Staff Catalogue


Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Green Park, GP 503
75, Kallipoleos Ave.
Eftychios Christoforou has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical Univ. of Athens, Greece (1994), and a postgraduate diploma in Management from the Mediterranean Inst. of Management, Cyprus (1996). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand (2000). His doctoral studies were fully supported by a Commonwealth scholarship. He is currently an assistant professor at the Univ. of Cyprus, Dept. of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. At the Univ. of Cyprus, he also worked as visiting assistant professor / special scientist at the School of Engineering (2007-2018). He has held various industrial positions focusing on mechatronic/robotic systems design, and process dynamics and control. Previous appointments include a position as adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Dept. of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Missouri (2004-2007). During the same period, he was also a research associate at the medical school of the same university. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of robotics, dynamics, and control.

His research interests are in the areas of robotics, dynamics, and control. Below are specific topics of his research:

  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Robot dynamics and control
  • Flexible-link robots
  • Nonlinear passivity-based control
  • Adaptive control of manipulators
  • Medical robotics & computer-assisted surgery
  • MR-compatible interventional robots/devices
  • Robotics in Architecture (reconfigurable/adaptive Architecture)
  • Smart camera networks and machine vision
  • Engineering design and prototyping
  • Biomechanics
  • E.G. Christoforou, M.C. Phocas, A. Müller, L. Georgiou. Versatile reconfigurable mechanisms framework for application of robotics in architecture. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (Springer), 108, 14, 2023.

  • M. Matheou, M.C. Phocas, E.G. Christoforou, A. Mueller. New Perspectives in Architecture Through Transformable Structures. A Simulation Study. Frontiers in Built Environment (Structural Sensing, Control and Asset Management), 9, 2023.

  • M.C. Phocas, N. Georgiou, E.G. Christoforou. A class of actuated deployable and reconfigurable multilink structures. Advances in Computational Design (Techno Press), 7(3), 189-210, 2022.

  • P. Konatzii, M. Matheou, E.G. Christoforou, M.C. Phocas. Versatile Reconfiguration Approach Applied to Articulated Linkage Structures. ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers), 27(4), 2021.

  • M.C. Phocas, E.G. Christoforou, C. Theokli, K. Petrou. Reconfigurable linkage structures and photovoltaics integration. Journal of Building Engineering (Elsevier), 43, 103201, 2021.

  • J.D. Velazco-Garcia, N.V. Navkar, S. Balakrishnan, G. Younes, J. Abi-Nahed, K. Al-Rumaihi, A. Darweesh, M.S.M. Elakkad, A. Al-Ansari, E.G. Christoforou, M. Karkoub, E.L. Leiss, P. Tsiamyrtzis, N.V. Tsekos. Evaluation of how Users Interface with Holographic Augmented Reality Surgical Scenes: Interactive Planning MRI-Guided Prostate Biopsies. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (Wiley), 17(5), 1-13, 2021.

  • E.G. Christoforou, S. Avgousti, N. Ramdani, C. Novales, A.S. Panayides. The Upcoming Role for Nursing and Assistive Robotics: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead, Frontiers in Digital Health, 2, 2020.

  • A.K Knutsen, A.D. Gomez, M. Gangollia, W.-T. Wang, D. Chan, Y.-C. Lud, E. Christoforou, J.L. Prince, P.V. Bayly, J.A. Butman, D.L. Pham. In vivo estimates of axonal stretch and 3D brain deformation during mild head impact. Brain Multiphysics (Elsevier), 1, 100015, 2020.

  • J.D. Velazco-Garcia, S. Balakrishnan, J. Abi-Nahed, K. Al-Rumaihi, A. Darweesh, A. Al-Ansari, E.G. Christoforou, M. Karkoub, E.L. Leiss, P., N.V. Tsekos, N.V. Navkar. End- User Evaluation of an Interventional Planning Software for Transrectal MR-Guided Prostate Biopsy. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (Wiley), 17(1), 1-12, 2020.

  • M.C. Phocas, E.G. Christoforou, P. Dimitriou. Kinematics and control approach for deployable and reconfigurable rigid bar linkage structures. Engineering Structures (Elsevier), 208 (110310), 2020.

