Sotiris Papatheodorou

PhD student at the Smart Robotics Lab in Imperial College London

Research Interests

SLAM, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Multi-Agent Systems


PhD Student

Smart Robotics Lab, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, UK

Supervisor: Prof. Stefan Leutenegger

October 2018 - April 2023 (estimated)

Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, University of Patras, GR

Joint Bachelor's and Master's degree, 300 ECTS
Diploma GPA: 8.4/10 (top 2%)
Master's in Systems and Control GPA: 9.6/10

October 2011 - March 2017

Diploma Thesis

Cooperative control for area coverage by robots with positioning uncertainty
Supervisor: Prof. Anthony Tzes


Research Engineer

Member of Prof. Anthony Tzes' lab in New York University Abu Dhabi.

August 2017 - August 2018

Research visit

Invited to KTH Royal Institute of Technology by Prof. Dimos Dimarogonas.

21 January - 18 February 2017

Undergaduate Researcher

Member of the University of Patras' team for the European Union's Aeroworks 2020 project. Work has been accepted in the 1st deliverable.

October - December 2016


President's PhD Scholarship

Awarded from Imperial College London in 2018.


Programming Languages

C, C++, Go, Python, MATLAB/Octave, POSIX Shell, Bash

Software Development

ROS, OpenCV, SDL, Git, CMake

Technical Writing

Articles, reports, presentations, posters


Video editing, HTML/CSS, Linux system administration


Greek Native
English Certificate of proficiency in English, University of Michigan, 2008
French Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF B2), 2009


  1. M. Popović, F. Thomas, S. Papatheodorou, N. Funk, T. Vidal-Calleja, S. Leutenegger, Volumetric Occupancy Mapping With Probabilistic Depth Completion for Robotic Navigation, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2021
  2. N. Funk, J. Tarrio, S. Papatheodorou, M. Popović, P. F. Alcantarilla, S. Leutenegger, Multi-Resolution 3D Mapping with Explicit Free Space Representation for Fast and Accurate Mobile Robot Motion Planning, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2021
  3. M. Tzes, S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, Visual Area Coverage by Heterogeneous Aerial Agents Under Imprecise Localization, IEEE Control Systems Letters, 2018
  4. S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, K. Giannousakis, Y. Stergiopoulos, Distributed area coverage control with imprecise robot localization: Simulation and experimental studies, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2018
  5. S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, Y. Stergiopoulos, Collaborative visual area coverage, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2017


  1. Y. Wang, N. Funk, M. Ramezani, S. Papatheodorou, M. Popović, M. Camurri, S. Leutenegger, M. Fallon, Elastic and Efficient LiDAR Reconstruction for Large-Scale Exploration Tasks, International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2021
  2. A. Tsoukalas, A. Tzes, S. Papatheodorou, F. Khorrami, UAV-deployment for city-wide area coverage and computation of optimal response trajectories, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, 2020
  3. A. Dai, S. Papatheodorou, N. Funk, D. Tzoumanikas, S. Leutenegger, Fast Frontier-based Information-driven Autonomous Exploration with an MAV, International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2020
  4. N. Bousias, S. Papatheodorou, M. Tzes, A. Tzes, Collaborative visual area coverage using aerial agents equipped with PTZ-cameras under localization uncertainty, European Control Conference, 2019
  5. M. Tzes, S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, Collaborative Visual Area Coverage by Aerial Agents under Positioning Uncertainty, 26th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, 2018
  6. S. Papatheodorou, M. Smyrnakis, T. Hamidou, A. Tzes, Path Planning and Task Assignment for Data Retrieval from Wireless Sensor Nodes Relying on Game-Theoretic Learning, 5th IEEE International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies, 2018
  7. S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, K. Giannousakis, Experimental studies on distributed control for area coverage using mobile robots, 25th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, 2017
  8. S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, Cooperative visual convex area coverage using a tessellation-free strategy, 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2017
  9. S. Papatheodorou, Y. Stergiopoulos, A. Tzes, Distributed area coverage control with imprecise robot localization, 24th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, 2016


  1. S. Papatheodorou, A. Tzes, Theoretical and Experimental Collaborative Area Coverage Schemes Using Mobile Agents, Applications of Mobile Robots, 2019