Tassos Natsakis

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 …

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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

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

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


I am a teaching assistant for the following courses at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca:



  • Optimisation

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


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  • 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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