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Mission Statement

The aim of the Integrated Industrial Design Lab (INDEL) is to support academic and research activities related to the phases of design, engineering, optimisation and construction of an industrial product. In this context, research conducted within the framework of the INDEL Laboratory focuses on issues related to product life-cycle up to the production stage. More specifically, the laboratory is active in different research areas that complement the image of a complete detailed design, from conceptual and preliminary design, 3D parametric modeling, selection materials, mechanical analysis and optimisation, up to the design for production and the creation of natural prototypes.

As for the educational part, the laboratory covers a large number of subjects and courses related to the 2nd direction of the Department (Designing with Computers). Through the INDEL laboratory, the students of the department are familiar with modern tools and technologies that they will encounter in their later career. The laboratory supports undergraduate and postgraduate diploma theses.

At the same time, the laboratory supports graduates, researchers and professionals active in the field of design or in other contexts where the design of an industrial product is required, via activities such as seminars, conferences, summer schools, consultative or developmental projects and studies.


The objectives and services of the INDEL laboratory can be broken down as follows

  1. Coverage of educational needs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level of the relevant department in subjects that fall within the purview of the laboratory. 

  2. Conducting basic and applied research. 

  3. Cooperation with research institutions, academic institutions, organizations and institutions of both national and international. 

  4. Organization of educational programs, lifelong learning programmes, seminars, summer schools and exhibitions. 

  5. Organization of scientific lectures, workshops, seminars, symposiums, conferences and other scientific events. 

  6. Participation in international and national research and development projects. 

  7. Provision of product design services and advisory support to institutions and individuals, technical reports and proposals for evaluation and improvement.  


Research Areas

The research of the laboratory concerns modern subjects from the scientific areas: Computer-Aided Design, Computer Graphics, Parametric design and geometric modeling (Geometric Modeling), Computer-Aided Engineering analysis, Materials Engineering, Ergonomics Computer-Aided Sketch Design (sketch) Design of mechatronics and robotic systems, Motion Design, Reverse engineering, Rapid prototyping.

Staff - Lab Members

Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Teaching & Technical Staff
Teaching & Technical Staff
Adjunct Lecturer
Doctoral Candidate
Doctoral Candidate
Doctoral Candidate
Doctoral Candidate
Doctoral Candidate

Facilities & Equipment

The laboratory equipment includes modern machines and software that can be categorized as follows:


  • Rapid prototyping Systems (3D printers): Stratasys Prodigy Plus, Stratasys Dimension Machine, Blueprinter M2, Zortrax inspire, Markforged mark 2.
  • Reverse engineering Systems (3D Scanners): 3D Laser Scanner SLS 2, Creaform Handyscan 3D Portable 3D Scanning Machine
  • Tensile machines: Shimadzu (100KN), Yuelian YL102 (5KN)
  • Microscopes: ZEISS Scope A 1-1000 x optical metalgraphic microscope, ZEISS STEMI 200-C-Stereo-microscope.
  • CNC Cutting Table system: Roland MDX-40A
  • Laser-cutter and engraver desktop system: Universal Laser Systems
  • Traditional machining equipment: lathe, cutting machines, welding machines, mould manufacturing machine, etc.
  • Design and Analysis software: Creo Parametric, Creo Simulate, MIMICS, Geomagic Studio, CES EduPack, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Inventor.
  • Technology for prototyping (CNC).
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles DJI TELLO (x5).
  • Articulated Robot Kawasaki RS05N.
  • Humanoid robot Robotis OP2.
  • Simulation and offline programming of industrial robots: RoboDK

Research & Development Projects


  • 2020‐2023: Digital Transformation of South Aegean Sea in Culture and Tourism, Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation – EPAnEK
  • 2020-2023: Network of Excellence in Agri-Food Research and Innovation of the South Aegean, Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation – EPAnEK
  • 2020-2023:   Recycling and new product development (Re_Product), Centre for Sustainable and Cyclic Bioeconomy of South Aegean (Aegean_BIOECONOMY), Regional Excellence Program (code 80459)
  • 2018-2021: Design and Innovation Capacity Building in India / DESINNO, Erasmus+ Capacity Building, Grant agreement 598404-EPP-1-2018-1-IN-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP - ENV2.
  • 2019-2022: SciLED-Footwear in the 21st century: New skills for the design of drastically improved comfort, sustainable, fashion-oriented and scientifically-led footwear products, Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance, PROJECT NUMBER – 601137-EPP-1-2018-1-RO-EPPKA2-KA.
  • 2018-2021: Design and development of a Reconfigurable Metamorphic Manipulator System (OVIDIOUS), 1st announcement of research projects ELIDEK for the reinforcement of postdoctoral researchers/three, funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) (Code: 1184).

