Lecturer on Robotics and Biomechanics

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca


My name is Tassos Natsakis and I am lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the ROCON lab of Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. My background is in Mechanical engineering and I have done extensive research on the biomechanics of human locomotion. More specifically I studied the behaviour of the human foot in-vitro, with the goal to understand and improve surgical procedures and medical implants. I am currently researching in the intersection of the rehabilitation and robotic fields, leading a research project for the development of a robotic rehabilitator.

Besides research, I am very interested in teaching methods, knowledge management and productivity, in an attempt to make my research more efficient, pleasant and easier to explain to others.


  • Biomechanics
  • Robotics
  • Teaching methods
  • Knowledge management
  • Productivity


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, 2015

    KU Leuven, Belgium

  • MEng in Mechanical Engineering, 2010

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Augmented Ligament Reconstruction Partially Restores Hindfoot and Midfoot Kinematics After Lateral Ligament Ruptures

Background: Altered kinematics and persisting ankle instability have been associated with degenerative changes and osteo-chondral …

Foot-ankle simulators: A tool to advance biomechanical understanding of a complex anatomical structure

In vitro gait simulations have been available to researchers for more than two decades and have become an invaluable tool for …

Insertion of a pressure sensing array minimally affects hindfoot bone kinematics

Understanding the development of ankle osteoarthritis (OA) is of high importance and interest; however its causality is poorly …

Recent Posts


Details about a new research project that we are starting


As you might have noticed, I have been a bit silent for more than a year now. In case you were wondering, I am fine, just that life became quite busy this last year. I will try to update this blog with the most important news since last year not necessarily in the order that they happened. One of the things that kept me mostly busy this period was the BETER REHAB project.

Thesis Manifesto

What is a thesis? A thesis is a project that you are expected to start, develop and conclude in order to graduate the university. The topic belongs to you and can be one of your passions or an idea you want to try. You might also have no idea what you want do. That would not make you neither the first, nor the last. Try though to make at least a list of likes and dislikes in terms of subjects.



A two year long research project funded by UEFISCDI exploring ideas on robotic rehabilitation


A two year long research project funded by UEFISCDI.

Research in Cluj

A meetup group for researchers from any field that are active in Cluj-Napoca.

Gait simulator

The gait simulator was the main experimental equipment that I developed during my PhD.

Alumni Business Camp

Alumni Business Camp is a yearly event that gathers Alumni of BEST to talk about… Business!


I was a volunteer at BEST (Board of European Students of Technology), for 5 years, being active in all levels of involvement

Hero Paides

Involved in the publishers team of an award winning high school newspaper


I am responsible for the following courses at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca:

Courses (Bachelor level)

Starting from the second semester of 2020-2021, I am also teaching at the Babeș-Bolyai University, as the department of Physics as an external collaborator

Courses (Masters level)

If you are interested in a project, please read the thesis manifesto and check the list of student project ideas


  • t4ssos@natsakis.com
  • Calea Dorobanților 71-73, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj 400400
  • Enter Building with red bricks, climb on second floor, go at the end of corridor. Office number 112
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 14:00email for appointment
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