Lecturer on Robotics and Biomechanics

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Biography

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.

Interests

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

Education

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, 2015

    KU Leuven, Belgium

  • MEng in Mechanical Engineering, 2010

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Publications

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

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.

No Chess Month

For those that know me a bit, they know that I really like playing chess. I got infected by the virus at a very young age, learning to play the game from my father since I remember my self and joining local chess clubs with my brother. I never really became good at it, having won only one local tournament by the age of 18 (and this happened cause I had no other participants in my age group and competed with lower ages :P).

Standard Ebooks

For those of you that follow this blog for many years, you might remember an old post about buying an ebook reader. That was back in 2012, and a lot of things have changed since then. However, my appreciation for that little device is not among the things that did change, and I am still a proud owner of an ebook reader. Even though my originally device was stolen, I did buy a second one, and currently is one of my most beloved pieces of technology (much more beloved than my smartphone).

Projects

BETER REHAB

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!

BEST

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

Teaching

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

Contact

  • 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
  • Book an appointment
  • Chat on xmpp