU (STREP), CONFIDENCE (STREP), PROMOVEO (STREP), CommRob (STREP), b) ARTEMIS funded projects: R5-COP, and c) Swedish funded projects: Mine Patrolling Rovers, Pneumatic Muscle Dancer, etc.
Beginning 2015 I have granted the FETopen project in H2020 entitled CompInnova in the field of airplane inspection by advanced inspection methodologies and robotics. My participation in the project is to design and evaluate novel vortex robotic approaches crying the inspection equipment. The project has a total budget of 2.5M Euros and will run for 42 months, starting from September 2015.
In 2014 I have granted as coordinator the H2020-ICT AEROWORKS project in the field of Aerial Collaborative UAVs and the H2020-SPIRE project DISIRE in the field of Integrated Process Control of a total budget of 12M Euros. In 2013 I have received a grant of 220K Euros for establishing the bigger outdoors motion capture system in Sweden and most probably in Europe as part of the FROST Field Robotics Lab at Luleå University of Technology.
In 2014, I have been nominated as LTU’s Wallenberg candidate, one out of three nominations from the university and 16 in total engineering nominations in Sweden. In year 2003, I have received the Information Societies Technologies (IST) Prize Award for the best paper that Promotes the scopes of the European IST (currently known as ICT) sector.
My publications in the field of UAVs have received top recognition from the related scientific community, while have been several times listed in the TOP 25 most popular publications in Control Engineering Practice from Elsevier. In 2014 I have received the 2014 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Control Theory and Applications, Elsevier for our research work in the area of UAVs, This is a Premium Award to recognise the best research papers published during the last two years in this Journal.
My published scientific work includes more than 150 published International Journals and Conferences in the fields of my interest. Moreover I have served as IPC member and Technical Track Chair for multiple international conferences and have been Associate Editor and Reviewer of Several International Journals and Conferences.
I work also as a member of the ARTEMIS scientific Council in the European Comission and I am co-leading the Strong Area of Research at LTU in the field of Smart Industrial Processes.
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