Emmanouil (Manos) Tsardoulias

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Robotics
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece

Tel: +30 2310 99 5922
Email: etsardou [at] eng [dot] auth [dot] gr

For detailed information about me you can visit my personal homepage.

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Robots (SLAM, navigation, path planning, full exploration/coverage, multi-robot systems)
  • Robotic architectures & middleware
  • Robot agnostic APIs & applications
  • Cloud robotics / Robotics & IoT

Education

2013 PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
PhD Thesis: “Artificial collective intelligence among a team of rescue robots”
2007 Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Diploma Thesis: “Emerging robot behaviors using genetic procedures”

Currently occupied

2015 – present

Technical Leader of R4A team (http://r4a.issel.ee.auth.gr/)

R4A (Robotics For All) is a robotics team focused on delivering enhanced functionality in/with robots, in a fast and easy manner. The team is manned from Faculty members and Researchers at the Electrical and Computer Engineering School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece that have been extensively working on middleware/software robotics. The RAPP EU and the PANDORA projects are two of the main assets of the R4A members’ portfolio.

2008 – present

Technical Leader of PANDORA team (http://pandora.ee.auth.gr/)

PANDORA is a robotics team in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUTH, Thessaloniki, as well as an IEEE branch. Team PANDORA has participated in the national RoboCup-RoboRescue competitions in China (2008-Suzhou, Hefei-2015), Austria (2009-Graz), Turkey (2011-Istanbul) and Netherlands (2013-Eindhoven), achieving the 2nd place in the Autonomy finals twice (2013 & 2015).

2015 – present

Temporary teaching staff, ECE, AUTH

  • 2015 – 2017 Intelligent and autonomous systems (Postgraduate)
  • 2016 – 2017 Intelligent robot systems (Undergraduate)
  • 2007 – 2012 Microprocessor systems (Undergraduate – Teaching assistant)
  • 2007 – 2012 Microprocessors & Peripherals (Undergraduate – Teaching assistant)

Previously occupied

2013 – 2016

Robotics researcher at RAPP project, CERTH / ITI, Thessaloniki (https://rapp-project.github.io/)

RAPP is a 3-year research project funded by the European Commission through its FP7 programme. The RAPP Project provides an open-source software platform to support the creation and delivery of robotic applications, which in turn are expected to increase the versatility and utility of service and assistive robots. The emphasis of this project is on applications targeted at elders in danger of social exclusion.

2010 – 2013

Developer at the Eudoxus project, GRNET, Athens (http://eudoxus.gr/)

Developer at the Eudoxus project, performed in colaboration with the Ministry of Education, Greece. Participation in I) the implementation of a web application for connecting the universities departments’ secretaries in a unified system for manipulation of the books’ distribution to university students and II) the implementation of a web application for the on-line payment of the publishing houses, according to their books’ distribution in Greece’s Universities.

2008 – 2010

Administrator & developer of the ΣE∆∆ιΣ project

ΣE∆∆ιΣ was an on-line system enabling the University departments’ secretaries to organize the specific of the book distribution, as well as the students to make selection. This tool was utilized in many departments of the Aristotle University, before Eudoxus.

2007 – 2009

Administrator of e-thmmy project

Administrator of the e-thmmy project. E-thmmy is an educational platform assisting students of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering to get on-line aids for courses, applying for laboratory courses etc.

Journal publications

  1. Topological based scan matching – odometry posterior sampling in RBPF under kinematic model failures, A. Thallas, E.G. Tsardoulias, L. Petrou, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (2017) [link]
  2. Variable structure robot control systems – the RAPP aproach, Zieliński, Cezary, Maciej Stefańczyk,…, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Konstantinos Panayiotou, Andreas Symeonidis et al. Robotics and Autonomous Systems (2017) [link]
  3. Towards an integrated robotics architecture for social inclusion – The RAPP paradigm, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Athanassios Kintsakis, Konstantinos Panayiotou, Aristeidis Thallas, Sofia Reppou, George Karagiannis, Miren Iturburu, Stratos Arampatzis, Cezary Zielinski, Vincent Prunet, Fotis Psomopoulos, Andreas Symeonidis, Pericles Mitkas Cognitive Systems Research (2016) [link]
  4. RAPP: A Robotic-Oriented Ecosystem for Delivering Smart User Empowering Applications for Older People, Reppou, Sofia E., Emmanouil G. Tsardoulias, Athanassios M. Kintsakis, Andreas L. Symeonidis, Pericles A. Mitkas, Fotis E. Psomopoulos, George T. Karagiannis et al. International Journal of Social Robotics (2016): 1-14 [link]
  5. Improving multilingual interaction for consumer robots through signal enhancement in multichannel speech, Tsardoulias, Emmanouil, Aristeidis G. Thallas, Andreas L. Symeonidis, and Pericles A. Mitkas Journal of Audio Engineering Society 64, no. 7-8 (2016): 514-524 [link]
  6. Cost-based target selection techniques towards full space exploration and coverage for USAR applications in a priori unknown environments, E.G. Tsardoulias, A. Iliakopoulou, A. Kargakos, L. Petrou Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (2016): 1-28 [link]
  7. A Review of Global Path Planning Methods for Occupancy Grid Maps Regardless of Obstacle Density, Tsardoulias, E. G., A. Iliakopoulou, A. Kargakos, and L. Petrou Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (2016): 1-30 [link]
  8. Construction of Minimized Topological Graphs on Occupancy Grid Maps Based on GVD and Sensor Coverage Information, Tsardoulias, E. G., A. T. Serafi, M. N. Panourgia, A. Papazoglou, and L. Petrou Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems 75, no. 3-4 (2014): 457-474 [link]
  9. Critical Rays Scan Match SLAM, Tsardoulias, Emmanouil, and Loukas Petrou Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems 72, no. 3-4 (2013): 441-462 [link]
  10. An FPGA implementation of the SMG-SLAM algorithm, Mingas, Grigorios, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, and Loukas Petrou Microprocessors and Microsystems 36, no. 3 (2012): 190-204 [link]

Conference publications

  1. Phase ReLock – Localization of RFID Tags by a Moving RobotAnastasios Tzitzis, Spyros Megalou, Stavroula Siachalou, Traianos Yioultsis, John Sahalos, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Alexandros Filotheou, Andreas Symeonidis, Loukas Petrou, Aggelos Bletsas, Antonis G. Dimitriou, In 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Krakow, Poland (2019)
  2. Fingerprinting Localization of RFID tags with Real-Time Performance-Assessment, using a Moving Robot, Spyros Megalou, Anastasios Tzitzis, Stavroula Siachalou, Traianos Yioultsis, John Sahalos, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Alexandros Filotheou, Andreas Symeonidis, Loukas Petrou, Aggelos Bletsas, Antonis G. Dimitriou, In 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Krakow, Poland (2019)
  3. From classical to cloud robotics: Challenges and potential” (Keynote Speech), E.G. Tsardoulias, K.L. Panayiotou, C. Zolotas, A. Philotheou, A.L. Symeonidis, L. Petrou, International Workshop on Microsystems, Sindos Campus, ATEI Thessaloniki (2018)
  4. SRCA – The Scalable Robotic Cloud Agents Architecture, Vasilis N. Remmas, Konstantinos Panayiotou, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Andreas L. Symeonidis, In International Conference on Cloud and Robotics 2017, Saint Quentin, France, 2017 (Best Paper Award) [link]
  5. Creating an extrovert robotic assistant via IoT networking devices, Panagiotis Doxopoulos, Konstantinos Panayiotou, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Andreas L. Symeonidis, In International Conference on Cloud and Robotics 2017, Saint Quentin, France, 2017 (Finalist for Best Paper Award) [link]
  6. Robotic applications towards an interactive alerting system for medical purposes, Konstantinos Panayiotou, Sofia E. Reppou, George Karagiannis, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Aristeidis G. Thallas, Andreas L. Symeonidis, In 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems – IEEE CBMS, Thessaloniki, 2017
  7. Relieving robots from their burdens: The Cloud Agent concept, Aristeidis G. Thallas, Konstantinos Panayiotou, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Andreas L. Symeonidis, Pericles A. Mitkas, George G. Karagiannis, In 5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking 3-5 October 2016, Pisa, Italy [link]
  8. Particle Filter – Scan Matching Hybrid SLAM Employing Topological Information, Aristeidis Thallas, Emmanouil Tsardoulias and Loukas Petrou, In 2016 24th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED), pp. 226-231. IEEE, 2016 [link]
  9. Particle Filter – Scan Matching SLAM Recovery Under Kinematic Model Failures, Aristeidis Thallas, Emmanouil Tsardoulias and Loukas Petrou, In 2016 24th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED), pp. 232-237. IEEE, 2016 [link]
  10. An automatic speech detection architecture for social robot oral interaction, Tsardoulias, E. G., A. L. Symeonidis, and P. A. Mitkas, In Proceedings of the Audio Mostly 2015 on Interaction With Sound, p. 33. ACM, 2015 [link]
  11. Hive Collective Intelligence for Cloud Robotics: A Hybrid Distributed Robotic Controller Design for Learning and Adaptation, Gkiokas, Alexandros, Emmanouil G. Tsardoulias, and Pericles A. Mitkas, In Progress in Automation, Robotics and Measuring Techniques, pp. 65-78. Springer International Publishing, 2015 [link]
  12. Merging Robotics and AAL Ontologies: The RAPP Methodology, Tsardoulias, Emmanouil G., Cezary Zieliński, Włodzimierz Kasprzak, Sofia Reppou, Andreas L. Symeonidis, Pericles A. Mitkas, and George Karagiannis, In Progress in Automation, Robotics and Measuring Techniques, pp. 285-297. Springer International Publishing, 2015 [link]
  13. Rapp system architecture, Psomopoulos, Fotis, Emmanouil Tsardoulias, Alexandros Giokas, Cezary Zielinski, Vincent Prunet, Ilias Trochidis, David Daney et al, In Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. 2014 [link]
  14. On Global Path Planning for Occupancy Grid Maps, Tsardoulias, E. G., A. Iliakopoulou, A. Kargakos, and L. Petrou, 22nd International Workshop on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region RAAD2013