Vasileios Vasilopoulos

PhD Candidate

GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

I am a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics ( MEAM) of the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently a research assistant at GRASP Lab, working with Prof. Daniel Koditschek. My research interests lie in the intersection of Robotics, Control and Autonomy. I am currently working on motion and task planning in partially known or completely unknown environments, in the setting of legged robots. I am particularly excited about finding ways to make legged robots interact with the physical environment surrounding them, in order to solve challenging tasks autonomously.

I completed my undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens ( NTUA) in Greece. For my diploma thesis, I worked with Prof. Evangelos Papadopoulos at the Control Systems Laboratory ( CSL).

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  • Robotics
  • Motion & Task Planning
  • Reactive Planning
  • Mobile Manipulation
  • Legged Robots


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2021 (projected)

    University of Pennsylvania

  • MSE, Mechanical Engineering, 2018

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Diploma, Mechanical Engineering, 2014

    National Technical University of Athens