Roberto Sabatini

Roberto Sabatini

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Khalifa University of Science and Technology
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Roberto Sabatini is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics with three decades of experience in aerospace and defense systems research and education, having served in various industry, government, and academic organizations in Europe, North America, Australia, and the Middle East. His research addresses key contemporary challenges in avionics, spaceflight, and robotics/autonomous systems design, test, and certification, focusing on the central role played by cyber-physical systems and AI in the digital transformation and sustainable development of the sector (e.g., human-autonomy teaming and trusted autonomy, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAS Traffic Management (UTM), urban and regional air mobility, distributed space systems, space domain awareness, and multi-domain traffic management). Prof. Sabatini holds various academic qualifications, including a Ph.D. in Aerospace/Avionics Systems (Cranfield University), a Ph.D. in Space Geodesy/Satellite Navigation (University of Nottingham), and an Advanced MEng in Astronautics/Space Systems (Sapienza University of Rome). Additionally, he is a Private Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Flight Test Engineer. Throughout his career, he led several industry and government-funded research projects and he authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed international publications. The Australian Research Special Report 2021 recognized Prof. Sabatini as the top national scientist in the field of Aerospace Engineering/Aviation and, according to the 2022 Stanford ranking, he is in the top 2% of most cited scientists globally in Aerospace and Aeronautics. Prof. Sabatini is a Fellow and Executive Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and a Fellow of the International Engineering and Technology Institute. He was conferred prestigious national and international awards including the Distinguished Leadership Award - Aviation/Aerospace Australia (2021); Scientist of the Year - Australian Defence Industry Awards (2019); Science Award - Sustainable Aviation Research Society (2016); Arch T. Colwell Merit Award - Society of Automotive Engineering (2015); and Scientific Achievement Award - NATO Research & Technology Organization (2008). In addition to his primary duties at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Prof. Sabatini holds and has held honorary/visiting positions at a number of international institutions, including RMIT University (Australia), Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy), Chosun University (South Korea), and Durban University of Technology (South Africa). Additionally, Prof. Sabatini serves in the editorial board of several journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Robotics, Aerospace Science and Technology, the Journal of Navigation, and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine.

AESS Position(s):
Board of Governors (2022-present); AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-present); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (2015-present); Associate Editor, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (2015-present); Chair, AESS Avionics Systems Panel (2021-present); Vice-Chair, AESS Avionics Systems Panel (2019-2021); Senior Editor, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems  (2015-2021).

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