Professor Massimiliano Vasile

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Vasile key expertise is in computational intelligence applied to the solution of complex problems in aerospace engineering. He pioneered the use of global optimisation techniques for the design and optimisation space trajectories and the use of uncertainty quantification technique in conjunction with optimisation for the design and control of complex engineering systems. He developed innovative methods for optimisation under uncertainty based on evidence theory, called Evidence Based Robust Optimisation, he has worked on non-deterministic planning and goal allocation for robots, fault tolerant distributed navigation systems for spacecraft and nonlinear uncertainty quantification in space flight mechanics, with particular application to space debris and asteroid manipulation. He also developed innovative techniques for multi-objective optimal control and multi-objective optimisation under uncertainty. He is currently leading the Stardust network on asteroids and space debris, the UTOPIAE network on uncertainty treatment and optimisation in aerospace engineering and is part of the management team of the EPSRC ENCORE network on resilience in complex engineering systems.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Computational optimisation
    • Multidisciplinary design
    • Robust design optimisation
    • Astrodynamics and mission analysis
    • Computational intelligence
    • Development of computational tools for system,component and process design and optimisation
    • Integrated design of new products and processes
    • Reliability analysis of products and processes, enhanced product quality
    • Analysis of new mission concepts
    • Autonomous control of processes and systems
    • Autonomous activity planning and scheduling, support to multi-criteria decision making

Prizes and awards

Best interactive paper award
Recipient
2021
AAS/AIAA SFM Best Paper Award
Recipient
2020
Asteroid 2002 PX33 is named Maxvasile
Recipient
2016
Sir Arthur C Clarke Award for Space Achievement (Academic Study/Research)
Recipient
1/6/2015
Chariman’s Recognition for Outstanding Paper
Recipient
2009
Highly commended Award Winner
Recipient
2009

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Publications

Ecospheric life cycle impacts of annual global space activities
Wilson Andrew Ross, Vasile Massimiliano, Maddock Christie A, Baker Keith J
Science of the Total Environment Vol 834 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155305
Robust space trajectory design using belief optimal control
Greco Cristian, Campagnola Stefano, Vasile Massimiliano
Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, pp. 1-18 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.2514/1.G005704
Robust Bayesian particle filter for space object tracking under severe uncertainty
Greco Cristian, Vasile Massimiliano
Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics Vol 45, pp. 481-498 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.2514/1.G006157
Multi-objective optimisation under uncertainty with unscented temporal finite elements
Ricciardi Lorenzo Angelo, Maddock Christie, Vasile Massimiliano
Evolutionary Algorithms in Engineering Design Optimization (2022) (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3390/math9233010
Many-objective robust trajectory optimisation under epistemic uncertainty and imprecision
da Graça Marto Simão, Vasile Massimiliano
Acta Astronautica Vol 191, pp. 99-124 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.10.022
Classification of regular and chaotic motions in Hamiltonian systems with deep learning
Celletti Alessandra, Gales Catalin, Rodriguez-Fernandez Victor, Vasile Massimiliano
Scientific Reports Vol 12 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-05696-9

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Professional activities

Stardust-R Global Virtual Workshop II: Space Traffic Management and Resilient Space Environment
Organiser
13/9/2021
International Conference on Bioinspired Optimisation Methods and Their Applications
Chair
17/11/2020
STARDUST-R GLOBAL VIRTUAL WORKSHOP I
Organiser
2020
5th European Optimisation in Space Engineering Workshop
Organiser
21/11/2019
International workshop on satellite constellations and formation flying
Chair
16/7/2019
17th Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization
Organiser
28/6/2019

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Projects

AI-Powered Digital Assistant for Space System Engineering
Riccardi, Annalisa (Principal Investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
EPSRC IAA: Uncertainty Quantification of Novel Aeroelastic Systems using Advanced Composite Materials
Yuan, Jie (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Hyperspectral Classification of Space Objects
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Multi-functional nonlinear tuned vibration energy harvester for intelligent rotating systems International Exchanges 2021 Cost Share (NSFC)
Yuan, Jie (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Research Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Research Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
Intercontinental Radar bistatic System (IRIS)
Ilioudis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Clemente, Carmine (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
CORES - COllaborative REcycling of SPS
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
James Weir Building

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