  • 2018-2021: Development of an innovative integrated system for assessing the potential biochemical production of methane (BMP) from different sources of biomass (Green. BMP), Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE, co-funded by the European Union and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) (project code:T1EDK-03148)  

  • 2018: Integrated industrial design of the Prometheus 5 energy production system, funding SWISS SA.

  • 2018: Design and production of a functional prototype for electric car, financing BLUE RAYS.

  • 2014-2015: Design of lubricant packaging, financing CYCLON S.A.

  • 2012-2015: Research Program “Excellence”: Development of cost-effective and accurate computer-aided design and engineering (CAD/CAE) tools for the determination and optimization of footwear comfort parameters (OPT-SHOES). Website (

  • 2012-2015: Research program ARCHIMIDIS III: Experimental and theoretical investigation of mechanical properties degradation of the aeronautical Aluminum alloy 2024 due to corrosion (TEI Piraeus Coordinator).

  • 2012: Improvement of the skeleton of a clean space ceiling, no. Coupon: 12140565-05-000288 in the context of the action "Iinnovation vouchers for small and medium enterprises – Vouchers for SMEs".

  • 2011: Geometric modeling and photorealistic depiction of a model of an ancient Pentikontoros galley, private funding.

  • 2011: Development of lighting for pools controlled by remote control, No. Coupon: 79104403-05-000016 in the context of the action "Innovation vouchers for small and medium enterprises – Vouchers for SMEs".

  • 2010: Monitoring of structural health of fibre-reinforced glass fibers using implanted carbon nanotube fibres, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation (NTUA coordinator). 

  • 2009-2012: SMILIES: Small Mediterranean Insular Light Industries Enhancement and Support, 1G-MED08-454. 

  • 2008: Electronic Services for the support of traditional folk art, private financing. 

  • 2007-2009: Parametric CAD system for the reconstruction of traditional jewels, private financing

  • 2004-2008: Modern garment design system in two-or three-dimensions, private financing.

  • 2003-2008: Virtual Environment of furniture presentation, private funding.



Selected Publications (last 6 years)


  • Jimeno-Morenilla A., Molina-Carmona, R., Azariadis P., Kyratzi S., Moulianitis V., Technology enablers for the implementation of Industry 4.0 to traditional manufacturing sectors: a review, Computers in Industry, 2020,
  • Xidias E., Moulianitis V., Azariadis Ph., Optimal robot task scheduling based on adaptive neuro fuzzy system and genetic algorithms, Xidias, E., Moulianitis, V. & Azariadis, P. Optimal robot task scheduling based on adaptive neuro-fuzzy system and genetic algorithms. Int J Adv Manuf Technol, 2020,
  • Zacharia, P. T., & Xidias, E. K. (2020). AGV routing and motion planning in a flexible manufacturing system using a fuzzy-based genetic algorithm. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
  • Kyratzi S., Azariadis P. A Constraint-based Framework to Recognize Design Intent during Sketching in Parametric Environments, CAD & A (Taylor & Francis), 18(3), 2021, 545-560,
  • Sharkawy, A. N., Papakonstantinou, C., Papakostopoulos, V., Moulianitis, V. C., & Aspragathos, N. (2020), Task Location for High Performance Human-Robot Collaboration. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 1-20.
  • Koukos-Papagiannis, C., Moulianitis, V., & Aspragathos, N. (2020), Classification of All Non-Isomorphic Regular and Cuspidal Arm Anatomies in an Orthogonal Metamorphic Manipulator. Robotics, 9(2), 20.
  • Miatliuk, K, Nawrocka, A., Holewa, K., Moulianitis, V. (2020), Conceptual Design of BCI for Mobile Robot Control, Applied Sciences, 10 (7), 2557.
  • Stravopodis, N. A., and V. C. Moulianitis (2021), Rectilinear tasks optimization of a modular serial metamorphic manipulator, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics 13, no.1.
  • Katsanis, Ilias A., Moulianitis, Vassilis C. (2021), An Architecture for Safe Child–Robot Interactions in Autism Interventions. Robotics 10, no. 1: 20.
  • Wolniakowski A, Valsamos C, Miatliuk K, Moulianitis V, Aspragathos N. (2021), Optimization of Dynamic Task Location within a Manipulator’s Workspace for the Utilization of the Minimum Required Joint Torques. Electronics, 10(3):288.
  • Kattis M.A., Gkouti E., Papanikos P. (2019) Energy and volume changes due to the formation of a circular inhomogeneity in a residual deviatoric stress field, Acta Mechanica, 230(10), 3457–3475.
  • Bailas K.,  Papanikos P. (2019) Design and Manufacturing of a Device Made of Additive Manufacturing Machines for Fast and Reliable Measurement of Material Stiffness. In: Fortin C., Rivest L., Bernard A., Bouras A. (eds) Product Lifecycle Management in the Digital Twin Era. PLM 2019. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 565. Springer, Cham.
  • Bailas K.,  Papanikos P. (2020) Injecting epoxy resin to specially designed voids of additively manufactured parts to improve mechanical properties. Procedia manufacturing,  in press, Special volume from 30th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM2020) 15-18 June 2020, Athens, Greece.
  • Kattis M.A., Papanikos P., Tzamali M.E., Gkouti E. (2020), Design equations of neutral elliptical coated inhomogeneities in longitudinal shear, Acta Mechanica, 231(5), 1837–1847.
  • Kattis M.A., Gkouti E., Papanikos P. (2020) The elliptic homoeoid inclusion in plane elasticity, Meccanica, 55(7), 1509-1523.
  • Xidias E., Azariadis P., Energy Efficient Motion Design and Task Scheduling for an Autonomous Vehicle. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 2019, 1(1), 2853-2862.

