Mauro Innocente


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    Dr Mauro S. Innocente is an Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Centre for Future Transport and Cities (CFTC) at Coventry University. He is the founder and head of the Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AVAILAB) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    He received his building & structural engineering degree from the National University of the Northeast (Argentina) in 2003; his master’s degree in numerical methods for calculus and design in engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) in 2007; his PhD degree in Particle Swarm Optimisation from Swansea University (UK) in 2011; and his Postgraduate Degree in Academic Practice in Higher Education from Coventry University (UK) in 2017.

    He worked as an Engineering Assistant at GINSA SA (civil engineering company) in Argentina in 2001-2003, as a Research Assistant in the Analysis & Advanced Materials for Structural Design (AMADE) group at the University of Gerona (Spain) in 2006, as a Research Assistant in the Civil & Computational Engineering Centre (C2EC) at Swansea University (UK) in 2010, as a Research Officer in the Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) project at Swansea University in 2010-2014, as a Research Associate in the Institute of Energy at Cardiff University (UK) in 2014-2015, and joined Coventry University (UK) as a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and a member of the CFTC in 2015. He founded the AVAILAB in 2016, and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2018.

    He currently teaches MSc modules in Mathematical Modelling, Optimisation Techniques, and Autonomous Aerospace Vehicle Systems. He has also delivered lectures on AI and Aerospace Structures.

    He peer-reviews articles for 23 international journals, including Swarm and Evolutionary Computation, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning SystemsDronesUnmanned Systems, Sensors, MathematicsAlgorithmsComputers & Structures, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. He has evaluated project proposals for the National Commission of Scientific & Technological Research (CONICYT) in Chile.

    He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the 5th LRF-ICON PhD Studentship Award for project entitled:
    “Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAVs to Fight Wildfires
    Funder: LRF International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (grant ICON-2018-45)
    fEC: £100,000 (£50,000 award + £50,000 match funding).
    Date of award: Jan 2019.
    PI: Dr Mauro S. Innocente (Lead Researcher & Main Supervisor).
    Co-I: Dr Evangelos Gkanas (Researcher & Co-supervisor).
    Co-I: Prof. Guillermo Rein (External Co-Supervisor at Imperial College).
    Link 1Link 2

    As Co-I, he was part of the Coventry University team for project entitled:
    “Resilient Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (ResiCAV)
    Funder: HORIBA MIRA Ltd (consortium partner of one of the seven winners of UK government Cyber-Security Feasibility Studies competition)
    fEC: £10,000.
    Date of award: Dec 2019.
    PI: Dr Hoang Nga Nguyen
    Co-I: Prof Siraj Shaikh
    Co-I: Dr Jeremy Bryans
    Co-I: Dr Mauro S. Innocente
    Link 1, Link 2

    As Co-I, he was awarded the Early-Career Researchers Grant for project entitled:
    “Optimisable system-level thermal models for power electronic converters
    Funder: EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (through grant EP/K035304/1).
    fEC: £55,000 (fEC for Coventry University: £50,000).
    Date of award: Jun 2015.
    PI: Dr Daniel J. Rogers (University of Oxford).
    Co-I: Dr Mauro S. Innocente.
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    Research Interests

    His research is concerned with algorithmic developments in Particle Swarm Optimisation and with the development of mathematical modelling, soft/natural computing, swarm robotics, control, and optimisation tools within a comprehensive spectrum of applications.

    Research Fields

    • Particle swarm and evolutionary optimisation.
    • Applied mathematical modelling.
    • Multidisciplinary optimisation & optimal design.
    • Surrogate-based & simulation-based optimisation.
    • Self-organisation, Swarm Robotics.
    • Artificial/Computational Intelligence (Swarm Intelligence, Reinforcement Learning, PSO, ACO, DE, GAs, CA-based modelling, ANNs, Data-Driven Modelling).

    Research Applications

    • Development of adaptive general-purpose Particle Swarm Algorithm.
    • Self-organising swarms of autonomous firefighting drones.
    • Wildfire propagation modelling, monitoring, and forecasting.
    • Efficiency enhancement of class-A (firefighting) foams using nanoparticles.
    • Autonomous AI-enabled UAVs for predictive maintenance in the railways.
    • Adaptive Surrogate Modelling & Optimisation of problems described by real or synthetic data.
    • Simulation-based optimal design tool for power-dense converters.
    • Optimal transmission system for energy-efficient electrified powertrains.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice in Higher Education, Coventry University

    13 Jan 201610 Jan 2017

    Award Date: 25 May 2017

    Doctorate, Development and testing of a Particle Swarm Optimizer to handle hard unconstrained and constrained problems, Swansea University

    1 Jul 200631 Mar 2010

    Award Date: 6 Jan 2011

    MSc, Máster en Métodos Numéricos para el Cálculo y Diseño en Ingeniería (Master in Numerical Methods for Calculus and Design in Engineering), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

    14 Jan 200430 Jun 2006

    Award Date: 23 Oct 2007

    Degree, Ingeniero en Construcciones (Degree in Building and Structural Engineering), Universidad Nacional del Nordeste

    18 Mar 19968 Aug 2003

    Award Date: 11 Sept 2003


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