Rafael Papallas

PhD Student Software Engineer

Resume

About Rafael

Born and raised in Cyprus, Rafael is currently a PhD student in Computing at the University of Leeds. His research focus is on robotics and robotic manipulation.

Rafael holds a bachelor’s of science in computer science and he has worked on some real-world projects and has experience in professional software development.

His involvement with robotics began when he was undergraduate working on his final year project. Rafael's dissertation was to develop algorithms and the software to make a cashier robot that can handle payments in a sweet shop. Rafael's final year project was awarded the "Buckley Prize" as the best 60-credit project in the School of Computing for the academic year 2016-2017.

Rafael's interest is not limited to a particular area but he is currently interested in robotics, software development, web & mobile app development and exploring applications of functional programming.

Skills

Some of my skills in particular technologies and languages.

Python
Java
Swift
image/svg+xml
Haskell
Django
Bootstrap
C#
C++
C
ROS1
Git
Linux
LaTeX

1Robot Operating System

Professional Timeline

  • October 2017 - Today

    Teaching Assistant

    The University of Leeds

    Lab assistant:

    Responsible to assist students with their assignments and explain programming concepts.

  • October 2017 - Today

    PGR Representative, School of Computing

    The University of Leeds

    Postgraduate Researcher Representative of the School of Computing at the University of Leeds.

    I am responsible to contribute to the development of my school, communicate with colleagues and fellow members of the school and raise their concerns and problems to the appropriate channels and organise educational and social events.

    As PGR Rep I make sure that my school meets the expectation of fellow PGRs, be active listener and working towards to improve my school's facilities and procedures for all PGRs in a school and faculty level.

  • July 2015 - June 2016

    Software Developer (Intern)

    Cimlogic Ltd

    Cimlogic is a leading company in industrial Operational Technology, Overall Equipment Effectiveness and Manufacturing Operations Management providing software solutions to big companies.

    I was responsible to produce and deliver high-quality software, work with a range of Microsoft technologies, produce URS, FDS and IFAT documents for projects, work in a scrum team, present new ideas, use Jira for project management and bug tracking and work under multiple deadlines.

  • Jun 2015

    Summer Internship

    The University of Leeds

    I worked on a small project at the University of Leeds for four weeks to develop a pipeline system.

    The idea of the project was to archive university's data and make them easily accessible to the research group using a custom search engine.

Education Timeline

  • October 2017 - Today

    Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Computing

    The University of Leeds

    Societies: Squash, CompSoc

    • Research focus: Robotics, Robotics manipulation
    • Funded by EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scholarship.
    • PGR Representative (2017 - Today).
  • September 2013 - July 2017

    BSc. Computer Science (Industrial)
    First Class Honours

    The University of Leeds
    Dissertation: Human-Robot Interaction for Cashier Robot

    During these four years at the University of Leeds, I gained experience on a variety of subjects in Computer Science. The university helped me to develop my analytical, technical and writing skills.

    I received the "Head of School" Scholarship in 2014 and in 2015 during the Graphical User Interface module my porotype work on a UI for the "Health and Safety training course" was one of the nine selected for implementation.

    My final year project ("Human-Robot Interaction for Cashier Robot") was related with Robotics and Baxter Robot and to explore and implement algorithms to develop an intelligent robot that can handle payments in a proposed sweet shop. This includes to detect hand-poses, pick money from customer's hand, recognise different banknotes and handle change.

    During my graduation, my individual final year project was awarded the "Buckley Prize" as the best 60 credit undergraduate project in the School of Computing.

Honours & Awards

The Buckley Prize

2017

My final year project (dissertation) has been awarded as the best 60 credit project in the School of Computing for 2016-2017.

Head of School Scholarship

2014

Received the "Head of School" scholarship for my first-year performance at the University of Leeds.

Cyta Award

2012

CYTA is the national telecommunications provider of Cyprus. Every year CYTA awards final year students who achieve the highest examination result in Computing.

European Creativity and Innovation Challenge

2011

I was one of the five people who represent Cyprus to the JA-YE European Creativity & Innovation Challenge in Brussels after qualifying in Cyprus (Sponsored by Microsoft & Hewlett-Packard). As a team, we were challenged to solve a given (open-end) problem with an innovative idea and give a presentation in less than five minutes.