Opportunities through autonomy

8th December 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Autonomous systems present exciting opportunities to change our world by doing things more quickly, effectively and sustainably. Their adoption asks new questions of the public, of engineers and of regulators: what do we expect of them and how can we ensure they are safe?

As part of an ongoing project, the Royal Academy of Engineering is hosting an event in partnership with BAE Systems to coincide with the publication of the latest National Engineering Policy Centre output. Through a facilitated conversation, the opportunities and challenges presented by autonomous systems will be explored with the innovators developing the technology.

The conversation, chaired by Professor Dame Muffy Calder DBE FREng FRSE, Professor of Computer Science, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow, will delve into the experiences of developing autonomous systems in different sectors and innovative environments, as well as barriers to deployment.


Dave Short, Technology Director, BAE Systems

Dave was appointed Technology Director at BAE Systems in January 2018. He ensures that technology is effectively utilised across the business and examines opportunities for further collaboration both internally and externally to BAE Systems. He also aims to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit within the enterprise to develop new and competitive business opportunities.

Professor Paul Newman FREng, Director, Oxford Robotics Institute, University of Oxford; CTO and Founder, Oxbotica

Professor Paul Newman FREng is Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute, and Founder of Oxbotica Ltd. He is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford and inventor of techniques that allow machines to know where they are, what surrounds them and what they should do next. In 2014 co-founded Oxbotica – a full stack autonomy company based in the UK which supplies autonomy software to vehicle manufactures aroundt he world.


The event is free of charge, but registration is required. After registering your place, you will receive an email that contains login details to join the online event.

If you have any questions, please contact Antonia Bonilla, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Royal Academy of Engineering




8th December 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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