  • E.G. Christoforou, M.C. Phocas, M. Matheou, A. Müller. Experimental implementation of the ‘effective 4-bar method’ on a reconfigurable articulated structure. Structures (Elsevier), 20, 2019.
  • M.C. Phocas, M. Matheou, A. Müller, E.G. Christoforou. Reconfigurable modular bar structure. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 60(1), 2019.
  • J.D.V. Garcia, N.V. Navkar, D. Gui, C.M.M. Mojica, E.G. Christoforou, A. Ozcan, J. Abinahed, A. Al-Ansari, A. Webb, I. Seimenis, N.V. Tsekos. A platform integrating acquisition, reconstruction, visualization, and manipulator control modules for MRI-guided interventions Journal of Digital Imaging (Springer), 2018 (first online).
  • M. Matheou, M.C. Phocas, E.G. Christoforou, A. Müller. On the Kinetics of Reconfigurable Hybrid Structures. Journal of Building Engineering (Elsevier), 17, 2018.
  • C. Kyrkou, E.G. Christoforou, S. Timotheou, T. Theocharides, C. Panayiotou, M. Polycarpou. Optimizing the Detection Performance of Smart Camera Networks Through a Probabilistic Image-Based Model. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 28(5), 2018.
  • N.V. Tsekos, E.G. Christoforou. MRI-guided robotic breast biopsy and therapeutics. Encyclopedia of Medical Robotics. Ed. J.P. Desai. World Scientific Publishing Company, Vol. 3: Image-guided Surgical Procedures and Interventions, 2018.
  • M. Matheou, M.C. Phocas, E.G. Christoforou. On the morphology of reconfigurable hybrid structures based on the effective 4-bar mechanism. Int. J. of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (WIT Press), 5(4) 2017.
  • S. Avgousti, A. S. Panayides, A. P. Jossif, E.G. Christoforou, P. Vieyres, C. Novales, S. Voskarides, C. S. Pattichis, Cardiac Ultrasonography over 4G Wireless Networks using a Tele-operated Robot, IET Healthcare Technology Letters, 3(3), 2016.
  • S. Avgousti, E.G. Christoforou, A.S. Panayides, S. Voskarides, C. Novales, C.S. Pattichis, P. Vieyres. Medical Telerobotic Systems: Current Status and Future Trends. BioMedical Engineering Online (Springer), 15(96), 2016.
  • E.G. Christoforou, A. Müeller. R.U.R. Revisited - Perspectives and Reflections on Modern Robotics. Journal of Social Robotics (Springer), 8(2), 2015.
  • M.C. Phocas, E.G. Christoforou, M. Matheou. Design, Motion Planning and Control of a Reconfigurable Hybrid Structure. Engineering Structures (Elsevier), 101, 2015.
  • E.G. Christoforou, A. Müeller, M.C. Phocas, M. Matheou, S. Arnos. Design and control concept for reconfigurable architecture. Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design, 137(4), 2015.
  • E.G. Christoforou, I. Seimenis, E. Andreou, E. Eracleous, N.V. Tsekos. A novel general-purpose MR-compatible manually-actuated robotic manipulation system for minimally-invasive interventions under direct MRI guidance. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (Wiley), 10(1), 2014.
  • I. Seimenis, N.V. Tsekos, C. Keroglou, E. Eracleous, C. Pitris, E. Christoforou. An approach for preoperative planning and performance of MR-guided interventions demonstrated with a manual manipulator in a 1.5T MRI scanner. Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (Springer), 35(2), 2012.
  • E.G. Christoforou, N.V. Tsekos. Robotic systems for MRI-guided interventions. In Biomedical Engineering Book Series “Advances in Medical Physics: 2010 - Volume 3”. Eds. A.B. Wolbarst, A. Karellas, E.A. Krupinski, W.R. Hendee. Medical Physics Publishing, Wisconsin, 2010.
  • P.V. Bayly, P.G. Massouros, E. Christoforou, A. Sabet, G.M. Genin. Magnetic resonance measurement of transient shear wave propagation in a viscoelastic gel cylinder. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (Elsevier), 56(5), 2008.
  • A.A. Sabet, E. Christoforou, B. Zatlin, G.M. Genin, P.V. Bayly. Deformation of the human brain induced by mild angular head acceleration. Journal of Biomechanics, 41(2), 2008.
  • N.V. Tsekos, E. Christoforou, A. Ozcan. A general-purpose robotic system for MR guided procedures: Implementation and image guidance. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, 27(3), May/June 2008.
  • N.V. Tsekos, A. Khanicheh, E. Christoforou, C. Mavroidis. Magnetic resonance- compatible robotic and mechatronics systems for image guided interventions and rehabilitation: A review study. Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 9, 2007.
  • E. Christoforou, E. Akbudak, A. Ozcan, M. Karanikolas, N.V. Tsekos. Performance of interventions with manipulator-driven real-time MR-guidance: Implementation and initial in vitro tests. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Elsevier), 25(1), 2007.
  • E.G. Christoforou, N.V. Tsekos, A. Ozcan. Design and testing of a robotic system for MR image-guided interventions. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (Springer), 47(2), 2006.
  • N.V. Tsekos, A. Ozcan, E.G. Christoforou. A prototype manipulator for magnetic resonance-guided interventions inside standard cylindrical magnetic resonance imaging scanners. Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 127(6), 2005.
  • E.G. Christoforou, C.J. Damaren. The control of flexible-link robots carrying large payloads: theory and experiments. Journal of Robotic Systems (Wiley), 17(5), 2000.