Contact Professor Gokhan Inalhan

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Defence Info Systems
  • Operational Analysis and Simulation
  • Space Systems
  • Vehicle Health Management


Professor Gokhan Inalhan received his B.Sc. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1997, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, in 1998 and 2004 respectively. In 2003, he has received his Ph.D. Minor from Stanford University on Engineering Economics and Operations Research (currently Management Science and Engineering). Between 2004 and 2006 he had worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this period, he had led the Communication and Navigation group in the MIT-Draper Laboratory NASA CER project. He has served as Director of Controls and Avionics Laboratory (2006-2016) and Director General of Aerospace Research Centre (2016-2019) at Istanbul Technical University. Gokhan is currently BAE Systems Chair, Professor of Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence. He has led and managed numerous grants and industrial projects from FP7, H2020, SESAR, EC Marie-Currie, EPSRC, UKRI, ATI, Innovate UK, BAE Systems, BAE Systems FalconWorks™, Boeing, Airbus, BR&T Europe and major Euro-Asian aerospace, defense and aviation companies. He and his research are recipient of awards such as IEEE AESS Exceptional Service Award, Boeing Faculty Fellowship, Council of Higher Education Outstanding Achievement, TUBITAK Innovation Success Stories and Best Paper Awards(IEEE).. Gokhan has been serving in Science, Technology and Advisory Boards of various government and commercial entities and he is a member of the general assembly of ASDA and Eurocontrol Agency Research Team. His professional service span technical committees (IEEE US Committee for Transportation and Aerospace Policy , AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control TC), program and editorial boards in which he has been leading themes including autonomy, intelligent systems and transportation for IEEE CCTA, ICRAT, SESAR SID and AIAA GNC. He is currently the Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Aerospace Controls and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. Gokhan is a life-time member and Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Current activities

Professor Inalhan leads the research theme on autonomous systems and artificial intelligence within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. He and his research group focus on design, modeling, GNC, resilience, and security aspects of autonomy and artificial intelligence for air, defense, transportation and space systems. Current research themes include advanced flight controls and reinforcement learning for autonomous systems, human-autonomy interaction in team concept, urban air and cargo mobility, ATM/UTM, data analytics driven digital twin and surrogate modeling, explainable AI for trustworthy autonomous systems.


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European Commission




Innovate UK


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