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Kostas Bekris

Associate Professor
848 445-8854
CBIM Room 9
Research Area: 
Artificial Intelligence
Animation & Simulation
Computer Science
Rutgers University
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA

I work in robotics, where I am designing and experimenting with algorithms for planning and coordinating the motion of robots. Applications include autonomous robots and co-robots deployed:

  • in semi-structured environments, especially manipulators in warehouses and factories,
  • for field robotics applications, such as space exploration with novel robotic platforms; and
  • for personal assistance in human environments.

This work also applies to simulating realistic and interactive crowds in the context of transportation, smart city challenges as well as computer games. You can find more information in research group's website: "Pracsys Lab".

I completed my PhD degree at Rice University in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Lydia Kavraki in 2008. The title of my Ph.D. thesis was "Informed Planning and Safe Distributed Replanning under Physical Constraints". I then joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor. In 2012 I moved to Rutgers University and joined the Computer Science department. Since July 2016, I am an Associate Professor in the same department.  I am originally from Greece, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete.

Awards & Distinctions: 
  • Early CARREER Faculty award by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2015-2018
  • Nomination for Best Paper and Best Student Paper award at the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference, July 2015.
  • Best Teacher Award from the Computer Science Graduate Student Society of Rutgers University, May 2015.
  • Best Reviewer Award, ``Robotics: Science and Systems'' (RSS) conference, July 2014.
  • Nomination for Best Medical Robotics Paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) that took place in Minneapolis, MN, 2012.
  • Leadership in Ethical Science award by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for the development of a navigation system for blind people based on smartphone technology, 2012.
  • Best Student Paper award at the First International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination (ROBOCOMM), 2007.
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Yanbo Li, Zakary Littlefield, Kostas E. Bekris

International Journal of Robotics Research vol. 35(3), pp. 528-564
February, 2016

Athanasios Krontiris, Kostas E. Bekris

Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)
July, 2015

Research Projects

Many state of the art algorithms for motion planning are concerned with asymptotic optimality (...

Probabilistic roadmap planners utilize an offline phase to build up information about the...

This project focuses on Multi-Robot Path Planning, with the goal of providing a complete and...