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.


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


Multi-objective optimisation under uncertainty with unscented temporal finite elements
Ricciardi Lorenzo A, Maddock Christie Alisa, Vasile Massimiliano
Mathematics Vol 9 (2021)
Robust Bayesian particle filter for space object tracking under severe uncertainty
Greco Cristian, Vasile Massimiliano
Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics (2021)
Stochastic satellite tracking with constrained budget via structured-chromosome genetic algorithms
Gentile Lorenzo, Greco Cristian, Minisci Edmondo, Bartz-Beielstein Thomas, Vasile Massimiliano
Optimization and Engineering (2021)
STRATHcube : the design of a CubeSat for space debris detection using in-orbit passive bistatic radar
Creed Lewis, Graham Julie, Jenkins Ciarán, Diaz Riofrio Sebastian, Wilson Andrew, Vasile Massimiliano
72nd International Astronautical Congress (2021)
STRATHcube : a student CubeSat that encourages the sustainable usage of space
Jenkins Ciarán, Creed Lewis, Graham Julie, Kirk Sam, McGarrity Douglas, Stewart Gary, Hope Rory, Wilson Andrew, Vasile Massimiliano
72nd International Astronautical Congress (2021)
The design of a fragmentation experiment for a CubeSat during atmospheric re-entry
Graham Julie, Creed Lewis, Jenkins Ciaran, Wilson Andrew Ross, Vasile Massimiliano
72nd International Astronautical Congress (2021)

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Professional activities

Stardust-R Global Virtual Workshop II: Space Traffic Management and Resilient Space Environment
International Conference on Bioinspired Optimisation Methods and Their Applications
5th European Optimisation in Space Engineering Workshop
International workshop on satellite constellations and formation flying
17th Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization

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Urban and rural UAS-enabled health-care over Scotland CAELUS (ex URANOS)
Fossati, Marco (Principal Investigator) Akartunali, Kerem (Co-investigator) Burt, Graeme (Co-investigator) Cashmore, Michael (Co-investigator) Patelli, Edoardo (Co-investigator) Tapinos, Efstathios (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Artifical Intelligence for Space Traffice Management
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Grey, Stuart (Co-investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
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
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Clemente, Carmine (Co-investigator) Ilioudis, Christos (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Assessment of a very high power cargo transportation system to Mars
Maddock, Christie (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator) Ricciardi, Lorenzo Angelo (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2020

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