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2023- 2024  Lecture Programme

Image © Andy Rankine

Upcoming Young Persons Lecture Competition:

Next Event:

20th March 2024 - 18:30

The Autonomous Systems Journey from Lab to Ubiquity

Professor William (Andy) Wright FREng, FIET, CEng, PhD, BSc
EPSRC Council, Chair Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub

Image credit Eve Air Mobility by Halo Aviation

Andy has been involved in the development of new and novel technology for over 30 years, including in many of the key technologies underpinning autonomous systems.

That, combined with his having led BAE Systems technology strategy and innovation initiatives for many years and his chairing of the UKRI’s Trusted Autonomous Systems Hub, makes Andy as well placed as anyone to describe Autonomous Systems progression from the lab to everyday use and the many challenges that remain to the realisation of their full potential.

18:00 - “Doors open”

18:30 - Lecture starts



Physics Building Lecture Theatre C

Room 46/2005

University of Southampton

SO17 1PS

Lecture Theatre Access and Location

The theatre is fully accessible and this guide may be helpful as may this description.

The building can be entered from either side, and the following three links locate the east and west entrances and the building respectively:,+SO17+1PS/@50.9346425,-1.4019437,17z/data=!3m1!4b1?entry=ttu

The post code for the University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, is notionally 1/4 mile from the theatre.

A better post code for SATNAV purposes is SO17 1PS with parking off Chamberlain Road.

Upcoming Lecture:

Transforming Test and Evaluation Training


Simon Tate – Director Operations, Air and Space

Paul Shakespeare - Head of Flight Operations & Chief Test Pilot



Customers require the most efficient and cost effective Test & Evaluation training on modern, relevant air systems.  In order to address these challenges ETPS underwent a major transformation to ensure it stayed at the forefront of Test and Evaluation training.  Simon and Paul will explain the transformation programme, detail how new aircraft were selected and how they have been integrated into new EASA compliant courses.  They will explain how the new courses were created and the innovations that have been introduced before concluding with the main challenges, risks, issues and lessons learnt so far.

18:15 - “Doors open”

18:30 - Lecture starts

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