Contact Dr Yan Xu

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Aviation Management & Operations
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling


Dr. Yan Xu is a Lecturer in ATM/CNS, with the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. Before taking the academic role, he conducted his postdoc research with the Centre for Aeronautics in the same school as a Research Fellow in UTM. Prior to joining Cranfield University, he received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Science and Technology from the Technical University of Catalonia, and received his M.Sc. and B.Eng. in Traffic Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He performed a visiting study in early 2017 at the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile. His main research interests include air traffic flow and capacity management, aircraft trajectory optimisation, UAS traffic management and Urban Air Mobility.

Research opportunities

Self-motivated PhD candidate with strong operations research, algorithm/software development and aviation background are encouraged to apply. Experience with air/unmanned traffic management are highly valued.

Current activities

He is currently involved in the simulation, operation and upgrading activities of the ATM Laboratory based in the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC).

Ongoing research projects:

Cranfield PI of project ISOBAR (artificial Intelligence to forecaSt meteO-Based DCB imbAlances for netwoRk operations planning), 2020-2022, funded by SESAR JU, under the EU H2020 programme, ID: 891965.

Cranfield PI of EPSRC DTP programme in partnership with Boeing Research & Technology Europe: Contingency Management of the Advanced Air Mobility System of Systems: UAS/UAM, Integrated ATM/UTM and Infrastructures.

Cranfield Co-I of project AMU-LED (Air Mobility Urban - Large Experimental Demonstrations), 2021-2022, funded by SESAR JU, under the EU H2020 programme, ID: 101017702.

He is also involved in the GAUSS (Galileo-EGNOS as an Asset for UTM Safety and Security) project, which aims fast and thorough achievement of acceptable levels in terms of performance, safety and security for both, current RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) and future UTM (UAV Traffic Management) operations.




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