Nikos Tsagarakis is Tenured Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Humanoid design & Human Centred Mechatronics (HHCM) Research Line, a leading research laboratory at IIT with strong expertise in robot design, modelling and control, and in the development of new mechatronics components (actuation and sensing). HHCM is the home laboratory of humanoids COMAN and WALK-MAN and the CENTAURO hybrid wheeled-legged quadrupedal manipulation platform were developed. Nikos Tsagarakis was the coordinator of EU project WALKMAN where he developed the WALK-MAN Humanoid and has served as the principal investigator for several other EU projects in the past including VIACTORS, SAPHARI, AMARSI, WEARHAP and EUROBENCH, and for CogiMON and CENTAURO where he leaded the development of CENTAURO hybrid mobile manipulation platform and COMAN+ humanoid.
He is an author or co-author of over 350 papers in research journals and at international conferences and holds 16 patents. He has received the Best Jubilee Video Award at IROS (2012), the 2009 PE Publishing Award from the Journal of Systems and Control Engineering and prizes for Best Paper at ICAR (2003) and the Best Student Paper Award at Robio (2013). He was also a finalist for Best Entertainment Robots and Systems - 20th Anniversary Award at IROS (2007) and finalist for the Best Manipulation paper at ICRA (2012), the Best Conference Paper at Humanoids (2012), the Best Student Papers at Robio (2013) and ICINCO (2014), Best Interactive Paper finalist at Humanoids (2016) and Best Interactive Paper at Humanoids (2017). He has been in the Program Committee of over 60 international conferences including IEEE ICRA, IROS, RSS, HUMANOIDS BIOROB and ICAR.

Nikos Tsagarakis was Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions in Mechatronics (2012-2015) and served (2015-2019) on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.
He is currently a Senior Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions in Mechatronics.