SESAR Young Scientist Award Webinar

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Blog, News & Events | 0 comments

Launched in 2012, the SESAR Young Scientist Award recognised young scientists who have demonstrated excellence in ATM and aviation-related research fields. On 29 June, the SESAR JU organised a webinar to touch base with some of the previous winners of the award, learn how their careers have developed since winning, and hear their views on how our industry can nurture, attract and retain young talent. The webinar heard from three former winners of the award: Gianluca Di Flumeri won the award in 2018 for a ground-breaking method for evaluating controllers’ mental workload using brain activity measurements. Read more about Gianluca’s research. 2015 winner, Floris Herrema, whose work helps to enhance the understanding of the behaviour of aircraft on final approach. It has a direct impact on the safety of time-based separation (TBS), as deployed at Heathrow Airport, as well as the RECAT 2 reduction in wake vortex separation between pairs of aircraft on final approach. Read more about Floris’ research. Manuel Soler, winner of the 2013 award for his work on ‘Commercial Aircraft Trajectory Optimization based on Multiphase Mixed Integer Optimal Control’, who will explain how his career has evolved since winning the award. Today, Manuel has become more actively engaged with SESAR. Read more about Manuel’s current research within the SESAR programme. Watch the webinar playback...

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Paper Publiched at Acta Astronautica

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

Share your article! Dear Dr Soler, As co-author of the article Hybrid multi-objective orbit-raising optimization with operational constraints, we are pleased to let you know that the final version – containing full bibliographic details – is now available online. To help you and the other authors access and share this work, we have created a Share Link – a personalized URL providing 50 days’ free access to the article. Anyone clicking on this link before July 31, 2020 will be taken directly to the final version of your article on ScienceDirect, which they are welcome to read or download. No sign up, registration or fees are required. Your personalized Share Link:...

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2 PostDoc and 3PhD Positions Open (until March-April 2020)

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Blog, News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain ( invites applications to fill: 2 positions at Post-Doctoral level 3 PhD positions The successful candidates will join the Dynamics and Control in Aerospace Systems Lab, within the Aero Research Group ( In particular, they will work in the Air Navigation and Control research line with Prof. Manuel Soler ( The duties of the new group members include: To develop different tasks in recently granted European projects. Information of these projects can be found at The topics include: Aircraft Trajectory Optimization and Climate Change (1 PhD) Artificial Intelligence and data-driven algorithms applied to Air Traffic Management and Meteo (1PhD and 1 PostDoc) Parallel and GPU optimization applied to Air Traffic Management (1 PhD and 1 PostDoc) To teach courses and supervise student projects within UC3M Bachelor and master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Space Engineering. Teaching workload (if any) would be in any case low. Information on these two degrees, exclusively taught in English, is available at To contribute establishing a vigorous, internationally-competitive scientific research program. In the case of the 2 PostDocs, to write competitive proposals for extramural research funding. The desired skills are: PostDocs: Young PhD holder (or last year PhD student) in Artificial Intelligence/Data-Driven methods (1PostDoc) and Parallel/GPU optimization (1 PostDoc) with high research potential. Also, candidates with tracks in other disciplines but with applications to aviation and/or SESAR activities will be strongly considered. Good publications record; team-working and communications skills. International (mobilities, PhD in different country) and independent working (publications without PhD supervisor; projects as PI, etc.) Ability to deal independently with scientific and engineering challenges, mainly in innovative, interdisciplinary technologies. PhD students: Outstanding academic record. Young MSc holder (or MSc student with 60 ECTS passed at contract’s signature) with background in Aerospace Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Control Engineering, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Applied Physics & Meteorology, Environmental Sciences and Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence/Data Science. Also, candidates with tracks in other disciplines but outstanding academic record are invited to apply. International experience; team-working and communications skills. Ability to deal independently with scientific and engineering challenges, mainly in innovative, interdisciplinary technologies The contractual conditions are: PostDocs: 2-year contract; PhD students: 4-year contract. Annual gross salary: PostDocs: 30000€-36000€ range; PhD students: 22000-24000€ range Become part of a young, dynamic, highly qualified, collaborative team; Flexible working environment and schedule; Opportunity to travel to international conferences (Europe and oversees) and present research activities; publication in top quality journals; laptop; health coverage under the National Health System. Those interested in applying to this position please send to a CV (max. 4 pages). a motivation letter of experience, interests and future goals (max. 1 page) the contact information for two professional Submission of...

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Premio Luis Azcárraga 2019

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Blog, News & Events | 0 comments

  Luis Azcárraga Award’19 by Fundación En-Aire to Daniel González-Arribas, Manuel Soler, and Manuel Sanjurjo for the following publication: Robust Aircraft Trajectory Planning under Wind Uncertainty using Optimal Control. D. González-Arribas, Manuel Soler, and Manuel Sanjrujo. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.  Vol. 41, No. 3 (2018), pp. 673-688. Accepted version In words of the Jury (In Spanish, read the NP premio Fundación ENAIRE XXIV EdiciOn here): El trabajo ha sido premiado en base al planteamiento técnico realizado por los autores para resolver un problema de actualidad como es la predicción de las trayectorias de aeronaves. La solución propuesta utiliza técnicas de control óptimo en el desarrollo de un vuelo considerando las variaciones del vector viento que, sin duda, se presentarán a lo largo del mismo. El planteamiento y resolución del problema puede significar un avance tecnológico para la planificación estratégica de los vuelos, de forma que la predicción de la trayectoria conseguida pueda ser utilizada por subsiguientes herramientas del control de tráfico aéreo para, por ejemplo, detección de conflictos entre aeronaves o estimación de hora de llegada precisa a puntos significativos.    ...

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Halaby Graduate Student Fellowship

Posted by on Ene 28, 2019 in Blog, News & Events | 0 comments

We would like to bring to your and your colleagues’ attention the Najeeb E. Halaby Graduate Student Fellowship ( at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.  This endowed fellowship has been established to help shape the next generation of aviation researchers and practitioners, thus honoring Mr. Halaby’s vision and his more than five decades of extraordinary contributions to aviation.  The fellowship is internationally advertised, and we welcome applications from a wide range of qualified candidates. The fellowship holder will have the opportunity to spend three months in residence with NCAR’s Aviation Applications Program ( to extend his/her research focus by considering mitigation of weather sensitivities (e.g., weather impact avoidance) on aviation.  We particularly encourage applicants interested in weather impacts on emerging modes of transportation, like unmanned aerial system operations and urban air mobility.  Research results supported by the Halaby Fellowship will be made public through a presentation at an appropriate national or international venue and publication in a relevant peer-reviewed aviation journal.  Further details about this fellowship are in this brochure. We would very much appreciate, if you could make this fellowship opportunity known to relevant graduate students that you or your colleagues are advising.  We are targeting candidates with the characteristics that Mr. Halaby demonstrated throughout his lifetime: far-reaching vision, the ability to anticipate societal needs, and the dedication to find ways to meet them. Please consider distributing this announcement widely, as deemed appropriate.  Thank...

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