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Dr. Seyyed Ali Emami Khansari

Assistant Professor

- PhD. in Aerospace Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Thesis subject: "Development of neuro-fuzzy based self-adaptive flight control system in the presence of internal and external disturbances", 2019
- MSc. in Aerospace Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2013
- BSc. in Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2011

Last updated: Monday, January 16th, 2023

Research Interests and Activities


  Intelligent control

  Learning-based control

  Model Predictive Control

  Flight Control systems

  Reinforcement learning


I received my B.Sc. in Electrical engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees both in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in 2011, 2013, and 2019, respectively. After a postdoctoral fellowship with SUT on the development of resilient learning-based guidance and control systems, I joined the University of Bologna as a postdoctoral researcher, where the main focus of my project was on developing a comprehensive view of intelligent flight control systems. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace engineering, SUT. My current research interests include resilient flight control systems, learning-based control, reinforcement learning, machine learning, and aerial robotics.


Journal Papers

1. (2022) S. A. Emami, P. Castaldi, A. Banazadeh, Neural network-based flight control systems: Present and future, Annual Reviews in Control 53 (4), pp. 97–137. DOI: 10.1016/j.arcontrol.2022.04.006.

2. (2021) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Simultaneous Trajectory tracking and aerial manipulation using a multi-stage model predictive control, Aerospace Science and Technology 112 (2), p. 106573. DOI: 10.1016/j.ast.2021.106573.

3. (2020) S. A. Emami, K. Ahmadi, A Self Organizing multi-model ensemble for identification of Nonlinear Time-Varying Dynamics of Aerial Vehicles, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering 235 (7), pp. 1164–1178. DOI: 10.1177/0959651820975245.

4. (2020) S. A. Emami, A. Roudbari, Identification of Nonlinear Time-Varying Systems Using Wavelet Neural Networks, Adv Control Appl 2 (4), p. 1. DOI: 10.1002/adc2.59.

5. (2019) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Intelligent Trajectory Tracking of an Aircraft in the Presence of Internal and External Disturbances, Int. J. Robust Nonlinear Control 29 (16), pp. 5820–5844. DOI: 10.1002/rnc.4698.

6. (2019) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Fault-Tolerant Predictive Trajectory Tracking of an Air Vehicle Based on Acceleration Control, IET Control Theory Appl. 14 (5), pp. 750–762. DOI: 10.1049/iet-cta.2019.0596.

7. (2019) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Online Identification of Aircraft Dynamics in the Presence of Actuator Faults, J Intell Robot Syst 96 (3-4), pp. 541–553. DOI: 10.1007/s10846-019-00998-z.

8. (2019) A. Banazadeh, R. Khoshrooz Azad, S. A. Emami, Effective Identification of Sliding Mode Control Parameters Employing Linear Quadratic Regulator and Evolutionary Computation Techniques, Adv Control Appl 2 (1), p. 175. DOI: 10.1002/adc2.21.

9. (2018) S. A. Emami, A. Rezaeizadeh, Adaptive MPC-based Trajectory Tracking of a VTOL Aircraft, IET Control Theory Appl. 12 (15), pp. 2031–2042. DOI: 10.1049/iet-cta.2017.1048.

10. (2018) S. A. Emami, A. Roudbari, Multi-Model ELM Based Identification of an Aircraft Dynamics in the Entire Flight Envelope, IEEE Trans. Aerosp. Electron. Syst. 55 (5), pp. 2181–2194. DOI: 10.1109/TAES.2018.2883848.

11. (2017) S. A. Emami, M. H. Emami, Design and Implementation of an Online Precise Monitoring and Performance Analysis System for Centrifugal Pumps, IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron. 65 (2), pp. 1636–1644. DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2017.2723875.

12. (2016) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Control Oriented Modeling and Identification of Nonlinear Systems, Control oriented modeling and identification of nonlinear systems. In AMM 841, pp. 330–337. DOI: 10.4028/

13. (2015) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Robustness investigation of a ducted-fan aerial vehicle control, using linear, adaptive, and model predictive controllers, IJAMECHS 6 (2/3), p. 108. DOI: 10.1504/IJAMECHS.2015.070713.

14. (2013) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Robustness investigation of the linear multi-variable control technique for power management of DFIG wind turbines, IJAMECHS 5 (1), p. 37. DOI: 10.1504/IJAMECHS.2013.055259.

15. (Submitted) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, P. Hajipourzadeh, Disturbance-Observer-based Adaptive Neural Guidance and Control of an Electric Aircraft Using Composite learning, Control Engineering Practice

16. (Submitted) M. H. Sabeti, M. Ezabadi, A. Banazadeh, F. Saghafi, S. A. Emami, Equivalent Linear Model Identification and Quasi-Linear Control of a Small-Scale Mono-Wing, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

17. (In progress) S. A. Emami, P. Castaldi, On the Application of Nussbaum Function in the Control of Constrained Nonlinear Systems.

18. (In progress) S. A. Emami, P. Castaldi, On the Application of Universal Function Approximators in Adaptive Control Design.

Conference Papers

1. (2022) L. Manconi, S. A. Emami, P. Castaldi, Quadrotor Composite Learning Neural Control with Disturbance Observer against Aerodynamic Disturbances, 22nd IFAC International Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace (ACA), India.

2. (2019) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Nonlinear Fault-Tolerant Trajectory Tracking Control of a Quadrotor UAV, 14th International Conference on Design, Modelling, and Optimization, Romania.

3. (2016) M. H. Emami, S. A. Emami, Estimation of the energy savings resulting from standardization of submersible pumps, International conference on mechanical and aerospace engineering, Tehran, Iran.

4. (2014) A. Banazadeh, S. A. Emami, Control effectiveness investigation of a ducted-fan aerial vehicle using model predictive controller, 2014 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems (ICAMechS), Kumamoto, Japan.

5. (2014) S. A. Emami, A. Banazadeh, Control Effectiveness Investigation of a Ducted-fan VTOL UAV Using Adaptive Control, 14th International Conference of Iranian Aerospace Society, Tehran, Iran, 2014.

6. (2012) S. A. Emami, A Banazadeh, Linear multi-variable control technique for smart power management of wind turbines, 2012 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems (ICAMechS), Tokyo, Japan.

Courses Taught


  Engineering Mathematics



  Intelligent Control (Learning-based Control)

  Modern Control

Academic Experiences


  - (2021-2022) Postdoctoral fellowship, Sharif University of Technology, Iran (Intelligent flight management unit design)

  - (2022), Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Bologna, Italy, with Prof. Paolo Castaldi, (Fault-tolerant drone auto-landing on moving vehicles),

  - (2020-2021) Research project, University of Bologna, Italy, with Prof. Paolo Castaldi, (Intelligent flight control systems) May 2020 to June 2021

  - (2018-2019) Research project, Ryerson University, Canada, with Prof. Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi, (MPC-based Aerial manipulation)

  - (2011) Research project, Sharif University of Technology, (Dynamics of information exchange in social networks

  - (2011) Generating and controlling the multi-scroll chaotic attractors


Honors and Awards


  (2007) Silver Medal in 38th International Physics Olympiad (IPHO 2007), Isfahan, Iran

  (2006) Gold Medal in 19th National Physics Olympiad, Tehran, Iran

  (2020) Distinguished Ph.D. Thesis, Iranian aerospace society

  (2019) Distinguished Ph.D. student, AE Department, Sharif University of Technology

  (2020) Winner of the Shahid Chamran award (Postdoc fellowship) from Irans National Elite Foundation



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