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John Evans Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI)
Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Denver, USA
Biography: Dr. Kimon P. Valavanis received his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1986. He is John Evans Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Denver. He is also the Founding Director of the DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI). He holds a Guest Professorship in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Department of Telecommunications, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was also invited through the European Union PhD Research Program in Italy to teach Robotics and Unmanned Systems at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Gestionale e dell’ Automazione, Universitά Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. He is a member of the Advisory Board of European Union (EU) funded projects.
He has graduated 35 PhD students and more than 80 M.Sc. students. He has attracted and has helped attracting more than $50M in research funds from Federal and State agencies, industry and the private sector. While in Europe, he was funded by the Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology, the European Union, industry, and from the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology (joint projects). Dr. Valavanis' research interests focus on the areas of Unmanned Systems, Distributed Intelligence Systems, Robotics and Automation. He has published close to 400 book chapters, technical journal/transaction, referred conference papers, invited papers and technical reports. He has authored, co-authored and/or edited 16 books including: On Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System: Issues, Challenges, Operational Restrictions, Certification, and Recommendations (with K. Dalamagkidis and L. A. Piegl), Springer 2009, with a 2nd Edition published in 2012; Linear and Nonlinear Control of Small Scale Unmanned Rotorcraft (I. A. Raptis, K. P. Valavanis), Springer, 2012; Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (editors, K. P. Valavanis, G. J. Vachtsevanos), Springer, 2015, which is the only one published worldwide – a five-Volume Handbook that includes all aspects of UAVs. He also holds several patents in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles.
He served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions in Robotics and Automation from 2/1996-2/1999, as the Robotics and Automation Society “Discrete Event Dynamic Systems Technical Committee” co-Chair for two years, and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine from 1994 to 1995. He was Editor-in-chief of the same Magazine for ten years (1996-2005). He was Book Review Editor of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (JINT) until 2006, and since then, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of JINT. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Series on Microprocessor Based and Intelligent Systems Engineering Series published by Springer. He served as a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Committee for three years, and serves as co-chair/chair of the Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Technical Committee (2008 - present).
Dr. Valavanis has received invitations by the European Union to be an evaluator of IP and STREP projects as part of the 7th European Union (EU) Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development (FP7) – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT-2009.2.1 Cognitive Systems and Robotics), and he also served as a member of the Hearing Committee panel in Luxemburg. He is an appointed Scientific Project Reviewer in projects financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia and in research projects evaluated by the Italian Evaluation of Research Quality exercise (VQR 2004-2010). Dr. Valavanis has been on the organizing committee of many conferences, serving as General, Program, Registration, Local Arrangements Chair.
He has established the ICUAS Association, Inc., which organizes the annual International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) and has served as General Chair of the ICUAS, which he started in 2008. In 1998, he was elected as Vice President – Administration of the Mediterranean Control Association (MCA).
Dr. Valavanis was a Distinguished Speaker in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (- 2003), a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a Fulbright Scholar (Senior Lecturing & Research Award).
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