Mattia Serra

Since December 2013, I am a PhD student in George Haller's nonlinear dynamics group ( Institute for Mechanical Systems ) at ETH Zurich.

In 2013 I worked in cooperation with ETH on a company oriented project in the Defense sector whose target was the maximization of the closed loop bandwidth of a highly dynamic system.
In 2012 I received a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan with particular focus in Mechatronics and Control spending a semester in TU-Delft (The Netherlands) as exchange student.

In 2010 I obtained a double bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan spending one year at Tongji University in Shanghai (China).

Current Project

Wind shear over HKLagrangian Detection of Wind shear over Hong Kong International Airport
Wind shear is an aviation hazard as it may change the lift on the aircraft leading to instability. Real-time detection of low-altitude, shear inducing flow structures is, therefore, a major challenge in aviation safety.
From spatially and temporally limited data sets of the measured velocity field near the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), we develop a method to identify Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS). LCS are distinguished frame-independent material structures that create localized attraction, repulsion, or high shear of nearby trajectories in the flow. As such, they are the fundamental skeletons behind airflow patterns such as updrafts, downdrafts, and wind shear.
The aim of the project is the development of a robust and reliable algorithm to be used as an Alert system for landing aircrafts.