Past Member Spotlight 2021
Alastair (Al) Boulding
Al has played a vital role in SCiDUC from the very beginning working with Joe Burgett and the rest of the Board with a wide range of organizational logistics. Some of Al’s key contributions are creating the SCiDUC website, coordinating quarterly meetings, keeping up with our social media, and many other critical organizational tasks. In addition to supporting SCiDUC, Al has been working with Dr. Joe Burgett at Clemson University with their drone program over the past year. As a Ph.D. student, he has assisted with several drone research projects and has taught drone classes to undergraduate and graduate students. As a testament to his exceptional abilities and depth of professional experience, he recently accepted a position with Clemson University as a full-time lecturer in the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management. Thank you for all of your help in making SCiDUC what it is today.
Thanks again Al!!
Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios
Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios is SCiDUC’s Member Spotlight recipient for May 2021. He is an Assistant Professor of Robotics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). He is the Director of the Unmanned Systems & Robotics Laboratory (USRL) working on perception, navigation and control of unmanned systems focusing on unmanned aircraft. USRL has a fleet of 15 drones including commercial, customized and in-house built systems used in several monitoring\inspection applications.
Dr. Vitzilaios has more than 15 years of experience in the field; he earned his PhD in 2010 working on the autonomous control of small-scale unmanned helicopters. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta (2011-2012) he worked on nonlinear control of heavy lift unmanned helicopters. As a Research Scientist (2012-2015) at the University of Denver, he worked on a National Science Foundation project on the development and integration of teams of aerial and ground robots. Prior to joining UofSC (2017) he was a Senior Lecturer of Robotics at Kingston University London (United Kingdom) where he was elected a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr. Vitzilaios has more than 30 publications in international conferences and journals. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and member of the organizing committee of the annual International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS).
Congratulations Dr. Vitzilaios for being our SCiDUC May 2021 member spotlight!
Maziar plays a lead role in developing the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies’ (CCGT) drone program and keeping the center current with emerging technology in imagery and remote sensing. He is also an FAA Part 107 certified remote pilot and responsible for collaborating with faculty members and researchers at Clemson University with state-of-the-art applications of unmanned aerial systems and implementation of Machine/Deep Learning algorithms for airborne imagery products.
In addition to his role at the CCGT, Maziar is pursuing his Ph.D. in AI and Robotics in Interdisciplinary Intelligence Research Lab at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Clemson University and expects to graduate in December 2021. Throughout his work and research at Clemson, Maziar has worked in various UAV-related projects such as multi-UAV teams motion/mission planning, UAV operating systems, remote sensing, and airborne imagery visualization and analysis.
Thanks, Maziar for everything you're doing!!!