Role (in NITROS)
Supervisor for the following fellowship:
ESR 6: Development of the Phase Aggression Criterion for Adverse Rotorcraft Pilot Coupling Prediction and Realtime Detection (PAC)
With an Aerospace industrial background, he graduated with a PhD in 2007. The research applied a theory from Ecological Psychology (Tau Theory) to the design and development of pilot displays, leading to the award of a US patent. He was then appointed as Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at The University of Liverpool 2007 – 2014 and then Senior Lecturer 2014 to the present date. My research interests include the understanding of adverse aircraft/rotorcraft pilot couplings (more popularly known as Pilot-Induced Oscillations), the use of Tau Theory as applied to flight dynamics and control, the design of novel aircraft types and their associated handling qualities and the design and use of unmanned aerial vehicles for practical applications. He is keen to ensure that his students gain real-world practical experience of solving engineering problems through the medium of student competitions. He is the current undergraduate Aerospace Engineering Programme Director.
His current research interests relate to some interesting aerospace topics. This includes detection, alleviation and prevention of rotorcraft-pilot couplings, certification of autonomous air vehicles in UK airspace and the handling qualities of future personal air vehicles. All of this work is conducted on the 2 reasearch-standard flight simulators here at the University.
He currently teaches: “Introduction to Aerospace Engineering” (this course introduces student to these concepts and the language that will allow them to understand the more complex ideas that emerge later in the course) and “Aircraft Design” (To demonstrate their grasp of the more fundamental material taught on the course, students are challenged to bring these ideas together, generally in teams, to design and analyse whole aircraft configurations. This develops from Year 1 (small model design), Year 2 (simple General Aviation aircraft design), Year 3 (Conceptual Design supported by industrial engineering methods) to the final Year 4 Capstone Design Project (design of a more complex air vehicle through to demonstration in either hardware (UAV) or simulation (larger scale aircraft or rotorcraft).