  • Moulianitis V.C., Xidias E., Azariadis P. (2019) Optimal Task Placement in a Metamorphic Manipulator Workspace in the Presence of Obstacles. In: Aspragathos N., Koustoumpardis P., Moulianitis V. (eds) Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics. RAAD 2018. Mechanisms and Machine Science, vol 67. Springer, Cham,

  • Koutkalaki X., Azariadis Ph., Papanikos P., Parametric finite element analysis for the evaluation of the effect of osteoporosis on the mechanical behavior of foot, International Conference of the Polish Society of Biomechanics - Biomechanics 2018, Zielona Góra, Sept. 5-7, 2018.

  • Bailas K., Papanikos P. (2018) A New Methodology of Constructing Products Using Additive Manufacturing Technology: Case Study of a Push Button. In: Chiabert P., Bouras A., Noël F., Ríos J. (eds) Product Lifecycle Management to Support Industry 4.0. PLM 2018. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 540. Springer, Cham,

  • Agathos A., Azariadis Ph., 3D Reconstruction of Skeletal Mesh Models and Human Foot Biomodel Generation Using Semantic Parametric-Based Deformation, International Journal of Computers and Applications, 2018,

  • Koutkalaki X., Azariadis Ph., Papanikos P., Parametric finite element analysis for the evaluation of the effect of osteoporosis on the mechanical behavior of foot, International Conference of the Polish Society of Biomechanics - Biomechanics 2018, Zielona Góra, Sept. 5-7, 2018.

  • Dimeas, Fotios, Vassilis C. Moulianitis, and Nikos Aspragathos. "Manipulator performance constraints in human-robot cooperation." Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 50 (2018): 222-233.

  • Moulianitis, V. C., G-AD Zachiotis, and N. A. Aspragathos. "A new index based on mechatronics abilities for the conceptual design evaluation." Mechatronics 49 (2018): 67-76.

  • Portouli, E., Nathanael, D., Gkikas, K., Papakostopoulos, V., & Amditis, A. (2018). Naturalistic observation of interactions between car drivers and pedestrians in high density urban settings. In Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association - IEA 2018: Creativity in Practice, Florence, Italy. Springer (in press).

  • Papakostopoulos, V., Nathanael, D., & Marmaras, N. (2018). Ergonomics for impartiality and efficiency in the law-courts of ancient Athens. In Proceedings of the 20th Congress of International Ergonomics Association - IEA 2018: Creativity in Practice, Florence, Italy. Springer (in press).

  • Syrimpeis, Vasileios, Vassilis Moulianitis, Nikos A. Aspragathos, and Elias Panagiotopoulos. "A Knowledge Based System for the Selection of Muscles for Gait Phase Detection using EMGs." International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics (IJHISI) 12, no. 2 (2017): 18-45.

  • Papakostopoulos, V., Marmaras, N., & Nathanael, D. (2017). The “field of safe travel” revisited: interpreting driving behaviour performance through a holistic approach. Transport Reviews, 37(6), 695-714.

