Areas of expertise


Professor Tsourdos obtained a MEng on Electronic, Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield (1995), an MSc on Systems Engineering from Cardiff University (1996) and a PhD on Nonlinear Robust Autopilot Design and Analysis from Cranfield University (1999).

He joined the Cranfield University in 1999 as lecturer, appointed Head of the Centre of Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems in 2007 and Professor of Autonomous Systems and Control in 2009 and Director of Research - Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing in 2015. Professor Tsourdos was member of the Team Stellar, the winning team for the UK MoD Grand Challenge (2008) and the IET Innovation Award (Category Team, 2009).

Professor Tsourdos is an editorial board member of:
  • Proceedings of the IMechE Part G Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • IEEE Transactions of Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • Aerospace Science & Technology
  • International Journal of Systems Science
  • Systems Science & Control Engineering
  • International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.
Professor Tsourdos is Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Aerospace Control, an member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Networked Systems, Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems,and Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles.

Professor Tsourdos is also member of the AIAA Technical Committee on Guidance, Control and Navigation; AIAA Unmanned Systems Program Committee; IEEE Control System Society Technical Committee on Aerospace Control (TCAC) and IET Robotics & Mechatronics Executive Team.

Current activities

Professor Tsourdos leads the research theme on autonomous systems within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University.

He has a diverse expertise in both unmanned and autonomous vehicles as well as complex systems. He conducts basic and applied research in the fields of guidance, control and navigation for single and multiple unmanned autonomous vehicles as well as research on cyber-physical systems.


  • DSTL
  • BAE Systems
  • MBDA
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Leonardo
  • Boeing
  • Network Rail
  • Airbus
  • ESA
  • Raytheon
  • Thales


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Leboucher C, Siarry P, Máenec SL, Shin H-S, Chelouah R & Tsourdos A (2014) An Enhanced Particle Swarm Optimisation Algorithm Combined with Neural Networks to Decrease Computational Time. In: Swarm Intelligence Based Optimization, Springer International Publishing, p. 139-156.
  • Lo CH, Shin HS, Tsourdos A & Kim SH (2013) Improving the Performance of an Actuator Control Scheme during Saturation. In: Advances in Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control. Chu Q, Mulder B, Choukroun D, van Kampen E-J, de Visser C, Looye G (ed.), Berlin: Springer, p. 15-27.
  • Leboucher C, Shin HS, Siarry P, Chelouah R, Le Ménec S & Tsourdos A (2013) A Two-Step Optimisation Method for Dynamic Weapon Target Assignment Problem. In: Recent Advances on Meta-Heuristics and Their Application to Real Scenarios. Javier Del Ser (ed.), Rijeka, Croatia: INTECH, p. 109-129.
  • (2012) Advances in Missile Guidance, Control, and Estimation.
  • Shin HS, Tsourdos A & White BA (2012) UAS Conflict Detection and Resolution Using Differential Geometry Concepts. In: Sense and Avoid in UAS: Research and Applications. Angelov P (ed.), Hoboken, N.J: Wiley, p. 175-204.
  • Oh H, Shin HS, Tsourdos A., White BA & Silson P (2011) Coordinated Road Network Search for Multiple UAVs Using Dubins Path. In: Advances in Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control. Holzapfel F, Theil S (ed.), Berlin: Springer, p. 55-65.
  • Shanmugavel M, Tsourdos A & White B (2010) Obstacle Avoidance: Static Obstacles. In: Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. Blockley R, Shyy W (ed.), Chichester: Wiley.
  • Kim SK, Tsourdos A & White B (2010) Nonlinear Flight Control Systems. In: Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. Blockley R, Shyy W (ed.), Chichester: Wiley.
  • Tsourdos A, White B & Shanmugavel M (2010) Cooperative Path Planning of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Chichester: Wiley, ed. 1.