Yiannis Papelis


Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering
1993, University of Iowa
M.S., Electrical & Computer engineering
1989, Purdue University
B.S., Electrical Engineering (honors), CS minor
1988, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Papelis’ research interests include autonomous unmanned systems, NextGen, semi-autonomous behavior modeling, and immersive virtual reality. Dr. Papelis has extensive experience in modeling and simulation of autonomous agents, as well as practical experience with robotics and unmanned systems, both autonomous and remote controlled as well as real-time and embedded systems. He participated in the Darpa Urban Challenge competition as part of the University of Central Florida team and was responsible for developing autonomous navigation algorithms for a ground vehicle guided by a fused set of sensors including an integrated INS/GPS system, vision and lidar. More recently, he has worked extensively with NASA LaRC on a series of projects developing enhanced capabilities to support DAG-ATM research, including a demonstration of a hybrid simulation utilizing an ADS-B simulation integrated through avionics hardware into ATOS. Dr. Papelis has been active in STEM outreach and has designed and been the lead instructor for several robotics hands-on summer camps for high school students. He has significant experience in managing large projects focusing on tangible deliverables. Dr. Papelis has long been involved with aviation, has been a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and is a private pilot with tailwheel endorsement and has enjoyed several hours of training in aerobatic maneuvers.

George Vastianos

George Vastianos received the B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece in 2000 and the M.Sc degree in Data Communications from Brunel University, West London, UK in 2006. Since 2000 he has been involved as researcher in 16 research projects sponsored by EU and GSRT. He authored and co-authored 35 technical papers in the fields of Robotics, Building & Industrial Automation and Data Communications. He was reviewer for 5 IEEE conferences for Robotics & Industrial Electronics from 2003-2007. His professional activity with Robotics in the fields of Research and Industrial Applications started in 2000 and the last decade his research activities are mainly focused to the design, development and experimentation in the fields of embedded systems, RF transceivers & antennas, narrow bandwidth digital communications, electromagnetic waves propagation and software defined radio. Since 2003 he is a Class 1 CEPT T/R 61-01 ham radio licensee and since 2010 he is member of the research team of Integrated Systems Lab in the Informatics & Telecommunications Institute of NCSR Demokritos.

Kostas Rizogiannis

Constantinos Rizogiannis holds a B.Sc. degree in Informatics and Telecommunications (2001), a M.Sc. degree in Signal Processing for Communications and Multimedia (2003), and a PhD degree in Signal Processing for Wireless Communications (2010) from the department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He has worked as a Researcher on wireless communications, an Algorithm Engineer, a Teacher of Informatics and an Instructor of Educational Robotics. He is currently working as a Research Associate in the Integrated Systems Lab, in the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of N.C.S.R. DEMOKRITOS participating in European Union funded projects. His research interests include sequential Monte Carlo methods, adaptive signal processing, wireless communications and MIMO systems.

Konstantinos - George Thanos

Konstantinos George Thanos holds a diploma in physics and a MSc degree in Electronic Automation, with honors from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA). His master thesis regards video content searching algorithms on the web, using H.264 compression. Mr Thanos has working experience in software development regarding computer vision and intelligent systems. Currently he is a research associate and PhD candidate in the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) in NCSR “Demokritos” where he works on user modeling, recommender systems and data mining.