Faculty & Staff
Dr. Kimon Valavanis is a John Evans Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is also Director of the DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI). He holds a Guest Professor appointment in the Department of Telecommunications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests span the areas of intelligent control, robotics and automation, and distributed intelligent systems, focusing on: integrated control and diagnostics of unmanned systems; modeling and formation control of cooperative robot teams; navigation/control of unmanned aerial vehicles; modeling, design and development of complex mechatronic systems; design of the next generation of unmanned systems; mathematical theories for intelligent machines. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Senior Member of IEEE, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (Springer), and Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Matt Rutherford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also Deputy Director of the DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI). His research portfolio includes: the development of advanced controls and communication mechanisms for autonomous aerial and ground robots; applications of real-time computer vision to robotics problems using GPU-based parallel processing; testing and dynamic evaluation of embedded, real-time systems; development of complex mechatronic systems (mechanical, electrical, and software); the development of software techniques to reduce the amount of energy being consumed by hardware; development of a high-precision propulsion system for underwater robots.
Dr. Mohammad Mahoor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is also the director of image processing and computer vision laboratory at DU. His research interests include image processing, effective computing and robotics, aiming at developing automated vision systems for object recognition and facial expression recognition. He also outreach the community aiming at promoting public understanding and awareness of innovative technology (e.g. social robots) for well-being and health care.
Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios is a Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Denver. His research interests include the design and development of autonomous navigation systems for different types of unmanned vehicles, applied control theory and experimental robotics with emphasis on real world problems and commercializable research prototypes. He is an expert in unmanned rotorcraft modeling, design and control, with significant hands-on experience in building unmanned helicopters. Prior to joining DU he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Alessandro Benini is a Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Denver. He received his PhD degree in Automation Engineering at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. His research interests include the development of cooperating autonomous mobile systems (UAV and UGV) with high safety performance and reliability, cooperative localization, UWB sensors, simulation and control of dynamic systems. He was an exchange PhD Student at the University of Denver working on vision aided autonomous landing for UAVs, using inertial sensors and GPU-based parallel computing methods. He has worked as Algorithm Engineer for “Civitanavi Systems S.r.l.”, Italy, Europe, focusing on the development of Inertial Navigation Systems, AHRS, embedded programming based on Civitanavi’s proprietary Fiber Optic Gyroscope technology.
Dina Fragkedaki, is currently the Visiting Managing Administrator of the DU2SRI. She has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Social and Technological Development and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Social and Political Sciences. She is the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, published by Springer. She has been an organizing committee member of international conferences and workshops. She has participated in Research Groups conducting studies for the operation of International Organizations and international relations/policies between countries. Her expertise is in Project Management, Technology transfer, Intellectual Property Rights, Patents and new product development. Prior to joining to DU she was Director, Administrative Branch, Office of Research Planning and Development at the Technical University of Crete, Greece.