Themistoklis Charalambous

Assistant Professor
Director of the Distributed and Networked Control Systems (DNCS) Group
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Engineering
University of Cyprus
1678 Nicosia
Cyprus


Themistoklis Charalambous received his BA (First Class Honours) and M.Eng (Distinction) in Electrical and Information Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge University. He completed his PhD studies in the Control Laboratory, of the Engineering Department, Cambridge University in 2009. Following his PhD, he joined the Human Robotics Group as a Research Associate at Imperial College London for an academic year (September 2009-September 2010). Between September 2010 and December 2011, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus. Between January 2012 and January 2015, he worked at the Division of Decision and Control of the Department of Intelligent Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Between April 2015 and December 2016, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Unit of Communication Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Chalmers University of Technology. In January 2017, he joined Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. In September 2018, he was awarded the Academy of Finland Research Fellowship and in July 2020 he was appointed as a tenured Associate Professor. In September 2021, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and he remains associated with Aalto University as a Visiting Professor. Since April 2023, he is also a Visiting Professor at the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities.

His primary research targets the design and analysis of (wireless) networked control systems that are stable, scalable and energy efficient. The study of such systems involves the interaction between dynamical systems, their communication and the integration of these concepts. As a result, his research is interdisciplinary combining theory and applications from control theory, communications, network and distributed optimization. See our latest preprints here.




Latest (selected) news:

  • December 2023 - PhD defense: My PhD student, Dr Elham Abolfazli, has successfully defended her PhD thesis on 'Internal and String Stability Analysis for Vehicle Platooning under the MPF Topology under Communication Limitations'. The thesis can be found here.
  • November 2023 - Associated Editor (AE) for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control: My nomination for AE role in the TAC has been endorced.
  • August 2020 - Teaching recognition: Collected the highest number of votes by the students for best teaching practices, and hence got shortlisted for the School's Quality Teaching Award (2022-2023).
  • April 2023 - Visiting Professor at the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities.
  • December 2022 - PhD defense: My PhD student, Dr Tahmoores Farjam, has successfully defended his PhD thesis on 'Control-Aware Distributed Channel Access for Networked Control Systems'. The thesis can be found here.
  • May 2022 - European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant: Funding of almost 2 million euros for 5 years for the project 'eMergINg coopERatiVe Autonomous systems - information for control and estimation (MINERVA)'. See more details in the project's website
  • August 2020 - Teaching recognition: Course "Networked Control Systems" (ELEC-E8123) was listed in the TOP-10 master-level courses of the School, based on the feedback from the students (2019-2020).
  • August 2020 - Teaching recognition: Course "Control and Automation" (ELEC-C8201) was listed in the TOP-10 bachelor-level courses of the School, based on the feedback from the students (2019-2020).
  • July 2020 - Tenured Associate Professor: Appointed Associate Professor as of July 1st. See my Installation Talk here.
  • May-June 2019 - Research visit at MIT: Visited the Research Group of Prof Ali Jadbabaie in IDSS, MIT, for 2 months.
  • April 2019 - Exemplary Reviewer Award in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications for 2018.
  • April 2019 - H2020 Project: Funding for 3 years for the project 'FINEST Twins'.
  • June 2018 - Published book ('Distributed Averaging and Balancing in Network Systems with applications to Coordination and Control') in Foundations and Trends® in Systems and Control.
  • May 2018 - Academy of Finland Research Fellowship: Funding for 5 years for the project 'Co-design of control and communication systems for wireless networked control systems' (ODYSSEY)