Costas Tzafestas

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Costas Tzafestas

Costas S. Tzafestas,
Associate Professor
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Division of Signals, Control and Robotics
Zografou Campus, Athens 15773, Greece.
Office: ECE Building, 2nd floor, room 21.11
Tel: (30)-210-772 3687 (office)
Tel: (30)-210-772 1527 (lab)
Fax: (30)-210-772 2490
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Short Biography

Electrical and Computer Engineer (1993) (NTUA, Athens),

DEA (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) in Robotics (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France).

Currently, Assistant Professor at the National Technical University of Athens,
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Division of Signals, Control and Robotics.

Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (Springer).

Brief curriculum vitae (last update 2004): (4-pages PDF format, in greek)

Full Curriculum Vitae (last update 2002): (7-pages, PDF format, in english)

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Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused in the fields of cognitive robotics and human-robot interaction, including medical and assistive robotics, telerobotics and haptics, also spanning robust, adaptive and intelligent robot control and robot learning with applications in the domain of advanced and dexterous robotic manipulation, as well as in walking (legged) and mobile robotics.
I have been working on research topics such as: (a) Design, control and experimental evaluation of haptic display schemes, with main applications in the field of interactive medical simulation based on virtual and augmented reality techniques, (b) Adaptive control schemes for telepresence and telehaptics applications, (c) Development and assessment of telerobotic control architectures and human/robot interfaces, with applications in the field of education (e.g. remote/virtual laboratories) .
Current research activities include:
(i) Assistive robotic devices for people with motor and cognitive impairments,
(ii) Planning, navigation and control of mobile and field robots,
(iii) Social robotics and child-robot interaction, with applications in education and learning,
(iv) Cognitive surgical robotics and telerobotics involving haptic display,
(v) Robot learning, including adaptive reinforcement learning schemes, with applications that include robotic grasping and dexterous manipulation, as well as control of soft robots.


  Circuits theory (ECE, 5th semester)

  Robotics I: Analysis, Control, Laboratory (ECE, 7th semester)

  Robotics II: Intelligent Robotic Systems (ECE, 8th semester)

  Robot Control (Postgraduate Course on "Automation Systems")

  Virtual Reality and Haptics (ECE, postgraduate)

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Selected publications

Updated list of Selected Publications:

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Contact Address

        Costas Tzafestas,  Associate Professor

        National Technical University of Athens,
        School of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
        Division of Signals, Control and Robotics,
        9, Iroon Polytechniou str.,
        Zografou Campus, Athens 15780, Greece.

Tel.    (30)-210-772 3687
        (30)-210-772 1527 (secretary)
Fax.    (30)-210-772 2490



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