CV
Family name: Skokos
Name: Charalampos (Haris)
Date of birth: 12 Oct. 1968
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Marital status: Married, one child
Address at work:
Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Mathematics Building, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa
Tel.: +27 021 650 5074
Email: haris.skokos@uct.ac.za
Research interests
 Nonlinear dynamical systems  Chaotic dynamics  Complex systems
 Hamiltonian systems
 Numerical methods for distinguishing between regular and chaotic behavior
 Symplectic integrators
 Nonlinear lattices  Disordered systems
 Numerical methods for locating periodic orbits  Stability and bifurcations of periodic orbits
 Beam dynamics in particle accelerators
 Galactic dynamics  Dynamics of barred galaxies
 Celestial mechanics  Three body problem
 Normal forms  Formal integrals
 Discrete breathers  Solitons
 Ordinary and partial nonlinear differential equations
Education
1997:  Ph.D. in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Faculty of Physics, University of Athens, Greece. Graduated with honors (excellent). Thesis: Numerical and theoretical study of structures in the phase space of dynamical systems with two and three degrees of freedom. Advisor: Prof. G. Contopoulos (Univ. of Athens, Greece). 
1990:  B.Sc. in Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Athens, Greece. First class honors (9.11 / maximum 10). 
2005:  B.Sc in Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Athens, Greece. (7.44 / maximum 10). 
Employment
Sept. 2013 – present:  University of Cape Town (South Africa), Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Senior Lecturer. 
July 2011 – Sept. 2013: 
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), School of Science, Physics Department. Assistant Professor of Dynamics. 
Oct. 2006  July 2013 
Hellenic Open University (Greece), School of Science and Technology, teaching staff  tutor (annual contracts). Courses: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism (2000  2005) Linear Algebra, Single Variable Calculus, Introduction to Probability Theory, Introduction to Matlab and Mathematica (2006 – 2013). 
Feb. 2008  June 2011  Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden, Germany), research fellow. Research project : New Methods for Analyzing the Dynamics of Nonlinear Lattices 
Feb. 2006  Jan. 2008  Observatory of Paris, IMCCE (France), postdoctoral fellow. Research project: Beam Stability in Modern Light Sources via Frequency Map Analysis (Marie Curie, IntraEuropean Fellowship, EIF). 
Jan. 1999  Dec. 2005  Academy of Athens (Greece), Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, postdoctoral fellow. Research project: Qualitative and quantitative analysis of chaotic regions of threedimensional galactic potentials (Jan. 2005  Dec. 2005). Research project: Study of the orbital structure of barred galaxies in Nbody simulations (Jan. 2002  Dec. 2004). Research project: Theoretical study of galaxies (Jan. 1999  Dec.2001). 
Sept. 2004  June 2005  Technological Educational Institute of Messolonghi (Greece), Faculty of Management and Economics, Department of Applied Informatics in Management and Finance, Assistant Professor (annual contract). Courses: Econometrics – C programming language (lab). 
Jan. 2002  Dec. 2003  University of Patras (Greece), School of Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics, ‘Karatheodoris’ postdoctoral fellow. Research project: Chaotic dynamics and statistical behavior of dynamical systems. 
Sept.  Oct. 2003, and Dec. 1998  July 1999 
Teacher of Informatics at "Hellenic Center of Information Technology" (Athens, Greece), a private Educational and Consulting Company specialized in Informatics, Management and Finance. 
June 1999  Dec. 2000  University of Athens (Greece), School of Science, Faculty of Physics, postdoctoral fellow. Research project: National program of controlled thermonuclear fusion. 
Sept. 1999  Jan. 2000  Scientific collaborator of the private educational organization Ellinogermaniki Agogi S. A. (Athens, Greece). Research project on applying Open Distance Learning (ODL) in Didactics of Physics: YouRA: Young researchers in action. 
Mar. 1997 – Sept. 1998  Greek Army, mandatory military service. 
Mar. 1996  Mar. 1997  University of Athens (Greece), School of Science, Faculty of Physics, Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, postgraduate student. Research project: Gravitational collapse and structure of the phase space. 
Dec. 1993  Dec. 1994  National Observatory of Athens (Greece), Institute of Astronomy, fellow. 
May 1993  Feb. 1994  University of Athens (Greece), School of Science, Faculty of Physics, Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, postgraduate student. Research project : Classical and quantum study of dynamical systems of three degrees of freedom. 
Visiting
Laboratoire d'Acoustique de l'Université du Maine, Le Mans (France). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Dr. Georgios Theocharis 
June 22 – June 28, 2015 Nov. 16 – Nov. 21, 2015 
Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, Academy of Athens, Athens (Greece). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Prof. Panos Patsis 
June 14 – July 10, 2015 
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (Germany). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Dr. Achilleas Lazarides 
Jan. 20 – Feb. 20, 2013 May 30 – July 31, 2013 Dec. 13, 2014 – Jan. 18, 2015 
Lohrmann Observatory, Technical University Dresden, Dresden (Germany). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Dr. Enrico Gerlach 
Apr. 28 – May 13, 2013 Nov. 21 – Nov. 27, 2015 
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (Germany). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Dr. Sergej Flach 
Jan. 13 – Feb. 12, 2012 July 16 – Aug. 31, 2012 
University of Patras, Center for Research and Application of Nonlinear Systems, Patras (Greece). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Prof. Tassos Bountis 
June 12 – June 14, 2011 May 27 – May 30, 2011 Apr. 5 – Apr. 8, 2011 Feb. 22 – Feb. 25, 2011 
University of Vienna, Institute for Astronomy, Vienna (Austria). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Prof. Rudolf Dvorak 
Apr. 19 – Apr. 24, 2010 
University of Namur, Department of Mathematics, Namur (Belgium). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Dr. Timoteo Carletti 
Feb. 1 – Feb. 4, 2010 
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland). Visiting researcher. Collaboration with Dr. Yannis Papaphilippou 
June 4 – June 20, 2007 Feb. 1 – Feb. 13, 2007 
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble (France). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Dr. Yannis Papaphilippou 
Sept. 19 – Sept. 30, 2005 
Observatory of Paris, IMCCE, Paris (France). Invited visitor. Collaboration with Prof. Jacques Laskar 
Nov. 2  Nov. 30, 2003 
Observatory of Marseille, Marseille (France). Invited visitor (research project of CNRS France). Collaboration with Dr. Lia Athanassoula 
Feb. 16  Feb. 28, 2003 Jan. 27  Feb. 9, 2002 Sept. 21  Oct. 7, 2001 July 12  July 28, 2000 
University of Bologna, Department of Physics, Bologna (Italy). Invited visitor (Human Capital and Mobility program). Collaboration with Prof. Giorgio Turchetti 
June 23  July 6, 2001 July 1995 
University of Milan, Department of Mathematics, Milan (Italy). Visiting postgraduate student (Human Capital and Mobility program / ERASMUS grant). Collaboration with Prof. Antonio Giorgilli 
July 1995 Oct. 1992  Dec. 1992 
University of Crete, Department of Chemistry, Heraklion (Greece). Visiting postgraduate student (project of Greek Ministry of Industry Research and Technology). Collaboration with Prof. Stavros Farantos 
Apr. 1994 Dec. 1993 
Participation in research projects

Chaos in disordered nonlinear lattices
Principal Investigator, National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, University of Cape Town, Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2018
Subject: Investigation of the mechanisms of chaos in various models of disordered nonlinear lattices in one and two dimensions. 
Chaotic energy transport in disordered nonlinear lattices
Principal Investigator, Research Office of the University of Cape Town, Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2016
Subject: Study of the characteristics of the chaotic wave packet spreading in disordered variants of two typical onedimensional Hamiltonian lattice models, namely the KleinGordon (KG) oscillator chain and the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equation (DNLS). 
Mathematical modeling of complex systems with applications to biomedicine, physics and the technology of materials (MACOMSYS)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2015
Subject: Study of the chaotic behavior of multidimensional Hamiltonian systems with emphasis to the problem of energy transport in nonlinear lattices. 
Chaotic energy spreading in disordered nonlinear lattices
Principal Investigator, Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Prog. No 89317), Feb. 2013 – Jan. 2014
Subject: Study of the chaotic nature of energy spreading in disordered nonlinear lattices. 
Critical phenomena and collective behaviour of multiparticle complex systems (Complex Matter)
University of Patras, Jan. 2011 – Dec. 2012
Subject: Development of numerical techniques for the integration of differential equations, the distinction between order and chaos, as well as the control of chaotic behavior, and applications to multidimensional systems. 
Beam Stability in Modern Light Sources via Frequency Map Analysis
Observatory of Paris, Feb. 2006 – Jan. 2008
Subject: Application of Frequency Map Analysis for understanding the beam stability limitations in modern light sources. 
Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems: Theory and applications to physical and biomedical sciences
Department of Mathematics, University of Patras, Apr. 2005 – Dec. 2006
Subject: Statistical properties of nonlinear dynamical systems. Computation of the size of chaotic regions in the phase space of Hamiltonian systems by the Smaller Alignment Index (SALI) method. Study of the complex behavior of coupled nonlinear oscillators. 
Orbital structure of 3 dimensional Nbody models of barred galaxies
Principal Investigator, Empeirikeion Foundation, Aug. 2004 – Jan. 2006
Subject: Study of the periodic orbits in analytic potentials of Nbody simulations of barred galaxies. Comparison of the morphological features of the simulations to the structures observed in real galaxies. 
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of chaotic regions of threedimensional galactic potentials
Academy of Athens, Jan. 2005 – Dec. 2005
Subject: Study of the phase space’s structure in the neighborhood of periodic orbits in 3D galactic potentials by the Smaller Alignment Index (SALI) method. 
Dynamics and fractal structures in discrete dynamical systems
Empeirikeion Foundation, Aug. 2004 – Sept. 2005
Subject: Study of the dynamics and diffusion properties of nonperiodic orbits in discrete dynamical systems, which are influenced by the presence of a fractal set of periodic orbits in the phase space. 
Study of the orbital structure of barred galaxies in Nbody simulations
Academy of Athens, Jan. 2002  Dec. 2004
Subject: Study of periodic orbits in potentials derived by Nbody simulations. 
Chaotic dynamics and statistical behavior of dynamical systems
Department of Mathematics, University of Patras, Jan. 2002  Dec. 2003
Subject: Dynamical and statistical study of ordered and chaotic behavior of mappings and Hamiltonian dynamical systems. 
Chaos in threedimensional Nbody models of barred galaxies. Specialized software and new technologies
Greek State Scholarship's Foundation, Dec. 2002  Nov. 2003
Subject: Study of the chaotic behavior in potentials of Nbody systems, derived by using different algorithms and hardware (GRAPEs and common computers). 
Vertical structure in barred galaxies
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) France, July 2000  Feb. 2003
Subject: Orbital structure of analytic potentials and Nbody simulations of barred galaxies 
Theoretical study of galaxies
E.U., Greek Ministry of Industry Research and Technology and Academy of Athens, Jan. 1999  Dec. 2001
Subject: Numerical methods for detecting the chaotic behavior of orbits in dynamical systems with n≥3 degrees of freedom. Study of periodic orbits in 3D Ferrers bar potentials which are believed to approximate the dynamics of real barred galaxies. Comparison of the morphological features of the periodic orbits to the observed structures in real galaxies. 
National program of controlled thermonuclear fusion
E.U., Contract ERB5005CT990100, July 1999  Dec. 2000
Subject: Study of the different stability types of periodic orbits of high dimensional autonomous Hamiltonian systems. 
YouRA: Young researchers in action
E.U., Sept. 1999  Feb. 2000
Subject: Implementation of Open Distance Learning in Didactics of Physics. 
Gravitational collapse and structure of the phase space
Greek Ministry of Industry Research and Technology, March 1996  March 1997
Subject: Theoretical and numerical study of the structures in the phase space of dynamical systems with three degrees of freedom and 4D maps. 
Human Capital and Mobility Program EPB4050PL930312
E.E.C., 1996
Subject: Study of the features of nonperiodic orbits of 4D maps composed of two coupled 2D maps 
Human Capital and Mobility Program ERBCHRXCT930330
E.E.C., 1995
Subject: Study of the bifurcations of periodic orbits in a class of Hénonlike 2D maps, which are simple models of a particle accelerator, having same linear parts but different nonlinear behavior. 
Classical and quantum study of dynamical systems of three degrees of freedom
Greek Ministry of Industry Research and Technology, May 1993  Feb. 1994
Subject: Study of the irregular periodic orbits in a chemical three body problem, the interaction of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of fluorine. 
ERASMUS
University of Milan (Italy), Visiting postgraduate student, Oct. 1992  Dec. 1992
Subject: Theoretical and numerical study of the effective stability in the restricted problem of three bodies. Application to the Trojan asteroids
Grants, Fellowships, Proposals, Awards

National Research Foundation (South Africa), Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) 2016, 630,000 ZAR, Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2018.

Awarded a rating of B1 (internationally acclaimed researcher) from the National Research Foundation (South Africa), with Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers, 480,000 ZAR, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2020.

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), guest scientist grant, 3,150 EUR, Dec. 13, 2014 – Jan. 18, 2015.

University of Cape Town (South Africa), Principal Investigator, Research Development Grant, 30,862 ZAR, Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2016.

University of Cape Town (South Africa), New Academic Practitioner Programme (NAPP) Startup Teaching Grant, 5,000 ZAR, June 2014.

University of Cape Town (South Africa), Startup Grant, 20,000 ZAR, Oct. 2013.

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), funding (≈ 40,000 EUR) for the organization of the workshop "Methods of Chaos Detection and Predictability: Theory and Applications" (MCDPTA13), Dresden, Germany, 17  21 June 2013.

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), guest scientist grant, 5,291 EUR, May 30 – July 31, 2013.

Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Principal Investigator of a research project, 4,000 EUR, Feb. 2013 – Jan. 2014.

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), guest scientist grant, 2,760 EUR, Jan. 20 – Feb. 20, 2013.

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), guest scientist grant, 3,658 EUR, July 16 – Aug. 31, 2012.

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), guest scientist grant, 2,670 EUR, Jan. 13 – Feb. 12, 2012.

'Maître de conférences' Qualification from the French state permitting job applications to French Universities in the field of 'Astronomy and Astrophysics' (section 34). Qualification number: 11234219123, 27 Jan. 2011  31 Dec. 2015.

Observatoire de Paris (France), Marie Curie IntraEuropean Fellowship (EIF), ≈ 202,000 EUR, Feb. 2006  Jan. 2008.

Principal Investigator of an Empeirikeion Foundation Grant (Greece), ≈ 2,000 EUR, Aug. 2004  Jan. 2006.

State Scholarships Foundation of Greece, postdoc fellowship,≈ 4,000 EUR, Dec. 2002  Nov. 2003.

University of Patras (Greece), Department of Mathematics, 'Karatheodoris' postdoc fellowship, ≈ 32,000 €, Jan. 2002  Dec. 2003.

National Observatory of Athens (Greece), Institute of Astronomy, fellowship, Dec. 1993  Dec. 1994.

