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 (www.uc3m.es) 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 (http://aero.uc3m.es/research.html). In particular, they will work in the Air Navigation and Control research line with Prof. Manuel Soler (http://www.aerospaceengineering.es/) 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 http://www.aerospaceengineering.es/projects. 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 uc3m.es. 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 masolera@ing.uc3m.es: 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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ARAX 1er Premio UC3M-TFG Emprende 2018

Posted by on Ene 8, 2019 in Blog, News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

El trabajo fin de grado de Antonio López Terradas, supervisado por Manuel Soler, 1er premio TFG Emprende 2018. ARAX TFG Emprende RESOLUCIÓN DE LOS PREMIOS TFG-EMPRENDE 2018 DEL CONSEJO SOCIAL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID (CUARTA EDICIÓN) El Pleno del Consejo Social de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, en su reunión de 18 de diciembre de 2018 ha adoptado acuerdo de resolución de los Premios TFG-EMPRENDE 2018, según la siguiente relación: PRIMER TFG-EMPRENDE 2018 PREMIADO Dotación: 10.000 euros Título: ARAX. SOLUCIÓN BASADA EN DRONES PARA LA MONITORIZACIÓN Y ANÁLISIS DE CAMPOS DE CULTIVO A BAJO COSTE: AGRICULTURA DE PRECISIÓN. Presentado por: Ignacio Sánchez Vázquez, Antonio López Terradas Paniagua y Gonzalo Puig Zamora SEGUNDO TFG-EMPRENDE 2018 PREMIADO Dotación: 7.000 euros Título: ALVIU, CONTROLADOR SD-WAN Presentado por: Jaime Azcorra Sedano TERCER TFG-EMPRENDE 2018 PREMIADO Dotación: 3.000 euros Título: 4th SKY-X (Keep calm, just fly) Presentado por: Alba Ulloa García, Flavia Pérez Cámara, Yolanda Marín Sabater y Cristina de la Barrera Bernard TFG-EMPRENDE UC3M El Consejo Social de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid convoca la 4ª edición de los Premios TFG Emprende. Estos galardones distinguen aquellos Trabajos Fin de Grado Emprende más notables en cuanto a innovación y excelencia, valorando muy positivamente la interdisciplinariedad, que obtengan el certificado TFG-EMPRENDE de la UC3M durante el curso académico 2017/2018. El Consejo Social destina a estos premios una cantidad total de 20.000 euros que se distribuirán entre un máximo de 3 premios. Adicionalmente, las personas premiadas serán admitidas al programa de formación de emprendedores Explorer-UC3M, supervisado y coordinado desde el Servicio de Apoyo al Emprendimiento e Innovación de la UC3M.    ...

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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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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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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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