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Dr. Loukas Rentzos

Dr. Loukas Rentzos holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from the University of Patras, Greece and a PhD in Manufacturing from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras.

He is currently working as a Project Manager (2014 - ) for the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation. In the past, he has worked as Research Engineer (2009-2014) and Research Assistant (2005-2009) in the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation.

His main research interests are focused in the fields of Virtual Manufacturing and Novel Educational Paradigms for Manufacturing. He holds a Certificate of Proficiency in English from University of Cambridge. He is a member of the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN) (www.easn.eu) and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

He has been involved in many RTD projects funded by the EC, acting as Researcher, Project and Technical Manager contributing to the development of innovative systems and tools. Major EC funded projects in which he was involved include the following: MyCar, VISION, VISIONAIR, ManuSkills, Know4Car, i-VISION, SkillPro, KNOWFACT. He has been acting as a reviewer for International Journals, as well as for International Scientific and Engineering Conferences.

His research interests focus on the design, development, implementation and deployment of innovative methods and tools for virtual manufacturing. Achievements in this area include the development of tools for immersive design of products and simulation of human-based manufacturing processes, methods for supporting human operators on the shop-floor using advanced augmented reality based tools and semantic-based methods for analysing human tasks in manufacturing processes using virtual reality. In addition, his research work is also active in the area of novel educational paradigms for manufacturing. Achievements in this area include the development of the Teaching Factory paradigm and its implementation at European-wide level as well as the use of advanced ICT technologies for enhancing the educational practice in manufacturing. He has cooperated with major automotive, aerospace and automation industries. He has given several scientific presentations and invited talks in International Workshops and Conferences.

He has been the technical advisor for over seven (7) Student and Diploma Theses in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of the University of Patras, in cooperation with European industry. He has more than 25 publications in international scientific journals and refereed conferences.

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