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Building world changing partnerships. Autonomy and Advanced Systems Showcase Aerospace, maritime, defence and other advanced systems Monday 3 February 2014

Knowledge Transfer Network Aerospace, Aviation & Defence

Aerospace & Defence

Welcome to the Autonomous and Advanced Systems Showcase. Aerospace autonomous systems research and technology and complementary technology from land and sea, will be displayed and discussed alongside advanced systems. The day has been designed to give an overview of research being conducted across the UK and in particular at the University of Southampton, providing valuable insight on the latest ideas and technologies and potential areas of new funding. There is plenty of opportunity for networking and fostering new collaborations, with a full spectrum of industry, government and academia in attendance. A special thanks to the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network and the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium for their help and support in organising this event.






1–2 Tours will take you round some of the university’s facilities 3–5 Showcasing multidisciplinary aerospace research

In this brochure: Programme 


Sessions and tours 






Industry exhibitors 


University research and technologies 


Modes of collaboration




Programme 08:30

– 09:00

Registration and refreshments


– 09:15


Professor Don Nutbeam Vice Chancellor, University of Southampton David Barnes OBE Chief Executive Officer, Farnborough Aerospace Consortium


– 09:30


Rt Hon David Willetts MP


– 09:50

Defence Growth Partnership, and Project Zero

Sir Brian Burridge VP Strategic Marketing, Finmeccanica Technology & Enterprise Team, DGP


– 10:05

Knowledge Transfer Network

Dr Ruth Mallors-Ray Director, Aerospace, Aviation & Defence KTN


– 10:20

Aerospace Technology Institute, Advanced systems pillar

Mark Scully Chief of Research & Technology, Aero Engine Controls


– 10:30

Q&A session

Chaired by Professor Mark Spearing PVC International, University of Southampton


– 11:00

Break and refreshments


– 11:15

Technology Strategy Board

Andrew Everett Head of Transport and Aerospace, Technology Strategy Board


– 11:30

Cutting-edge research and the ethical implications

Professor Judith Petts, CBE PVC Research and Enterprise, University of Southampton


– 12:00

The power of imagination

Michael Pickwoad Production Designer, Dr Who


– 13:00



– 15:00

Afternoon sessions: 1. Autonomous Systems 2. Maritime Autonomy and Advanced Systems

Chaired by: 1. Tony Balmer, Future Programmes & Technology, BAE Systems 2. Mark Scully, Chief of Research & Technology, Aero Engine Controls

Facility and laboratory tours 15:00

– 15:30

Break and refreshments


– 15:45

Bristol Robotics Lab

Dr Arthur Richards Aerospace Guidance and Control, Bristol Robotics Lab


– 16:00


Alan Maskell Liaison Manager, NATEP


– 16:15

UK Trade & Investment

John Gordon International Trade Sector Advisor Security & Defence, UK Trade and Investment


– 16:30

Regulation of UAS

Gerry Corbett Directorate of Airspace Policy, Civil Aviation Authority


– 16:45

Maritime Autonomous Systems

Geraint West Director of National Marine Facilities, National Oceanography Centre


– 17:00

Q&A session and closing

Professor Mark Spearing


Parallel Sessions and Tours Autonomous Systems

Maritime Autonomy and Advanced Systems

Chaired by Tony Balmer, Future Programmes & Technology, BAE Systems

Chaired by Mark Scully, Chief of Research & Technology, Aero Engine Controls

13:00–13:15 How UAVs are leading the way in developing new aerospace technologies Rob Whitehouse, Tekever

13:00–13:15 Maritime UAV activity at Thales Robert Johnson, Director, Defence Mission Systems, Thales



Driverless transportation at Heathrow Fraser Brown, Ultra

13:30–13:45 Fixed wing UAVs at Southampton Andy Keane, Professor of Computational Engineering 13:45–13:55

Question and Answer Session

Structronics, integrated 3D printing Jim Scanlan, Professor of Design

13:30–13:45 Innovations and developments in Advance Systems John Price, Vice President Airbus Group Innovations

