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Assistant Professor
Discipline: Ergonomics
Curriculum Vitae: Greek CV / English CV
Contact Info
Office: Old 1st Gymnasio Building, office Α.1.7.1
Office Hours: Thu. 15:00-17:00, Fri 15:00-16:00.
Postal Address: Konstantinoupoleos 2, Ermoupolis, Syros, ΤΚ 84100
Phone: 22810-97133
papakostopoulos [papaki] aegean [teleia] gr
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Vassilis Papakostopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, of the University of the Aegean, in the subject area of "Ergonomics". He holds a PhD in the field of Cognitive Psychology from the Panteion University in Athens (2008), an MSc in Ergonomics from the Loughborough University in England (1998) and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Crete (1996). During the years 2004-2007, he worked as a research associate at the Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas. He has extensive research experience in field studies and human activity analysis with emphasis on the design of driver assistance systems and on the interaction between robotic vehicles and other road users.

He has published 20 papers on these issues in international scientific journals, book chapters and international conference proceedings. He has being participating as an experienced researcher in the following EU-funded research projects: interACT (EC/H2020-ART-2016-2017/H2020-ART-2016-Two-Stages/723395), ASK-IT (EC/IST-2003-511298), PReVENT (EC/FP6-507075), AIDE (EC/IST-1-507674-IP), SENSATION (EC/IST-507231), AGILE (EC/QLRT-2001-00118). He has a rich teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, teaching courses on ergonomic work analysis, phenomenological analysis and user-centered design of products and systems. As of 2008 he has been the national representative of the Hellenic Ergonomics Society at the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE).


Research Interests:

  • Visual perception; visual-motor coordination
  • Body kinematics; repetitive micro-movements; musculoskeletal disorders
  • Workplace layout/ product design
  • Human-robot coordination
  • Organizational policies and processes
  • 2008 PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Dept. of Psychology, Panteion University, Greece. Thesis: “Mental reconstruction of geometrical illusions during driving – effects and behavior adaptation strategies”.
  • 1998 MSc in Ergonomics, Dept. of Human Sciences, University of Loughborough, UK.
  • 1996 BSc in Psychology, Dept. of Psychology, University of Crete, Greece.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Papakostopoulos, V., & Marmaras, N. (2012). Conventional vehicle display panels: The drivers' operative images and directions for their redesign. Applied Ergonomics, 43(5), 821-828.
  • Marmaras, N., Poulakakis, G., & Papakostopoulos, V. (1999). Ergonomic design in ancient Greece. Applied ergonomics, 30(4), 361-368.