Faculty Profile for Dr. Georgios Koutitas

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Dr. Georgios Koutitas
Assistant Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
RFM 5210
phone: (512) 245-1826

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. George Koutitas is an academic and entrepreneur in electrical and computer engineering. He has more than 10 years of academic and business experience in Internet of Things, Wireless Networks, Augmented Reality and Smart Grids.

Dr. George Koutitas is an Assist. Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University and the Director of the XReality Research Lab. He applies his scientific expertise on optimization algorithms, game theory and signal processing for the benefit of the community and the environment. The objective of the XReality Research Lab is to integrate Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and develop applications in three main verticals of the economy such as Infrastructure, Public Safety and Networks.

Dr. George Koutitas is also the CEO & CoFounder of Gridmates. Gridmates (www.gridmates.com) is the world’s first cloud platform for Smart Energy Donations and Energy Gift Cards that helps electric utilities and retailers transform their bill assistance programs and billing services to digital innovation. Gridmates cloud platform is one of the first implementations of Transactive Energy technologies applied to alleviate the problem of energy poverty in the U.S. but also around the world. His work as the founder of Gridmates was recognized by important media such as Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, FastComany as well as the U.S. Dept. of Energy and Sunshot Catalyst program that provided a grant indicating Gridmates as one of the most innovative energy startups.

Dr. George Koutitas holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, an M.Sc. degree (with Distinction and prizes from 'Nokia') in Mobile and Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, UK and a PhD in Electrical Engineering under EPSRC scholarship from the Centre for Communications Systems Research, UK. His post-doctoral studies were funded from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and the European Union. George is a member of IEEE and IET and has published more than 49 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and 2 books. He is also the inventor of 2 patent pending applications in the area of Augmented Reality and Energy Transactions. His research is cited in more than 900 scientific publications (src. Google Scholar).

Teaching Interests

1. Wireless Networks
2. Computer Networks
3. Probability and Statistics
4. Smart Grids (new elective course)
5. Circuits I

Research Interests

1. Optimization theory
2. Game theory
3. Augmented Reality
4. Network planning
5. Energy Efficient networking
6. Smart grid algorithms

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Koutitas, G. (2018). Scheduling of Community Based Charging Stations with Genetic Algorithms. IEEE GreenTech Smart Cities.
  • Koutitas, G., & Kumar, V. (2018). An Augmented Reality Based Facet Mapping Technique for Ray Tracing Applications. International Conference of Digital Telecommunications (ICDT) - IARIA.
  • Koutitas, G., Grohman, C., Jabez, J., Siddaraju, V., Radhakrishna, C., & Jadon, S. (2018). XReality Research group: Where Augmented Reality meets Internet of Things. IEEE INFOCOM.
  • Koutitas, G. (2018). Modular and Reconfigurable Testbed for verifying scalability and interoperability of 5G systems and applications. IARIA International Conference of Digital Telecommunications (ICDT).
  • McClellan, S., Jimenez, J., & Koutitas, G. (2017). The Smart Grid: Anchor of the Smart City. In Smart Cities: Applications, Technologies, Standards and Driving Factors. USA: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59381-4

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Research Paper Award, International Conference on Digital Telecommunications (ICDT) - IARIA. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Research Paper Award, 13th International Conference on Digital Telecommunications (ICDT) - IARIA. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduating Student Recognition Program (recognized by student), Texas State University. September 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Awards from Sunshot Catalyst program as an innovation solution in the energy sector, US Dept. of Energy. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: EPSRC (UK) Scholarship for PhD that covered tuition fees and living expenses, Univ. of Surrey. 2003 - 2007

Selected Grants

  • Koutitas, Georgios (Co-Principal), Metsis, Vangelis (Principal). RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES IN SMART & CONNECTED COMMUNITIES, NSF, Federal, $359812. (Submitted: August 2017, Funded: September 2018 - Present). Grant.
  • Smith, Kenneth Scott (Principal), Koutitas, Georgios (Co-Principal), Lawrence, Grayson B (Co-Principal). Just-in-time VR Training for Ambus EMS, US Ignite, Federal, $30000. (Funded: January 2018 - January 2019). Grant.
  • Koutitas, Georgios (Principal). Raised funding for technology productization in the energy sector, Angel Investors, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $125000. (Funded: 2017 - 2019). Grant.
  • Koutitas, George (Principal). Augmented Reality and Internet of Things Research, Wells Fargo, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $160000. (Funded: December 2017 - December 2019). Grant.
  • Koutitas, Georgios (Principal). www.gridmates.com, Angel Investors, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $150000. (Funded: 2014 - 2016). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
IEEE Trans. Power Systems
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Elsevier Computer Networks
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IEEE Transactions Networking
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IEEE Trans. Smart Grids
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IEEE Transactions Wireless Communications