Laura received her BSc in Mathematical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2013 and her MSc in Aerospace Engineering - with focus on Space Exploration - from TU Delft (Netherlands) in 2015. During her master, she did an internship under the Erasmus+ scheme at FH Aachen (Germany) in collaboration with DLR on the coupling between elasticity of flexible structures and the 6 degrees-of-freedom orbital dynamics, gaining more insight on LEO dynamics, with one conference publication. She obtained her PhD in Aerospace engineering in 2020 from the University of Surrey on “Cataloguing space debris: Methods for optical data association". She began the PhD at La Universidad de La Rioja (Spain) and then transferred to the Surrey Space Centre (UK) where she focussed on high-order methods to deal with initial orbit determination and data association tailored for space debris. She carried out a research visit at the Space Debris Office (ESA-ESOC) as part of he PhD to test her algorithms with real data and bench mark them with the approaches developed so far, thus gaining more insight on the operational side of the project. She joined the Auckland Space Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where she will continue to work on Space Situational Awareness.
Research | Current
Space Situationa Awareness (SSA): optical initial orbit determination, data association, maneuver detection. Interest in optimal observation tasking and data fusion for orbit determination
- Pirovano L, Principe G, Armellin R. Data association and uncertainty pruning for tracks determined on short arcs Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 132(1):6 01 Jan 202.
Pirovano L, Santeramo DA, Armellin R, Di Lizia P, Wittig A. Probabilistic data association: the orbit set Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 132(2):15 01 Feb 2020
Pirovano L., Armellin R., Siminski J, Flohrer T, Differential algebra enabled multi-target tracking for too-short arcs, Acta Astronautica, 182, (2021).
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