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Biography

I am currently a senior lecturer (assistant professor) in aerospace engineering at Coventry University. I have joined the university in November 2012. I was awarded a PhD in the control of spacecraft from Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, 2004. I then worked for 5 years as a research fellow on spacecraft control related projects. I also taught guidance, navigation and control as well as the dynamics and control of spacecraft during that time.

My teaching at Coventry University has included UAV systems, aerospace control, flight dynamics, avionics and instrumentation as well as aerospace technology. I am currently course director of the MSc in aerospace engineering at Coventry University. I also teach Coventry MSc courses to external partners such as Emirates Aviation University.

 I have supervised 3 PhDs to a successful completion and am currently co-supervising 5 PhDs. One of the completions and one of the current PhD supervisions are co-funded cotutelle collaborations with Onera (French National Aerospace Research Centre) and Paris-Saclay University in France, in the field of navigation and control for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, I also supervised a number of MSc and MReS at Coventry University and student exchanges as part of 2 Masters projects in collaboration with Bologna Univerity. The Bologna collaboration also led to a PhD completion. My PhD supervisions are generally in the field of navigation and control for aerospace vehicles, including UAV, manned aircraft and spacecraft, as well as in loss of control in flight.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

- Fault detection, estimation, isolation and recovery for aircraft control.

- Flight envelope protection using gain scheduling and MPC type approaches.

- Autonomous coordinated control of UAV formations.

- Sensor fusion using EKF/particle filter type estimation methods.

- Satellite attitude control in the presence of actuator constraints and failures

- System identification for aircraft and pilot in the loop modelling.

- Robust aircraft control in the presence of flexible modes

- Optimal aircraft path planning

- Control allocation and dynamical modelling for New UAV concepts such as ducted fan UAVs 

Funded research project work:

- Innovate UK project Assured Parking (ParkIt) with Horiba Mira, 2019-2020, with a focus on autonomous path planning and control, led by Dr Olivier Haas.

- Consultancy for AIBN on an air incident investigation, with Dr Mike Bromfield, 2018.

https://www.aibn.no/Luftfart/Avgitte-rapporter/2020-03-eng

- Consultancy on ducted fan UAV investigation for AIE-UK, Pii (Performance Improvement Initiative), funded by the EU regional Development Fund, led by Ivan Arokiam, 2014-15.

- EPSRC funded project AAReST (Reconfigurable space telescope), at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, with a focus on guidance, navigation anc control, led by Professor Craig Underwood, 2011-2012.

- STFC funded STRaND 2 satellite formation project with a focus on guidance, navigation and control for in orbit inspection, 2012, led by Craig underwood.

- EU funded Marie Curie Astornet Research Training Network project ASTRONET, a project led by the University of Surrey with Professor Mark Roberts as PI and Professor Phil Palmer line managing my project on low computational optimal control of spacecraft, 2007-2010.

PhD completions:

- Nicolas Merlinge, State estimation and trajectory planning using box particle kernels, Cotutelle PhD between Coventry University and Onera/Paris Saclay University in France. Co-supervised at Coventry University with Director of Studies James Brusey. 2018.

- Encarnacion Serrano Castillo, Nonlinear approaches to attitude control using mechanical and magnetic actuation, in collaboration with director of studies Professor Fabrizio Giuliette from Bologna University (Erasmus Partner). This included a 6 months echange when the student was under my regular supervision at Coventry University, 2017.

- Lawrence Oyedeji Inumoh, Tilted Wheel: 3 DoF Torque Generation for Three Axis Control of a Rigid Satellite. University of Surrey, cosupervised with Dr Alexandre Pechev and Professor Vaios Lappas, 2013.

PhDs under current co-supervision

- Enzo Iglésis, Multimode navigation and control for degraded UAV operation under sensor and actuator faults, 24/09/18 → …

- Thomas Oliver Milward, Novel Sensing for Angle of Attack (AOA) Systems, 16/01/17 → …

- Osita Nnanna Ugwueze: e-VTOL Concept Vehicle 22/01/18 → …

- Samuel Benedict Everett, Human Centred Design of Angle of Attack (AoA) Systems, 19/09/16 → …

- Floris Wolfert, The effects of haptic feedback on pilot performance and workload, 25/09/17 → …

Publications:

44 publications including 11 Q1 journal papers, Currently 400 citations on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=WKQHYnQAAAAJ&hl=en

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Research Output

A Jump-Markov Regularized Particle Filter for the estimation of ambiguous sensor faults

Iglésis, E., Dahia, K., Piet-Lahanier, H., Merlinge, N. J. A., Horri, N. & Brusey, J., 2020, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

A Box Regularized Particle Filter for state estimation with severely ambiguous and non-linear measurements

Merlinge, N. J. A., Dahia, K., Piet-Lahanier, H., Brusey, J. & Horri, N., Jun 2019, In : Automatica. 104, p. 102-110 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Neural-Network Bilinear Gain-Scheduling Control for B747-100 Longitudinal Dynamics

    Elarbi, E. M., Laila, D. S. & Horri, N., 25 Jan 2019, (Submitted).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Box Particle Control for Aerospace Vehicles Guidance Under Failure Probability Constraints

    Merlinge, N. J. A., Horri, N., Dahia, K., Brusey, J. & Piet-Lahanier, H., 1 Nov 2018, 2018 UKACC 12th International Conference on Control (CONTROL) . IEEE, p. 75-80 6 p.

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

  • Enhanced cooperative navigation by data fusion from IMU, ambiguous terrain navigation, and coarse relative states

    Merlinge, N. J. A., Brusey, J., Horri, N., Dahia, K. & Piet-Lahanier, H., 23 Jan 2018, 2017 IEEE 56th Annual Conference on Decision and Control (CDC). IEEE, p. 375-380 6 p.

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

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    Activities

    • 11 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Editorial activity

    2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (Event)

    Nadjim Horri (Peer Reviewer)
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    21st IFAC World Congress, 2020 (Event)

    Nadjim Horri (Peer Reviewer)
    2020 → …

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

    European Control Conference (Event)

    Nadjim Horri (Peer Reviewer)
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    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Sensors (Journal)

    Nadjim Horri (Associate Editor)
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    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Aeronautical Journal (Journal)

    Nadjim Horri (Peer Reviewer)
    2018 → …

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