ERASMUS grant, University of Milan (Italy), Visiting postgraduate student, Oct. 1992  Dec. 1992.
Editorial board membership

International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (World Scientific), EditorinChief: Chen G.R. & Chua L.O..
Associate Editor: 1/1/2012  31/12/2017
Guest Associate Editor: 1/1/2011  31/12/2011 
Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society (Hindawi Publishing Corporation).
Member of the Editorial Board: 12/2014  present. 
Contemporary Methods in Mathematical Physics and Gravitation (Academia Serdica Acta)
Member of the Editorial Board: 2/2015  present. 
Heliyon (Elsevier)
Member of the Editorial Board: 5/2015  present. 
Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (Frontiers)
Review Editor in Dynamical Systems: 12/2015  present.
Editorial activity

Co – editor (with Gottwald G. and Laskar J.) of the ‘Lecture Notes in Physics’ volume ‘Chaos Detection and Predictability’.
2016, Lect. Notes Phys., Vol. 915. 
Co – editor (with Gottwald G.) of the Focus Issue: ‘Chaos Detection Methods And Predictability’ of the journal ‘Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science’, where the proceeding of the International Workshop "Methods of Chaos Detection and Predictability: Theory and Applications (MCDPTA13)" (Dresden, Germany, June 2013) were published.
2014, Chaos, Volume 21, Issue 2. 
Co – editor (with Nicolis G., Robnik M. and Rothos V.) of two special issues of the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, where the proceedings of the International Conference "Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity: Theory, Methods and Applications" (Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2010) were published.
Issue 1: 2011, Int. J. Bifurc. Chaos, Volume 21, Issue 8.
Issue 2: 2012, Int. J. Bifurc. Chaos, Volume 22, Issue 9. 
November 2012 – present: coeditor of "Fainomenon", the magazine of the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
2013, Fainomenon, Issue (D)18,
2013, Fainomenon, Issue (D)19. 
1991 – 1992: member of the editorial team of "Fysikos Kosmos" the magazine published by the Greek Physicists Society.
Reviewer
for journals

Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulations

International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation
for research organizations

Expert/evaluator for the Fund for Scientific Research of Belgium (F.R.S.  FNRS Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique).

Expert/evaluator for the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus.

Expert/evaluator for the The Czech Academy of Sciences.

Expert/evaluator for the National Research Agency of France (ANR  Agence Nationale de la Recherche).

Expert/evaluator for the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece.
for web sites
of Ph.D. Theses

Gómez M. R.: 2006, "The role of invariant manifolds in the formation of spiral arms and rings in barred galaxies", Ph.D. Thesis, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain (external reviewer).

Manos A. : 2008, "A study of Hamiltonian dynamics with applications to models of barred galaxies", Ph.D. Thesis, Université de Provence, France & University of Patras, Greece (external reviewer).
Teaching experience

University of Cape Town (South Africa), Sept. 2013 – present.
Courses:
► Methods of Functions of Complex Variables (MAM3040W 3CV). Content: Complex Calculus.
Fall 2014, approximately 20 students, 30 lecture and 12 tutorial hours.
Fall 2015, approximately 20 students, 30 lecture and 12 tutorial hours.
Fall 2016, approximately 20 students, 30 lecture and 12 tutorial hours.
► Mathematics 1A for Engineers (MAM1020F), course convener. Content: Differential and Integral Calculus of One Variable Real Functions. Sequences and Series.
Fall 2016, approximately 700 students, 60 lecture and 26 tutorial hours.
► Computing for Chemical Engineers (MAM3085F), course convener. Content: Scientific Programming by utilizing the Scilab computing environment for solving chemical engineering problems, Elements of Numerical Analysis.
Fall 2014, approximately 90 students, 15 lecture and 33 tutorial hours.
Fall 2015, approximately 160 students, 24 lecture and 24 tutorial hours.
► Mathematics 1A for Engineers (MAM1020S), course convener. Content: Differential and Integral Calculus of One Variable Real Functions. Sequences and Series.
Spring 2014, approximately 25 students, 30 lecture and 12 tutorial hours.
Spring 2015, approximately 30 students, 30 lecture and 14 tutorial hours. 
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), July 2011 – Sept. 2013.
Undergraduate Courses (Physics Department):
► General Mathematics I. Content: Differential and Integral Calculus of One Variable Real Functions. Sequences and Series.
Fall 2012, approximately 70 students, 50 lecture hours.
► Theoretical Mechanics I. Content: Newtonian Mechanics.
Spring 2012, approximately 100 students, 50 lecture hours.
Spring 2013, approximately 100 students, 50 lecture hours.
► Theoretical Mechanics II. Content: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics.
Fall 2011, approximately 100 students, 50 lecture hours.
Fall 2012, approximately 100 students, 50 lecture hours.
► Calculus I. Content: Differential and Integral Calculus of One Variable Real Functions.
Fall 2011, approximately 120 students, 40 lecture hours.
Undergraduate Courses (Department of Mathematics):
► Mechanics of Continuous Media. Content: Introduction to tensor analysis. Deformation of elastic bodies. Ideal and Newtonian fluids.
Spring 2012, approximately 10 students, 40 lecture hours.
Spring 2013, approximately 15 students, 40 lecture hours (and Physics Department).
Postgraduate Courses (Program of Postgraduate Studies in ‘Computational Physics’, Physics Department):
► Simulation of chaotic systems. Content: Numerical methods for nonlinear dynamical systems. Symplectic integrators. Chaos detection techniques.
Spring 2012, approximately 10 students, 40 lecture hours.
Spring 2013, approximately 5 students, 40 lecture hours. 
Hellenic Open University (Greece), June 2000  July 2005 and Oct. 2006 – July 2013.
Courses:
► Mathematics for Informatics I (annual course). Content: Linear Algebra, Single Variable Calculus, Introduction to Probability Theory, Introduction to Matlab and Mathematica (2006 – 2013, 7 academic years, approximately 30 students per annum).
► Classical Physics I (annual course). Content: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism (2000 – 2005, 5 academic years, approximately 30 students per annum). 
Technological Educational Institute of Messolonghi (Greece), Sept. 2004 – Sept. 2005.
Courses:
► Econometrics (2 semesters, approximately 100 students and 25 lecture hours per semester).
► C programming language (lab) (2 semesters, approximately 110 students and 160 lecture hours per semester). 
"Hellenic Center of Information Technology" (Greece), a private Educational and Consulting Company specialized in Informatics, Management and Finance, Dec. 1998  July 1999 and Sept.  Oct. 2003.
Courses:
► Windows 98.
► Microsoft Office 97.
Student Advising

