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Yana Lishkova

DPhil student


Yana is a DPhil student in the Control Group under the supervision of Prof. Ober-Blöbaum and Prof. Cannon. Her work focuses on developing methods for simulation, optimization and control of multirate systems, which exhibit dynamics on different time scales. These methods allow for high fidelity simulation and control of multirate systems while enabling substantial reductions in the required computational cost. This makes the methods highly advantageous for safety-critical application and/or implementation on systems with limited computational capacity such as aerospace systems. Her research is sponsored by a Research Studentship by EPSRC DTA.

In the past Yana completed a Bachelor and Meng program at the University of Cambridge focusing on Aerospace Engineering and Instrumentation & Control. Her master thesis investigated airfoil shape optimisation using adjoint-based methods. Prior to these degrees she completed 2-years program in Software Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh, obtaining a Diploma of Higher Education for her studies.

Parallel to her DPhil studies Yana tutors a third-year control course, represents the Control Group at the division's Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (GJCC) and acts as an active member of the student-led Aeronautical Society AerOx. She is also a student affiliate of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and a student member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Research Interests

  • Optimal control
  • Structure-preserving simulation methods
  • Spacecraft control

Research Groups


Yana Lishkova, Sina Ober-Blöbaum, Mark Cannon, and Sigrid Leyendecker. A multirate variational approach to simulation and optimal control for flexible spacecraft, 2020. Accepted for publication in Proceedings of 2020 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference – Lake Tahoe.


Multirate discrete mechanics and optimal control - virtual talk for the Paderborn University Numerical Mathematics and Control Research Group, November 2020