Faculty and Staff

Staff Members of Electronics Telecommunications and Applications Lab, Physics Department, University of Ioannina have in depth experience in electronics and telecommunication R&D. ETA Lab have excellent cooperation relations, within and outside Greek borders, with several universities, research centers and enterprises. The research team consists of 5 faculty and 4 researchers.

Faculty

PANOS KOSTARAKIS

was born in Athens, Greece. He graduated in physics from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (full marks) in 1973. He received his M.S. in Instrumentation from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, France, and he got a Doctor degree from the same University. He also received a Master in Electronics and Automation from the University of Athens. After 10 years of teaching and working at the University of Athens as Associate Professor, as Researcher at CNRS Strasbourg France in data acquisition systems, as fellow researcher at CERN Geneva in detector development, analog and digital fast electronics and data acquisition systems, and at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FERMILAB), Ill., USA in fast trigger processors in fast triggering systems, in readout and data acquisition systems participating in several High Energy Physics Experiments, he joined the National Center of Scientific Research DEMOKRITOS in 1985. From 1988 – 2000, he was Research Director at the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of the N.C.S.R. “DEMOKRITOS” and from 1995 –1998 acting director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications. Currently, he is Professor of Electronics and Telecommunications at the Physics Department of the University of Ioannina, and Director of the Electronics, Telecommunications and Applications Laboratory (postgraduate program), and he authored several University text books and notes. Prof. P. Kostarakis has worked in complex and pioneering industrial designs for commercial and scientific applications. Among others he is founder of Gigatronics computers manufacturing. He is also actively involved in testing and type approval.  He is ISO 9000 qualified and member of the Total Quality Forum. His published work includes renowned, famous and very well-known papers and appears in more than 180 scientific publications, more than 90 technical reports and is recognized by more than 3900 citations in the citation index. Prof. P. Kostarakis has been Editor in Chief for the international journal Transactions on Information Science and Applications of the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society. He is also reviewer in several journals. In the Physics Department of the University of Ioannina he founded two postgraduate programs in Electronics and in Telecommunications. He was the director of both postgraduate programs. Within the framework of the above postgraduate programs, he supervised the practical work of 45 M.Sc Theses in the areas of electronics and telecommunications. He was also the supervisor of 5 PhD Theses that are successfully completed in the area of Software Radio, Adaptive Antennas, OFDM, MIMO and UWB. Due to the pioneering work carried out, two of the above Theses are recognized and worldwide available as text books by international bookstores (Amazon, etc). Prof. P. Kostarakis is the founder of the International Workshop of Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields in which scientists from 48 countries participated. He organized this workshop 4 times (2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006). Since then Prof. P. Kostarakis is Honorary Chairman during all workshops and is giving the opening plenary speech. Prof.  P. Kostarakis was Guest Editor of the special issue of the Environmentalist Springer Science (Vol 25, issue 2-3-4 Dec 2005) about Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields. He was also Guest Editor of the special issue of the Environmentalist Springer Science (Vol 27, issue 4 Dec 2007) about Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields as well as Editor of four Workshop Proceedings. He has been project leader in several competitive, R&D, European Union funded projects in Communications, Electronics and Protocols. He has also undertaken competitive R&D, as well as scientific and educational projects from the Greek Government and he was evaluator of many EU and Greek programs. For a number of years, he participated in the committees ITAEGM (Information Technology ad hoc Experts group for manufacturing of CEN-CENELEC) and Radio Equipment Services of ETSI. He was also evaluator of various studies conducted on behalf of the European Union. Prof. P. Kostarakis was actively involved in the standards creation and validation of several ETSI standards (DECT, ERMES, SS7 etc) that became European standards.

https://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=-tzG_ZMAAAAJ&hl=el&oi=ao

EVANGELOS EVANGELOU

was born in Ioannina, Greece. He received the B.Sc. degree from the department of Physics of the University of Ioannina, Greece, in 1985 and the PhD degree in Physics from the same department in 1994. He joined the Department of Physics in 1995 where he is still working. He was a visiting fellow/researcher in the Department of EEE of the Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Uk, the research Institute MDM in Milano, Italy and the Institute of Material Science of the NCSR “Demokritos” in Athens, Greece.His research interests are mainly related to the study of the structural and electronic properties of micro- and nanoelectronic devices. Currently he is working on the reliability aspects of modern semiconductor devices. He is an author or co-author of more than 90 journal and conference papers on these topics. He has served an Associate Editor and Reviewer for several Scientific Journals related to Solid State Physics and Electronics. He holds one patent while he participated in 6 National and European funded projects.

