Model Predictive Control for Adaptable Space Applications

1 Research Project Fellow position
(Deadline November 19th, 2013 12:00 )
Automatic Control, Guidance Navigation and Control, Aerospace Control System, Model Predictive Control.
Develop model predictive control (MPC) algorithms that are suitable for space applications and tailored to embedded applications on target multiprocessor systems, using rigorous auto-coding generation procedures. The MPC controllers should perform guidance, navigation and control (GNC) tasks. Perform trade-off studies between the MPC potentials and limitations taking into account processor implementation of on-line constrained optimization problems in the view of computational requirements. Demonstrate the effectiveness of the study on a set of relevant application problems in GNC of aerospace systems and on a flight demonstration based on industrial test-benches.
Formal requirements
You must currently be eligible for and enrolled in a Ph.D. Program; excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.
Specific requirements
Possession of a 4 or 5-year degree preferably in Engineering. The candidate should have a strong background in model predictive control of aerospace systems, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with skills in theoretical aspects, algorithms, in the MATLAB/Simulink environment for simulating MPC control of UAVs and in the hardware (mechanics, electronics, and software) constituting real flying prototypes.
"Model Predictive Control for Adaptable Space Applications" in collaboration with ESA - European Space Agency.
Gross amount
1 year renewable.
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Full call
First meeting of the Selection Committee
November 20th, 2013
Second meeting of the Selection Committee
November 25th, 2013 from 3.30 pm - San Francesco Complex - Via della Quarquonia 1/A, Lucca
Preliminary shortlist
Preliminary shortlist
Final ranking
Final ranking


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  • University degree and ongoing PhD (compulsory)


  • Your CV in English (compulsory)