Senyange B.: 2016, "Chaotic behavior of onedimensional disordered nonlinear lattices", Ph.D. Thesis (expected end of 2018), Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Schwellnus A.M.: 2015, "Numerical Symplectic Integration Techniques for MultiDimensional Hamiltonian Systems", Third year project, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Rajaobelina Iarilala E.D.: 2015, "Numerical Investigation of Chaos", Structured M.Sc. Thesis, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Muizenberg, South Africa.

Yemata Mekondjou R. M.: 2015, "Numerical investigation of chaos by the Smaller (SALI) and the Generalized (GALI) Alignment Index methods", Structured M.Sc. Thesis, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Muizenberg, South Africa.

Grunow W.: 2014, "Chaos in Hamiltonian systems", Third year project, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Gkolias I.: 2013, "Chaos in 1dimensional nonlinear disordered lattices", M.Sc. Thesis, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (currently a Ph.D. candidate at University Roma Tor Vergata).

Manika D.: 2013, "Application of the Compound Matrix Theory for the computation of Lyapunov exponents of autonomous Hamiltonian systems", M.Sc. Thesis, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Member of Juries
for Ph.D. Theses

SánchezMartín P.: 2015, "Application of Dynamical System Methods to Galactic Dynamics: from Warps to Double Bars", Ph.D. Thesis, Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada I, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, 29 June 2015. President of the jury.

Papadopoulos N. : 2012, "Dynamical study of galaxies as realistic physical systems", Ph.D. Thesis, Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 12 June 2012.

Karanis G.I. : 2012, "Simulations of star motion in galactic models and their connection to the inverse problem of dynamics ", Ph.D. Thesis, Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 25 May 2012.
for M.Sc. Theses

Sotiriadis S. : 2013, "Symplectic integration of the planetary Nbody problem on GPU platforms", M.Sc. Thesis, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 4 September 2013.
Professional memberships

Member of the Centre for Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (CTMP) of the University of Cape Town.

Member of the Complex Systems Society

Member of the Complex Systems and Application (COSA)

Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Member of the Hellenic Mathematical Society.

Member of the Governing Council of the Greek Physicists Society.

Member of the Greek Society for Space and Astronomy.
Other activities

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of the University of Cape Town (South Africa)
► Feb. 2016 – present: Member of the Workload Distribution Committee.
► May 2015 – present: Member of the New Departmental Business Plan Committee.
► Aug. 2014 – present: Member of the Committee for the UCT Mathematics Competition.
► Aug. 2015 – Oct. 2015: Member of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Chief Technical Officer Selection Committee. Person hired: Mr. Mmoloki Nimrod Matotong.
► May 2015 – July 2015: Member of a faculty post Selection Committee. Person hired: Dr. Bishop Mongwane (Lecturer).
► Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2015: Organizer of the "Colloquium Talks" series of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
► Nov. 2014 – Apr. 2015: Member of the MAM Business Plan Committee.
► May 2014 – Nov. 2014: Member of the Committee for Subminima. 
Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece)
► November 2011 – September 2013: Member of the committee for Financial Issues.
► November 2011 – September 2013: Member of the committee for Courses and Lecture Halls Timetables.
► November 2011 – September 2013: Member of the committee for Reception of New Students (Educational Advisor).
► July 2011 – September 2013: Coorganizer (with Stergioulas N.) of the "Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics Section Seminar". 
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden, Germany)
► June 2008 – June 2011: Organizer of the "Discrete Breathers Seminar".
Meetings  Conferences
(a) Organization

International Workshop "Methods of Chaos Detection and Predictability: Theory and Applications" (MCDPTA13), Dresden, Germany, 17 – 21 June 2013
Main Organizer (with J. Laskar and G. Gottwald). 
International Conference: "Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity: Theory, Methods and Applications", Thessaloniki, Greece, 12 – 16 July 2010
Main Organizer (with V. Rothos). Member of the Scientific Program Committee and the Organizing Committee. 
21st International Conference "Nonlinear Science and Complexity", Athens, Greece, 21 July – 2 August 2008
Member of the LOC. 
20th International Summer School/Conference "Nonlinear Science and Complexity", Patras, Greece, 19  29 July 2007
Member of the LOC. 
4th Scientific Symposium "Great Moments of Physics: Current tendencies and achievements of Physical Sciences", Athens, Greece, 1  3 April 2005
Member of the Organizing Committee. 
International Conference & Summer School: Complexity in Science and Society, Patras & Ancient Olympia, Greece, 2004
Member of the LOC. 
3rd Scientific Symposium "Great Moments of Physics: The current developments in Physics and their influence at society", Larisa, Greece, 2004
Member of the Organizing Committee. 
15th Summer School / Panhellenic Conference "Non linear dynamics: Chaos and Complexity", Patras, Greece, 2002
Member of the LOC.
(b) Invited Participation

