Vice President for Research and Innovation

Vassilis L. Syrmos

(808) 956-5006


University of Hawai‘i
Sinclair 10
2425 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

As vice president for research and innovation of the University of Hawai‘i System, Vassilis Syrmos is charged with providing critical leadership and coordination of systemwide research and innovation efforts, including strategic direction, management of UH’s research support, technology transfer/commercialization and compliance functions.

Since 1991, he has been with the department of electrical engineering at UH Mānoa, where he is a professor. He has also served as the associate dean of the College of Engineering. He spent a sabbatical leave at The Boeing Company as a research fellow. Syrmos has previously served as the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

His interests include geometric and algebraic approaches in linear system theory, computational algorithms methods for signal and image processing, robust/optimal filter design in systems, medical imaging, and prognostics and diagnostics methods related to condition based maintenance systems. He is the author/coauthor of more than 100 journal and conference papers and the book Optimal Control, 2nd edition, John Wiley, 1995. He was an associate editor of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing.

He has served in numerous international conferences in technical program committees, editorial boards and organizing committees. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Air Systems Command, the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Air Force Research Labs at Wright Patterson, the Army Research Labs, The Boeing Company, Hawaiian Electric Company and Hamamatsu Photonics.

Syrmos has been a consultant for the Canada France Hawai‘i Telescope, Innovative Solutions, Science Technology International and others. He is a Boeing AD Welliver Fellow, a member of the Sigma Xi research organization, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and was a member of the board of the Hawai‘i Technology Development Venture program. He is a board member of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH), Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority (NELHA), Hawai‘i Green Growth and Hawaii Technology Development Corporation.

Syrmos obtained his PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology in electrical engineering and a diploma in electrical engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

Office of Research Services

Victoria G. Rivera, Acting Director

(808) 956-8102

Office of Research Compliance

Victoria G. Rivera, Director

(808) 956-8102

Office of Innovation and Commercialization

James Deane, Director

(808) 956-0644

Cost Studies and Data Analysis

Kevin Hanaoka, Director

(808) 956-7874

Research Support Center

Darcie S. Yoshinaga, Director

(808) 956-7800

Applied Research Laboratory at UH

Margo Edwards, Director

(808) 956-0431

STEM Pre-Academy

Lauren Kaupp, Director

(808) 956-7012

Academy of Creative Media System

Christopher Lee, Director

(808) 956-4578

Office of Strategic Health Initiatives

Aimee Grace, MD, Director

(808) 369-1200

Office of Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation

Kamuela Enos, Director

(808) 956-8089

Office of Land and Ocean Conservation Futures

Suzanne Case, Director

(808) 956-9075

Anthony Ching, Director of Federal Relations for UH System

(808) 956-3984