Dr Alex Gardi is a Senior Research Fellow in the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Discipline, with over 8 years of professional experience.
Dr Alex Gardi is a Senior Research Fellow in the discipline of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation, and a member of the Cyber-Physical and Autonomous Systems (CPS) Group, serving as Research Program Leader for Human-Machine Systems and Trusted Autonomy. In addition to his various academic qualifications and research experience at leading engineering universities around the world, he also possesses a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and other professional qualifications.
Dr Gardi has achieved a substantial international impact in the area of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and avionics decision support systems, flight dynamics and simulation, producing high-impact contributions to these discipline in the areas of nonlinear programming and artificial intelligence (AI), including evolutionary algorithms and machine learning methods. Dr Gardi is internationally recognised as an expert in multi-objective trajectory optimisation with emphasis on optimal control-based and heuristics/ metaheuristics methods for air, surface and space platforms 2D/3D/4D path planning. Dr Gardi has more recently focussed on aerospace human factors engineering, human-in-the-loop testing, cognitive state modelling and simulation. In these domains, Dr Gardi is currently advancing systems software engineering expertise to new generations of aerospace and defence cyber-physical systems which exploit Internet of Things (IoT) technology and sophisticate AI, health monitoring and data integrity/cyber-resilience functionalities to operate autonomously for extended periods of time even in degraded conditions.
Dr Gardi is Chief Investigator for numerous research projects funded by industry and government, including THALES Australia, Northrop Grumman, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Australian Department of Defence / Defence Innovation Hub, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the FoodAgility CRC.
Dr Gardi has produced more than 150 refereed publications, securing more than 1600 citations and an overall h-index of 23. Several of Dr Gardi's research outputs have achieved the very highly cited status. His review article on multi-objective trajectory optimisation obtained more than 70 citations alone, making it one of the most cited avionics/ATM review articles in such top aerospace journal. Dr Gardi's research contributions to the discipline have been deemed consistently outstanding, with strong engagement both internally and externally, and resulted in various prestigious grants being awarded to the CPS group.
Dr Gardi is the coordinator for various onshore and offshore courses, including AERO2248, AERO2456, AERO2461 and AERO2487. He also teaches in several other courses, including AERO2378, AERO2406 and AERO2515. To date, Dr Gardi has supervised more than 30 undergraduate and 14 postgraduate final year students and has been continuously supervising a significant number of PhD students
Dr Gardi has been recipient of several research awards and currently serves as Associate Editor for various prestigious journals.
- 2019-2022, Senior Research Fellow, Chief Investigator and Senior PhD Supervisor, RMIT University, Australia
- 2017–2019, THALES Research Fellow, Chief Investigator and Associate PhD Supervisor, RMIT University, Australia
- 2014–2017, Doctoral Researcher, FYP Supervisor and Teaching Assistant – RMIT University, Australia
- 2012–2013, Doctoral Researcher, Clean Sky SGO-ITD (EU FP7) – Cranfield University, UK
- 2010–2011, Research Intern – Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), France
- AERO2456 - Sustainable Aviation and the Environment (online)
- AERO2461 - Engineering Sustainability in Aviation (Melbourne City Campus)
- AERO2487 - Sustainable Aviation and the Environment (SIM Global Education)
- AERO2248 - Engineering, Society and Sustainability (NUAA)
- AERO2378 - Aircraft Systems (Melbourne City Campus)
- AERO2406 - Spaceflight Systems Design (Melbourne Bundoora Campus)
- AERO2515 - Avionics and ATM Systems (Melbourne City Campus)
- Airspace Risk Modelling - Research Program, CASA, 2020-2022.
- Development of LIDAR remote sensing systems for the summer fruit industry, FoodAgility CRC, 2020-2022.
- Human-Autonomy Interactions for Very-Low-Level Air Traffic Operations, THALES Australia, 2019-2022.
- Cognitive Human-Machine Systems for One-to-Many UAS Operations, Northrop Grumman, 2018-2022.
- Deploying UAV-Mounted Geophysical Sensor Arrays, AMIRA Global, 2020.
- Diagnostics and Prognostics Models and Tools for Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, Australian DoD-LEA, 2019-2020.
- Development of GNC systems for the StopRotor UAV, Australian DoD-Defence Innovation Hub, 2018-2019.
- Cognitive Human-Machine Interfaces and Interactions for Air Traffic Management Systems, THALES Australia, 2016-19.
