Dani Selva is an Assistant Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, where he directs the Systems Engineering, Architecture, and Knowledge (SEAK) Lab. His research interests focus on the application of knowledge engineering, global optimization and machine learning techniques to systems engineering and architecture, with a strong focus on space systems.
Prior to MIT, Dani worked for four years in Kourou (French Guiana) between 2004 and 2008 as an avionics specialist within the Ariane 5 Launch team.
Dani has a dual background in electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering, with degrees from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and Supaero in Toulouse, France. He received a PhD in Space Systems from MIT in 2012.
Ultimately, Dani is mostly inspired by two things: everything space, and the Systems scientists of the 1970’s such as Herbert Simon who conducted multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, economics, statistics, and decision analysis.