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Ioannis Sarakoglou

Chief Technician
Mechatronics Research Engineer

Research Line

Humanoids & Human Centered Mechatronics

Center

IIT Central Research Labs Genova

Contacts

+39 010 2896 274
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About

 Dr Ioannis Sarakoglou is a Mechatronics Rerearch Engineer working on Exoskeletons and Wearble robots, body sensing technologies, Teleoperation and actuation mechatronics. He received his degree in Robotics and Electronic Eng. from the University of Salford following this with a Phd. in Robotics at the same University. His research interests include the design and development of upper and lower body exoskeletos, werable and descktop haptic feedback devices, teleoperation systems, force torque sensors, body posture and grasp measurement sensors and hybrid actuators. He is the author of a number of papers in journal and international conferences including ICRA, IROS, WorldHaptics and EuroHaptics. He was awarded the 1st prize in the Immersion & Interactive Design (IID) Competition in Virtual Concept 2005. He was finalist for the Best Entertainment Robots and Systems - 20th Anniversary Award at IROS 2007 and for the best demo award in WorldHaptics 2011. He is a member of the IEEE.

Interests

Teleoperation Wearable robots Exoskeletons Body sensing systems Force-Torque sensors Variable impedance actuators

Selected Publications

Conference Proceedings

Sarakoglou, I., A. Brygo, D. Mazzanti, N. V. Garcia Hernandez, D. G. Caldwell and N. G. Tsagarakis (2016). HEXOTRAC: A Highly Under-Actuated Hand Exoskeleton for Finger Tracking and Force Feedback. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems IROS(2016), Daejeon, Korea.

Saccares, L., I. Sarakoglou and N. G. Tsagarakis (2016). It-Knee: An Exoskeleton with Ideal Torque Transmission Interface for Ergonomic Power Augmentation. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems IROS(2016), Daejeon, Korea.

Brygo, A., I. Sarakoglou, A. Ajoudani, N. V. Garcia Hernandez, G. Grioli, M. G. Catalano and N. G. Tsagarakis (2016). Synergy-Based Interface for Bilateral Tele-Manipulations of a Master-Slave System with Large Asymmetries. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Serio, A., E. Riccomini, V. Tartaglia, I. Sarakoglou, M. Gabiccini, N. Tsagarakis and A. Bicchi (2014). The Patched Intrinsic Tactile Object: a Tool to Investigate Human Grasps. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Sarakoglou, I., N. G. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell (2014). Toward Haptic Interfaces with Higher Impedance Range: A Hybrid Actuator with Controllable Mechanical Damping. Actuator, 14th Int. conf on new actuators, Bremen.

Sarakoglou, I., N. G. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell (2014). Development of a Hybrid Actuator with Controllable Mechanical Damping. IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, China.

Salvietti, G., G. Gioioso, M. Malvezzi, D. Prattichizzo, A. Serio, E. Farnioli, M. Gabiccini, A. Bicchi, I. Sarakoglou, N. Tsagarakis and D. Caldwell (2014). HANDS.DVI: A Device-Independent Programming and Control Framework for Robotic Hands. Gearing Up and Accelerating Cross-fertilization between Academic and Industrial Robotics Research in Europe:. F. Röhrbein, G. Veiga and C. Natale, Springer International Publishing. 94: 197-215.

Brygo, A., I. Sarakoglou and N. Tsagarakis (2014). Teleoperation of a humanoid robot with autonomous joint impedance regulation and vibrotactile balancing feedback. 2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Madrid.

Brygo, A., I. Sarakoglou, N. Garcia-Hernandez and N. Tsagarakis (2014). Tele-Manipulation with a Humanoid Robot under Autonomous Impedance Regulation and Balancing Feedback. IEEE ROBIO 2014, Bali.

Brygo, A., I. Sarakoglou, N. Garcia and N. Tsagarakis (2014). Humanoid Robot Teleoperation with Vibrotactile based Balancing Feedback. EuroHaptics 2014.

Garcia-Hernandez, N., I. Sarakoglou, N. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell (2012 ). Exploration of virtual surface features with a high performance tactile and force feedback interface. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 2012 IEEE International Conference on, Seoul, Korea.

Alessandro Serio, Marco Gabiccini, Ioannis Sarakoglou and Antonio Bicchi, “Calibration and Test of a Multi-Touch Tactile Object” in Proc. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, 2012.

N. Garcia-Hernandez, I. Sarakoglou, N. Tsagarakis, and D. G. Caldwell,"Exploration of Virtual Surface Features with a High Performance Tactile and Force Feedback Interface," in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC 2012), Seoul, Korea, 2012.

I. Sarakoglou, N. Garcia-Hernandez, N. G. Tsagarakis , and D. G. Caldwell,"Integration of a Tactile Display in Teleoperation of a Soft Robotic Finger Using Model Based Tactile Feedback," in Proc. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, 2012.

I. Sarakoglou, N. Garcia-Hernandez, N. G. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell, “A Compact Tactile Display Suitable for Integration in VR and Teleoperation”, IEEE – International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA. May 14-18, 2012, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.

N. Garcia-Hernandez, I. Sarakoglou, N. G. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell, Orientation Discrimination of Patterned Surfaces through an Actuated and Non-actuated Tactile Display”, IEEE - World Haptics Conference 2011, pp. 599-604, June 22-24, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

N. Garcia-Hernandez, I. Sarakoglou, N. G. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell, ”Effectiveness of a Tactile Display for Providing Orientation Information of 3d-patterned Surfaces” HCI International 2011, pp. 327-332, 9-14 July 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA

N. Garcia-Hernandez, N. G. Tsagarakis, I. Sarakoglou, and D. G. Caldwell, (2010),"Psychophysical Evaluation of a Low Density and Portable Tactile Device Displaying Small-Scale Surface Features," Eurohaptics 2010, Amsterdam.

I. Sarakoglou, M. Bezdicek, N. Tsagarakis, and D. G. Caldwell, “Free to Touch: A Portable Tactile Display for 3D Surface Texture Exploration,” in Proc. International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2006), pp. 3597-3592. (20 Years IROS, NTF Award Finalist for Entertainment Robots and Systems, IROS 2007)

I. Sarakoglou, N. Tsagarakis, and D. G. Caldwell, “A Portable Fingertip Tactile Feedback Array: Transmission System Reliability and Modelling,” in Proc. World Haptics Conference, 2005, pp. 547-548.

I. Sarakoglou, N. G. Tsagarakis and D. G. Caldwell, “Occupational and Physical Therapy Using a Hand Exoskeleton Based Exerciser,” in Proc. International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2004), 2004, pp. 2973-2978.

N. G. Tsagarakis, I. Sarakoglou, and D. G. Caldwell, “A Combined Haptic Interface and its Application on the Pre-Operative Planning for Total Hip Replacement,” in Proc. EuroHaptics, Munich, Germany, 2004, pp. 348-351.

Journal Papers

A Brygo, I Sarakoglou, G Grioli, N Tsagarakis "Synergy-based Bilateral Port: a Universal Control Module for Tele-manipulation Frameworks using Asymmetric Master-Slave Systems," Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 5 (March 2017), Article 19.

I. Sarakoglou, N. Garcia-Hernandez, N. G. Tsagarakis, and D. G. Caldwell, "A High Performance Tactile Feedback Display and Its Integration in Teleoperation," IEEE Transactions on Haptics, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 252-263, 2012.

D. G. Caldwell, N. G. Tsagarakis, S. Kousidou, N. Costa and I. Sarakoglou, ““Soft” Exoskeletons for Upper and Lower Body Rehabilitation – Design, Control and Testing,” International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, vol. 4, 3, pp. 549-574, 2007

Book chapters

I.Sarakoglou, S.Kousidou, N.Tsagarakis and D.G.Caldwell, “Exoskeleton-Based Exercisers for the Disabilities of the Upper Arm and Hand”, In Rehabilitation Robotics, S.S.Kommu, Ed., InTech, Vienna, Austria, 2007, pp. 499-522

Demonstrations

2011        Ioannis Sarakoglou, Nadia Garcia-Hernandez, “Integration of a High Performance Tactile Display in VR,” IEEE - World Haptics Conference 2011, June 22-24, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

2005        G.Tsagarakis, M.Petrone, I.Sarakoglou, D.G.Caldwell, ”Demonstration of Multisense Haptic Enabled Environment”, WorldHaptics 2005, Pisa, Italy.

2005         I.sarakoglou, M.Bezdicek, D.GCaldwell “Free to Touch” Demonstrated at the Virtual Concept International Conference 2005, Biaritz, France.

Patents

Patent application: 

Title: UNITA’ ELETTRONICA DI MISURA PER UN DISPOSITIVO POLIMORFICO PER LA MISURA DI FORZE, E DISPOSITIVO POLIMORFICO INCLUDENTE LA MEDESIMA

Inventors: SARAKOGLOU Ioannis, TSAGARAKIS Nikos e CALDWELL Darwin

Assignee: Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Priority: TO2012A000890

 

Patent application:

Title:“Esoscheletro per arti inferiori”

Inventors: SACCARES Lorenzo, SARAKOGLOU Ioannis, TSAGARAKIS Nikos

Assignee: Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, n. IT 102016000099694

Awards

Awards, Achievements and the Media

Jun 2011             IEEE - WorldHaptics Award Nomination            Istanbul, Turkey

In the WorldHaptics 2011 conference our demo “Integration of a High Performance Tactile Display in VR,” was nominated for the best demonstration award, receiving a place in the top 5 out of the 45 presented demos. Presenters: Ioannis Sarakoglou, Nadia Garcia-Hernandez.

Oct 2007              IROS2007 NTF Award Nomination                  San Diego ,USA

The paper “Free to Touch: A Portable Tactile Display For 3D Surface Texture Exploration” presented at IEEE IROS 2006 was nominated for the NTF (New Technology Foundation) Award on Entertainment Systems and Robots at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2007), San Diego (USA).  This award reviewed the best papers on entertainment robots during the 20 years of the IROS conference.

Feb 2005             “The Gadget Show”                             National TV Channel 5, UK

The tactile display “Free to Touch” produced during my PhD was featured on national television in the show “The Gadget Show” (UK Channel 5) as part of a programme on emerging telepresence technologies.

Nov 2005             1st Prize Virtual Concept International Conference   Biarritz, France

I was awarded with another colleague the 1st prize in the Immersion & Interactive Design (IID) Competition for the presentation of the “Free to Touch”tactile VR system.  This system consisted of a wireless portable finger tactile display integrated in a VR environment.  This system was the first to have achieved the display of high density tactile shape information on the finger pad of a free moving finger within a VR environment.

Oct 2005              IEEE Spectrum magazine

The hand exoskeleton was included in the feature article “Exoskeletons Around the World” (A photo gallery of exoskeletons and wearable robotic systems in the U.S., Europe, and Asia).

2002-2005           PhD Grant                      The University of Salford, UK

I was awarded a 3 year maintenance grand and fee waiver by the Advanced Robotics Laboratory in the University of Salford towards for a PhD in Advanced Robotics.

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