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The team

Meet the researchers dedicated to the ENGIE Ineo – Groupe ADP – SAFRAN RPAS Chair

Yannick Jestin

Yannick Jestin

Responsible for the ENAC's Drones transverse program and holder of the ENGIE Ineo - Groupe ADP - SAFRAN RPAS Chair

Graduated from ENAC in 1996, he joined the Centre d’Études de la Navigation Aérienne (CENA) to perform research in the domain of interactive systems engineering. He contributed to projects linked to air traffic safety (EPOQUES), simulated aircraft piloting for experimentation and simulation (IIPP), HMI evolution for drone control and their impact on their autopilot (Paparazzi).

In 2006, he joined ENAC as the head of a specialized program on interactive systems conception, development and evaluation.

From 2011 to 2015, he has been responsible for the teaching team in charge of the system engineering, HMI, computer safety and security courses.

Guido Manfredi

Guido Manfredi

Researcher for the ENGIE Ineo - Groupe ADP - SAFRAN RPAS Chair.

He obtained a diplôme d'Ingénieur in computer science at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique pour l'Industrie et l'Entreprise (ENSIIE), a Master in Image processing and Numerical Medias at Université de Sherbrooke and a PhD in Robotics and Computer Science at LAAS-CNRS. His previous activities include computers vision, robotic manipulation and robotic systems.

His research is focused on complex systems modeling and simulation, robotic perception and machine learning.

He is currently facilitating the insertion of drones in the national airspace by working on the Detect and Avoid technological lock.

Elgiz Baskaya

Elgiz Baskaya

Researcher for the ENGIE Ineo - Groupe ADP - SAFRAN RPAS Chair and a PhD student at Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier.

Her research interests include aircraft / satellite dynamics and control, with a speciality in fault detection, diagnosis and isolation. She holds a BSc in Astronautics and MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Istanbul Technical University. Before joining ENAC's Drones team, she was a teaching and research assistant in Istanbul Technical University for 7 years, assisting to a variety of courses mainly on satellite estimation/control. She was involved in national and international projects mainly on satellite control design and air traffic management during this period.

Her new challenge is to achieve a safe flight design utilizing fault detection/ diagnosis algorithms with an implementation on drones.

Jim Sharples

Jim Sharples

Research Engineer for the ENGIE Ineo – Groupe ADP – SAFRAN RPAS Chair

He obtained a diplôme d'Ingénieur in Civil Aviation Engineering at ENAC, and a Master in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control from Cranfield University.

After his studies he worked for 4 years for the Altran company, as a subcontractor to Airbus Aircrafts' Stability and Control Department. His field of work included Handling Qualities and Flight Control Laws.

As part of the Chair, he will tackle the concepts of U-space and UTM (Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management) by formulating a specific scenario: the use of drones to help inspect NAVAIDs as a complement to piloted aircrafts. This will enable the development of both the technological solution (the drone itself) and the regulatory framework that will be compulsory for its insertion in busy airport traffic.