Tal Shima

Tal Shima is a Full Professor with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion. He received his B.Sc., MA, and Ph.D. degrees, all in Aerospace Engineering, from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in 1992, 1998, and 2001, respectively. He also received the MBA degree from the Tel-Aviv University in 1997. From 2000 to 2004 he was with the Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Directorate of RAFAEL Ltd., where he worked as a system/research engineer on advanced interceptor missile projects. In 2004 and 2005 he was awarded National Research Council scholarships for performing research on UAV cooperative decision and control at the US Air Force Research Labs, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. His current research interests are in the area of guidance of autonomous vehicles, especially missiles and aircraft, operating individually or as a team. Specific interests are: 1-on-1 guidance; Cooperative guidance; and Guidance intertwined with autopilot, estimation, and planning. He is the author/co-author of more than 80 archival journal papers in these research areas and is the co-editor and co-author of the SIAM book entitled “UAV Cooperative Decision and Control: Challenges and Practical Approaches”. He is a senior member of IEEE, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He is the head of the Technion’s Philadelphia Flight Control Lab and the director and founder of the Technion’s Cooperative Autonomous SYstems (CASY) Lab.

 Cooperative Guidance in Pursuit-Evasion Engagements


Traditional pursuit-evasion engagements are concerned with a single pursuer chasing a single target. Current and future interception scenarios may include more than two adversaries. It is customary to use in such scenarios guidance laws originally developed for one-on-one engagements. In my talk I will present how cooperation in pursuit and in evasion can improve the team’s performance. It will be shown how team tactics, frequently viewed in nature, such as leading the opponent into a trap, can be formally defined and best utilized. Moreover, new capabilities available only through cooperation will be presented and analyzed.