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.

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Area of Expertise

  • 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

Prize And Awards

Innovative Computational Methods in Dynamical Astronomy
AIAA Associate Fellow
Senior IEEE member
Best Paper Award in "Innovation in Smart Cities and Systems"
Best interactive paper award - IAC 2021
AAS/AIAA SFM Best Paper Award

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A multifidelity framework for aerothermodynamic modeling and simulation of destructive atmospheric entry
Morgado Fábio, Abhishek Peddakotla Sai, Graham Julie, Vasile Massimiliano, Fossati Marco
AIAA Journal Vol 62, pp. 1988-2007 (2024)
Performance analysis of ground-based long baseline radar distributed systems for space situational awareness
Díaz Riofrío Sebastián, Da Graça Marto Simão, Ilioudis Christos, Vasile Massimiliano, Clemente Carmine
IET Radar Sonar and Navigation Vol 18, pp. 586-597 (2024)
Space object identification and classification from hyperspectral material analysis
Vasile Massimiliano, Walker Lewis, Campbell Andrew, Marto Simão, Murray Paul, Marshall Stephen, Savitski Vasili
Scientific Reports Vol 14 (2024)
Stochastic Bayesian model updating to reduce epistemic uncertainty in satellite attitude propagation
Smith Ewan, Bi Sifeng, Feng Jinglang, Cavallari Irene, Vasile Massimiliano
SciTech Forum 2024 (2024)
Image-based synchronised control of spacecraft’s attitude and space manipulator’s motions for capturing uncooperative targets
Sampath Shabadini, Feng Jinglang, Marto Simão G, Vasile Massimiliano
AIAA SCITECH 2024 Forum AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition, 2024 (2024)
Hyperspectral lightcurve inversion for attitude determination
Marto Simão G, Vasile Massimiliano, Campbell Andrew, Murray Paul, Marshall Stephen, Savitski Vasili
SciTech Forum 2024 (2024)

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Professional Activities

NASA Visit to the University of Strathclyde
Italian Embassy Scientific Attaché Visit
International Funding Opportunities for Space Research
OAS Artificial Intelligence Workshop
Stardust-Reloaded Final Conference
Stardust-R Global Virtual Workshop II: Space Traffic Management and Resilient Space Environment

More professional activities


AI-based multi-sensor data fusion for autonomous navigation around asteroids
Feng, Jinglang (Principal Investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator) Wu, Yue (Co-investigator) Zabalza, Jaime (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 30-Jan-2027
Protecting Earth from the uncertAinty of spaCe debris re-Entry
Fossati, Marco (Principal Investigator) Bi, Sifeng (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2027
SOLERO - Solar Power Satellite vs the Space Environment
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Feng, Jinglang (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2027
AI for Space Operations, Safety and Sustainability (A14S3)
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Clemente, Carmine (Co-investigator) Feng, Jinglang (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Riccardi, Annalisa (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2025
Generative Astrodynamics
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator)
19-Jan-2024 - 19-Jan-2025
AI for Space Operations, Safety and Sustainability
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Clemente, Carmine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 15-Jan-2023

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Professor Massimiliano Vasile
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tel: 548 2326