The Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (AAD KTN) is fully funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board and its work spans Government, Industry and Academia. Principal among its aims are promoting and enabling innovation in the UK.
Within the Network is the Robotics and Autonomous Systems section, which was identified by the UK Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, as one of “eight great technologies” that will propel the UK to future economic growth.
The Autonomy group met for a workshop on March 14th, 2013, with Andrew Lucas (CEO) and Andy Park (Director of North American Operations) representing AOS. The purpose of the workshop was to refine autonomous capabilities and link them with investment opportunities as a step toward establishing an autonomy priority list for the upcoming Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting in April.
The workshop was well attended with representatives from industry (e.g. BAE Systems, Selex Gallileo, Rolls-Royce, GE, AOS), universities (e.g. Cranfield, Sussex, Kingsfield, Roke) and government (TSB). After initial discussions, the attendees split into two groups to discuss different challenges then regrouped to share their findings. All agreed suitable progress had been made and a second meeting was scheduled in early April to prepare a findings submission for the SIG meeting.
AOS would like to thank Tony Balmer from BAE Systems for his chairmanship and Peter Murray from AAD KTN for organising the event.