5th European PhD Summer SchoolConference on "Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems", Patras, Greece, 2015.
Invited speaker
Oral presentations: Numerical Methods for Hamiltonian Systems: Chaos Detection (Parts A and B) (pdf file, 12.62 Mb) 
International Workshop in Astronomy and Dynamics, Paris, France, 2015.
Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Chaotic dynamics of disordered nonlinear lattices (pdf file, 1.56 Mb and Video) 
Fourth International Workshop on Statistical Mechanics and Dynamical Systems, Athens, Greece, 2014. Invited speaker
Oral presentation: High order three part split symplectic integrators. Application to the disordered discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equation (pdf file, 3.86 Mb) 
9th International Summer School / Conference "Let’s Face Chaos through Nonlinear Dynamics", Maribor, Slovenia, 2014. Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Chaotic behavior of disordered nonlinear lattices (pdf file, 5.43 Mb) 
International Meeting "Perspectives in Nonlinear Dynamics" (A Satellite meeting of the STATPHYS 25 Conference), Hyderabad, India, 2013. Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Chaos in disordered nonlinear lattices (pdf file, 2.82 Mb) 
8th International Summer School / Conference "Let’s Face Chaos through Nonlinear Dynamics", Maribor, Slovenia, 2011. Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Efficient methods of chaos detection (pdf file, 9.45 Mb) 
8th Alexander von Humboldt Colloquium for Celestial Mechanics, Bad Hofgastein, Austria, 2011.Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Energy transport in disordered nonlinear chains (pps file, 20.8 Mb) 
International Conference "CELMEC V: The Fifth International Meeting on Celestial Mechanics", San Martino al Cimino, Viterbo, Italy, 2009. Invited speaker
Oral presentation: On the numerical integration of variational equations (pdf file, 680 Kb)
Poster presentation: Some aspects of the numerical integration of variational equations 
International Conference "Nonlinear Science and Complexity", Pescara, Italy, 2009. Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Spreading of wave packets in one dimensional disordered chains (pps file, 21.9 Mb)
Poster presentation: Behavior of the GALI indices for periodic orbits (pdf file, 1.13 Mb) 
Ecole Thématique du CNRS "Récentes Investigations en Dynamique des Corps Célestes dans les Systèmes Solaire et Extrasolaires", Bad Hofgastein, Austria, 2007.Invited speaker
Oral presentation: Mesure du chaos
(c) Participation

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Innovation (STEMI) Olympiads & Competitions Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015.

4th Ph.D. Summer School  Conference on "Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems", Athens, Greece, 2014.

