Students

Current Students:

Sydney Dolan
Sydney Dolan

Sydney Dolan

Sydney Dolan is a graduate student pursuing her PhD degree in the System Architecture Group in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. In 2018, she graduated with highest distinction from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Her research interests include satellite servicing and space system architectures. She has previously worked at the Aerospace Corporation, Blue Origin, and NanoRacks.

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Skylar Eiskowitz
Skylar Eiskowitz

Skylar Eiskowitz

Skylar Eiskowitz is a graduate student and NSF Fellow in the AeroAstro department. Prior to MIT, she received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. She is interested in applying techniques for analyzing complex systems to a wide range of industries. As an undergraduate, Skylar interned at Avascent under the Brooke Owens Fellowship, and after graduating, she interned at The Aerospace Corporation.

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juan jose garau
Juan José Garau

Juan José Garau

Juan José is a graduate student in the AeroAstro department at MIT, currently pursuing a MSc degree. In 2017, under the CFIS program, he received two BS degrees in Telecommunications Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Spain. Earlier that year, he was a visiting student at the System Architecture Group, where he carried out his Bachelor Thesis on the architecture of an IoT network. He previously worked as a data scientist at Arcvi and at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. His research interests include intelligent and autonomous systems and communication networks.

Conference Papers
[2019] Problem representation of dynamic resource allocation for flexible high throughput satellites (Markus Guerster, Juan Jose Garau Luis, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning Architecture for Continuous Power Allocation in High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Reinforcement Learning for Real Life Workshop at 2019 International Conference on Machine Learning, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Power Allocation in Flexible High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] System Architecture for Tracking Passengers inside an Airport Terminal Using RFID (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2017] Architecting Internet of Aerospace Things: A System For Tracking Passengers Inside An Airport Terminal (Juan Jose Garau Luis), Master's thesis, UPC BarcelonaTech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
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markus guerster
Markus Guerster

Markus Guerster

Markus Guerster is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the System Architecture Lab/Engineering Systems Lab of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He works on dynamic resource allocation for communication satellites with particular focus on Revenue Management for operators. He received a M.Sc. degree (2017) with high distinction in Aerospace Engineering as well as a B.Sc. degree (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich.

Contact: guerster@mit.edu

Journal Articles
[2020] Static beam placement and frequency plan algorithms for LEO constellations (Nils Pachler, Markus Guerster, Inigo Del Portillo, Edward Crawley, Bruce Cameron), In International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (under review), 2020. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Dominant Suborbital Space Tourism Architectures (Markus Guerster, Edward F. Crawley), In Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Commercial Viability Evaluation of the Suborbital Space Tourism Industry (Markus Guerster, Edward F. Crawley, Richard de Neufville), In New Space, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Aerodynamics of a highly irregular body at transonic speeds---Analysis of STRATOS flight data (Markus Guerster, Ulrich Walter), In PLoS ONE, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2019] Model-based economic analysis of electrification in railway -- Understanding the impact of track, operations, and uncertainties (Florian Mueller, Markus Guerster, Kilian Schmidt, Nikola Obrenovic, Michel Bierlaire), In 19th Swiss Transport Research Conference, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Problem representation of dynamic resource allocation for flexible high throughput satellites (Markus Guerster, Juan Jose Garau Luis, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Tradespace Exploration of the Next Generation Communication Satellites (Alexa Aguilar, Patrick Butler, Jennifer Collins, Markus Guerster, Bjarni Kristinsson, Patrick McKeen, Kerri Cahoy, Edward F. Crawley), In 2019 AIAA SciTech, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning Architecture for Continuous Power Allocation in High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Reinforcement Learning for Real Life Workshop at 2019 International Conference on Machine Learning, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Power Allocation in Flexible High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Development of a dynamic driving simulation model for automated design of regional trains' hybrid propulsion architecture (Markus Guerster, Christian Moser, Korbinian Moser, Florian Mueller, Christoph Muehlbauer, Andre Brueckmann, Rainer Grimm), In 2018 EMEASEC and TdSE, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Permanent crewed Mars base by 2030 -- Outcomes of an interdisciplinary, multinational student workshop (Markus Guerster, others), In 2018 IAC, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Suborbital Space Tourism -- a Commercial Feasibility Assessment (Markus Guerster, Edward F. Crawley, Richard de Neufville), In 2018 IAC, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Architectural Options and Optimization of Suborbital Space Tourism Vehicles (Markus Guerster, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Choosing the right architecture for the next generation of railway vehicles using aerospace methodologies (Markus Guerster, Christian Moser, Andre Brueckmann, Rainer Grimm), In 2017 IRSA, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Development and Commissioning Results of the Hybrid Sensor Bus Engineering Qualification Model (Andreas Hurni, Philipp Putzer, Markus Roner, Markus Guerster, Christian Huelsemeyer, Norbert M. K. Lemke), In 2016 DASIA, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2017] Architectural Options and Optimization of Suborbital Space Tourism Vehicles (Markus Guerster), Master's thesis, Technical University of Munich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
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markus guerster
Damon Jones

