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Dr Mauro S. Innocente is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities (FTC) at Coventry University. He is also the founder and leader of the Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AVAILab).

He received his building & structural engineering degree from the National University of the Northeast (Argentina) in 2003, his MSc 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 for a civil engineering company in Argentina from 2001 to 2003; as a Research Assistant in the Analysis & Advanced Materials for Structural Design group (AMADE) at the University of Gerona (Spain) in 2006; as a Research Assistant in the Civil & Computational Engineering Centre (C2EC) at Swansea University in 2010; as a Research Officer in the Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) project also at Swansea University from 2010 to 2014; as a Research Associate in the Institute of Energy at Cardiff University (UK) from 2014 to 2015; and joined Coventry University (UK) in 2015 as a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer and founded the AVAILab in 2018.

He currently teaches modules in Mathematical Modelling and Autonomous Aerospace Vehicle Systems in the MSc Aerospace Engineering course. He has also delivered lectures on Artificial Intelligence, Optimisation and Aerospace Structures within a range of MSc courses.

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).
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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 algorithm developments in Particle Swarm Optimisation, and with the development of soft and natural computing, mathematical modelling, control, and optimisation tools within a comprehensive spectrum of applications such as fire propagation modelling, thermal modelling, optimal design of power converters, structural analysis and design, swarm robotics applied to firefighting, and autonomous AI-enabled UAVs for predictive maintenance. Examples are:

  • Adaptive general-purpose Particle Swarm Algorithm.
  • Adaptive Surrogate Modelling & Optimisation (ASMO) of problems described by real or synthetic data.
  • Simulation-based design tool for power-dense converters using efficient physics-based models.
  • Mathematical modelling of wildfire propagation.
  • Self-organising swarms of autonomous firefighting drones.
  • Efficiency enhancement of class-A foams by means of nanoparticles to improve performance of firefighting drones.
  • Autonomous AI-enabled UAVs for predictive maintenance.

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Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

13 Jan 201610 Jan 2017

Doctorate, Swansea University

1 Jul 200631 Mar 2010

MSc, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya

14 Jan 200430 Jun 2006

Degree, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste

18 Mar 19968 Aug 2003

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Research Output

  • 19 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 16 Conference proceeding
  • 5 Chapter
  • 5 Article
  • 3 Poster
  • Effect of number of planetary gears on fuel consumption and vehicle performance in the hybrid powertrain of a passenger car

    Rajput, D., Dizqah, A. M., Herreros, J. M. & Innocente, M., 5 Mar 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Theoretical study of signal and geometrical properties of two-dimensional UWB-based indoor positioning systems using TDoA

    Grasso, P. & Innocente, M., 5 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering. IEEE, Vol. (In-press). p. (In-press)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

  • A two-dimensional reaction-advection-diffusion model of the spread of fire in wildlands

    Grasso, P. & Innocente, M., 2018, Advances in Forest Fire Research 2018. Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, p. 334-342 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)


    Sensors (Journal)

    Mauro Innocente (Peer Reviewer)
    26 Mar 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Construction and Building Materials (Journal)

    Mauro Innocente (Peer Reviewer)
    7 Mar 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    The Future Powertrain Conference

    Daizy Rajput (Speaker), Arash Moradinegade Dizqah (Contributor), Jose Martin Herreros (Contributor), Mauro Innocente (Contributor)
    4 Mar 20205 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    2020 6th International Conference on Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering

    Paolo Grasso (Speaker), Mauro Innocente (Contributor)
    12 Feb 202015 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference