Innovative Security Concepts and Applications in Aerospace Systems


Castrillo Vittorio Ugo Castrillo

Vittorio Ugo Castrillo

CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre)

Iudice Ivan Iudice

Ivan Iudice

CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre)

Pascarella Domenico Pascarella

Domenico Pascarella

CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre)

Vozella Angela Vozella

Angela Vozella

CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre


Security has become an essential part of aerospace systems in military and civil domains, both in terms of security protection of aerospace assets, and of security-critical applications involving aerospace platforms.

On the one hand, preventing and/or mitigating disruptions is of utmost concern for the aerospace sector, considering its basic role in connecting the world through air transportation networks and navigation & communication satellites. On the other hand, advanced and/or autonomous aerospace systems are exhibiting increasing performance benefits (effectiveness, cost-efficiency, resilience, etc.) in security-critical operations.

The special session will cover a wide range of topics, including communication security of aerospace systems, autonomous system security in aerospace, security risk assessment of aerospace operations, artificial intelligence solutions for aerospace security, autonomous systems for security-critical application, etc.


Topics of interest of this special session include, but are not limited to:

  • communication security of aerospace systems;
  • autonomous system security in aerospace;
  • security risk assessment of aerospace operations;
  • artificial intelligence solutions for aerospace security;
  • autonomous systems for security-critical applications;
  • security-by-design engineering processes in aerospace;
  • quantum-based security in aerospace.


Vittorio Ugo Castrillo, was born in Caserta, Italy, in 1979. He received the M.S. degree with honors in Electronic Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2003. He joined the Electronics and Communications unit at CIRA, in 2004. At the beginning he was involved in the design and integration of data acquisition systems. Afterwards he worked on the design and integration of communication systems for unmanned aerial and space vehicles. Since 2011 his activities have been focused also on the design of algorithms for base-band digital signal processing for communication systems with implementation on FPGA-based platforms. Recently, he has worked on the full (analog and digital) circuit design of complex electronic systems based on FPGAs, DDR memories and microcontrollers. He currently works in the Security Unit and manages a project for the development of innovative technologies for small drones.

Ivan Iudice, was born in Livorno, Italy, on November 23, 1986. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in telecommunications engineering in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in information technology and electrical engineering in 2017, all from University of Napoli Federico II, Italy. He first served as part of the Electronics and Communications Laboratory and he is currently part of the Security Unit. He is involved in several international projects. He serves as reviewer for several international journals and as TPC member for several international conferences. He is author of several papers on refereed journals and international conferences. His research activities lie in the area of signal and array processing for communications, with current interests focused on physical-layer security, space–time techniques for cooperative communications systems and reflective intelligent metasurfaces.

Domenico Pascarella, was born in San Felice a Cancello, Italy, in 1983. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in information engineering from the “Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli” University, Italy, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and information engineering from the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, “Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli” University, Italy, in 2016. Since 2008, he has been a Researcher at the Italian Aerospace Research Centre (Italy). From 2015 to 2020, he worked in the “Intelligent Systems” Laboratory. He is currently Deputy of the Security Unit. He has published scientific papers on journals and conference proceedings about the following themes: multi-agent systems and automated planning for drones, security applications for drones, modelling of complex systems. He was part of the CIRA team who awarded the 2020 Defence Innovation Prize assigned by the European Defence Agency.

Angela Vozella, Ph.D. ICT, Complex Systems & Environment. Head of Reliability Availability Maintainability Safety & Security (R.A.M.S.&S.) Department. With 33 years professional experience in the system reliability engineering for safety critical application, she has been an active participant in many projects funded by the European Commission and project manager of collaborative projects in space and transport. Involved in many research initiatives, working groups and committees supporting the definition and implementation of approaches to foster fulfillment of Flightpath2050 goals with the main stakeholders in aviation domain (EASA, ICAO, national civil aviation authority, military stakeholders, industry and research entities). Currently involved in many projects implementing innovative paradigms and related concepts in aerospace to face with safety, security, performance and sustainable challenges (SESAR, Horizon Europe, Clean Aviation, EDF and national funded initiatives).