What’s the Flight Plan? Drones and UAVs: Where This Technology Can Take Us.

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or “drones” as they are commonly known, have long been associated by the general public with military applications.  Media reports often depicted unmanned planes, controlled by remotely located pilots, destroying targets overseas.  While this technology is certainly growing as a tool for the military, it has quietly become a powerful and productive tool for other commercial, private, and government uses in areas such as agriculture, law enforcement, hunting and many more.  UAVs have also made recent headlines thanks to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Colorado’s own “drone-hunting” town of Deer Trail.  Dr. Kimon Valavanis is an internationally known expert in this field with decades of experience.  He will explain why the UAVs are so useful, some of their versatile uses outside of the military, and how his program at D.U. is affecting the landscape.  Furthermore, he will explain some of the societal, legal and safety issues associated with this amazing technology.

About Kimon Valavanis

Dr. Valavanis leads the cutting edge fields of unmanned systems, distributed intelligence systems, and robotics and automation.  As an internationally recognized authority in this field, he has completed hundreds of publications and speaking engagements around the world.  He is Professor and Chair of DU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Acting Chair of the Computer Science Department.  He is also a Guest Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in the Department of Telecommunications for the University of Zagreb, Croatia.  In 2009, he established the DU Unmanned Systems Laboratory (DU2SL). (http://du2sri.du.edu/)  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems and a Fullbright Scholar.  Dr. Valavanis received a Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Computer and Systems Engineering).  He is also a Professional Engineer (PE) of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

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