VASILIS CHRISTOFILAKIS

was born in Athens, Greece in 1974. He currently lives with his family in Anatoli, Ioannina and he is Assistant Professor with subject:  “Telecommunications with emphasis on signal propagation” in Electronics Telecommunications and Applications Lab of Physics Department of the University of Ioannina.  He received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece, in 1997 and the M.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the same University in 2000.  His Master Thesis was entitled “Real Data Transmission Network”. He has a PhD degree in the field of Software Defined Radios and Smart Antennas from the University of Ioannina. He brings nearly twenty years of research experience in the field of telecommunications and Electronics. His research experience starts in 1997 with participation in several research programmes funded by the European community. From 2000 to 2004 he was a doctoral scholar at the Mobile Communications Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece. In Feb 2007 he joined Emphasis Telematics S.A as a R&D Project Manager in the field of Regional Risk, Fleet Tracking and Management, Remote Monitoring and Telematics, as well as Supply Chain Execution. From 2007 to 2008 and under Vasilis Christofilakis’ supervision, several ICT innovation projects, such as “Forest Fire Risk Management Information System (FFRMIS)” and “Fleet Management System, HGCCo-Lafarge Group, Project 120707″ have been successfully completed. From 2008 to 2014 he was employed as a Senior Researcher by Siemens Enterprise Communications.  As a Senior Researcher, in Siemens Enterprise Communications, Dr. Vasilis Christofilakis worked in complex and pioneering projects (eg. Magellan) in the field of unified communications. His research interests include mainly Software Defined Radios and Cooperative Network Systems, Smart Antennas – MIMO, Digital Signal Processing, Signal Propagation, Signal attenuation due to precipitation, Schumann resonance measurements, Object – Oriented Approaches for Wireless System. He has authored or co-authored over 60 journals, book chapters, conference papers, and technical reports on these topics. He has served as an Editor and Reviewer for several Scientific Journals in the above fields. He has also served as Evaluator for International Research Programs. He participated in the committees of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th International Workshop on Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (BE-EMF) and the 3rd, 4th Pan-Hellenic Conference on Electronics and Telecommunications (PACET). He is a member of various scientific and academic societies. Within lifelong learning and continuous professional development he has participated in several conferences, seminars and trainings. In October 2010 he was elected Lecturer of the University of Ioannina, Physics Department and his appointment was completed on February 2014. In 2017 he was elected Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Ioannina and his appointment was completed on February 2018. He has teaching experience in higher education since 1998 in the Department of Physics, University of Ioannina, offering: a) Auxiliary teaching, b) Self-teaching at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, c) Supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, he participated as a consultant in several MSc theses and PhD dissertations in the field of Telecommunications-Electronics. Since 2007 he has developed a strong administrative activity initially in the R&D sector and from 2014 and beyond in the academic field.

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Technical Staff

GEORGE BALDOUMAS

was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1976. He received his B.Sc. in Electronics from Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2000 and his M.Sc. in Electronics from University of Ioannina, Greece in 2006. His Master Thesis was entitled “Digital Modulation with Direct digital synthesizer”. Since 2004, he has worked at the Laboratory of Electronics, Telecommunications and Applications in the Physics Department of the University of Ioannina, Greece as a member of the technical staff. He has participated in several research programmes over the last years. His research interests include mainly Digital Modulation Systems, hardware implementations.

Researchers

GIORGOS TATSIS

 was born in Ioannina, Greece. He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece, in 2001 and his M.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the same University in 2005. He has a PhD degree in Telecommunications in the field of UWB technologies and Software Radios. He has participated in several research programmes. He is also a member of various scientific and academic societies. He has published 19 papers in refereed journals and conferences. His research interests include mainly digital communications, software radios, uwb technologies, digital signal processing techniques, object-oriented programming and hardware implementations.

