Manolis Chiou Μανώλης Χίου

Manolis Chiou Μανώλης Χίου

Research Fellow Robotics & AI

Extreme Robotics Lab

University of Birmingham


I am a research fellow in the Extreme Robotics Lab and the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) at the University of Birmingham, where I lead the human-robot teaming research group. 

My work aims to advance human-robot systems by combining AI, human-robot interaction, and human factors, enabling humans and robots to cooperate efficiently using their complementing capabilities to assist each other during task execution. I am particularly interested in variable autonomy robotic systems with a human-in-the-loop deployed in hazardous or remote environments, keeping humans out of harm’s way. 

I received my PhD from the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, where I was supervised by Prof. Rustam StolkinProf. Nick Hawes and Prof. Kimron Shapiro. I have been actively involved in teaching, supervising students, and public communication and engagement of robotics. Among others, I was delivering “robotics masterclasses” for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the flagship organisation for science outreach and education in the UK and leading the Birmingham autonomous robotics club, winning several prizes in international robotics competitions.

  • Human-Robot Teaming
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Variable Autonomy
  • Disaster Response Robotics
  • Remote Monitoring, Inspection, and Maintenance
  • PhD in Robotics & AI, 2017

    University of Birmingham

  • MSc in Computational Intelligence, 2012

    University of Sheffield

  • BEng in Automation Engineering, 2011

    University of West Attica (former TEIPir)


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