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Nikos Koukis

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London - United Kingdom


I am a passionate Robotics/SLAM Engineer based in London. I love writing code and especially when that code comes into life in actual robots and real-life applications.


Professional Experience

05/2019 -
Robotics Product Engineer - SLAMcore
01/2019 - 05/2019
Robotics Engineer - SLAMcore
09/2017 - 01/2019

Junior Robotics Engineer - SLAMcore

I work as a robotics product engineer at SLAMcore. We strive to provide robust and accurate SLAM solutions in Robotics. During my time there I have lead the testing and integration of our software on multiple robotic platforms and I have also worked in areas like sensor calibration, autonomous navigation, SLAM algorithms development, continuous integration as well as overall product development and deployment

2017, 2018
Mentor at Google Summer of Code (GSoC) with MRPT
2016

Student at Google Summer of Code (GSoC) with MRPT

Developed an open source implementation of the pose-graphSLAM algorithm with loop closure capabilities (Project link)

Technical Experience

MRPT 2016 -

Core contributor at Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit (MRPT)

MRPT is a open source robotics framework specialized in SLAM and mobile robot applications with over 300+ cites in Google Scholar, 40k+ downloads.

I am the author and maintainer of the single and multi-robot implementations of mrpt-graphslam:

Languages
C++

Very experienced using modern C++ (11, 14, 17 standards) and in working with popular mathematical / computer vision and robotics libraries such as OpenCV, Eigen, MRPT, OpenGV. I have also extensively developed applications in ROS, ROS2 and have used the Gazebo and V-REP robotic simulators.

Sample projects: MRPT, mrpt_slam, robot-concepts

Python

Expert in using either Python2 or Python3 and with using standard modules such as Numpy, Scipy, Pandas. Good knowledge of module such as argparse, click, pyyaml, mechanize. Decent knowledge of scikit-learn, Tensorflow.

Sample projects: taskw_gcal_sync, awesome_albert_plugins, mendeley2calibre, Pump3000

Vim/Vimscript
Implemented the vim-debugstring plugin for printf-like debugging in a variety of programming languages.
Rust
I have been experimenting with Robotics/SLAM-related projects in the Rust programming language.

Excellent:
Docker/Docker-compose, Make, Bash, Modern CMake, git, Sed/Grep/Awk
Good:
C, Fortran, Matlab
Basic:
Haskell, Awk, Java, Ansible, Django, Grafana

Software:
MRPT, ROS/ROS2, Gazebo, V-REP, Matlab, Fusion360, Solidworks, Grafana

Education

2011 - 2017

5yr Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece)

Master Thesis: Design and Development of Single and Multi-Robot Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) Algorithms

8.4/10.0

2015

ERASMUS Studies
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden)

I studied for a semester in the department of Engineering Science where I undertook projects in advanced control theory, digital control, optimal control, and embedded systems for applications in robotics and aircraft control systems

2013 -
Coursera/Udacity/EdX courses
I have successfully completed more than 10 courses in various MOOC platforms including Udacity - Artificial Intelligence for Robotics, Udacity - Control of Mobile Robots, Coursera - Computer Networks.

Supplementary

  • Penetration Testing Enthusiast
  • Languages:

    • Greek (native speaker)
    • English
    • German (basic)
    • Spanish (basic)
  • 2014: 4th place in EBEC competition final round
  • 2004: Avlonarion chess tournament champion