Theodoros Stouraitis

Visiting Scientist
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office: 31-219M

I am a Visiting Scientist at the Interactive Robotics Group advised by Prof. Julie Shah.

My research is focused on physical dyadic interactions between humans and robots, with the aim to enable robots collaborate with humans as naturally as two humans would do. To achieve this, I work on two complementary strands; (i) I develop optimal control methods for hybrid problems, such as co-manipulation with contact changes, and (ii) I utilize learning methods to estimate the unobserved parts of the interaction and predict the uncertain human behaviour.

I obtained my PhD in Robotics from the University of Edinburgh, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar at the SLMC group and Dr. Michael Gienger at the Honda Research Institute Europe. Prior to my PhD studies, I completed a MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, I worked as Research Assistant for three years at the Robotics and Mechatronics Institute of DLR (German Aerospace Center) and I obtained a Diploma (BSc + MSc) in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece.