Kostas Triantafyllidis was born in Karditsa, Greece. He obtained the Computer Engineer degree from the University of Thessaly, Greece, in 2010. In parallel with his last year of studies he has also accomplished his military duties in the Greek army. In 2011 he moved in The Netherlands and he joined the VCA group as a PhD candidate. His graduation project for the Engineer degree focused on the optimization, in terms of performance, of the MPEG-2 video compression algorithm on SIMD compatible machines. His current research interest is aiming at the Design Space Exploration (DSE) of complicated real-time component-based distributed systems. He has proposed a framework (ProMARTES) that performs the DSE of real-time distributed systems, enabling formal- and simulation-based analysis techniques, as well as instruction-level profiling and network performance analysis tools supporting the OSI layers. Currently he is working on the integration of guided optimization algorithms on the ProMARTES framework, reducing the design space that needs to be analyzed. His graduation project gave him experience in low-level programming languages such as C/C++, SIMD and assembly. During his PhD he improved his skills on programming languages like Java, Ada, C#, php. Moreover, he is experienced in designing and analyzing real-time distributed systems and in profiling and configuring ROS components targeting navigation and map composition. During his free time he plays basketball, tennis, goes for skiing and reads news about the technology.