San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Dr Reece Clothier
Deputy Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are a rapidly emerging sector of the aerospace industry. It is now widely accepted that there are many viable and beneficial applications for UAS in Australia. However, there remain significant challenges to the realisation of this emerging industry. An analogy can be made to the introduction of automobiles on public roadways in the 1900s, when numerous technical, safety, regulatory, socio-political, and economic challenges needed to be addressed before the true potential of the automobile industry could be realised. The absence of a pilot on-board the aircraft fundamentally changes the principles underpinning their design, regulation, and, ultimately, acceptance by society. Understanding the breath of these issues, and developing strategies to address them, blazes a trail for other emerging airspace users such as personal air vehicles and reusable sub-orbital vehicles. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to UAS and the diversity of challenges facing the industry in Australia.
Dr Reece Clothier has a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours in Aerospace Avionics Engineering (QUT). From 2005-2012, Dr Clothier held a number of roles in research and management at the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA), Queensland University of Technology. He was the project manager for the award-winning Smart Skies Project, an AUD$10M international joint research project between QUT, CSIRO and Boeing. Concurrent with this, Dr Clothier completed his PhD in the safe design and operation of unmanned aircraft.
In mid-2012, Dr Clothier joined the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University, where he currently teaches courses in UAS design, safety risk management and dynamics and control, and leads research in aerospace systems, safety and risk management, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Dr Clothier has helped to establish and actively leads current industry initiatives supporting the development of policy and regulations for UAS in Australia. In 2010 he was elected chairman of the Australian Aerospace Industry Forum UAS Working Group. He is also a member of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Standards Consultative Committee, UAS Working Group. He is also a founding member of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and has consulted to industry and the Australia Department of Defence on issues relating to UAS safety, airworthiness and airspace integration. Through these initiatives, Dr. Clothier has helped to shape civil and defence regulations for UAS. In 2012 Dr Clothier was awarded the George Apostolakis Fellowship, an international award recognising the significant contribution he has made as an early career academic to the field of probabilistic safety assessment.
Dr Clothier’s broader research interests include safety and certification of complex systems, quantitative risk assessment, safety management systems, sensing, systems theoretic accident modelling, risk perception, human factors and decision sciences.
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Royal Aeronautical Society - Melbourne Branch
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