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Dr. Xavier Prats i Menéndez

Serra i Húnter Fellow  (Associate Professor)
Department of Physics - Aerospace division
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Office C3-104
Esteve Terradas, 5
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona)
Catalonia - Spain
Tel: +34 93 413 41 25 Fax: +34 93 413 70 07
e-mail: xavier.prats [at] upc.edu

Short Bio

Xavier Prats was born in Girona and is an Aeronautical Engineer from the National School for Civil Aviation (École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, ENAC) located in Toulouse (France). He also holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Telecom Barcelona (Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona, ETSETB) which belongs to the Technical  University of Catalonia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC). He received his Ph.D in Aerospace Science and Technology from the same university. Dr. Prats has been working with

UPC since 2001 and currently, he is an assistant professor at the School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering of Castelldefels (Escola d'Enginyeria de Telecommunicació i Aeroespacial de Castelldefels, EETAC).

 

During the period 2002-2005 he was a researcher of gAGE group at UPC, where he investigated in the domain of satellite navigation systems for civil aviation. Then, he joined the Advanced Control Systems research group (SAC), at UPC too, where he performed his doctoral thesis work on aircraft trajectory optimisation (2005-2010). This doctoral research was advised by Prof. Joseba Quevedo and Prof. Vicenç Puig. Then, Dr. Prats co-founded the ICARUS research group and is currently leading the Air Transportation research activities within it.

Dr. Prats is member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and member of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS).




Participation in research, development and innovation competitive projects funded by public or private institutions

Duration Short Title Project Title Sponsor Principal Investigator Research Group
2017-2018 ENJAMBRE

Misiones críticas de emergencias con medios aéreos tripulados y no tripulados en vuelo cooperativo 

CDTI100

Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2016-2018 APACHE Assessment of performance in current ATM operations and of new concepts of operations for its holistic enhancement

H2020

SESAR

Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2016-2018 R-WAKE Wake vortex simulation and analysis to enhance en-route separation management in Europe

H2020

SESAR

Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2015-2018 AIRPORTS

Airport Improvement Research on Processes & Operations of Runway, TMA & Surface 

CDTI100

Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2014-2017 Budapest 2.0 Budapest 2.0 - SESAR Large Scale Demonstration Activity SESAR JU Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2016-2016 Monitor2 Monitor2: Identification of Potential Ionospheric EGNOS Events (PIEEs) ESA Dr. Manuel Hernández-Pajares ION-Sat
2014-2016 CONCORDE Flight operations for novel continuous descent MICINN Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2014-2016 ROSES RPAS Operations in the Single European Sky MICINN Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2013-2015 GRAIN2 Greener Aeronautics International Networking FP7 Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2013-2015 ERAINT Evaluation of the RPAS-ATM interaction in non-segregated airspace SESAR JU Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2012-2014 FASTOP Fast Optimiser for Continuous Descent Approaches Clean Sky JU Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2011-2013 ICARUS-II Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems MICINN Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2010-2012 Connect-eu Connect-eu Aerospace ACC10 Dr. Jordi Mateu EETAC
2009-2012 MIMA Valirización tecnológica de un sistema de gestión de misión para UAS CIDEM Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2009-2010 PLATINO Platino UAV platform MICINN Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2009-2009 AEROSEC Increasing security through the development of UAS CIDEM Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2006-2008 SHIBR Nuevas Metodologieas de diagnostico, tolerancia a fallos y mantenimento predictivo mediante técnicas y sistemas híbridos MICINN Dr. Joseba Quevedo SAC
2008-2013 Smooth UAV Evaluation and new strategies for the smooth integration of civil mission oriented UAV in non-segregated airspace Eurocontro Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2008-2010 AERUS Automatic Economic Reconfigurable UAV System DURSI Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2007-2010 ICARUS-I Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems MICINN Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2006-2007 SKY-EYE Aerial System for the detection, control and analysis of wild forest fires MITC Dr. Enric Pastor ICARUS
2005-2008 SAC Sistemes Avançats de Control AGAUR Dr. Joseba Quevedo SAC
2005-2007 APV-CAT Study of APV-EGNOS based approach procedures for the Catalan network of aerodromes Pildo Labs Dr. Xavier Prats ICARUS
2004-2005 SONORA Containing aircraft noise levels DURSI Dr. Joseba Quevedo SAC
2003-2006 IONO New techniques for accurate ionosphere analysis including long baseline ambiguity fixing Eurocontrol Dr. Jaume Sanz gAGE
2003-2004 ESTB ESTB data collection and evaluation Eurocontrol Dr. Jaume Sanz gAGE

Visiting periods and internships

Start date Duration Position Institution Location Subject
May 2013 1 week Visiting researcher Russ College of Engineering and Technology. School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Ohio University Athens, OH
(USA)
Research on avionics systems. Hosted by Prof. Maarten Uijt de Haag
Feb 2010 8 months Visiting researcher Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at the University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA (USA) Research on Air Traffic Management. Hosted by Prof. Mark Hansen.
Feb 2007 6 months Visiting researcher Air Transport Department at the Écola Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) Toulouse (France) Research on automation and control systems. Hosted by Prof. Félix Mora-Camino.
Jul 2003 1 month Summer course student Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) Liège (Belgium) Human factors in space transportation systems
Jan 2001 7 month Undergraduate internship Centre National d'Études Spaciales (CNES) Toulouse (France) Final degree project in Aeronautics: Study of a control law for a satellite mirror fine pointing system. Advisor: Dr. Jean Mignot
Jul 2000 1 month Undergraduate internship Perpinyà international airport Perpinyà (France) Support at the technical block
Sep 1999 9 months Undergraduate internship INDRA Espacio Barcelona Support at the satellite communications department


