TBOMet General Public Communication

Posted by on Dic 12, 2018 in Blog, News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

Scientific news targeted to general public published by UC3M. La Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) ha participado en un proyecto europeo de investigación, denominado TBO-Met, en el que se ha desarrollado un algoritmo que maximiza la previsibilidad de los vuelos y reduce el riesgo de toparse con fenómenos tormentosos (potencialmente peligrosos). Gracias a ello, se puede mejorar la seguridad, aumentar la capacidad del tráfico aéreo y reducir los retrasos. Incluso con la ayuda de los últimos avances en tecnología de pronóstico meteorológico, el tiempo puede ser difícil de predecir. Esto supone un problema para la gestión de los vuelos, que requiere de un pronóstico eficaz para poder garantizar un tráfico fluido. La investigación realizada por los científicos del proyecto TBO-Met (Meteorological Uncertainty Management for Trajectory Based Operations) ha dado lugar a un algoritmo que se aplica a la trayectoria de la aeronave – lo que se conoce como el plan de vuelo – y que permite prever mejorar el tráfico aéreo al tener en cuenta las incertidumbres del pronóstico del tiempo. Este avance permite incrementar la capacidad del sistema, es decir,  el número de aviones que pueden volar en un fragmento de espacio y tiempo. “El impacto de la meteorología y la incertidumbre asociada en la aviación es muy alto. Se estima que aproximadamente entre el 20 y el 30 por ciento de los retrasos en Europa están relacionados con el clima, con unas pérdidas estimadas en 180-200 millones de euros al año”, explica el profesor del departamento de Bioingeniería e Ingeniería Aeroespacial de la UC3M, Manuel Soler Arnedo, responsable del proyecto TBO-Met en la UC3M. De hecho, solo en 2017 se estimaron pérdidas de 215 millones de euros por los 2,1 millones de minutos de retraso atribuidos a las inclemencias meteorológicas. El objetivo de TBO-Met es optimizar las trayectorias de las aeronaves, de modo que se eviten problemas de seguridad y retrasos en los vuelos. Para ello, se ha estudiado la incertidumbre meteorológica, es decir, los fenómenos meteorológicos de difícil predicción, como el granizo, la formación de hielo severo y los rayos, que pueden infligir daños considerables a las aeronaves. El proyecto se ha centrado en entender, caracterizar y reducir esta incertidumbre. Para ello, se ha enfocado en dos problemas principales: el análisis de la demanda del sector en cuanto al número de aviones que deben estar operativos y la planificación de trayectorias teniendo en cuenta las incertidumbres del pronóstico del tiempo y la actividad de las tormentas. El proyecto TBO-Met está formado por equipos de investigación de la UC3M, la Universidad de Sevilla, la Loddron Universität Salzsburg (en Austria), la Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) y MeteoSolutions GmbH (en Alemania). Pertenece al programa europeo para la...

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2 PhD positions Open (Starting Sept. 2018)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog, News & Events | 0 comments

We are ofering two PhD positions (starting on Sept. 2018): 1 PhD on topics related to stochastic optimal control applied to trajectory optimization in aerospace engineering. Aero UC3M_ATM 1 PhD on topics related to data science techniques applied to air traffic management Aero UC3M_Data_Science Candidate skills and Requirements  The ideal candidate will have: A university degree (Master’s level or equivalent) mathematical sciences, atmospheric sciences/data science/big data, or aerospace /aviation engineering Skills on control, optimization and algorithmic programming (python preferred) Skills of data science, e.g. knowledge discovery in databases (artificial intelligence, machine learning). Solid skills in both written and spoken English. Great dose of imagination, problem solving skills, passion, and eagerness to learn. A strong academic record and international experience. Outstanding students with only a partial match to this list are encouraged to apply. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Benefits and conditions The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering (Area of Aerospace Engineering) of the University Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). In particular, she/he will work within ASAP (dynamics and control of aerospace systems) research group – https://aero.uc3m.es/DynamicsAndControlAerospaceSystems.html-. The conditions are as follows: Salary and duration of the appointment are those determined by UC3M for PhD students (typically 14k to 18k € gross per year and 3-4 years). Additional salary complements for the participation in both European and National research projects (see TBO-Met and OptMet as examples), and in contracts with different companies, e.g., Boeing Research and Technology. Additional elements: laptop computer; and Health Insurance Covered by the Spanish health system. International secondments in prestigious universities and research centers will be granted. Our PhD students have visited in the past, e.g., ETH Zürich, ENAC, ESA, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Opportunity to travel to international conferences (Europe and oversees) and present research activities. Publication in top quality journals. Become part of a young, dynamic, highly qualified, collaborative team. Flexible working environment and schedule. The possibility to develop a unique career outside of mainstream: academia, research centers, international environment, private companies and start-ups. An agile working methodology; ASAP recently implemented JIRA/Scrum and all the research is done on a collaborative wiki/Confluence. To Apply Email directly to Prof. Soler (masolera@ing.uc3m.es) with: 1) a CV; 2) a motivation letter indicating your interest in the topic. Moreover, recommendation letters (or the name and contact info of recommendation person) are welcomed (though not mandatory). Deadline Call for applications will remain open until an adequate candidate is found. Expected start will be in September. Ideally, we would like to do the selection process no later than...

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Paper published at Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog, News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

We have published the following paper:   Robust Aircraft Trajectory Planning under Wind Uncertainty using Optimal Control. D. González-Arribas, Manuel Soler, and Manuel Sanjrujo. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. Accepted for publication (Sept. 2017). The final (edited by AIAA) version will be made available very soon in articles in advance (with a DOI assigned) and thereafter assigned to a...

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Workshop on Uncertainty and ATM

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Blog, News & Events | 0 comments

We are organizing a Workshop on “Uncertainty and Air Traffic Management”. The workshop is organized within the framework of Opt-Met project (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness). TBO-Met project (funded by SESAR under H2020) activities will be also presented. You can find all the information @ Workshop on “Uncertainty...

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Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineeing (Second Edition Published)

Posted by on Ago 30, 2017 in Blog, News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering, in its first edition published in 2014, has been a success (in my modest opinion): More than 1500 units sold via the various CreateSpace distribution channels; more than 2500 downloads at the website; more than 12000 reads in ResearchGate. Nevertheless, improvements are always needed. Along these (almost) four years,  several errata have been spotted and corrected in this second edition. In addition, some on the contents have been improved and extended. As in the first edition, the book is divided into three parts, namely: Introduction, The Aircraft, and Air Transportation, Airports, and Air Navigation, including an appendix. Main modifications include the following: new exercises have been proposed, including computer based exercises in the appendix; some chapters have been revised and completed; the air navigation contents have been split into two independent chapters, namely: Air Traffic Management and Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance. As in the first edition, space engineering is almost totally missing. The course originally was aimed at providing an introduction to aeronautical engineering with the focus on commercial aircraft, and thus space vehicles, space systems, space materials, space operations, and/or orbital mechanics are not covered in this book. Neither helicopters or unmanned air vehicles are covered. I refer interested readers to a edX Course entitled {\it The conquest of Space}, an introductory course to space engineering (including both technical and historical insight) prepared by some colleagues at the Aerospace Department at UC3M, including myself. Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA) 3.0 License, and it is offered in open access in «pdf» format. The document can be accessed and downloaded at the book’s website www.aerospaceengineering.es. This licensing is aligned with a philosophy of sharing and spreading knowledge. Writing and revising over and over this book has been an exhausting, very time consuming activity. To acknowledge author’s effort, a donation platform has been activated  at the book’s website. Also, printed copies can be acquired at low cost price (lower than self printing) via...

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