Workshop of UCT's New Academic Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), Stellenbosch & Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.
Oral presentation: Teaching the new course: MAM3085F ‘Computing for Chemical Engineers’ (pdf file, 944 Kb) 
International Workshop "Methods of Chaos Detection and Predictability: Theory and Applications (MCDPTA13)", Dresden, Germany, 2013. Main Organizer
Oral presentation: The Smaller (SALI) and the Generalized (GALI) Alignment Index methods of chaos detection (pdf file, 2.14 Mb)
Poster presentation: Chaos and Localization on 1dimensional Nonlinear Disordered Lattices
Poster presentation: Computation of Lyapunov Characteristic Exponents Spectrum by the Compound Matrix Method
Poster presentation: Dynamical Behavior of a System of Interacting Vortices in a Confined BoseEinstein Condensate 
10th HSTAM 2013 International Congress on Mechanics, MiniSymposium "Complex Problems in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics", Chania, Greece, 2013.
Oral presentation: High order three part split symplectic integration schemes (pdf file, 2.57 Mb) 
European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS 12), Satellite Meeting "Critical Phenomena and Collective Behavior of MultiParticle Systems", Brussels, Belgium, 2012.
Oral presentation: Efficient integration schemes for the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger (DNLS) equation (pdf file, 2.70 Mb) 
2nd Conference on Localized Excitations in Nonlinear Complex Systems (LENCOS’ 12), Sevilla, Spain, 2012.
Oral presentation: Efficient integration schemes for the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger (DNLS) equation(pdf file, 2.42 Mb) 
Third Plenary Meeting "Complex Matter", Manchester, UK, 2012.
Oral presentation: Chaos in disordered nonlinear lattices (pdf file, 4.02 Mb) 
Second Plenary Meeting "Complex Matter", Patras, Greece, 2011.
Oral presentation: Energy localization in disordered nonlinear lattices (pdf file, 1.78 Mb) 
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG): 75th Annual Meeting of the DPG and DPG Spring Meeting, Dresden, Germany, 2011.
Oral presentation: Algorithms for the integration of variational equations of multidimensional Hamiltonian systems (pdf file, 447 Kb) 
International Conference: "Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity: Theory, Methods and Applications", Thessaloniki, Greece, 2010. Main Organizer
Oral presentation: Numerical integration of variational equations (pdf file, 789 Kb)
Poster presentation: A study of tangent dynamics using the GALI method: from the center of islands to the edge of chaos 
International Focus Workshop: "Few Body Dynamics in Atoms, Molecules and Planetary Systems", Dresden, Germany, 2010.
Oral presentation: The Smaller (SALI) and the Generalized (GALI) Alignment Index Methods of Chaos Detection: Theory and Applications (pdf file, 4.5 Mb) 
American Institute of Mathematical Sciences’ (AIMS’) 8th International Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Dresden, Germany, 2010.
Oral presentation: On the numerical integration of variational equations (pdf file, 789 Kb) 
International Conference "Dynamics Days Europe 2009", Göttingen, Germany, 2009.
Oral presentation: Spreading of wave packets in one dimensional disordered chains: Different dynamical regimes (pps file, 20.6 Mb) 
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) Spring Meeting of the Condensed Matter Section, Dresden, Germany, 2009.
Oral presentation: Spreading of wave packets in one dimensional disordered chains  I. Different dynamical regimes (pdf file, 379 Kb)
Poster presentation: Detecting chaos and determining the dimensions of tori in FermiPastaUlam lattices by the Generalized Alignment Index method(pdf file, 540 Kb) 
International Workshop on Anderson Localization in Nonlinear and ManyBody Systems, Dresden, Germany, 2009.
Poster presentation: Spreading of Wavepackets in OneDimensional Disordered Chains: Different Dynamical Regimes (pdf file, 680 Kb)
Poster presentation: Spreading of Wavepackets in OneDimensional Disordered Chains. Spreading Mechanisms (pdf file, 220 Kb)
Poster presentation: On the Energy Transfer in FPU Lattices (pdf file, 1.48 Mb) 
21st International Conference "Nonlinear Science and Complexity", Athens, Greece, 2008.
Oral presentation: Chaos detection techniques 
International Meeting on the Dynamics of Celestial Bodies, Litohoro, Greece, 2008.
Oral presentation: The Generalized Alignment Index (GALI) Method of Chaos Detection: Theory and Applications 
7th Alexander von Humboldt Colloquium for Celestial Mechanics, Bad Hofgastein, Austria, 2008.
Oral presentation: Detecting chaos, determining the dimensions of tori and predicting slow diffusion in FermiPastaUlam lattices by the GALI method 
Workshop on Mathematical Aspects of Celestial Mechanics, Paris, France, 2007.
Oral presentation: Realistic estimations of the stability region of the Trojan asteroids 
International Conference "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: Advances and Perspectives", Aberdeen, Scotland, 2007.
Oral presentation: The Generalized Alignment Index (GALI) Method of Chaos Detection: Theory and Applications
Poster presentation: Studying the dynamics of particle accelerators by the Frequency Map Analysis method using multibpm data 
20th International Summer School/Conference "Nonlinear Science and Complexity", Patras, Greece, 2007.
Oral presentation: Beam Stability in Modern Light Sources via Frequency Map Analysis
Poster presentation: Application of the Generalized Alignment Index Method to the Dynamics of Multidimensional Symplectic Maps 
22nd Particle Accelerator Conference, PAC07, Albuquerque, USA, 2007.
Poster presentation: Precise tune measurements from multiple beam position monitors 
Workshop "Asteroids and resonances: open problems and perspectives", Commemorative workshop for the 70th anniversary of Prof. Sylvio Ferraz Mello, Meudon, France, 2006.

19th Conference and Summer School "Complexity and Nonlinear Dynamics", Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006.
Oral presentation: A new method for distinguishing chaos from order in Hamiltonian systems
Poster presentation: Chaotic dynamics of Ndegree of freedom Hamiltonian systems 
American Institute of Mathematical Sciences’ (AIMS’) Sixth International Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Poitiers, France, 2006.
Oral presentation: The Generalized Alignment Index (GALI) method: Detecting order and chaos in conservative dynamical systems 
International Conference "Carles Simó Fest", S’ Agaró, Spain, 2006.
Poster presentation: The Generalized Alignment Index (GALI) method: Detecting order and chaos in conservative dynamical systems 
International Conference "CELMEC IV : A Meeting on Celestial Mechanics", San Martino al Cimino, Viterbo, Italy, 2005.
Oral presentation: The importance of periodic orbits in threedimensional galactic bars and modern numerical techniques for tracing them 
18th Summer School / Panhellenic Conference "Non linear Science and Complexity", Volos, Greece, 2005.
Oral presentation: Dynamical study of threedimensional galactic bars: Periodic orbits and new techniques for tracing them
Poster presentation: Chaotic dynamics of Ndegree of freedom Hamiltonian systems 
6th International Summer School / Conference "Let’s Face Chaos through Nonlinear Dynamics", Maribor, Slovenia, 2005.
Oral presentation: The importance of periodic orbits in threedimensional galactic bars and modern numerical techniques for tracing them
Poster presentation: Chaotic dynamics of Ndegree of freedom Hamiltonian systems 
4th Scientific Symposium "Great Moments of Physics: Current tendencies and achievements of Physical Sciences", Athens, Greece, 2005.

International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics, Chalkida, Greece, 2004.
Oral presentation: A Numerical Study of Soliton Solutions of the Boussinesq Equation using Spectral methods 
1st International Conference 'From Scientific Computing to Computational Engineering', Athens, Greece, 2004.
Oral presentation: Tracing Periodic Orbits in 3D Galactic Potentials by the Particle Swarm Optimization method
Oral presentation: Numerical Solution of the Boussinesq Equation using Spectral Methods and Stability of Solitary Wave Propagation 
International Conference & Summer School: Complexity in Science and Society, Patras & Ancient Olympia, Greece, 2004.
Oral presentation: Detecting Chaos by the Smaller Alignment Index (SALI) method (pdf file, 1.61 Mb)
Oral presentation: Detecting Chaos in Autonomous Hamiltonian Systems and Symplectic Maps (pdf file, 2.06 Mb)
Poster presentation: SALI: An Efficient Indicator of Regular and Chaotic motion of Multi – Degree of Freedom Hamiltonian Systems 
Workshop "Experimental Frequency Map Analysis in Accelerator Physics", Paris, France, 2003.

