Contact Professor Antonios Tsourdos

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Flight Physics
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Space Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Vehicle Health Management
  • Weapons Engineering


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

He joined Cranfield University in 1999 as a lecturer and was appointed Head of the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems in 2007, Professor of Autonomous Systems and Control in 2009, and Director of Research – Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing in 2015. 

Professor Tsourdos was a member of Team Stellar, the winning team for the UK Ministry of Defence Grand Challenge in 2008, and an IET Innovation Award in 2009 (Team category).

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 International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Aerospace Control, and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Unmanned Systems Integration and Outreach Committee; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control System Society Technical Committee on Aerospace Control (TCAC) and the IMechE Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group board.

Research opportunities Sense and Avoid Algorithm for the Operation of Multiple UAS PhD Algorithms used to achieve Goal based Missions PhD

Current activities

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

He has diverse expertise in both unmanned and autonomous vehicles as well as networked systems.

He conducts basic and applied research in the fields of guidance, control and navigation for single and multiple unmanned autonomous vehicles, mission planning and decision making of autonomous vehicles, UAS traffic management, as well as research on cyber-physical systems.


  • BAE Systems
  • MBDA
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Leonardo
  • Boeing
  • Airbus
  • ESA
  • Thales
  • SAAB


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.
  • Balakrishnan S, Tsourdos A, White B (eds), (2012) Advances in Missile Guidance, Control, and Estimation, Boca Raton: CRC Press.
  • 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.