Dr. Konstantinos Kanistras

Assistant professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

Biography

Dr. Kanistras obtained his PhD from the University of Denver. His research involved investigating the effect of upper surface active flow blowing on different trailing edge geometries. After his graduation he worked at Unmanned Systems Research Institute at the University of Denver as a research scientist for two years, where he was supervising undergraduate and graduate students and conducting research on active flow blowing techniques. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Denver from September 2016 until December 2017, where he taught a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses in electrical and computer engineering. He has published the first book in Circulation Control based small-scale Unmanned Aircraft, 3 book chapters and 15 journal articles and conference proceedings. He is an AIAA member since 2012.

Dr. Konstantinos Kanistras's Curriculum CV
Dr. Konstantinos Kanistras Lab Webpage


Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Denver, Denver, USA 2016
  • MSc. , Aerospace Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK, 2008
  • B.S., Physics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece 2007

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 - A. Mentzelopoulos Scholarship, University of Patras.
  • 2012 - Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement, University of Denver.
  • 2014 - Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship, University of Denver.
  • 2015- Graduate Student Scholar of the Year, University of Denver.

Publications

  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford, "Circulation Control System for Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft", (U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/422,517 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 15, 2016). (Applied for Non-Provisional patent)
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford, "Foundations of Circulation Control Based Small-Scale Unmanned Aircraft: A Comprehensive Methodology from Concept to Design and Experimental Testing", Springer, December 2017, (Monograph).
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford, "Circulation Control Based Fixed-Wing UAV Design and Performance Evaluation", Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Second Edition, Springer, 2017. (Book Chapter in print)
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Goncalo Martins, Matthew J. Rutherford and Kimon P. Valavanis, "A Survey of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Traffic Monitoring", Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Springer, 2014, 2643-2666.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford "Wind Tunnel Investigation of a Circulation Control Wing with Dual Radius Flaps", Journal of Aircraft.
  • Cameron Rosen, Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon Valavanis and Matthew Rutherford, "System Identification and Controller Implementation of a Centrifugal Compressor for Circulation Control Applications", Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems.
  • Pranith Chander Saka, Konstantinos Kanistras, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford "Design and Development of an Air Supply Unit for Unmanned Circulation Control Aerial Vehicles", International Journal of Aircraft (In progress).
  • Michael G. Michailidis, Konstantinos Kanistras, Mohammed Agha, Matthew J. Rutherford and Kimon P. Valavanis "Robust Nonlinear Control of the Longitudinal Flight Dynamics of a Circulation Control Fixed Wing UAV" 56th IEEE conference on Decision and Control, December 12-15, Melbourne Australia (Accepted for Publication) 2017.
  • Michael G. Michailidis, Mohammed Agha, Konstantinos Kanistras, and Matthew J. Rutherford and Kimon P. Valavanis "A Controller Design Framework for a NextGen Circulation Control Based UAV" IEEE CCTA conference, Hawaii 2017.
  • Mohammed Agha, Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford, "System Identification of Circulation Control UAV Using X-Plane Flight Simulation Software and Flight Data ", AIAA Aviation, Denver (Co), 5-9 June 2017.
  • Cameron Rosen, Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew Rutherford, "Design and Development of a Control Scheme for UC2AV: Unmanned Circulation Control Aerial Vehicle ", AIAA SciTech, Grapevine, Texas, 9-13 January 2017.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford, "UC2AV: Unmanned Circulation Control Aerial Vehicle for Short Takeoff and Enhanced Payload", AIAA AVIATION Washington (DC), 13-17 June 2016.
  • Pranith Chander Saka, Konstantinos Kanistras, Kimon P. Valavanis and Matthew J. Rutherford, "Development of a Framework for a Circulation Control-Based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle", IEEE Aerospace Conference, Montana, USA, 2016.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon Valavanis, Nikolaos Vitzilaios and Matthew Rutherford, "Low Speed Wind Tunnel Investigation of a Circulation Control Wing for Enhanced Lift", AIAA Aviation Dallas, Texas, 22-26 June 2015.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Pranith Chander Saka, Kimon P. Valavanis, Nikolaos I. Vitzilaios and Matthew J. Rutherford , "Design and Development of an Air Supply Unit for Circulation Control Wing-Based UAVs", IEEE Aerospace Conference, Montana, USA, 2015.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Matthew J Rutherford, Nikolaos Vitzilaios and Kimon P Valavanis "Experimental Study of Circulation Control Wings at Low Reynolds Numbers", 32nd Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Aviation, Atlanta, 2014.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Matthew J. Rutherford and Kimon P. Valavanis, "Development of a Circulation Control Wing for UAVs", IEEE Aerospace Conference, Montana, USA, 2014.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Goncalo Martins, Matthew J. Rutherford and Kimon P. Valavanis, "A Survey of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Traffic Monitoring", International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Atlanta, 221-234, 2013.
  • Christopher Brune, Tanarat Dityam, Jonathan Girwar-Nath, Konstantinos Kanistras, Goncalo Martins, Allistair Moses, Ioannis Samonas, Joseph L. St. Amour, Matthew J. Rutherford and Kimon P. Valavanis, "Enabling Civilian Applications of Unmanned Teams Through Collaboration, Cooperation and Sensing", SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing, 2012.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras, Saka Pranith Changer, Kimon P. Valavanis, Nikolaos I. Vitzilaios and Matthew J. Rutherford "Plenum Design for Circulation Control Wings" DU2SRI-2014-11-001.
  • Konstantinos Kanistras and Kimon P. Valavanis, "Circulation Control and active flow techniques on UAVs for enhanced performance" Tutorial in ICUAS 2017 Conference, Miami, USA.
  • Jessica Alvarenga, Konstantinos Kanistras, Nikolaos I. Vitzilaios, Matthew J. Rutherford, and Kimon P. Valavanis. Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology Overview Short Course, University of Denver Unmanned Systems Research Institute, Front Range Airport, CO, USA. September 5, 2013.