  • Zissis D., Lekkas D., Azariadis Ph., Papanikos P., Xidias E., Collaborative CAD/CAE as a Cloud Service, International Journal of Systems Science, 2017, 4(2), 339-355,

  • Azariadis Ph., On using density maps for the calculation of ship routes, Evolving Systems, 2017, 8(2), 135-145,

  • Papagiannis P., Azariadis Ph., Papanikos P., Evaluation and optimization of footwear comfort parameters using finite element analysis and a discrete optimization algorithm, 17th World Textile Conference AUTEX 2017, 29–31 May 2017, Corfu, Greece, IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 254(2017) 162010,

  • Xidias E., Azariadis Ph., Computing Collision-Free Motions for a Team of Robots Using Formation and Non-Holonomic Constraints, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 82 (2016) 15–23,

  • Xidias E., Azariadis Ph., Aspragathos N., Mission design of mobile manipulators in cluttered environments for service applications, International Journal of Robotics Applications and Technologies, 2016, 4(1), 1-18,

  • Moulianitis, Vassilis C., Nikos A. Aspragathos, and Charalampos Valsamos. "Suboptimal Anatomy of Metamorphic Manipulators Based on the High Rotational Dexterity." In Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots II, pp. 509-519. Springer, Cham, 2016.

  • Moulianitis, Vassilis C., Aris I. Synodinos, Charalampos D. Valsamos, and Nikos A. Aspragathos. "Task-Based Optimal Design of Metamorphic Service Manipulators." Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics 8, no. 6 (2016): 061011.

  • Koutkalaki Z., Papagiannis P., Azariadis P., Papanikos P., Kyratzi S., Zissis D., Lekkas D., Xidias E., Towards a foot bio-model for performing finite element analysis for footwear design optimization using a Cloud infrastructure, Computer-Aided Design and Applications (Taylor & Francis), 2015, 1-12,

  • Papagiannis P., Koutkalaki Z., Azariadis P., Papanikos P., Definition and Evaluation of Plantar Mechanical Comfort for the Support of Footwear Design, Computer-Aided Design and Applications (Taylor & Francis), Special Issue: Technologies for Human Centric Free-form Products, 2015,

  • Xidias E., Aspragathos N., Azariadis P., Mission design of a team of service robots, in Handbook of Research on Robotics and Mechatronics, IGI Global, 2015,

  • Koutkalaki Z., Papagiannis P., Azariadis P., Papanikos P., Finite element evaluation of the mechanical behaviour of a detailed foot/footwear model, 6th International Conference on Mechanics and Materials in Design, P.Delgada/Azores/Portugal, 26-30 July 2015.

  • Xidias E., Azariadis P., Motion Planning and Scheduling with Stochastic Demands, The 24th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2015, Bucharest, Romania, May 27-29, 2015 (Published at Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Springer,

  • Koutkalaki Z., Azariadis P., Papanikos P., Parametric Study of the Effect of Sole’s Materials on Plantar Pressure Distribution Using a Finite Element Foot-Footwear Model, The 3rd International Leather Engineering Congress, May 21-22, 2015 Izmir, Turkey.

  • Papakostopoulos, V., Nathanael, D., Portouli, E., & Marmaras, N. (2015). The effects of changes in the traffic scene during overtaking. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 79, 126-132.

  • Xidias E., Koutkalaki Z., Papagiannis P., Papanikos P., Azariadis P., Foot Plantar Pressure Estimation using Artificial Neural Networks, 12th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, Doha (Qatar), Oct. 19-21, 2015 (Published at Product Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things, Volume 467 of the series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Springer,

  • Kyratzi S., Azariadis P., Geometric Definition of the Hidden Part of a Line Drawing in a Sketch-to-Solid Methodology, Computer-Aided Design and Applications (Taylor & Francis), 2014, 1–11,

  • Papagiannis P., Koutkalaki Z., Azariadis P., Footwear Plantar Mechanical Comfort: Physical Measures and Modern Approaches to Their Approximation, The 5th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Systems, October 23rd–25th, 2014, Bucharest, Romania.

  • Portouli, E., & Papakostopoulos, V. (2014). Adaptive warning strategies from multiple systems: A simulator study of drivers with different reaction times. In M. Kurosu (Ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 8512. Human-Computer Interaction: Applications and Services (pp. 485-493). Switzerland: Springer.

  • Azariadis P., Kyratzi S., Sapidis S., A hybrid-optimization method for assessing the realizability of wireframe sketches, 3D Research (Springer), 2013, 4(1), 1-11,

  • Xidias E., Azariadis P., Fleet Sizing of Autonomous Vehicles with Kinodynamic Constraints, Proceedings of the RAAD 2013 22nd International Workshop on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, pp 64-71, September 11-13, 2013, Portorož, Slovenia.