Nikolaus Vertovec

Nikolaus Vertovec

DPhil Student

Oxford University


Nikolaus Vertovec is a DPhil student under the supervision of Kostas Margellos and Sina Ober-Blöbaum. His research is focused on optimization and reachability analysis, with applications focussing on spacecraft trajectory design.

Nikolaus received a Bachelors’s degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2019. While at ETH, Nikolaus was the avionics lead for the Swiss Academic Space Initiative. After graduating, Nikolaus took on an internship at the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena, California, where he worked on the Mars2020 rover.

  • Optimal Control
  • Multi Objective Optimization
  • Reachability
  • DPhil in Engineering Science

    Oxford University

  • BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, 2019

    ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Oct 2019 – Mar 2010 Pasadena, USA
Worked on the Mars2020 Rover
Akademische Raumfahrtsinitiative Schweiz (ARIS)
GNC Engineer
Sep 2018 – Jul 2019 Zurich, Switzerland
Designed the Control Systems for a Sounding Rocket
ETH Zürich
Teaching Assistant
Feb 2019 – Jul 2019 Zurich, Switzerland
Taught Numerical Methods for second-year bachelor students

Recent Publications

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(2022). Verification of safety critical control policies using kernel methods. 2022 European Control Conference (ECC).

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(2022). Multi-objective optimal control problems using reachability analysis. under review.


(2021). Multi-objective minimum time optimal control for low-thrust trajectory design. In ECC21.