6th Hellenic Astronomical Conference, Penteli, Greece, 2003.
Poster presentation: Tracing periodic orbits in 3D galactic potentials by the Particle Swarm Optimization method
Poster presentation: Faceon views of 3D barred galaxies. 
NATO ASI "Chaotic Worlds: From Order to Disorder in Gravitational NBody Dynamical Systems", Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy, 2003.
Oral presentation: Smaller Alignment Index  SALI: A Simple Tool to Distinguish Chaotic from Ordered Motion
Poster presentation: Tracing periodic orbits in 3D galactic potentials by the Particle Swarm Optimization method. 
International Astronomical Union XXVth General Assembly, Symposium 220 "Dark Matter in Galaxies", Sydney, Australia, 2003.
Poster presentation: Boxy isophotes in faceon views of barred galaxies
Poster presentation: Formation of inner rings in 3D potentials of barred galaxies. 
International Workshop on Galaxies and Chaos, Theory and Observations, Athens, Greece, 2002.
Oral presentation: Detecting ordered or chaotic motion in Hamiltonian systems by the Smaller Alignment Index (SALI) method. 
15th Summer School / Panhellenic Conference "Non linear dynamics: Chaos and Complexity", Patras, Greece, 2002.
Oral presentation: Indices for distinguishing between regular and chaotic dynamics. 
5th International Summer School / Conference "Let’s Face Chaos through Nonlinear Dynamics", Maribor, Slovenia, 2002.
Oral presentation: Determining the ordered or chaotic nature of orbits in Hamiltonian systems by the Smaller Alignment Index (SALI) method.
Poster presentation: Finding periodic orbits in area preserving mapping by Topological Degree theory. 
GRACM 2002  4th GRACM Congress on Computational Mechanics, Patras, Greece, 2002.
Oral presentation: Smaller alignment index (SALI): Detecting order and chaos in conservative dynamical systems. 
International Conference on Libration Point Orbits and Applications, Aiguablava, Spain, 2002.
Oral presentation: Smaller alignment index (SALI): Determining the ordered or chaotic nature of orbits in conservative dynamical systems.
Poster presentation: Locating periodic orbits by Topological Degree theory. (pdf file, 407 Kb) 
5th Hellenic Astronomical Conference, Fodele, Crete, Greece, 2001.
Oral presentation: Alignment indices: a new method for determining the ordered or chaotic nature of orbits.
Poster presentation: Stability types of periodic orbits of multidimensional Hamiltonian systems.
Poster presentation: Realistic estimations of the effective stability region of the Trojan asteroids.
Poster presentation: The backbone of 3D bars. 
14th Summer School / Panhellenic Conference "Non linear dynamics: Chaos and Complexity", Patras, Greece, 2001.
Oral presentation: Stability of periodic orbits in multidimensional Hamiltonian systems. 
International Conference "CELMEC III : Third Meeting on Celestial Mechanics", Monte Porzio Catone, Italy, 2001.
Oral presentation: On the effective stability of the Trojan asteroids.
Poster presentation: Αlignment indices: a new indicator distinguishing between ordered and chaotic orbits. 
1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Nonlinear Problems, Athens, Greece, 2000.

International Workshop "Galactic Disks 99", Heidelberg, Germany, 1999.

4th Hellenic Astronomical Conference, Samos, Greece, 1999.
Oral presentation: Regions of effective stability in the restricted problem of three bodies.
Oral presentation: Dynamical spectra in systems with three degrees of freedom. 
12th Summer School / Panhellenic Conference "Non linear dynamics: Chaos and Complexity", Patras, Greece, 1999.
Oral presentation: Dynamical spectra and structures in the phase space of a fourdimensional symplectic map. 
International Workshop "Astronomy 2000+", Athens, Greece, 1998.

8th Summer School / 3rd Panhellenic Conference "Complexity and chaotic dynamics of nonlinear systems", Patras, Greece, 1996.
Poster presentation: Periodic orbits in the potential of FH2. 
Oneday course "Nonlinear dynamics, chaos, fractals, fractal kinetics in drug research", Athens, Greece, 1996.
Oral presentation: Introduction to nonlinear dynamics. 
International Conference "Hamiltonian systems with three or more degrees of freedom", S' Agaro, Barcelona, Spain, 1995.
Poster presentation: Numerical study of the phase space of a four dimensional symplectic map. 
First Panhellenic Astronomical Meeting, Athens, Greece, 1992.
Oral presentation: Study of a 4D mapping. 
5th Summer School of Nonlinear Physics and Mathematics, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 1992.

International Conference "Chaotic dynamics: theory and practice", Patras, Greece, 1991.

4th Summer School of Nonlinear Physics and Mathematics, Samos, Greece, 1990.

2nd Summer School of Nonlinear Physics and Mathematics, Samos, Greece, 1988.