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 Date Submitted:28-04-2013
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 KeywordsMy research activities deal mainly with space trajectory optimisation, in particular Low Thrust trajectory design. I am also involved in the design Multi-Objective stochastic optimisation algorithms and their application to space-related interdisciplinary
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Personal information

 

Nationality

Italian

Date of birth

20/10/1984

Gender

Male

 

 

Current Status

 

Dates

From 12/2009 (Expected graduation: 2013).

Qualification

Ph.D. Candidate

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

PhD Topic: Global and Multiobjective optimization of Low-Thrust trajectories.

 

 

                          Past experience

 

Dates

9/2012-3/2013

Qualification

JSPS Fellow

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Institute for Space and Astronautical Studies (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan.

Main activities

Preliminary design of Low-Thrust, orbit raising phase for DESTINY Mission by means of a Multi-Objective optimisation approach.

Dates

11/2009-4/2011

Activity

Member of the Mission Analysis and Flight Dynamics team for the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO), an ESA lunar mission.

Main activities and responsibilities

Launch window analysis, manoeuvre optimisation.

 

 

                 Teaching  experience

 

Dates

1/2010-5/2012

Qualification

Academic Tutor

University

School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Main activities

Supervision of the students for the Master's Course Space Group Project in Space Mission Design.

Dates

1/2011-5/2011

Qualification

Academic Demonstrator

University

School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Main activities

Demonstrator for the Master’s Advanced Astrodynamics course.

Dates

10/2011-12/2011

Qualification

Academic Demonstrator

University

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Main activities

Demonstrator for the Master’s Astrodynamics course.

 

 

                        Other experience

 

Dates

March 2008

Activity

Expedition to Ecuador related to the project of the Alta Scuola Politecnica for the development of informal settlements (Barrios) in that country.

Main activities and responsibilities

Technical surveys of various Barrios and interviews with the local population to assess the current risk situation.

Place

Barrio “El Fortin”, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Type of business or sector

International cooperation

 

 

Education and training

 

Dates

9/2006-7/2009 (Graduation date 22/7/2009)

Title of qualification awarded

MEng Degree in Space engineering. Final mark: 108/110.

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Politecnico di Milano, 32 piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 20133 Milano, Italy

Level in national or international classification

Laurea Magistrale (Master Degree)

Notes

Thesis: ”Gravity Assist Space Pruning using Tisserand and Shape-based methods”. The subject of the thesis was an integrated method for the design of interplanetary trajectory with Multiple Gravity assists. At its core there was a “branch and prune” algorithm adapted for both impulsive and low-thrust interplanetary transfers. The whole integrated algorithm was programmed in MatLab and C++ and was provided with a graphical interface.

Dates

9/2006-6/2009

Title of qualification awarded

Diploma of Alta Scuola Politecnica

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Alta Scuola Politecnica (Joint venture of Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino)

Level in national or international classification

School of excellence diploma

Notes

The ASP curriculum comprised a series of seminars (in English language) on economics, management, decision making, as well as scientific topics e.g., modelling of complex systems. It included the participation to a Multidisciplinary project well, which in my case was “Engineering and architecture for supporting sustainable development in Ecuador: the case study of Guayaquil’s barrios”. Its aim was to devise a comprehensive, cost-effective and sustainable development plan for a urban slum in South America.

Dates

2/2006-7/2009

Title of qualification awarded

Diploma of the Collegio di Milano

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Fondazione Collegio delle Università Milanesi, via San Vigilio 10, 20142 Milano

Level in national or international classification

Diploma di Collegio d’Eccellenza del MIUR (Diploma of Residential College of Excellence of the Italian University Ministry)

Notes

During my stay at the Collegio, I attended internal courses and workshops on various subjects, like history, politics arts, economics, as well as English and French conversation drills.

Dates

9/2003-9/2006 (graduation date 28/9/2006)

Title of qualification awarded

BEng Degree in Aerospace engineering. Final mark: 110/110 Cum Laude

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Politecnico di Milano, 32 piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 20133 Milano, Italy

Level in national or international classification

Laurea di primo livello (Bachelor Degree)

Notes

Thesis: ”ScanSat-I Microsatellite project: Mission Analysis and Management”. This was a pre-Phase A feasibility study for a simple and cheap Earth observation Microsatellite to be built by using, where possible, off-the-shelf, commercial components (i.e. non-“space certified”). My work dealt with orbit analysis and design and the management of mass, propellant and money budgets for the whole mission. Tools used were mainly Satellite Tool Kit (STK) and MatLab.

