dr.ir. K. Nizamis (Kostas)

Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design

About Me

My name is Kostas Nizamis, born in 1988 in Kavala, Greece. I am since 2019 an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the Design, Production, & Management (DPM) department at the University of Twente. My educational background includes a Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece, followed by a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente. I completed my Ph.D. research in Biomechanical Engineering at the same institution.

Through my work, I strive to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and practice in Systems Engineering, with a focus on multidisciplinary technical communication, to aid the development of innovative solutions that positively impact society.

I am currently serving as the vice-secretary 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!).


Engineering & Materials Science
Exoskeleton (Robotics)
Motion Sensors
Patient Rehabilitation
Medicine & Life Sciences
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


My research is centered around the application of Systems Engineering (SE) principles, tools, and methodologies across diverse domains, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary projects. These projects encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from the rehabilitation of individuals with impairments to decision-making processes in the high-tech industry, and the effective deployment of industrial robotic automation in various sectors such as cleaning and manufacturing. The intersecting domains of robotic systems and automation, healthcare systems, and high-tech systems serve as the primary focal points of my research vision. By integrating SE practices into these areas, I aim to address complex challenges and drive innovation in the design and implementation of advanced systems, to  Improve Multidisciplinary Communication in Systems Design


Pessoa, M. V. P. , & Nizamis, K. (2023). Using a spiral approach to facilitate engineering research and education embedded in real industry settings. In G. Reilly, M. Murphy, B. V. Nagy, & H.-M. Jarvinen (Eds.), SEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education: Engineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings (pp. 3223-3230). Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI). https://doi.org/10.21427/RM0J-A759
Pereira Pessoa, M. V. , & Nizamis, K. (2023). Using A Spiral Approach To Facilitating Engineering Research And Education In Real Industry Settings. Paper presented at 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2023, Dublin, Ireland.
Ahmed, U., Lenssen, J. A. , Nizamis, K. , Pereira Pessoa, M. V. , & Bonnema, G. M. (Accepted/In press). SASER in Practice: Early Insights from Two Case Studies Connected to Industry. Paper presented at Asia Oceania Systems Engineering Conference (AOSEC) 2023, Bangalore, India.
van Zijl, R., Raub, T. , van Rompay, T. J. L. , Nizamis, K. , & Bonnema, G. M. (2023). Involving Non-Technical Stakeholders in System Architecture Design; a Case-Study on the Cleaning Industry. In 33rd Annual INCOSE International Symposium 15–20 July 2023 — Honolulu, HI (pp. 998-1012). (INCOSE International Symposium; Vol. 33, No. 1). https://doi.org/10.1002/iis2.13066
Bos, M. I. , Karahanoğlu, A. , Haarman, J. , & Nizamis, K. (2023). A novel model for the material selection of smart objects for hand-rehabilitation: a case study+. In Proceedings of the Design Society, Volume 3: ICED23 (Vol. 3, pp. 353-363). (Proceedings of the Design Society). https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.36
Mitsopoulos, K., Fiska, V., Tagaras, K., Papias, A., Antoniou, P. , Nizamis, K., Kasimis, K., Sarra, P.-D., Mylopoulou, D., Savvidis, T., Praftsiotis, A., Arvanitidis, A., Lyssas, G., Chasapis, K., Moraitopoulos, A., Astaras, A., Bamidis, P. D., & Athanasiou, A. (2023). NeuroSuitUp: System Architecture and Validation of a Motor Rehabilitation Wearable Robotics and Serious Game Platform. Sensors, 23(6), Article 3281. https://doi.org/10.3390/s23063281
Hover, Q. R. M. , Karahanoğlu, A. , Nizamis, K. , Kottink, A. I. R. , Rietman, J. S. , & Haarman, J. A. M. (2023). Development of Interactive Hand Rehabilitation Tools Based on Activities of Daily Living. In TEI 2023 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction Article 45 https://doi.org/10.1145/3569009.3573115
Nizamis, K. , Vlutters, M., & Vander Poorten, E. (2022). Introduction to robotics for medical professionals. In Open Educational Resources on Enabling Technologies in Wearable and Collaborative Robotics (pp. 127 - 166)
Athanasiou, A., Mitsopoulos, K., Praftsiotis, A., Astaras, A., Antoniou, P., Pandria, N., Petronikolou, V., Kasimis, K., Lyssas, G., Terzopoulos, N., Fiska, V., Kartsidis, P., Savvidis, T., Arvanitidis, T., Chasapis, K., Moraitopoulos, A. , Nizamis, K., Kalfas, A., Iakovidis, P., ... Bamidis, P. (2022). Neurorehabilitation Through Synergistic Man-Machine Interfaces Promoting Dormant Neuroplasticity in Spinal Cord Injury: Protocol for a Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. JMIR research protocols, 11(9), Article e41152. https://doi.org/10.2196/41152
Hover, Q. R. M. , Karahanoglu, A. , Nizamis, K. , & Haarman, J. A. M. (2022). Smart daily-used objects for hand rehabilitation after stroke. Poster session presented at Rehab Week 2022, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Nizamis, K., van Dalen, M. , van Dun, D. H., Hermsen, E. M. P. , & Sullivan, B. P. (2022). Transdisciplinary Challenge-based Learning: Multi-Stakeholder Co-creation Combining Engineering Technology and Social Sciences. Poster session presented at 3rd Barcelona Conference on Education, BCE 2022, Barcelona, Spain.
Stefess, F. , Nizamis, K. , Haarman, J. , & Karahanoglu, A. (2022). Gr!pp: Integrating Activities of Daily Living into Hand Rehabilitation. In TEI 2022: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction Article 3505572 (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3490149.3505572
Shakila, N. U. , Nizamis, K. , Poortman, C. L. , & van der Veen, J. T. (2021). Interdisciplinary challenge-based learning: science to society: Science to Society. In H.-U. Heiss, H.-M. Jarvinen, A. Mayer, & A. Schulz (Eds.), Proceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting? (pp. 1491-1499). (Proceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?). Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI).

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I want to connect different fields of science and improve communication between disciplines through education. I am passionate about education, as I love teaching both university students and lifelong learners. Being involved in novel educational programs, allowed me to teach students from all the programs offered by UT. My collaboration with the industry in creating Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs also fosters that vision. This way we design and learn together by working on authentic challenges within a multidisciplinary context!

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).  Additionally, I am a member of the Young Academy Twente (Working group on Education).

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023


I participate in multiple projects spanning the domains of robotic systems and automation, healthcare systems, and high-tech systems.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W224
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W224
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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