Christos Sapsanis

Diploma (combined BS.c. & MS.c) University of Patras, Greece​, 2013
PhD student at KAUST since the fall 2013
Advisor: Prof. Khalid Salama

Why did you choose KAUST? 

KAUST is a place that offers a large variety of opportunities for every aspect of one’s life. The most fundamental aspect for students is the scientific and research aspect, where a student can work with world-class faculty and use state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for his or her research. And, since KAUST is not only a university but also a community, it offers other recreational activities for all to participate in to relax from work.

How is KAUST helping you fulfill your dream? 

I think KAUST offers everything you need in order to become successful, so working to achieve your goals is just a matter of choice. My supervisor, Prof. Salama, his research group, the Sensors Lab, and the facilities available in the lab are all giving me the opportunity to conduct high-level research. This enables me to fulfill my love for technology.

What is your research topic?

I joined KAUST recently, so I have not yet fully participated in a research project. I am in the beginning stages of learning about the Red Sea Robotics Research Exploratorium project. The project focuses on the design of a semi-autonomous underwater robotic explorer. The new vehicle will visually explore and image the sea, collect samples, perform manipulation tasks, and conduct various physical measurements in multiple marine ecosystems.

What is your research accomplishment so far? 

During my studies in the high school, I won awards of excellence and first place honors in my class. In university, I was selected as candidate for the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) from the Department ECE of the University of Patras for achieving top 10 grades.

Since I have recently joined KAUST, I have not conducted any research yet, so my publications are from my diploma thesis from the University of Patras. These are:

[1] C. Sapsanis, G. Georgoulas, A. Tzes, D. Lymberopoulos. “Improving EMG based Classification of basic hand movements using EMD” in 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society ’13 (EMBC ‘13), Osaka, Japan, July 3-7, pp. 5754 - 5757, 2013
[2] C. Sapsanis, G. Georgoulas, A. Tzes. “EMG based classification of basic hand movements based on time-frequency features” in 21th IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED ‘13), Chania, Greece, June 25 - 28, pp. 716 - 722, 2013

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life? 

KAUST is a multicultural environment, and this and the welcoming Saudi hospitality are probably the best aspects. The KAUST community is a great place to meet people from the Middle East and all over the world, enabling us to interact with other cultures and understand that no matter where people are from, we are all actually exactly the same. 

There are also many opportunities for recreation, and one can make use of the sports facilities, or join teams or groups for special interests and hobbies, visit the cinema, or go to the beach. All these help to have an interesting life outside of work and study.

KAUST’s location is also ideal, as it is near the Red Sea and not far from the bustling city of Jeddah.