Robótica Keynote Speaker: Prof. Kimon Valavanis (Denver University) Modeling and Navigation Controller Design of a Circulation Control Fixed-Wing UAV

Modeling and Navigation Controller Design of a Circulation Control Fixed-Wing UAV


Prof. Dr. Ing. Prof. Kimon P. Valavanis

Dr. Valavanis received the Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (5 years of study) in 1981 from the National Technical University of Athens (, Greece, and he completed the Professional Engineer (PE) exams in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in February 1982. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and the PhD degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) ( in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He held the Analog Devices Career Development Chair for Assistant Professors at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University (, Boston, where he was also Director of the Robotics Laboratory. He was with The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette ( where he served as Associate Professor (1991-1995) and Professor (since 1995) of Computer Engineering, as Associate Director for Research at the A-CIM Center (1993-1999) and as Director of the Robotics and Automation Laboratory. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Denver. Dr. Valavanis’ research interests are focused in the areas of Unmanned Systems, Distributed Intelligence Systems, Robotics and Automation. He has published over 300 book chapters, technical journal/transaction and referred conference papers. He has organized two International Advanced Robotics Programme (IARP) meetings in Lisbon, Portugal, and Lafayette, LA, he has taught Tutorial Workshops at the IEEE CDC, ACC, and ICRA, Conference on Telecommunications (ConTel) and the Mediterranean Conference in Control and Automation. 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 Magazine for ten years (1996-2005). He was also the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems until 2006, and since then, he serves as the Editor-in- Chief of the Journal. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Series on Microprocessor Based and Intelligent Systems Engineering Series published by Springer. He also served as a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Committee for three years, and as co-chair/chair of the Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Technical Committee (2008-2010). He 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.