Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis - Biography

Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis was born in Athens, Greece. He received the Diploma (a 5 year degree, equivalent to a Master of Science) in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Technical University of Crete, Greece in 2006 with highest honors. After moving to the United States of America, he studied at The University of Texas at Arlington with Professor Frank L. Lewis as his advisor and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2008 and 2011 respectively. From May 2011 to January 2012, he was working as an Adjunct Professor and Faculty Research Associate at the University of Texas at Arlington and at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute.

He currently serves as a Project Research Scientist at the Center for Control, Dynamical systems and Computation (CCDC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include approximate dynamic programming, game theory, neural network feedback control, and optimal control. Recently, his research has focused on network security, smart grid and multi-agent optimization.

Dr. Vamvoudakis is the recipient of several international awards including the Best Paper Award for Autonomous/Unmanned Vehicles at the 27th Army Science Conference in 2010, the Best Presentation Award at the World Congress of Computational Intelligence in 2010, and the Best Researcher Award from the Automation and Robotics Research Institute in 2011. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Golden Key honor societies and is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in America. He has also served on various international program committees and has organized special sessions for several international conferences. He currently is a member of the Technical Committee on Intelligent Control of the IEEE Control Systems Society (TCIC), a member of the Technical Committee on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (ADPRLTC), an Associate Editor on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, a registered Electrical/Computer engineer (PE) and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Education

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Automation and Robotics Research Institute, University of Texas at Arlington, USA (2008-2011)

  • Dissertation: Online Learning Algorithms for Differential Dynamic Games and Optimal Control

  • Advisor: Frank L. Lewis

  • GPA: 4.0/4.0

M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Automation and Robotics Research Institute, University of Texas at Arlington, USA (2006-2008)

Diploma (5 year degree, M.Sc. equivalent), Electronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece (2001-2006)

  • Thesis: Adaptive Control for Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Cascade Models Using Radial Basis Function Neural Networks

  • Advisor: M. A. Christodoulou

  • Committee: N.D. Sidiropoulos, F. L. Lewis

  • GPA: 8.6/10 (ranking in the top 1% of class), Highest Honors.