My name is Kostas Nizamis (1988 Kavala,Greece) and I am an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the Design, Production, & Management (DPM) department at the University of Twente. I graduated as electrical and computer engineer (M.Eng) from the Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece. After that, I acquired my degree in Biomedical Engineering (MSc.) at the University of Twente. Between November 2014 and February 2019, I performed my Ph.D. research in the department of Biomechanical Engineering, at the University of Twente, in Symbionics 1.3: Intention Amplifying in Hand Orthoses. In this project, we developed and tested a myocontrolled hand exoskeleton for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpHjlFM0t3Y).
My current research interests involve the application of Systems Engineering tools methods, and processes in developing and validating technologies (rehabilitation, high-tech, robotics, smart objects, etc.) to address high-impact societal problems.
I am currently serving as the vice-chairman of the Optimus Association (https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/dpm/optimus/) of the DPM department of the University of Twente, and as Director of Transfer for the Non-Profit Organization Authentia (If interested visit our website or our pages on Facebook and LinkedIn!). Additionally, I am a member of the Young Academy Twente (Working group on Education).
My previous research focused on bio-signal analysis, hand and arm exoskeletons, intention detection, active support for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and daily -out of the lab- use of assistive devices. I participated in the development of an active myoelectric hand exoskeleton for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design. Complex design problems often dictate the integration of multiple disciplines and then need to steer them towards successful collaborative efforts that can effectively address such problems. My vision is to understand the various interactions between different disciplines when solving complex design problems and facilitate collaboration. Additionally, I am very interested in research ethics and how modern technology can have a positive impact on society, by considering the individual needs of the users and all the relevant ethical consequences.
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I am strongly committed to educational innovation through implementing challenge-based learning in order to bridge education with research and industry and promote the development of student’s 21st-century skills. Currently, I am the coordinator of the HTHT Minor Science 2 Society where I apply Challenge-Base Learning principles to facilitate interdisciplinary learning (https://www.utwente.nl/en/education/electives/minor/offer/htht-minors/#htht-%E2%80%93-minor-packages-215-ec).
Additionally, I am teaching design engineering and systems engineering for Mechanical engineering bachelor students and I am involved in the HTHT minor Biorobotics and the MSc. course Biomechatronics.
Currently, I am also serving as the secretary of the Programme Committee for the BSc. and MSc. of Industrial Design Engineering (more information here)
Affiliated Study Programmes
Courses Academic Year 2023/2024
Courses Academic Year 2022/2023
In the press
- Interview about the ending of Symbionics Project and future directions (https://www.imdi-sprint.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SPRINT-newsletter-46-november-2018-NED..pdf)
- Invited talk on Challenge-Based Learning at UT: Challenge-based education at the University of Twente – interdisciplinarity at work (https://www.4tu.nl/cee/events/webinar-series-challenge-based-education-at-ut/).
- Interview (from the 14:00 minute and on) on handling research data after concluding the research, by the Digital Competence Center (DCC): https://community.data.4tu.nl/2021/06/17/what-to-do-with-the-data-after-your-research/
- Web series about ECIU University - Episode 1
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