Dr. Minas Liarokapis was born in Athens in 1984. He received an MSc degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras (Greece), an MSc degree in Information Technologies in Medicine and Biology from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate with the GRAB Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University (USA). Minas is the founder of the OpenBionics initiative (www.openbionics.org) and a co-founder of HandCorpus (www.handcorpus.org) and OpenRobotHardware (www.openrobothardware.org). His research focuses on human robot interaction, robot grasping and manipulation, robot hands design, non-invasive brain machine interfaces, prosthetics, machine learning and pattern recognition. He is passionate about providing robotics solutions to everyday life problems, synthesizing sophisticated analytical, machine learning and optimization schemes, developing novel robotics and bionics hardware and working at the intersection of electrical, computer and mechanical engineering fields.