Thanasis Balafoutis

1st General Lyceum of Xanthi
Greek Ministry of Education

I was born in Athens, Greece, in 1972. I have received a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Thrace, a MSc in Information Management and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Constraint Satisfaction Problems from the University of the Aegean. I have worked as a Software Engineer for 5 years. I am currently working as a Computer Science Teacher in the 1st Lyceum of Xanthi. My research interests span the field of Artificial Intelligence with a focus on constraint programming, constraint satisfaction, robotics, space science applications, flight software design for nanosatellites and software-defined radio development. I am a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and member of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN). Finally, I am a founding member of the robotics club “RoboSpecialists” in the city of Xanthi.

Current activities

Seminar in Robotics and Automation for the Thrace Group company.

Coach of student teams that participate in the World Robot Olympiad competition.

Recent talks

18/1/2016: "Educational Robotics for students", Chamber of Commerce, Xanthi.

17/12/2015: "Artificial Intelligence and Scientific Innovation", Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace.

Current projects

QB50: A network of 50 CubeSats in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), in order to study the Earth’s Lower Thermosphere. The DuthSat team.