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My name is Kostas Nizamis, born in 1988 in Kavala, Greece. I am since 2019 an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the Design, Production, & Management (DPM) department at the University of Twente. My educational background includes a Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece, followed by a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente. I completed my Ph.D. research in Biomechanical Engineering at the same institution.

Through my work, I strive to contribute to advancing knowledge and practice in Systems Engineering, with a focus on multidisciplinary technical communication, to aid the development of innovative solutions that positively impact society.

I am currently the Director of Transfer for the Non-Profit Organization Authentia (If interested visit our website or our pages on Facebook and LinkedIn!).


  • Computer Science

    • Robotics
    • Control
    • Case Study
    • Systems Engineering
    • Design
    • Robot
  • Medicine and Dentistry

    • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    • Wrist


My research is centered around the application of Systems Engineering (SE) principles, tools, and methodologies across diverse domains, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary projects. These projects encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from the rehabilitation of individuals with impairments to decision-making processes in the high-tech industry, and the effective deployment of industrial robotic automation in various sectors such as cleaning and manufacturing. The intersecting domains of robotic systems and automation, healthcare systems, and high-tech systems serve as the primary focal points of my research vision. By integrating SE practices into these areas, I aim to address complex challenges and drive innovation in the design and implementation of advanced systems, to  Improve Multidisciplinary Communication in Systems Design


Using A Spiral Approach To Facilitating Engineering Research And Education In Real Industry Settings. Pereira Pessoa, M. V. & Nizamis, K.Engineering complexity beyond the surface: discerning the viewpoints, the drivers, and the challengesResearch in engineering design, 34(3), 367-400. Garza Morales, G. A., Nizamis, K. & Bonnema, G. M. novel model for the material selection of smart objects for hand-rehabilitation: a case study+In Proceedings of the Design Society, Volume 3: ICED23 (pp. 353-363). Bos, M. I., Karahanoğlu, A., Haarman, J. & Nizamis, K. Non-Technical Stakeholders in System Architecture Design; a Case-Study on the Cleaning IndustryIn 33rd Annual INCOSE International Symposium 15‚Äď20 July 2023 ‚ÄĒ Honolulu, HI (pp. 998-1012). van Zijl, R., Raub, T., van Rompay, T. J. L., Nizamis, K. & Bonnema, G. M. as a Learning Challenge: Student Experiences and Outcomes in an Innovative Course on Wearable and Collaborative RoboticsIEEE transactions on education, 66(3), 263-273. Kilic-Bebek, E., Nizamis, K., Vlutters, M., Bebek, O., Karapars, Z. G., Ünal, R., Yilmaz, D. & Ugurlu, B. is there complexity in engineering? A scoping review on complexity originsIn 2023 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon). Morales, G. A. G., Nizamis, K. & Bonnema, G. M. myoelectric control of wrist/hand motion in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: A case studyFrontiers in robotics and AI, 10, Article 1100411. Nizamis, K., Ayvaz, A., Rijken, N. H. M., Koopman, B. F. J. M. & Sartori, M. System Architecture and Validation of a Motor Rehabilitation Wearable Robotics and Serious Game PlatformSensors, 23(6), Article 3281. Mitsopoulos, K., Fiska, V., Tagaras, K., Papias, A., Antoniou, P., Nizamis, K., Kasimis, K., Sarra, P.-D., Mylopoulou, D., Savvidis, T., Praftsiotis, A., Arvanitidis, A., Lyssas, G., Chasapis, K., Moraitopoulos, A., Astaras, A., Bamidis, P. D. & Athanasiou, A. of Interactive Hand Rehabilitation Tools Based on Activities of Daily LivingIn TEI 2023 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Article 45. Hover, Q. R. M., Karahanoğlu, A., Nizamis, K., Kottink, A. I. R., Rietman, J. S. & Haarman, J. A. M. a spiral approach to facilitate engineering research and education embedded in real industry settingsIn SEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education: Engineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings (pp. 3223-3230). Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI). Pessoa, M. V. P. & Nizamis, K.
Evaluating 3D printed sEMG electrodes with silver ink traces using in-situ impedance measurementsIn 2022 IEEE Sensors. IEEE. Schouten, M., van de Maat, P., Nizamis, K. & Krijnen, G. Through Synergistic Man-Machine Interfaces Promoting Dormant Neuroplasticity in Spinal Cord Injury: Protocol for a Nonrandomized Controlled TrialJMIR research protocols, 11(9), Article e41152. Athanasiou, A., Mitsopoulos, K., Praftsiotis, A., Astaras, A., Antoniou, P., Pandria, N., Petronikolou, V., Kasimis, K., Lyssas, G., Terzopoulos, N., Fiska, V., Kartsidis, P., Savvidis, T., Arvanitidis, T., Chasapis, K., Moraitopoulos, A., Nizamis, K., Kalfas, A., Iakovidis, P., ‚Ķ Bamidis, P. to robotics for medical professionalsIn Open Educational Resources on Enabling Technologies in Wearable and Collaborative Robotics (pp. 127 - 166). Nizamis, K., Vlutters, M. & Vander Poorten, E.Smart daily-used objects for hand rehabilitation after stroke. Hover, Q. R. M., Karahanoglu, A., Nizamis, K. & Haarman, J. A. M.Transdisciplinary Challenge-based Learning: Multi-Stakeholder Co-creation Combining Engineering Technology and Social Sciences. Nizamis, K., van Dalen, M., van Dun, D. H., Hermsen, E. M. P. & Sullivan, B. P.Gr!pp: Integrating Activities of Daily Living into Hand RehabilitationIn TEI 2022: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Article 3505572. Association for Computing Machinery. Stefess, F., Nizamis, K., Haarman, J. & Karahanoglu, A. Approach for SE Research (SASER): mating research to practiceIn Complex systems design & management (Accepted/In press). Bonnema, G. M., Pereira Pessoa, M. V. & Nizamis, K.


