Professor Massimiliano Vasile

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

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.


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


On the use of machine learning and evidence theory to improve collision risk management
Sanchez Fernandez-Mellado Luis, Vasile Massimiliano
Acta Astronautica (2020)
Angles-only navigation in the proximity of a binary asteroid system
Torre Francesco, Vasile Massimiliano, Grey Stuart
Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics (2020)
AI and space security : collision risk sssessment
Sanchez Fernandez-Mellado Luis, Vasile Massimiliano, Minisci Edmondo
Handbook of Space Security (2020) (2020)
A review of methods to study resilience of complex engineering and engineered systems
Naghshbandi S Neda, Varga Liz, Purvis Alan, McWilliam Richard, Minisci Edmondo, Vasile Massimiliano, Troffaes Matthias, Sedighi Tabassom, Guo Weisi, Manley Ed, Jones David H
IEEE Access Vol 8, pp. 87775-87799 (2020)
SISAR imaging for space debris based on nanosatellites
Theodorou Ilias, Ilioudis Christos, Clemente Carmine, Vasile Massimiliano, Soraghan John
IET Radar Sonar and Navigation (2020)
Robust trajectory optimisation of a TSTO spaceplane using uncertainty-based atmospheric models
Ricciardi Lorenzo, Maddock Christie, Vasile Massimiliano
23rd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference (2020)

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Professional activities

International Conference on Bioinspired Optimisation Methods and Their Applications
5th European Optimisation in Space Engineering Workshop
International workshop on satellite constellations and formation flying
8th International Systems & Concurrent Engineering for Space Applications Conference
Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry Europe 28th Annual Meeting
European Space Agency Clean Space Industrial Days

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Using Chatbot Technology To Assure Quality Knowledge Capture From Space
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Azzopardi, Leif (Co-investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Moshfeghi, Yashar (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Bounded stability of motions around minor bodies
Feng, Jinglang (Principal Investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Multi-layer Temporal Network Model of the Space Environment
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Feng, Jinglang (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 28-Jan-2023
3 Dimensional Phased Array Antenna for Active and Passive Debris Detection and Tracking
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Clemente, Carmine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 28-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Parsonage, Ben
Maddock, Christie (Principal Investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator) Parsonage, Ben (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Stardust-R (Stardust Reloaded) H2020 MCSA ITN 2018
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Fossati, Marco (Co-investigator) Grey, Stuart (Co-investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Riccardi, Annalisa (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022

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