Member Spotlight

SCiDUC recognizes members who have made a significant contribution to incorporating UAS technology to improve the execution of their agency's mission.  To nominate a SCiDUC member for the SCiDUC Member Spotlight, please click the button below and provide a short description as to why you feel they should be recognized.


May 2021

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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!

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