MartinaMammarella

/Research Fellow

Martina Mammarella received the B.Sc., M. Sc. and Ph. D., all in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Her current research focuses on the development of advanced robust and stochastic predictive control techniques for constrained systems. Her activities include also lab and on-field experimental validation of those algorithms for the control of spacecraft and UAV dynamics during proximity operations and precision agriculture tasks, respectively.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Automated rendezvous and docking/proximity maneuvers of spacecraft
  • Developing 6 dof orbital simulator for proximity maneuvers in both Earth and Moon environment
  • Designing guidance and control strategies for spacecraft attitude and relative motion control
  • Classical, Robust and Stochastic Model Predictive Control
  • Designing and applying linear-quadratic MPC controllers to real-time constrained systems
  • Designing and applying tube-based robust MPC controllers to real-time constrained systems
  • Developing an innovative offline-sampling based stochastic MPC algorithm for real-word applications involving real-time constrained systems
  • Real-time and Hardware-In-the-Loop simulations
  • Designing real-time tube-based robust MPC for translational and attitude control of spacecraft during rendezvous maneuvers
  • Designing real-time offline sampling-based stochastic MPC for translational and attitude control of spacecraft during rendezvous maneuvers
  • Designing real-time tube-based robust MPC for UAV path following applications
  • Designing real-time offline sampling-based stochastic MPC for UAV path-following applications

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Viola for ARTE project (AdvancedResearch Thermal passive Exchange), developed in collaboration with Argotec Srl, sponsored by ASI. Operation location : ISS inflight (Dec, 17th 2014-Mar, 16th 2015 / Apr, 16th 2015-Jul, 15th 2015 / Jul, 16th 2015-Oct, 15th 2015).
  • Graduate Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Viola for HEAT project (Heat Exchange pAssive Technology), developed in collaboration with Argotec Srl, Alenia Aermacchi, Università degli Studi di Torino (Dec, 17th 2014-Mar, 16th 2015 / Apr, 16th 2015-Jul, 15th 2015 / Jul, 16th 2015-Oct, 15th 2015).
  • Graduate Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Viola for the research activity “Metodologia di progetto concettuale a livello di sistema di sistemi per scenari di esplorazione spaziale per assemblaggio e mantenimento di stazione lunare tramite space tug” (Oct, 18th 2016-Nov, 17th 2016)
  • Graduate Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Giorgio Guglieri for the research activity “Implementazione di leggi di controllo per la manovra di rendezvous e docking spaziale” (Feb, 1st 2017-Apr, 30th 2017)
  • WPs Responsible under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Viola for the spacecraft design phase (WP3100, WP3150, WP3300 and WP4110) of the project “High Power Hall Effect Thruster subsystem for space transportation and exploration” sponsored by European Space Agency under GSTP Programme, Contract 4000122232 (Nov, 2017-Oct,31st 2018).
  • Technical Responsible under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Viola for the ESA Express Procurement EXPRO “Application of High Power Electric Propulsion to new Mission Scenarios: Adoption and Improvements of a Multi Input/ Multi Output Space System Design Tool”, funded by European Space Agency (Oct, 2017 -Oct,31st 2018).
  • Lecture Assistant of prof. Battipede Manuela at Politecnico di Torino for the Space flight mechanics class (October 2014-February 2015).
  • Lecture Assistant of prof. Guglieri Giorgio at Politecnico di Torino for the Flight Simulation class (March-June 2016, March-June 2017, March-June 2018).
  • Lecture Assistant of prof. Nicole Viola at Politecnico di Torino for the Space exploration systems II class (January-March 2017, November 2017-March 2018).
  • Seminar Lecturer on Model Predictive Control: Theory and Application at Politecnico di Milano for the class “Flight Dynamics” held by Prof. Giorgio Guglieri (Nov,29th 2017).
  • PostDoc Research Fellow at the Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari of Università di Torino, Turin under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Gay (Jul, 30th 2019-Nov, 15th 2019).
  • Associate Researcher at the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering of the National Research Council of Italy (Sep, 2nd 2019-Nov, 16th 2019).
  • PostDoc Research Fellow at the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering of the National Research Council of Italy under the supervision of Dr. Fabrizio Dabbene (Nov, 16th 2019-Nov, 15th 2020).
  • Mentor of several M.S. thesis:
    • Electric propulsion for a cislunar space tug: preliminary sizing and investigation on mutual influences (C.A. Paissoni, 2017).
    • How the Cislunar Station can support refueling of a high-power electric spacecraft for Moon-Mars cargo transfers (M. Lanza, 2018).
    • How a dedicated refueling system can support a high-power electric spacecraft for Moon-Mars cargo transfers (L. Cancarini, 2018).
    • Tube-based MPC for fixed-wing UAV maneuvers (F. Giuffrida Trampetta, 2018).
    • Automated driving for an UGV for agriculture 4.0 (M. Beygifard, 2020)
    • Space Drones – Design and control of UAVs for planetary exploration (F. Forino, 2020)
    • Modelling, Control and simulation of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle for agriculture 4.0 (S. Scivoli, 2020)
    • Development of Processor-In-the-Loop Simulators for Assessing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Performance in Pesticide Spraying Operations on Vineyards (R. Lazzari, 2021)

NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

  • National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering, Turin, Italy
    • Systems & Control Technologies Group – Dr. Roberto Tempo, Dr. Fabrizio Dabbene
  • Thales Alenia Space Italia, Turin, Italy
    • Mission Analysis and System Design Division – Eng. Denaro, Eng. Gargioli, Eng. Massobrio
  • Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
    • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – Professor Romano research group
  • Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
    • Institut für Systemtheorie und Regelungstechnik – Professor Allgöwer research group
  • ESA – European Space Research and Technology Center, Noordwijk, Netherlands
    • Propulsion and Aerothermodynamics Division – Electric Propulsion Section
  • SITAEL SpA,Ospedaletto, Pisa, Italy
    • Electric Propulsion Division
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
    • Aerospace Engineering Department
  • Iowa State University,Ames, Iowa, USA
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
  • Universidad de Sevilla, Escuela Superior de Ingenieria, Sevilla, Spain
    • Department of Ingenieria de Sistemas y Automatica
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    • Department of Engineering Science - Control group

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

  1. Mammarella M, Paissoni C.A., Viola N., Denaro A., Gargioli E., Massobrio F. “The Lunar Space Tug: A Sustainable Bridge between Low Earth Orbits and the Cislunar Habitat”. In: Acta Astronautica, vol. 138, pp. 102–117, 2017, doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.05.034.
  2. Mammarella M., Capello E., Park H., Guglieri G., Romano M. “Tube-Based Robust Model Predictive Control for Spacecraft Proximity Operations in the Presence of Persistent Disturbance”. In: Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. 77, pp. 585–594, 2018, doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2018.04.009.
  3. Mammarella M, Vernicari P.M., Paissoni C.A., Viola N. “How the Lunar Space Tug Can Support the Cislunar Station”. In: Acta Astronautica, vol. 154, pp. 181-194, 2019, doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.04.032.
  4. Mammarella M., Capello E., Dabbene F., Guglieri G. “Sample-Based SMPC for Tracking Control of Fixed-Wing UAV”. In: IEEE Control Systems Letters vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 611-616, 2018, doi.org/10.1109/LCSYS.2018.2845546.
  5. Mammarella M., Lorenzen M., Capello E., Park H., Dabbene F., Guglieri G., Romano M., Allgöwer F. “An Offline-Sampling SMPC Framework with Application to Autonomous Space Maneuvers”. In: IEEE Transactions of Control Systems Technology, 2018, doi.org/10.1109/TCST.2018.2879938.
  6. Mammarella M., Lee D.Y., Park H., Capello E., Dentis M., Guglieri G. “Attitude Control of a Small Spacecraft via Tube-Based Model Predictive Control”. In: AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2019, doi.org/10.2514/1.A34394.
  7. Mammarella M., Capello E. “Tube-based Robust MPC Processor-In-the-Loop Validation for Fixed-Wing UAVs”. In: Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2020, doi.org/10.1007/s10846-020-01172-6.
  8. Paissoni C.A., Viola N., Mammarella M., Andreussi T., Rossodivita A., Saccoccia G., “Deep Space Transportation Enhanced by 20kW-Class Hall Thrusters”. In: Acta Astronautica, 2020, doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.02.012.
  9. Alamo, T., Reina, D.G., Mammarella, M., Abella, A., “Covid-19: Open-Data Resources for Monitoring, Modeling, and Forecasting the Epidemic”. In: Electronics, 2020, doi.org/10.3390/electronics9050827.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Viola N. Stesina F. Camisassa M., Corpino S., Di Tana V., Facciolati L., Frosi A., Hall J., Iorizzo F., Lamberti A., Lepore F., Mammarella M., Marenco M., Muggianu A. “Thermal Exchange: a Payload for Technological Experiments On-Board the International Space Station”. In: Proceedings of 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2015.
  2. Viola N., Stesina F., Camisassa M., Mammarella M., Muggianu A. “Methodology for Assembly, Integration and Verification of the Avionic System of a Technological Experiment On-Board the International Space Station”. In: Proceedings of 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2015.
  3. Mammarella M., Capello E., Guglieri G. “A Comprehensive Analysis of Guidance and Control Algorithms for Orbital Rendezvous Maneuvers”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2016. 2016, doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-5214.
  4. Mammarella M., Viola N., Paissoni C.A., Gargioli E., Massobrio F., Denaro A. “A Sustainable Bridge between Low Earth Orbits and Cislunar Infrastructures: the Lunar Space Tug”. In: Proceedings of 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2016.
  5. Mammarella M., Paissoni C.A., Vernicari P.M., Viola N., Denaro A., Gargioli E. “How the Lunar Space Tug can Support the Cislunar Station”. In: 10th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration: Towards the Moon Village and Beyond. 2017.
  6. Mammarella M., Paissoni C.A., Vernicari P.M., Viola N. “The Lunar Space Tug in the Future Space Exploration Scenario”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.
