And now, what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.

[C. Cavafy, "Waiting for the Barbarians"]

Dimitrios Kanoulas
[Δημήτρης Κανούλας]

  • Office Address:
    #214 West Village H,
    College of Computer and Information Science,
    Northeastern University,
    360 Huntington Avenue,
    Boston, MA 02115, USA
  • e-mail: echo "" | sed -re 's!name!dkanou!'
  • news: see my twitter account
  • I support: Free and Open Source software and Hardware.

  • NEWS A PhD Opening in Humanoid Perception, starting in November 2014; deadline is August 30, 2014: link.

    Starting in Sept 2014, I will be a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). I am currently a Ph.D. student at the Geometric and Physical Computing (GPC) Lab in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University, advised by Prof. Marsette Vona. I started out as a member of the Algorithms and Theory group at Northeastern University, advised by Prof. Rajmohan Rajaraman and Ravi Sundaram. During the summer of 2012, I completed an internship at INRIA in France, advised by Prof. Christian Laugier. I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Informatics Department from University of Patras, Greece in 2008, advised by Prof. Paul Spirakis, and Dr. Haralampos Tsaknakis.

    Curriculum Vitae

    I'm interested in: I am working in the field of perception for robotics, and in particular, I am developing new estimation and planning algorithms for articulated robots that locomote in uncertain natural environment. I am focused on developing new theoretical results on sensing, real-time map building and self/environment modeling of curved surface contact patches which include statistical models of uncertainty, for the purpose of bipedal and humanoid locomotion on very uneven 3D terrain, using SLAM and perception systems.

    My Erdos Number: 3 [László Lovász (1) -> Rajmohan Rajaraman (2) -> Dimitrios Kanoulas (3)]

    Here is my CV: [.pdf]

    More info about my work under: GPC group website.


    [DBLP, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Academia, Linkedin]

    1. "Bio-Inspired Rough Terrain Contact Patch Perception",
      with Marsette Vona.
      In the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2014.
      [.pdf] [Acceptance Rate: 48%]

    2. "Sparse Surface Modeling with Curved Patches",
      with Marsette Vona.
      In the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013.
      [.pdf] [Acceptance Rate: 39%]

    3. "Cache me if you can: Capacitated Selfish Replication in Networks",
      with Ragavendran Gopalakrishnan, Naga Naresh Karuturi, C. Pandu Rangan, Rajmohan Rajaraman, and Ravi Sundaram.
      In the Latin American Symposium on Theoretical Informatics, LATIN 2012.
      [.pdf] [arXiv] [slides] [Acceptance Rate: 36%]

    4. "Curved Surface Contact Patches with Quantified Uncertainty",
      with Marsette Vona.
      In the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2011.
      [.pdf] [videos] [source code] [Acceptance Rate: 32%]

    5. "Performance evaluation of a descent algorithm for bi-matrix games",
      with Haralampos Tsaknakis, and Paul Spirakis.
      In the 4th Workshop on Internet & Network Economics, WINE 2008.
      [Paper .pdf] [TR .pdf] [arXiv] [Acceptance Rate: 33%]

    1. "The Surface Patch Library (SPL)",
      with Marsette Vona.
      In the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Workshop: MATLAB/Simulink for Robotics Education and Research, ICRA 2014.

    2. "Intensity and Depth Data Integration for Vehicle Detection",
      with Alexandros Makris, Mathias Perrollaz, Christian Laugier.
      For the NSF/REUSSI/INRIA meeting, CSU, June 2014.

    3. "Surface Patches for Rough Terrain Perception",
      In the Northeast Robotics Colloquium, Second Edition (poster), NERC 2013.
      [abstract] [.pdf]

    1. "CTY Robotics and Applied Computing",
      with Marsette Vona.
      Manual Documentation, December 2012

    1. "Approximate Nash Equilibrium: Conducting Theoretical and Experimental Research on Optimal
      Algorithms that can Result in Better Approximate Nash Equilibria in Bi-Matrices Games",
      Bachelor`s Thesis, University of Patras, Computer Engineering and Informatics Dept.
      co-advisors: Paul Spirakis and Haralampos Tsaknakis, July 2008
      [.pdf] (in Greek)

    Teaching Experience

    • Northeastern University (2008-2012), Teaching Assistant
      1. CSU390 Theory of Computation (Undergraduate), Fall 2008.
      2. CSU390 Theory of Computation (Undergraduate), Spring 2009.
      3. CS4300 Computer Graphics (Undergraduate), Spring 2011.
      4. CS5010 Program Design Paradigms (Graduate), [Fall 2011, Spring 2012].
      5. CTY Project Robotics and Applied Computing Day Proram for Gifted Middles School students [December 2012].

    Research Experience

    • CCIS, Northeastern University (2010-present), Research Assistant
      Working with Prof. Marsette Vona on:
      1. Modeling, Sensing, and Mapping Curved Surface Contact Patches.
      2. Segmentation and Local Feature Extraction for Very Uneven 3D Terrain.

    • e-motion group, INRIA, Grenoble (Summer 2012), Research Intern
      Working with Prof. Christian Laugier on:
      1. 3D Perception for Vehicle Recognition.

    • CCIS, Northeastern University (2008-2010), Research Assistant
      Working with Prof. Rajmohan Rajaraman and Prof. Ravi Sundaram on:
      1. Game Theoretic Modeling of Distributed Selfish Replication in Networks.

    • CEID, University of Patras (2007-2007)
      Working with Prof. Paul Spirakis and Prof. Haralampos Tsaknakis on:
      1. Theoretical and Experimental Research on Approximate Nash Equilibrium.

    • Professional Services
      1. Reviewer: IROS2014, IROS2013, NEU Outstanding Graduate Student Awards '13, IEEE_RAM2013, ICRA2013, Humanoids2012, IROS2011, CCC2010.
      2. External Reviewer: SODA2010, GLOBECOM2009.

    Research Group & Seminar

      Geometric and Physical Computing Seminar,
      Northeastern University (Spring 2010 - now).
      Algorithmic Game Theory Reading Group,
      Northeastern University (Fall 2008, Spring 2009).
      Boston University - Northeastern Joint Theory of Computation Seminar,
      Boston and Northeastern University (Fall 2008 - now).
      Seminar on Communications, Algorithms, Networking, and Security (SCANS)
      Northeastern University (Fall 2008 - Fall 2012).
      Northeastern PhdStudentSeminar,
      Northeastern University (Fall 2008 - now).
      DUTH Robotics Team
      DUTH (Spring 2011- Fall 2011).
    Run SCANS and Ph.D. Seminar: Fall 2009, Spring 2010
    Organized and run the Algorithmic Game Theory Reading Group: Fall 2008, Spring 2009