13:55–14:05 Change over break


14:05–14:20 Gamma - Autonomy funding for SMEs Scott Bairstow, Programme Manager, North West Aerospace Alliance

13:55–14:05 Change over break

14:20–14:35 Developments in UAV design Dr Yoge Patel, CEO Blue Bear 14:35–14:50 Collections of humans and UAVs Nick Jennings, Professor and Head of Group Agents, Interaction and Complexity 14:50–15:00 Question and Answer Session

Question and Answer Session

14:05–14:20 Electronic and Electrical Power NTCs and Innovation at GE Chris Ovenden, Strategic Technology Manager, GE Aviation 14:20–14:35 Maritime Unmanned Rotary Research at AgustaWestland Luigi Ricci Moretti, Chief Project Engineer, AgustaWestland 14:35–14:50 Optoelectronics for Aerospace David Richardson, Professor and Deputy Director of Optical Research Centre 14:50–15:00 Question and Answer Session

Facility and Lab Tours You can book onto one of our tours at the reception desk. The tours will be run simultaneously from 13:00 and 14:00. Meeting points are shown on the programme map. Tour 1: Clean Rooms

Tour 2: Engineering

The University of Southampton’s Zepler Institute is a unique multidisciplinary research centre that brings together world-leading expertise in photonics, quantum technologies and nanoscience. It is the largest photonics and electronics institute in the UK, with over 350 staff and PhD students led by Director Professor Sir David Payne. Facilities comprise around 100 laboratories. You will be given a guided tour around our £120M cutting-edge Cleanroom Complex by a leading academic who will talk you through our world leading research facilities including the glass foundry and nano labs.

On this whistle stop tour you will be shown the recently extended RJ Mitchell Wind Tunnel, our unique imaging centre, μVis, followed by a glimpse at some of our acoustic labs including reverb and anechoic chambers. Your tour will conclude with a tour of our Institute of Sound and Vibration Research centre.


Speakers Tony Balmer

David Barnes OBE

In a career spanning over 30 years with BAE Systems, Tony has worked at both operations and corporate levels within the business, in a variety of roles from engineering leadership to business strategy, in partnerships across Europe, the US, and the rest of the world.

Prior to joining industry, David was a serving RAF Group Captain, working in the operational requirements department of MOD as deputy director. He was awarded the OBE for work in electronic warfare systems procurement. He is CEO of the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium and President of the Royal Institute of Navigation and chairs the UAVS and SBAC Autonomous Systems Steering Group.

Tony currently leads Business Development for the Future Projects, and Technology Team in Military Air and Information Business, where his role is to engage across government, industry and academia to create the partnerships and funding mechanisms which ensure innovative technology is recognised and finds its way onto the aerospace products and applications of the future. Tony chairs the National Technical Committee for Autonomous Systems, and has management responsibility on a number of leading autonomous systems programmes.

David started with ITT Avionics in New Jersey, USA. He has worked in a variety of management roles at Plessey Avionics, Siemens Plessey Radar and Siemens Plessey Defence Systems. David joined British Aerospace as Managing Director of the Defence Systems Division before leaving to join Thomson-Thorn Missile Electronics. He is recent Chief Executive of Thales Missile Electronics and Managing Director of Thales Airborne Systems UK.

Sir Brian Burridge

Gerry Corbett

Sir Brian Burridge is the VP Strategic Marketing at Finmeccanica UK and Technology and Enterprise Team lead in the Defence Growth Partnership. He spent a full career as a pilot in the RAF, holding a front-line command at every level in the Service and spent a number of years at the MOD in policy posts. He left the RAF in 2006 as Commander-in- Chief Strike Command.

Gerry joined the Civil Aviation Authority in 2012, where he is the focal point for all matters associated with the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in UK airspace. Prior to this Gerry served as a Royal Naval officer to the CAA’s Directorate of Airspace Policy; during which the focus of the UAS ‘portfolio’ moved from being purely an airspace issue to more one of operations and airworthiness.

President of the Air League, Sir Brian is also the VP Defence on the Council of ADS, the aerospace, defence and security sectors’ trade association. With a first degree in physics, an MBA and two honorary doctorates, he was a research fellow in political science at King’s London and is now a visiting professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading.