- Multi-objective trajectory optimisation for intent-based operations in dynamic airspace, THALES Australia, 2014-16.
- Systems for Green Operations Integrated Technology Demonstrator (SGO-ITD), Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) for Aeronautics and Air Transport, European Union FP7, 2012-13.
Other professional activities
- Associate Editor, ASTM J. of Testing and Evaluation,
- Associate Editor, J. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems,
- Associate Editor, Robotics (Aerospace Robotics and Autonomous Systems Section)
- Editor, Automation
- Referee – Aerospace Science and Technology, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, J. of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Transportation Research Part C & D, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, J. of Advanced Transportation, Sensors, Applied Science, Safety, Aeronautical J.
- RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, PhD (Aerospace Eng.), 2017
- Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy – MSc (Aeronautical Eng.) 2011
- Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy – BSc (Aerospace Eng.) 2007
- Chartered Professional Engineer (MIEAust CPEng), 2019.
- Laser Safety Officer, Level 2, 2018.
- Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, CASA Part-61 PPL(A), 2017.
- UK Civil Aviation Authority, EASA Part-FCL-PPL(A), 2013.
- Suresh Bijjahalli, S.,Sabatini, R.,Gardi, A. (2020). Advances in intelligent and autonomous navigation systems for small UAS In: Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 115, 1 - 52
- Pongsakornsathien, N.,Suresh Bijjahalli, S.,Gardi, A.,Symons, A.,Xi, Y.,Sabatini, R.,Kistan, T. (2020). A performance-based airspace model for unmanned aircraft systems traffic management In: Aerospace, 7, 1 - 25
- Ranasinghe, K.,Kapoor, R.,Gardi, A.,Sabatini, R.,Wickramanayake, V.,Ludovici, D. (2020). Vehicular sensor network and data analytics for a health and usage management system In: Sensors, 20, 1 - 19
- Kapoor, R.,Gardi, A.,Sabatini, R. (2020). Network optimisation and performance analysis of a multistatic acoustic navigation sensor In: Sensors, 20, 1 - 19
- Planke, L.,Lim, Y.,Gardi, A.,Sabatini, R.,Kistan, T.,Ezer, N. (2020). A cyber-physical-human system for one-to-many uas operations: Cognitive load analysis In: Sensors (Switzerland), 20, 1 - 21
- Pongsakornsathien, N.,Lim, Y.,Gardi, A.,Hilton, S.,Planke, L.,Sabatini, R.,Kistan, T.,Ezer, N. (2019). Sensor Networks for Aerospace Human-Machine Systems In: Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 19, 1 - 38
- Ranasinghe, K.,Guan, K.,Gardi, A.,Sabatini, R. (2019). Review of advanced low-emission technologies for sustainable aviation In: Energy, 188, 1 - 26
- Hilton, S.,Cairola, F.,Gardi, A.,Sabatini, R.,Pongsakornsathien, N.,Ezer, N. (2019). Uncertainty quantification for space situational awareness and traffic management In: Sensors, 19, 1 - 23
- Bijjahalli, S.,Sabatini, R.,Gardi, A. (2019). GNSS performance modelling and augmentation for urban air mobility In: Sensors (Switzerland), 19, 1 - 23
- Lim, Y.,Gardi, A.,Sabatini, R.,Ranasinghe, K.,Ezer, N.,Rodgers, K.,Salluce, D. (2019). Optimal energy-based 4D guidance and control for terminal descent operations In: Aerospace Science and Technology, 95, 1 - 12
3 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions9 PhD Current Supervisions
- Above Water Laser Communication. Funded by: Lockheed Martin Competitive from (2021 to 2022)
- Deploying real time sensors to meet Summerfruit export requirements for China. Funded by: Food Agility CRC from (2020 to 2022)
- Airspace Risk Modelling - Research Program (ARM-RP). Funded by: Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Competitive from (2020 to 2020)
- Spatial Sensing Of Fruit Colour And Maturity In Stone Fruit Orchards (PhD candidate: Madul Islam). Funded by: CRC Food Agility (Scholarship Stipend) from (2020 to 2023)
- Artificial Intelligence for Distributed Satellite Systems Autonomous Operations: An Integrated Approach to Space and Control Segments Co-Evolution (2.13s) Student: Kathiravan Thangavel. Funded by: SmartSat CRC - Scholarship from (2020 to 2023)