A delegation of RMIT academics has attended the 2014 IEEE Metrology for Aerospace (MetroAeroSpace) conference in Benevento, Italy.
Associate Professor Sabatini was keynote speaker at the 2014 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace
Associate Professor Roberto Sabatini and Dr Graham Wild from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering were joined by PhD student Alessandro Gardi to present a number of research articles on aerospace systems, sustainable aviation engineering and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Associate Professor Sabatini was invited to provide the keynote address at the opening plenary session. He presented an overview of the research activities being carried out for the development of an advanced aviation laser test range and for the experimental flight test of airborne laser systems for military and civil applications.
Academic and research institutes as well as industrial, government and military representatives from 26 different countries, were in attendance.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional association and their conferences and publications have a substantial impact on international research and development.
Associate Professor Sabatini said the conference was an opportunity to highlight some of the most active research trends in aerospace engineering, such as UAS, integrated avionic systems and composite structure health monitoring.
“Metrology is an interdisciplinary subject with substantial implications in most scientific and technological disciplines.
“The research presented covered innovations in flight testing techniques and instrumentation, aviation pollutant measurements, environmental monitoring, structural health monitoring, turbulence sensing and mitigation, reverse engineering of dynamics models, UA sense-and-avoid and sensor fusion,“ said Associate Professor Sabatini.
“The work presented by RMIT’s researchers ranked among the highest in terms of relevance for conference, contributing substantially to the worldwide recognition of the University.“
RMIT PhD student Alessandro Gardi received the Best Paper for Aerospace Applications Award for his research, Unmanned Aircraft Bistatic LIDAR for CO 2 Column Density Determination.
This project highlights a UAS-based measurement system for aviation-related pollutants developed in conjunction with innovative avionics and air traffic management systems for safer, more efficient and sustainable aircraft operations.
During the conference, Associate Professor Sabatini and Dr Wild chaired various sessions on instrumentation for UAS and photonics applications.
In addition to those who attended, contributing RMIT authors included Professor Simon Watkins, Dr Reece Clothier, Dr Matthew Marino, Subramanian Ramasamy, Nathan Gerhardt, and Martin Burston.