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Daniel Selva

  • Daniel Selva
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: 449 Upson Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-6351
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Professor Selva received a PhD in Space Systems from MIT in 2012, and joined the Cornell MAE Faculty in July 2014 after post-doctoral research in the MIT System Architecture Lab. He has a dual background in electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering, with degrees from UPC Telecom Barcelona, Spain, and Supaero in Toulouse, France. Between 2004 and 2008, he worked in Kourou (French Guiana) as a member of the Ariane 5 Launch team, specializing in the On Board Data Handling, and Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems.

Research Interests

Professor Selva's research focuses on applications of global optimization, knowledge engineering, and machine learning tools to systems engineering, with particular emphasis on the early phases of system design and architecture. His vision is to develop hybrid tools and methods that bring together the advantages of humans and computers by combining knowledge-driven and data-driven approaches.

In particular, Professor Selva is developing a system architecture facility that contains several knowledge-based systems and advanced machine learning algorithms devoted to system architecture of Satellite Systems. This facility has the potential to help humans identify more robust and cost-effective architectures for large space systems, combining nanosatellites, hosted payloads, and commercial services.

Teaching Interests

Professor Selva's teaching interests include systems architecture, systems engineering, satellite engineering, heuristic optimization algorithms, and feedback control systems.

Selected Publications

  • Knerr, N., D Selva. 2016. "Cityplot: Visualization of High-Dimensional Design Spaces With Multiple Criteria." Journal of Mechanical Design 138 (9): 091403-091403.
  • Hitomi, N., D Selva. 2016. "A Classification and Comparison of Credit Assignment Strategies in Multiobjective Adaptive Operator Selection." IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation 1-1.
  • Sanchez, M., I Del Portillo, B. Cameron, E F. Crawley, D Selva. 2015. "Integrated Tradespace Analysis of Space Network Architectures." AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems 12 (8): 564-578.
  • Crawley, E., B. Cameron, Daniel Selva. 2015. Systems Architecture: Strategy and product development for complex systems. Prentice Hall.
  • Selva, Daniel, B. Cameron, E F Crawley. 2014. "Rule-Based System Architecting of Earth Observing Systems: Earth Science Decadal Survey." AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 51 (5): 1505-1521.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award (IEEE Aerospace Conference 2013) 2013
  • #1 most cited article from journal Acta Astronautica since 2012 (Acta Astronautica) 2012
  • MISTI 2.0 Fellowship (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) 2011
  • MIT-Germany Fellowship (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) 2010
  • La Caixa Fellowship (La Caixa - Obra Social) 2008



  • M. Sc. (Electrical Engineering), UPC Telecom BCN, 2004
  • M. Sc. (Aeronautics & Astronautics), SUPAERO, 2004
  • Ph D (Space Systems), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012