Autopilot systems help transport millions of passengers to their destination safely every year.
SpaceX recently achieved the first automatic landing of their reusable thrust vectored rocket.
These breakthroughs have shaped and continue to shape the future of aerospace exploration and prove that electronics in combination with automation and control systems are an integral part of aeronautics. These breakthroughs also inspired 20 EUROAVIAns from all over the world to meet in Patras, Greece, from the 7th to the 12th of November of 2022 for the Electronics and Control Systems Symposium.
University of Patras was a huge support for us, especially the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. They were there since day one, and we wouldn’t have made it without them.
It all started with a lecture about PCB Design for Manufacturability by Dr. Dimitris Tsipianitis and a lab visit at the Electronic Circuits & Applications Laboratory.
On the next day, we participated in a workshop on Automatic Control of Drones with Python by the Robotics Group. We can’t thank Dr. Panagiotis Koustoubardis and Ioannis Tsikelis enough for it’s realization.
Later on, we attended a very important lecture on Prescribed Performance Control and Applications by Dr. Charalampors Behlioulis.
Last but not least, we participated in a lab visit and a presentation on the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS) by Dr. Dimitrios Koustoubardis.
All the above were truly exciting moments for our guests. We are beyond honored and grateful to be able to realize such an event, enriched with the University’s activities.
It is worth mentioning, though, that during the ECS Symposium, academic life truly met the business and the industry. There were several companies that supported our mission and they were for sure a huge addition to the ECS experience.
FEAC Engineering is an engineering company specialized in providing consulting services from product concept and Computer Aided Design (CAD) drafting to advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and design optimization by using state-of-the-art CAE tools. Haris Kokkinos delivered a lecture on the company’s activities and their significance to the aerospace industry that left our guests truly speechless.
Gefyra, the most famous bridge in Greece and one of the greatest engineering challenges in the country, welcomed us with a lecture about how the bridge was built and then gave us a tour both on and under the bridge in order for us to better understand its theory. Needless to say, the view was truly breathtaking!
Adamant Composites is developing high-end, state-of-the-art solutions serving primarily the Space, Aerospace, Defence and Energy Storage markets. They welcomed us into their labs, gave us a tour of their facilities, all while creating a very welcoming environment. Everybody left more than impressed: inspired.
And last but not least, Achaia Clauss Winery gave us a tour on their oldest cellars, accompanied with an amazing guide that told us the history of the winery (it is the oldest active winery in Greece after all) and about the importance of wine in the greek culture in Greece during the centuries. It was the perfect, cinematic ending to our event.
Of course, among the lectures and the visits and the seriousness we tried to have fun and introduce our participants to the true greek culture. For this, we organized treasure hunts, city tours and concept nights.
If we want to be completely honest though, all of these wouldn’t have been possible without the work of EUROAVIA Patras’ members that have been working for months with dedication and meraki to make this event come true. So thank you, Organization Committee, thank you volunteers and thank you Fotini - Artemis Kiskira for being the perfect Main Organizer.
AS Patras is truly proud of how the event turned out. It was a rewarding experience for all the people that were involved, both guests and hosts. We met some amazing people and we also had the chance to see Patras, our home, as tourists. What’s greater than that?
We truly hope the participants left with their minds and their hearts full. We sure did.
See you around Europe!
All the best,