University of Seville


The University of Seville considers research to be the work of creating, developing and updating scientific, technical, artistic and cultural criteria. Research activity is carried out in the heart of the Departments, University Institutes, and Research Centres; and is supported by public and private funding. The University has a strong commitment to the socio- economical development of the Seville area, and therefore carries out intense transfer of knowledge and technology to society and its economic fabric. It is Campus of International Excellence, with more than 400 research groups, almost 4,500 researchers and close to 7,500 yearly scientific publications with international impact; and with more than 9,000 students doing internships in more than 3,500 businesses. The University ranks third in Spain as far as number of patents generated on a national level, and is the founder of many Technology-Based Businesses.

The School of Engineering is a polytechnic school that offers several engineering degrees, among them the degree in Aerospace Engineering (4-year bachelor plus 2-year master programme). The Group of Aerospace Engineering is a research group that focuses on academic and applied research through research programs and projects in various fields like: aircraft trajectory optimization, air traffic management, and design and control of small unmanned air vehicles.

Key Persons

  • Prof. Damián Rivas Rivas (Coordinator of TBO-Met)

Prof. Rivas has a degree in aeronautical engineering from the School of Aeronautics (ETSIA) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), and a PhD degree from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA). He is full professor, with 25 years of teaching experience, presently teaching Flight Mechanics and Air Navigation. He is the director of the Group of Aerospace Engineering, the scientific coordinator of the SESAR WP-E ComplexWorld Network, representing the University of Seville which is one of the members of the network, and member of the scientific committee of the SESAR Innovation Days conference. His main lines of research are aircraft trajectory optimization (in particular, singular optimal control theory and parametric optimization) and air traffic management (including the effects of uncertainty).

  • Dr. Alfonso Valenzuela
  • Dr. Antonio Franco