Dates

9/1999-7/2003

Title of qualification awarded

Diploma di Maturità Scientifica (High school diploma with a specialization in sciences)

Final mark: 100/100

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

Italian, literature, Latin, mathematics, physics, philosophy, history, English, German, science and chemistry

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Liceo scientifico statale “Giovanni Marinelli” 4, via Leonardo da Vinci, 33100 Udine, Italy

Level in national or international classification

Diploma di scuola secondaria superiore

 

 

Awards

 

 

Hans von Muldau 2010 student award for team project for the work on ESMO presented at the 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2010).

 

James Watt Research Scholarship from the University of Glasgow (2009-20013).

 

Research Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), FY2012.

 

 

Publications

 

Journal Papers

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M.: “Multi-Agent Collaborative Search based on Tchebycheff decomposition”, Computational Optimisation and Applications, (2013 accepted).

 

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M., Gibbings, A.: “Evidence-Based Robust Design of Deflection Actions for Near Earth Objects”, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 114, No. 1, 107-136, (2012).

 

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M.: “Preliminary design of Debris removal missions by means of simplified models for Low-Thrust, many revolution transfers”, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, (2012).

 

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M., Palmas, A. and Avanzini, G.: “Direct Transcription Of Low-Thrust Trajectories With Finite Trajectory Elements”, Acta Astronautica, Vol.72, March–April 2012, 108-120 (2012).

 

Zuiani, F. and Gibbings, A. and Vetrisano, M. and Rizzi, F. and Martinez, C. and Vasile, M.: “Orbit determination and control for the European Student Moon Orbiter”, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 79, 67-78 (2012).

 

Vasile, M. and Zuiani, F.: “Multi-agent collaborative search: an agent-based memetic multi-objective optimization algorithm applied to space trajectory design”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol.25, No.11, 1211-1227 (2011).

Conference Papers

Zuiani, F., Kawakatsu Y., Vasile, M.: “Multi-objective optimisation of many-revolution, low-thrust orbit raising for DESTINY mission”, Paper AAS 13-257, 23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Kauaii, Hawaii, U.S.A. (2013).

 

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M.: “Extension of Finite Perturbative Elements for Multi-Revolution, Low-Thrust propulsion transfer optimisation”, Paper C.1.4.6, Proceedings of the 63st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2012), Naples, Italy (2012).

 

Vasile, M., Zuiani, F.: “Evidence-based robust design optimisation of space systems”, EVOLVE2012, Mexico City, Mexico (2012).

 

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M.: “Multi-Agent Collaborative Search with Tchebycheff decomposition and Monotonic Basin Hopping steps”, BIOMA2012, Bohinij, Slovenia (2012).

 

Vasile, M., Minisci, E., Zuiani, F., Komninou, E., Wijnands, Q.: “Fast Evidence-Based Space System Engineering”, Proceedings of the 62st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2011), Cape Town, South Africa (2011).

 

Zuiani, F., Vasile, M., Palmas, A., Avanzini, G.: “Direct Transcription Of Low-Thrust Trajectories With Finite Trajectory Elements”, Proceedings of the 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2010), Prague, Czech Republic (2010).

 

Gibbings, A., Zuiani, F., Rizzi, F., Martinez, C., Novak, D.: “Orbit Determination And Control For The European Student Moon Orbiter”, Proceedings of the 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2010), Prague, Czech Republic (2010).

 

Gibbings, A., Zuiani, F., Novak, D., Vasile, M.: “Optimal Design Of Low-Energy Transfers To Highly Eccentric Frozen Orbits Around The Moon”, Proceedings of the 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2010), Prague, Czech Republic (2010).

 

Vasile, M., Zuiani, F.: “A Hybrid Multiobjective Optimization Algorithm Applied to Space Trajectory Optimization”, Proceedings of the Twelfth Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2010), Barcelona, Spain (2010).

Conference Presentations

Zuiani, F., Gibbings, A., Vasile, M.: “Robust Design of Deflection Actions for Non-Cooperative Targets”, New Trends in Astrodynamics and Applications VI, New York, U.S.A. (2011).

 

 

Personal skills and competences

 

Mother tongue(s)

Italian

Other language(s)

English, German, French (basic), Japanese (beginner)

 

 

Computer skills and competences

Completed a computer programming course and a calculus course at the university level. Proficient in Word, Excel, Front Page, C++, Matlab, Femap, STK, etc.

 

 


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