Roberto “Rob” Sabatini is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation at RMIT University (Australia) specialising in the Design, Development, Test and Evaluation (DDT&E) of Avionics and Autonomous Systems for Aerospace and Defence applications. Rob has 30 years of experience in aeronautical and space systems research, flight testing and education (undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programs), acquired in progressively more responsible industry, government and academic positions in Europe, US and Australia.
Currently, Rob serves as Deputy Director (Aerospace) of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Research Centre, Chair of the Cyber-Physical Systems Group, and Director of the Autonomous and Intelligent Aerospace Systems Laboratory at RMIT University. His research focuses on: Trusted Autonomous Systems; Guidance, Navigation and Control; GNSS Augmentation; Air Traffic Management and UAS Traffic Management; Spaceflight and Smart Satellite Systems; Remote Sensing and ISR; and Cognitive Human-Machine Systems.
Rob Sabatini is a Fellow and Executive Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Fellow the Royal Institute of Navigation. He holds various academic qualifications, including a PhD in Avionics Systems, a PhD in Satellite Navigation, and an Advanced MEng in Astronautics. Additionally, he is a licensed Private Pilot (fixed wing aircraft), Flight Test Engineer (fast jets) and Remote Pilot (multi-rotor UAS).
Throughout his career, Rob led numerous industry and government-funded research projects on aerospace, defence and transport systems, and he has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed international publications and more than 100 industrial reports. He is the recipient of prestigious awards including the NATO-RTO Scientific Achievement Award (2008), the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (2015), the SARES Science Award (2016), the Northrop Grumman Professorial Scholarship (2017), and the Australian Defence Industry Scientist of the Year Award (2019).
In addition to his primary faculty duties at RMIT University and various adjunct/visiting appointments in the US, Asia, Europe, Middle East and South Africa, Rob Sabatini serves as Vice-Chair of the IEEE-AESS Avionics Systems Panel, Editor for Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Avionics Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Senior Editor for the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Associate Editor for Aerospace Science and Technology, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Navigation.