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Antonios Gasteratos

  • Fellow IET
  • Deputy Head: Department of Production and Management Engineering
  • Director: Laboratory of Robotics and Automation
  • Democritus University of Thrace
Presenter Bio

Prof. Antonios Gasteratos (FIET) is a Full Professor of Robotics, Mechatronics and Computer Vision at Democritus University of Thrace, Deputy Head of the Department of Production and Management Engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation. He holds a MEng. and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace (1994 and 1999, respectively). During the past 15 years he has been principal investigator to several projects funded mostly by the European Commission, the European Space Agency, the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology, Industry and other sources, which were mostly related to robotics and vision. He has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and international conferences and written 3 textbooks in Greek. He is Subject Editor-in-Chief in Electronics Letters and Assoc. Editor at the International Journal of Optomechatronics. He is also evaluator of projects supported by the European Commission and other funding agencies, as well as reviewer in many international journals in the field of Computer Vision and Robotics. Antonios Gasteratos has been a member of programme committees of international conferences and chairman and co-chairman of international conferences and workshops.

Embedded vision systems for emergency management tasks
The role of intelligent robotics in security and intervention applications has been gradually upgraded during the last decade, since it puts forward high-end solutions for keeping human lives safe. Throughout the last years, considerable achievements occurred worldwide to provide worthy solutions to scientific and technological problems involving the intervention of robots in emergency management. Simultaneously, owing to the increased availability of computational power, cameras became the primary sensor unit for most of the robotic apparatuses. Vision is the primary sense in any intelligent robot agent. The main concern is that until now, the enhanced computing power demanded for computer vision tasks, was not consistent with the increased mobility search and rescue mission requirements. However, recent advancements in dedicated embedded AI hardware platforms provide powerful solutions and allow complicated vision algorithms and networks to be fully deployed on a single board, suitable for robotics applications.

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