CONSTANTINOS I. VOTIS

was born in Arta, Greece, in 1980. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in Electronics-Telecommunications and Applications Laboratory of Physics Department in University of Ioannina, Greece. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from University of Ioannina, Greece in 2002 and his M.Sc. in Electronics from the same university in 2005. His Master Thesis was entitled “Radiofrequency Detector Implementation”. He also received his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the same university, in 2011. His Ph.D thesis was entitled “Studying of wireless channel capacity, using Multiple Input Multiple Output systems”. He has participated in several research programmes over the last years. He is also a member of various scientific and academic societies. Since 2005 he has collaborated on a part-time basis with the Informatics Engineer Department at Technological Institute of Epirus and at Technological Institute of Ionian Island, mainly involved in research and teaching activities. His current professional and research interests mainly focus in digital communications, software radio architecture, smart antenna design, cooperative network applications, MIMO wireless and mobile communication systems and RF/analogue design and microwave/mm-wave radiowave propagation in broadband wireless links. He has eighteen publications in international conferences and journals, and he is also the lead author of the book that is entitled “Experimental considerations of channel capacity using MIMO technology”

SPYRIDON K. CHRONOPOULOS

was born in Athens, Greece. In 2001 he received his degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece and in 2006 he acquired the M.Sc. in “Modern Electronic Technologies” from the same university. His postgraduate thesis was conducted at Electronics, Telecommunications and Applications Laboratory of Physics Department in University of Ioannina, Greece and included the design and construction of a digital data transmitter using QPSK modulation. He got his doctorate degree in Applied Telecommunications Applications from the same university. He has participated in various research projects. Dr. Chronopoulos has been working in Technological Institute of Epirus since 2004 in various positions such as external laboratory partner and external scientific associate. He is also a researcher at Electronics, Telecommunications and Applications Laboratory of Physics Department in University of Ioannina, Greece. His research interests relate mainly to the design and development of wireless and embedded systems, OFDM, turbo codes, antenna design, measuring technology and satellite links. He has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

VASILIS RAPTIS

was born in Ioannina, Greece in 1979. He received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece, in 2001, the M.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications and the PhD degree in the field of Smart Antennas from the same University in 2013. He has participated in several research programmes over the last years. His research interests include mainly smart antennas, software radios, object-oriented programming, home automations and hardware implementations

Students

Alexandros Sakkas was born in Ioannina, Greece in 1994. He received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina in 2017, and he acquired  the M.Sc. degree in “Modern Electronic Technologies” from the same University in 2020. His master’s thesis focused on the development of an experimental setup that can receive electromagnetic waves in the lower microwave region and record their power. He is currently a doctoral student working in the field of rainfall estimation through microwave links. He has certificated knowledge of the English language and he has worked with several programming languages, like C/C++, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, MATLAB, etc. He has also worked in various environments such as OrCAD, KiCAD, LabVIEW, WordPress etc. His research interests include signal attenuation due to precipitation, study of Schumann Resonances, and development of data acquisition systems. He has participated in 2 publications, and he has attended a training school in Potsdam, Germany, focused on advanced methods of data analysis.

Ioannis Tzourtzouklis was born in Volos, Greece, in 1995. He received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece, in 2018. Then, he fulfilled his military obligations and he is currently a postgraduate student completing his M.Sc. in Modern Electronic Technologies in the same university. His master’s thesis focuses on the full development of a low power telemetric system at the ISM band, for fire detection. His research interests include mainly LPWAN and Signal Processing. He has worked with various applications such as CST, ISE (Xilinx), Multisim™, Atmel Studio 7, KiCad, etc. He is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Python, C and MATLAB and he is also engaged in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and VHDL.
Graduated in 2020



Ermineia Koletta
was born in Ioannina, Greece in 1992. She has graduated in Physics from the University of Patra,  Greece, in 2016. She is a graduate student studying toward the Master of “Modern Electronic Technologies” degree  at the department of Physics in the University of Ioannina. Her master’s Thesis focuses on processing and transmission systems of biosignals based on open code software specifically in Android devices.  She is certified in English and German language. Also she has ECDL and programming(as Java and C++) qualifications and she has studied in several applications, as LabView, OrCad, Multisim, Xilinx.
Graduated in 2019



Nikoleta Zacharaki
 was born in Trikala, Greece in 1989. She received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece, in 2014. She is currently a postgraduate student in “Modern Electronic Technologies” at the Department of Physics of the University of Ioannina, her master’s thesis being entitled “Multiband antenna based on metamaterials”.  She is fluent in English and has good knowledge of German and Italian. Her research interests include mainly electronic systems, digital and analog circuits and material properties combined with electronics.
Graduated in 2018

Apostolos Alexiou Thesis Completed in 2020

Vassilis Oikonomou Thesis Completed in 2020