Damon Jones

Damon Jones is a graduate student in the Systems Design and Management program pursuing a M.S. degree. Prior to MIT he received his B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy and a M.S. in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University. He served as an Air Force Officer in Test & Evaluation and Satellite Acquisitions, then at Bank of America Merchant Services in analytics and interned as a technical product manager at Amazon. His focus is on applying machine learning solutions to real business problems.

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nils pachler
Nils Pachler

Nils Pachler

Nils Pachler is a visiting student in the System Architecture Group, in the AeroAstro department at MIT. Currently, he is pursuing a double BS degree in Informatics Technology and Aerospace Engineering under the CFIS (Interdisciplinary Higher Education Centre) program from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Nils is carrying out his Bachelor Thesis at MIT on dynamic allocation of resources in a multibeam satellite system.

Nils has previous research experience in the ARCO research group at UPC. This group is specialized in hardware accelerators and neural networks. Within this group, Nils tried to replicate the current state of the art in speech translation neural networks models.He has also previously worked at LudiumLab, a Spanish company for playing videogames on the cloud. Nils was the main responsible of the core product of the company, as well as one of the researchers of future improvements. He mainly worked in video and audio codification algorithms and hardware encoders.

Journal Articles
[2020] Static beam placement and frequency plan algorithms for LEO constellations (Nils Pachler, Markus Guerster, Inigo Del Portillo, Edward Crawley, Bruce Cameron), In International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (under review), 2020. (pdf) [bib]
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inigo del portillo
Inigo del Portillo

Iñigo del Portillo

Iñigo del Portillo is a PhD candidate in AeroAstro. He received his BS degrees in Telecommunications Engineering,and Industrial Engineering in 2014, and a MSc in electronics engineering in 2015, all of them from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. In 2016 he obtained a MSc. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. His interests include space and aerial communication networks to extend broadband availability worldwide, optical communications for space based networks, and small satellite communications. He has previously worked at Facebook, GKN LandSystems and at Procter & Gamble.

Journal Articles
[2020] Static beam placement and frequency plan algorithms for LEO constellations (Nils Pachler, Markus Guerster, Inigo Del Portillo, Edward Crawley, Bruce Cameron), In International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (under review), 2020. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] A technical comparison of three low earth orbit satellite constellation systems to provide global broadband (Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G Cameron, Edward F Crawley), In Acta Astronautica, Elsevier, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Architecting Information Security Services for Federated Satellite Systems (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F Crawley), In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Approximation Methods for Estimating the Availability of Optical Ground Networks (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Edward Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Optical Society of America, volume 8, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Integrated tradespace analysis of space network architectures (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F Crawley, Daniel Selva), In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, volume 12, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2019] A Genetic Algorithm for Joint Power and Bandwidth Allocation in Multibeam Satellite Systems (Aleix Paris, Inigo Del Portillo, Bruce Cameron, Edward Crawley), In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning Architecture for Continuous Power Allocation in High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Reinforcement Learning for Real Life Workshop at 2019 International Conference on Machine Learning, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Power Allocation in Flexible High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] A Technical Comparison of Three Low Earth Orbit Satellite Constellation Systems to Provide Global Broadband (Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 International Aeronautical Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Ground segment architectures for large LEO constellations with feeder links in EHF-bands (Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Performance Characterization of a Multiplexed Space-to-Ground Optical Network (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Uncertainty quantification of network availability for networks of optical ground stations (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez-Net, Bruce G Cameron, Edward F Crawley), In Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, volume 10096, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Optimal Location of Optical Ground Stations to Serve LEO Spacecraft (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Assessing the Impact of Real-time Communication Services on the Space Network Ground Segment (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Architecting the Ground Segment of an Optical Space Communication Network (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Daniel Selva), In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Architecting Space Communication Networks under Mission Demand Uncertainty (Marc Sanchez, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] Exploring the Trade-offs of Aggregated versus Disaggregated Architectures for Environmental Monitoring in Low-Earth Orbit (Morgan Dwyer, Daniel Selva, Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez, Bruce G. Cameron, Zoe Szajnfarber, Edward F. Crawley), In AIAA Space, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2016] Optimal Locations for the Ground Segment of optical Space Communications Networks (Inigo del Portillo), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
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