Jose Escribano-Macias

Jose Escribano-Macias

Research Assistant

Imperial College London

Jose joined the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) as a PhD student in October 2015 and is funded by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Civil Engineering. He focuses on the applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to humanitarian relief and their integration with other airspace activities.

Jose has been developing a framework to design and evaluate humanitarian relief efforts. This incorporates UAV-specific constraints (such as energy consumption patterns, flight trajectories, and recharging operations), setting it apart from conventional humanitarian operations models. The models conform to the latest Civil Aviation navigation specification frameworks.

Alongside his PhD, he worked with WeRobotics on the development of UAV field-deployment protocols, and as a consultant with the United Nations World Food Programme on the development of the first Humanitarian UAV Coordination Mechanism.

Jose holds a first-class MEng degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London, graduating in 2015. While still an undergraduate, he interned at Mott MacDonald where he was involved in the design of the Thames Water’s Tideway Tunnel. Furthermore, he was involved with e.quinox, the student-led, non-profit humanitarian organisation that seeks to develop sustainable renewable energy systems for Rwanda.


  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • UAV Operations
  • Optimal Control
  • Non-linear Optimisation
  • Aviation


  • MEng in Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2015

    Imperial College London


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