Advanced Concepts Team

Our mission is to monitor and perform research on advanced space concepts and technologies, preparing ESA for any disruptive change to come.

We are currently hiring new Research fellows for: Fundamental Physics.

Our research

Advanced Materials
Artificial Intelligence
Bio-Engineering
Biomimetics
Complexity Science
Earth System Sciences
Energy Systems
Fundamental Physics
Habitats
Informatics
Mission Analysis
Nanophotonics
Propulsion
Evomimetics an evolution-based approach to biomimetics
Biomimetics

Evomimetics an evolution-based approach to biomimetics

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Next-generation high-speed X-ray imaging with Dynamic Vision Sensing
Multidisciplinary

Next-generation high-speed X-ray imaging with Dynamic Vision Sensing

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Accessibility on a Lunar Base
Habitats

Accessibility on a Lunar Base

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Retinomorphic Vision Model for On-chip Feature Extraction
Multidisciplinary

Retinomorphic Vision Model for On-chip Feature Extraction

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Differential Poisson Solver for the Shape Reconstruction of Astronomical Bodies
Artificial Intelligence

Differential Poisson Solver for the Shape Reconstruction of Astronomical Bodies

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Hyperspectral Image Demosaicing for the HERA Mission
Artificial Intelligence

Hyperspectral Image Demosaicing for the HERA Mission

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Geometric deep learning for the analysis and design of novel lattice structures
Multidisciplinary

Geometric deep learning for the analysis and design of novel lattice structures

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Temporal dynamics in computational reservoirs
Multidisciplinary

Temporal dynamics in computational reservoirs

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Poincaré Maps and Chaos Classification
Mission Analysis

Poincaré Maps and Chaos Classification

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GECCO 2022 Space Optimisation Competition (SPoC)
Mission Analysis

GECCO 2022 Space Optimisation Competition (SPoC)

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Namib Desert Beetles as Bioinspiration for Planetary Exploration
Biomimetics

Namib Desert Beetles as Bioinspiration for Planetary Exploration

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Satellite Quantum Network Optimisation
Fundamental Physics

Satellite Quantum Network Optimisation

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Generating astronomical catalogues from wide-field imaging projects using XAI
Artificial Intelligence

Generating astronomical catalogues from wide-field imaging projects using XAI

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Metal-organic Framework Materials (MOFs) as Passive Systems for Long Duration Space Missions
Advanced Materials

Metal-organic Framework Materials (MOFs) as Passive Systems for Long Duration Space Missions

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Analogue neuromorphic computing for onboard artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Analogue neuromorphic computing for onboard artificial intelligence

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Temporal information processing with spiking neural networks
Multidisciplinary

Temporal information processing with spiking neural networks

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Large-scale Deterministic Debris Simulation (LADDS)
Informatics

Large-scale Deterministic Debris Simulation (LADDS)

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Geodesy of irregular small bodies via neural density fields: geodesyNets
Artificial Intelligence

Geodesy of irregular small bodies via neural density fields: geodesyNets

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Mitochondrial processes within cells sourced from hibernators and non-hibernators in altered gravity
Bio-Engineering

Mitochondrial processes within cells sourced from hibernators and non-hibernators in altered gravity

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Inverse design of nanostructured optical solar reflectors
Multidisciplinary

Inverse design of nanostructured optical solar reflectors

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Accurate and efficient propagation via the Taylor method
Multidisciplinary

Accurate and efficient propagation via the Taylor method

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Event-based vision in space
Biomimetics

Event-based vision in space

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G&CNets - On-Board Optimal Control of a Quadcopter
Multidisciplinary

G&CNets - On-Board Optimal Control of a Quadcopter

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