Nikolaus Vertovec

Nikolaus Vertovec

DPhil Student

Oxford University

Biography

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.

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

    Oxford University

  • BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, 2019

    ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Intern
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). Safety-Aware Hybrid Control of Airborne Wind Energy Systems.

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(2022). Multi-objective low-thrust spacecraft trajectory design using reachability analysis. under review.

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(2022). Verification of safety critical control policies using kernel methods. In ECC22.

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

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