Teaching

Current courses (Spring semester 2018)

Air transportation infrastructures (Undergraduate course)

Past taught courses

Master Courses Master Semester-Years (Total Teaching Hours)
Air Traffic Management (30h) AAN F-2012/13, F-2013/14
Aircraft (20h) AAN F-2012/13, F-2013/14
Aircraft Operations (30h) AAN S-2012/13, S-2013/14
Broadening of Fundamentals in 
Aerospace Science and Technoloty
MAST F-2010/11 (12h), F-2014/15 (4h)
Undergraduate Courses School Semester-Years (Total Teaching Hours)
Aircraft Operations EETAC B-2012/13 (55h), F-2013/14 (55h)
Air transportation infrastructures EETAC B-2011/12 (180h), B-2012/13 (180h), B-2013/14 (180h), B-2014/15 (180h), B-2015/16 (180h), B-2016/17 (180h), B-2017/18 (180h)
Aerospace Technology and Air transportation EETAC S-2010/11 (80h), S-2012/13 (20h)
Aerospace Technology EETAC B-2002/03 (240h) B-2003/04 (240h), B-2004/05 (240h), B-2005/06 (106h), F-2006/07 (60h), F-2007/08 (63h), B-2008/09 (144h), F-2009/10 (82h)
Airspace Management
EETAC B-2005/06 (120h), F-2006/07 (15h)
Aircraft Navigation, Cartography and Cosmography EETAC F-2006/07 (15h), S-2010/11 (30h), S-2011/12 (30h)
Experimental Techniques in Aerophysics EETAC F-2006/07 (6h), F2007/08 (5h), F-2008/09 /(4h)
Avionics EETAC B-2004/05 (4h), B-2005/06 (7h), F-2006/07 (5h)

Coordination of undergraduate courses

Course School Semester-Years
Aircraft Operations EETAC B-2012/13, B-2013/14, B-2014/15
Air transportation infrastructures EETAC B-2011/12, B-2012/13, B-2013/14, B-2014/15, B-2015/16, B-2016/17, B-2017/18
Aircraft Navigation, Cartography and Cosmography EETAC S-2011/12
Aerospace Technology and Air transportation EETAC S-2010/11
Aerospace Technology EETAC B-2002/3, B-2003/4, B-2004/5, B-2005/6, F-2006/7, S-2008/9
Airspace Management
EETAC B-2006/7, B-2007/8, B-2008/9, B-2009/10
NOTE - S: Spring, F: Fall, B: Both;

Awards and fellowships

Date Concept Awarded by: Other Information
May 2014 Best paper in track award in 5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) FAA/EUROCONTROL Dalmau, R. & Prats, X. How much fuel and time can be saved in a perfect flight trajectory? Continuous cruise climbs vs. conventional operations
Jun 2013 Best paper in track "Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration" award in the ATM Seminar 2013 FAA/EUROCONTROL Pérez-Batlle, M., Pastor, E., Prats, X., Royo, P. & Cuadrado R. Maintaining separation between airliners and RPAS in non-segregated airspace
May 2013 Best PhD paper award in the ATACCS conference 2013 HALA! SESAR network Vilardaga, S. & Prats, X. Effects in fuel consumption of assigning RTAs into 4D trajectory optimisation upon departures.
Sep 2011 Special price for the best PhD dissertation in the VIII Abertis price. Abertis Prats, X. Contributions to the optimisation of aircraft noise abatement procedures.
Sep 2010 Finalist for the price Best PhD thesis in Intelligent Control Spanish Comitee in Automatics Prats, X. Contributions to the optimisation of aircraft noise abatement procedures.
Jan 2010 Fellowship for a research visiting period in a foreign university Agency for Administration of University and Research Grants. Catalan Government Visiting the University of California, Berkeley.
Jun 2008 Best paper in track award in 3rd  International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) FAA/EUROCONTROL Prats, X., Puig, V., Quevedo, J. & Nejjari, F. Optimal departure aircraft trajectories minimising population annoyance.
Jun 2006 Second price for the best teaching innovation paper Madrid European University García-Berro, E., Rojas, J-I., de Villardi, A. & Prats, X. Model Rocket Workshop.
Jun 2006 Best paper in track award in 2nd  International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) FAA/EUROCONTROL Prats, X., Nejjari, F., Puig, V., Quevedo, J. & Mora-Camino, F. A framework for RNAV trajectory generation minimizing noise nuisances.
Oct 2003 Fellowship to assist at the 54th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen (Germany) European Space Agency Prats, X., Hernández-Pajares, M., Juan M., Sanz, J. & Orús, R. SBAS data processing and analyzing tool (BRUS)
Sep 2003 Special award in the AURORA new space technologies contest European Space Agency Acero, L., Giró, X., Aragón, A. & Prats, X. The Moonlight project
Jul 2003 Fellowship to assist at the CVA Summer Course in Liège (Belgium) Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) Human Factors in space transportation systems.
Oct 2002 Fellowship to assist at the 53th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Houson (TX, USA) European Space Agency Prats, X., Hernández-Pajares, M., Juan M., Sanz, J. & Orús, R. Analysis of the accuracy of the SBAS ionospheric corrections.
Sep 2001 Research Fellowship Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) 1 year fellowshop