General Co-Chair - Adriano Camps
Adriano Camps was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1969. He received the degree in telecommunications engineering and Ph.D. degree in telecommunications engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. Since 1993, he has been with the Electromagnetics and Photonics Engineering Group, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, where he was first Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in 1997, and Full Professor since 2007. Since 1993, he has been deeply involved in the European Space Agency SMOS Earth Explorer Mission, from the instrument and algorithmic points of view, performing field experiments, and more recently studying the use of GNSS-R techniques to perform the sea state correction needed to retrieve salinity from radiometric observations. His research interests are focused in microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis in microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis techniques and remote sensing using signals of opportunity (GNSS-R). He has published more than 115 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and more than 270 international conference presentations.
General Co-Chair - Eduard Alarcon
Eduard Alarcón received the M.Sc. (National award) and Ph.D. degrees (honors) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Catalunya (UPC BarcelonaTech), Spain, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. Since 1995 he has been with the Department of Electronics Engineering at UPC, where he became Associate Professor in 2000. He has co-authored more than 250 scientific publications, 4 books, 4 book chapters and 4 patents, and has been involved in different National, European and US (DARPA, NSF) R&D projects within his research interests including the areas of on-chip energy management circuits, energy harvesting and wireless energy transfer, and nanotechnology-enabled wireless communications.
Technical Program Co-Chair - Alessandro Golkar
Space Systems Engineer, Alessandro Golkar is Associate Professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), an international research university in Moscow, Russia, founded in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2017, Alessandro Golkar is on leave from Skoltech as Vice President Concurrent Engineering (Technology Planning and Roadmapping) at the Airbus Corporate Technology Office (CTO) in Toulouse, France. His research looks at new ways for looking at complex systems architecting problems, understanding the evolution of technology, and developing research and demonstrators of novel space mission concepts and spacecraft payload systems.
Technical Program Co-Chair - Daniel Selva
Dani Selva is an Assistant Professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he directs the Systems Engineering, Architecture, and Knowledge (SEAK) Lab. Dani has a dual background in electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering, with degrees from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and Supaero in Toulouse, France. He received a PhD in Space Systems from MIT in 2012. Prior to MIT, Dani worked for four years in Kourou (French Guiana) between 2004 and 2008 as an avionics specialist within the Ariane 5 Launch team. Dani’s research interests are somewhere between the intersection and the union of space systems, artificial intelligence, and engineering system design. Ultimately, Dani is most inspired by two things: everything space, and the Systems scientists of the 1970’s such as Herbert Simon who conducted multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, economics, statistics, and decision analysis.
Technical Program Co-Chair - Rob Vingerhoeds
Rob Vingerhoeds is Professor of Systems Engineering at ISAE-SUPAERO, Université de Toulouse, France. Rob Vingerhoeds is an Aerospace Engineer from Delft University of Technology and holds a PhD in Applied Sciences from the University of Ghent, as well as a "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" from INP Toulouse. Systems engineering is a key topic in Rob's career since the early beginnings, with a particular focus on real-time intelligent systems. His current research interests include systems engineering and architecture, model-based systems engineering, concept design, and predictive maintenance. Besides research and lecturing experience, Rob has industrial experience on these topics while working for a multinational automotive supplier.
Technical Program Co-Chair Carles Araguz
Carles Araguz received his BSc and MSc in electronics engineering by the Technical University of Catalonia -- UPC BarcelonaTech, where he is currently pursuing his PhD. His research interests include systems engineering, design-oriented optimization tools for Earth-observing satellite systems, and autonomous operations and decentralized decision-making for large-scale constellations of small-satellites. In 2013 he joined UPC's Nano-Satellite and Payload Laboratory as a graduate researcher, where he participated in several European research projects, including ESA's Arctic System Mission Study, and EU-funded ONION project, coordinated by Thales Alenia Space. He also led the system integration and flight software design for the nano-satellite mission "3Cat-1," and was the leader of the "Android Beyond the Stratosphere" project (recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award).
Technical Program Co-Chair Joan Adrià Ruiz-de-Azúa
Joan A. Ruiz-de-Azúa was born in Barcelona, Spain. Joan received his degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Supaero (Toulouse, France) and Telecommunications Engineering from Unversitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) in 2015 both. He also received the M.S. degrees in Network Protocols from Supaero (Toulouse, France) in 2015. He was awarded with the best M.Sc. thesis on Critical Communications from the Official Spanish Telecommunications Chartered Institute in 2016. Joan has participated in different projects of ground segment for Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 programs in GTD company, in collaboration with CNES and ESA. He is currently participating in the Fly Your Satellite program from the ESA, and he is member of the FSSCat project, which is the winner of the ESA Sentinel Small Sat (S^3) Challenge of the Copernicus Masters Competition. Joan is currently a PhD candidate for the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona,Spain). His research interests include satellite architectures, satellite networks, cognitive networks, Internet of Things, 5G networks, deep learning and embedded software.
Technical Program Co-Chair Nicola Garzaniti
Nicola Garzaniti received the B.S degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy in 2014 and the M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy in 2017. He is currently a PhD student in systems engineering at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia. His research is focus on product development processes for New Space missions. Mr Garzaniti is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).