Emmanouil Tzorakoleftherakis

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Tech B270

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Ph. D.

My work focuses on synthesizing software interfaces for Human-In-The-Loop systems. In particular for my Master's degree I worked on multimodal interactions and how they can be used to facilitate bidirectional information exchange, learning and sensory augmentation/substitution. Potential applications of multimodal feedback include  machine operation, industrial process monitoring and control, rehabilitation, sports etc.

For my PhD I have been working on incorporating optimal control techniques into software interfaces. Specifically I revised Sequential Action Control (SAC), a nonlinear control algorithm, to guarantee convergence and stability properties. For testing purposes, I applied the algorithm in simulation, among others, to NASA's TRACE spacecraft, UAVs (specifically to a quadrotor model), the planar VTOL aircraft, the SLIP hopper and to motion planning for robotic search. Finally, I incorporated SAC into a real-time algorithm that ensures safe and reliable interfacing with a wide variety of complex systems. This algorithm could decrease the amount of virtual training required to complete challenging tasks (e.g. maneuvering an aircraft or operating a crane) and could also allow the operator to be fully in control whenever it is safe to do so.



Selected Awards

  • 2015 Martin Outstanding Doctoral Fellowship (Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University)
  • 2013 Segal Design Cluster Fellowship (Segal Design Institute)

Northwestern University

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Certificate in Management for Scientists and Engineers, 2015  

University of Patras, Greece

B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2012



ME314: Machine Dynamics

Grader - Fall 2015

TA - Fall 2013

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