Artist's impression of Gaia, Copyright ESA–D. Ducros, 2013
The 2nd UK workshop on Optimisation in Space Engineering (OSE) is an event jointly organised by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics (TGM), the University of Birmingham, Astrium Satellites UK, the University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde. The workshop is supported and endorsed by the European Space Agency (ESA).
There is no charge for attending this event. If you are interested in attending, please follow the link to register your interest.Register now
OSE aims at providing space companies, universities, research institutes, and organisations with a forum of excellence in the area of optimisation in space engineering. Participants are invited to share their latest engineering problems and proposed solutions so as to promote the creation and exchange of ideas and the identification of new trends and required developments.
In addition to the latest theoretical advances in the field of applied mathematics for space engineering, OSE is also devoted to mathematical tools and techniques. Demonstrations and short tutorials are welcome.
Examples of discussion topics include, but are not limited to:
- Space engineering optimisation problems, which are currently difficult to solve or have no current satisfactory solution
- Future challenges in the field of mathematics applied in space engineering problems
- Current status of mathematical theories, tools, their pros and cons
- Visions for the future
The 2nd OSE workshop will aim to take forward outputs such as identified challenges and issues and address these through a series of talks, discussion and break-out group type activities.
The programme outlines the timings and the key areas that will be covered.
Additionally, a number of example space engineering optimisation problems will be investigated and the solutions compared and contrasted to gain understanding of the efficiency of the various techniques.
The 1st UK workshop on Optimisation in Space Engineering (OSE) was held on 5-6 November 2013 in Birmingham and resulted in the formation of a national working group. This event was jointly organised by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics (TGM), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the University of Southampton, and it was hosted by the University of Birmingham.
In this first meeting, participants shared their latest engineering problems and proposed solutions so as to promote the creation and exchange of ideas and the identification of new trends and required developments. Various problems such as interplanetary trajectory optimisation, optimal rendezvous guidance on non-circular spacecraft orbits, guided entry, descent, and landing trajectories, have previously been highlighted by the ESA. There is therefore a need for technology improvements and further research in this area. The formation of a UK working group following the November 2013 exploratory workshop is a first step towards this.
This second workshop will take forward the agreed challenges and actions towards finding solutions for problems in the area of optimisation in space engineering.
Venue and Accommodation
The workshop will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. Please see the Isaac Newton Institute A-Z for further information about the venue.
We have reserved en-suite accommodation close by at Murray Edwards College. This is at a cost of £69.75 per night and includes breakfast. If you would like to reserve a room, please contact the Turing Gateway to Mathematics Events and Marketing Assistant Clare Merritt. We assume that most people will require a room for two nights (Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March).