I want to connect different fields of science and improve communication between disciplines through education. I am passionate about education, as I love teaching both university students and lifelong learners. Being involved in novel educational programs, allowed me to teach students from all the programs offered by UT. My collaboration with the industry in creating Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs also fosters that vision. This way we design and learn together by working on authentic challenges within a multidisciplinary context!

I am the coordinator of the HTHT Minor Science 2 Society where I apply Challenge-Base Learning principles to facilitate interdisciplinary learning (

Additionally, I am teaching systems engineering for Mechanical engineering bachelor students as well as professionals in the Industry.

I am also serving as the secretary of the Programme Committee for the BSc. and MSc. of Industrial Design Engineering (more information here).  

Verbonden aan opleidingen

Vakken collegejaar 2023/2024

Vakken in het huidig collegejaar worden toegevoegd op het moment dat zij definitief zijn in het Osiris systeem. Daarom kan het zijn dat de lijst nog niet compleet is voor het gehele collegejaar.

Vakken collegejaar 2022/2023

I participate in multiple projects spanning the domains of robotic systems and automation, healthcare systems, and high-tech systems.

Lopende projecten


Systems and Portfolio development and Architecting using Systems engineering by Humans

Semiconductor devices are advancing rapidly in three aspects: miniaturization of components, device innovations, and material innovations. These advancements result in increasing demands on semi-conductor equipment, putting pressure on, and complicating the equipment development and production processes. Besides, fierce competition in the semiconductor market makes reliability, productivity, cost, and time to market the equipment crucial. In this research project, ASML and the UT will research how to factor in these aspects while increasing the state-of-the-art performance of the equipment, using a systems engineering approach on a technological and organizational level.


Slimme tools voor facilitering van handrevalidatie geïntegreerd in de thuissituatie

Mensen met handproblemen, zoals bij CVA pati√ęnten in de chronische fase, ondervinden dagelijkse belemmeringen bij bijv. eten, aankleden en schrijven. Huidige fysiotherapie vereist veel motivatie en tijd; momenteel oefenen pati√ęnten thuis maar 15 min/dag i.p.v. de aanbevolen 30 minuten. Onze hypothese suggereert dat het integreren van handoefeningen in dagelijkse huishoudelijke producten de trainingsduur kan verbeteren. Samen met vier artsen en zes CVA-pati√ęnten hebben we handrevalidatieoefeningen ge√Įntegreerd in alledaagse voorwerpen zoals tandenborstels, koffiekopjes, placemats, computermuizen en kookspatels. Dit project verbetert deze hulpmiddelen en evalueert bij een grote groep cva-pati√ęnten of het gebruik ervan leidt tot meer trainingstijd dan conventionele benaderingen.

Voltooide projecten

Intention Amplifying in Hand Orthoses

Flextension A-Gear



Human-machine cooperation and societal impact in the development of a chewing gum removal robot

Chewing gum removal from public places is a labor-intensive and costly task, creating the demand for a responsible way of cleaning and keeping public spaces clean. Our goal is to develop a cleaning robot, by the integration of mechatronics, with a responsible design, aware of its social impact, and finally, the symbiosis of automation and human supervision.


Design of an Office Space Cleaner Assisting Robot

Cleaning has a high physical and cognitive load for the cleaner. Also, the cleaning sector is increasingly confronted with new technologies that might have unforeseen consequences ‚Äď especially robotics. On the one hand, robotics can be seen as a threat when the robot replaces the human being, on the other hand, there are also opportunities if a robot supports the cleaner, for instance when the cleaner gets older. Moreover, robotics offers possibilities to create space for work that cannot be done now. The central challenge for the responsible development and implementation of robots is to realize a concrete robotic cleaning system by means of an iterative design process to develop the current first idea into a concrete prototype.

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