As our global community grows ever more linked, aviation brings people together. It is a driver of economic, social, and cultural development worldwide and has completely changed how we travel, interact with others and do business. A network of airlines, airports, and air traffic management organisations link major cities and small communities 24 hours a day with increasingly advanced aircraft.
Aviation is by far the world’s safest and most efficient mode of long-range mass transportation. With new and emerging technologies like drones and air taxis joining traditional air transportation, we must ensure they are safely and efficiently integrated into our airspace. Despite rapid gains in technology, humans are ultimately responsible for ensuring the success and safety of the aviation industry. They must continue to be knowledgeable, flexible, dedicated and efficient while exercising good judgment to mitigate safety issues.
Our research focuses on the technical and scientific aspects of aviation. One area of specialisation is aviation safety and aviation human factors. In aviation, safety determines the very existence of the industry. It is crucial in preventing aviation accidents and incidents and keeping passengers and flight crew safe while flying. Human factors affect how people do their job. They are the social and personal skills, such as communication and decision making, which complement technical skills.
Human factors are important for flight safety and efficient aviation operations. Knowledge in human factors can be used to reduce the likelihood of error and build more error-tolerant and resilient systems to support aviation safety, management, and operations.
To remain a viable option, general aviation needs to strike a balance across three pillars of sustainability—social, economic and environmental. This allows air transport to grow in an environmentally sustainable manner while continuing to ensure the freedom to travel by air. We conduct research across both conventionally piloted aviation and remotely piloted aircraft. Our expertise in data and analytics is applied across areas including:
Understanding the landscape of changing technology is essential for the future planning of the aviation industry. Artificial intelligence, blockchain and related computer science innovations have the potential to transform air transport. This research can be applied to additional engineering and technological developments including space commercialisation, high-speed flight and electrification. The impact of our expertise encompasses:
We work closely with researchers within Trusted Autonomy, Cyber Security, Space, Modelling and Simulation, Analytics and Aerospace Engineering.