  7. Mammarella M., Viola N., Paissoni C.A., Vernicari P.M., Saccoccia G. Gonzalez del Amo J. “Electric Propulsion for High-Power Deep Space Transportation System: Investigation on Mutual Influences and Preliminary Sizing”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.
  8. Mammarella M., Guglieri G., Viola N. “Missions, Architectures and Technologies for a Lunar Space Tug in Support of Cislunar Infrastructures”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.
  9. Mammarella M., Capello E., Park H., Guglieri G., Romano M. “Spacecraft Proximity Operations Via Tube-Based Robust Model Predictive Control with Additive Disturbances”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.
  10. Mammarella M., Capello E., Lorenzen M., Dabbene F., Allgöwer F. “A General Sampling-Based SMPC Approach to Spacecraft Proximity Operations”. In: Proceedings of 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2017. 2017, doi.org/10.1109/CDC.2017.8264326.
  11. Mammarella M., Vernicari P.M., Viola N. “Design and Cost Analysis of High-Power Solar Electric Propulsion Platforms”. In: Proceeding of Space Propulsion 2018. 2018.
  12. Mammarella M., Paissoni C.A., Fusaro R., Viola N., Andreussi T., Gregucci S., Andrenucci M., Saccoccia G. “Mission Scenarios for High-Power Electric Platforms”. In: Proceedings of Space Propulsion 2018. 2018.
  13. Mammarella M., Capello E. “A Robust MPC-Based Autopilot for Mini UAVs”. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). 2018, doi.org/10.1109/ICUAS.2018.8453290.
  14. Mammarella M, Capello E., Guglieri G. “Robust Model Predictive Control for Automated Rendezvous Maneuvers in Near-Earth and Moon Proximity”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018, doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-5343.
  15. Mammarella M., Viola N., Gonzalez del Amo J., Saccoccia G. “Electric Propulsion, an Enabling Technology for the Deep Space Gateway”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018,doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-5345.
  16. Mammarella M., Lee D.Y., Park H., Capello E., Dentis M., Guglieri G., Romano M.“Attitude Control of a Small Spacecraft for Earth Observation via Tube-based Robust Model Predictive Control”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018, doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-5401.
  17. Mammarella M., Paissoni C.A., Fusaro R., Viola N., Andreussi T. “How to Sustain the Deep Space Gateway with Reusable High-Power Electric Platforms”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018, doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-5189.
  18. Mammarella M., Paissoni C.A., Fusaro R., Viola N., Andreussi T., Rossodivita A. “A 20kW-class Hall Effect Thruster to Enhance Present and Future Space Missions”. In: Proceedings of 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2018.
  19. Paissoni C.A., Mammarella M., Fusaro R., Viola N., Andreussi T., Rossodivita A., Saccoccia G. “Deep Space transportation enhanced by 20kW-class Hall Effect Thruster”. In: Proceedings of 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2018.
  20. Mammarella M., Ristorto G., Capello E., Bloise N., Guglieri G., Dabbene F. “Waypoint Tracking via Tube-based Robust Model Predictive Control for Crop Monitoring with Fixed-Wing UAVs”. In: Proceedings of IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry 2019. 2019.
  21. Mammarella, M., Alamo, T., Lucia, S., Dabbene, F. “A probabilistic validation approach for penalty function design in Stochastic Model Predictive Control”. In: Proceedings of 21st IFAC World Congress, 2020.
  22. Mammarella, M., Alamo, T., Dabbene, F., Lorenzen, M. “Computationally efficient stochastic MPC: a probabilistic scaling approach”. In: Proceedings of 4th IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications 2020 (CCTA), 2020.
  23. Mammarella, M., Comba, L., Biglia, A., Dabbene, F., Gay, P. “Cooperative Agricultural Operations of Aerial and Ground Unmanned Vehicles”. In: Proceedings of IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry 2020, 2020.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (as Reviewer)

Automatica, IEEE Indian Control Conference (ICC), IEEE Control System Letters, AIAA Pegasus Student Conference, Aerospace Science and Technology, IEEE American Control Conference (ACC), IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), IFAC World Congress, IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Optimal Control Applications and Methods (OCAM), International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (as Organizer)

  • Co-Chair and Organizer of the Workshop “State-of-the-art Applications of Model Predictive Control” held at the 4th IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA 2020)

AWARDS

  • PhD Quality Award 2018: 1st place for Aerospace Engineering Doctorate, Politecnico di Torino.

MEMBERSHIP

  • IEEE Membership (since March 2018)
  • IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Membership (since March 2018)
  • IEEE Control Systems Society Membership (since March 2018)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Membership (since January 2019)
  • IEEE Young Professionals (since January 2018)
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Membership (since October 2020)
  • AIAA Student Member (September 2017-August 2018)
  • Affiliated to the Società Italiana Docenti e Ricercatori in Automatica (since September 2020)
  • IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Aerospace Control (since October 2020)