Dr Ing. Kenneth Chircop

Dr Ing. Kenneth Chircop

Dr Ing. Kenneth Chircop

 B.Eng.(Hons)(Melit.),Ph.D.(Melit.),M.A.I.A.A.,M.I.E.E.E.

Visiting Lecturer

Room 328
Electronic Systems Engineering
Engineering Building
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2647
Dr Inġ. Kenneth Chircop graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2004. He started his professional career researching avionics systems at Cranfield University, UK. He moved to the industry in 2005, where he spent more than three years at Hunt Engineering UK Ltd., developing high-speed electronic systems for a range of industrial applications. In 2008, Dr Inġ. Chircop returned to Malta to join the Department of Electronics Systems Engineering at the University of Malta, during which time he obtained his Ph.D. in aircraft trajectory optimisation techniques. During this time he lectured in electronics and conducted research in avionics systems and air traffic management.

In May 2016, Dr Inġ. Chircop moved back to the industry to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer at Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS). MATS provides air traffic services to aircraft flying in the Malta Flight Information Region (lower and upper), search and rescue services, as well as terminal and aerodrome services for Malta International Airport. Dr Inġ. Chircop chairs the Air Navigation Services Providers Committee of the BLUE-MED Functional Airspace Block (Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta), and is a member of the Air Navigation Services Board at EUROCONTROL, amongst other roles. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.
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Theuma, K., Chircop, K., Gauci, J. & Zammit-Mangion, D. 2018, "Implementation and Evaluation of a Multi-Model Filter for Aircraft Ground Operations", Proceedings of the 2018 AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, 8-12 January 2018.

Theuma, K., Zammit-Mangion, D., Gauci, J., Chircop, K. & Riviere, N. 2018, "Surface Reconstruction through Image Post-Processing for Ground Obstacle Detection in the Airfield", ITBMS 2018, 11-14 June 2018.

Chircop, K., Gardi, A., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Sabatini, R. 2017, "A New Computational Technique for the Generation of Optimised Aircraft Trajectories", Nonlinear Engineering, .

Theuma, K., Archer, R., Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Gauci, K. 2017, "Multi-Sensor Obstacle Detection and Tracking for RPAS Situation Awareness and Guidance", Euro GNC - 4th CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control, 25-27 April 2017.

Spiteri, A., Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D., Muscat, A., Falzon, K., Degiorgio, J. & Bezzina, F. 2016, "Concept of Operations of an ATC Tool for Trajectory Optimization", Proceedings of the 30th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences, 25-30 September 2016.

Micallef, M., Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D., Sammut, A., Xuereb, M. & Muscat, A. 2014, "A Quasi-Real-Time Ground-Based Trajectory Optimization Tool for Greener Operations", 29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 7-12 September 2014.

Micallef, M., Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Sammut, A. 2014, "Revised approach procedures to support optimal descents into Malta International Airport", CEAS Aeronautical Journal, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 461-475.

Chircop, K. & Zammit-Mangion, D. 2013, "On Epsilon-Constraint Based Methods for the Generation of Pareto Frontiers", Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 279-289.

Micallef, M., Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Sammut, A. 2013, "Towards Optimized Profile Descents at Malta International Airport through Revised Approach Procedures", 4th CEAS Air & Space Conference, 16-19 September 2013.

Xuereb, M., Zammit-Mangion, D., Sammut, M. & Chircop, K. 2013, "GATAC - Version 3 of the Generic Framework for Multi-Parameter Optimization of Flight Trajectories", AIAA Modeling & Simulation Technologies Conference, 19-22 August 2013.

Camilleri, W., Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D., Sabatini, R. & Sethi, V. 2012, "Design and Validation of a detailed Aircraft Performance Model for Trajectory Optimization", AIAA Modeling & Simulation Technologies Conference, 13-16 August 2012.

Chircop, K., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Sabatini, R. 2012, "Bi-objective Pseudospectral Optimal Control Techniques for Aircraft Trajectory Optimisation", 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 23-28 September 2012.

Gu, W., Navaratne, R., Quaglia, D., Yu, Y., Madani, I., Sethi, V., Jia, H., Chircop, K., Sabatini, R. & Zammit-Mangion, D. 2012, "Towards the development of a multi-disciplinary flight trajectory optimization tool - GATAC", Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2012, 11-15th June 2012.

Micallef, M., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Chircop, K. 2012, "A Proposal for Revised Approaches and Procedures to Malta International Airport", 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 23-28 September 2012.

Xuereb, M., Chircop, K. & Zammit-Mangion, D. 2012, "GATAC – A Generic Framework for Multi-Parameter Optimization of Flight Trajectories", AIAA Modeling & Simulation Technologies Conference, 13-16 August 2012.

Chircop, K., Camilleri, W., Sethi, V. & Zammit-Mangion, D. 2011, "Multi-Objective Optimisation of a constrained 2000 km Trajectory using Genetic Algorithms", 3rd CEAS Air & Space Conference, 24-28 October 2011.

Chircop, K., Xuereb, M. & Zammit-Mangion, D. 2010, "A Flexible Framework for Configurable Real-Time Flight Simulators", AIAA Modeling & Simulation Technologies Conference, 2-5 August 2010.

Chircop, K., Xuereb, M., Zammit-Mangion, D. & Cachia, E. 2010, "A generic framework for multi-parameter optimization of flight trajectories", 27th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 19-24th September 2010.

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