Background and activities

I am an associate professor of autonomous systems at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK), where one of my main goals is to merge Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods with control engineering and develop cyber-physical systems of increased autonomy. I serve as supervisor for PhD and MSc students and  have co-developed a specialization course on autonomous systems.

Moreover, I am responsible for EU Affairs at NTNU Oceans, which involves a diverse range of strategic tasks: Acting as a Local Contact Point (LCP), strategic planning w.r.t. H2020 calls, participation in the EU Forum, and organizing relevant workshops & events. Finally, I coordinate the JPI Oceans action European Marine Sensor Calibration Network.


Work Experience 

01/2018 - Present: Associate professor of autonomous systems at ITK/NTNU and EU Affairs Manager at NTNU Oceans.

03/2017 - Present: Coordinator of the JPI Oceans action "European Marine Sensor Calibration Network".

12/2016 - 12/2017:  Researcher at the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU.

02/2015 - 12/2016: Science officer at JPI Oceans Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.

03/2014 - 01/2015: Postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence NTNU AMOS (Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems).

08/2009 - 03/2014: PhD candidate at ITK and the Centre of Excellence CeSOS (Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures)

09/2008 - 08/2009: Research associate at the Stochastic Mechanical Signals and Automation laboratory, University of Patras, Greece.



2014: PhD in Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, Norway.

2008: Diploma (5-year study) in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece.



PhD Students

  • Andreas Bell Martinsen (2018-21) - Reinforcement learning methods for guidance, navigation and control of marine vehicles.
  • Libo Xue (2018-21): AI planning and control for underwater intervention drones (part of SEAVENTION project).
  • Glenn Ivar Bitar (2017-20) - Energy-optimal and autonomous control for car ferries (co-supervisor)
  • NN (TBD): Automation and autonomy for all-electric autonomous passenger ferries (part of the project NTNU Autoferry)

MSc Students

  • 2018-19: I supervise 8 MSc students who work on AI methods for autonomous ships, ROVS, robotic manipulators, and self-driving cars.


2018-2021: SEAVENTION

2018-2021: NTNU Autoferry

2013-2017: NextGenIMR

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Lekkas, Anastasios M.; Candeloro, Mauro; Schjølberg, Ingrid. (2015) Outlier Rejection in Underwater Acoustic Position Measurements Based on Prediction Errors. 4th edition of IFAC workshop on navigation, guidance and control of underwater vehicles, . IFAC; Girona. 2015-04-28 - 2015-04-30.




  • Lekkas, Anastasios; Fossen, Thor I.. (2012) A Time-Varying Lookahead Distance Guidance Law for Path Following. 9th IFAC Conference on Maneouvring and Control of Marine Craft ; Arenzano. 2012-09-19 - 2012-09-21.