A military Air Traffic Control Officer with over 26 years experience, he served as a controller at airfield and area radar units ashore in the UK, and at sea worldwide from aircraft carriers. His final appointment was as Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, one of the busiest and most diverse airfield operations in the UK.

Andrew Everett

John Gordon

Andrew became the Technology Strategy Board’s Head of Transport in 2010. At the TSB Andrew has developed the case for the Transport Systems Catapult and delivered the Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator programme, seeing 340 electric vehicles trialled across the UK.

Prior to joining UKTI, John was International Sales Director for an American multinational with sales of over $100m, managing sales teams and national offices with responsibility for EMEA, Asia Pacific and India. Before that, over a 20 year period, he was responsible for business development and sales in the German, Italian and US private defence sectors, and responsible for business-to-business and business-to-government sales to NATO member countries, Middle Eastern and Indian markets. He led German Defence Industry consortia on multi - national programmes such as the MLRS, M109A6, Bradley AIFV and F-16. Fluent in German and Italian, his diverse career and background provides unparalleled knowledge of NATO and friendly nation procurement.

Andrew’s interest in engineering and cars led to a mechanical engineering apprenticeship after which he joined Ford Motor Company holding a variety of positions in engineering, finance and planning. In 1998 he joined Visteon, a spin-out of Ford, as Manufacturing Planning Manager. He then became Programme Manager for the cooling and air conditioning system to be delivered to Kia for their first European manufactured car in Slovakia, before moving to the Energy Saving Trust to manage the Vehicle Technology Research and Development Fund.

Dr Ruth Mallors-Ray

Alan Maskell

Ruth is Director of the Knowledge Transfer Network for Aerospace, Aviation and Defence. The KTN is the single overarching network spanning industry, government and academia, driving innovation and collaboration across the sectors, currently engaging with some 2000 organisations.

Alan works as Liaison Manager for the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) at Farnborough Aerospace Consortium. NATEP is a Government supported initiative (£23m grant over 3.5 years) to develop innovative products and manufacturing techniques in the supply chain. NATEP works with SME’s to help make Government funds more readily accessible with simplified proposals and procedures and to provide free mentoring through the application process, the technical programme and into the exploitation stage.

The AAD KTN is custodian of the UK’s Aerospace and Space Technology Strategies ensuring a consensus view of requirements are established across a range of research themes. As KTN Director, Ruth is involved in the developments around the Aerospace Growth Partnership Technology Strategy, the establishment of a UK Aerodynamics Centre and the set-up of the Satellite Applications Catapult Centre. Ruth is widely experienced across a range of sectors, having worked in academic research roles and evolved towards leadership in the areas of innovation and technology advancement.


Professor Don Nutbeam

Professor Judith Petts, CBE

Don is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton and Professor of Public Health. He has contributed substantially to national and international health policy and remains involved with public health research, working with colleagues internationally on health literacy, and the social, economic and environmental determinants of ageing. His career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent research institute. From 2003-9 he was in senior academic roles in the University of Sydney, Australia and prior was Head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health.

Judith is newly appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise at the University of Southampton and Professor of Environmental Risk Management. Judith was Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences following her role as Pro-ViceChancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, at the University of Birmingham.

Don has substantial international experience in both developing and developed countries, working as an advisor and consultant for the World Health Organisation over a 20 year period, and as consultant in projects for the World Bank.

Judith has undertaken a wide range of policy advisory and consultancy roles nationally and internationally, including the UK Environment Agency, Department of Health, Health and Safety Executive, BIS, DEFRA, DECC and both House of Commons and House of Lords Committees. She is a member of Defra’s Science Advisory Council and co-chairs the BIS Sciencewise Steering Group. In 2012, Judith was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to scientific research.

Michael Pickwoad

Dr Arthur Richards

Michael graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He started his career soon after graduation and his first film as production designer was Bill Douglas’ Comrades in 1985, followed by Withnail & I the next year. By the early 1990s he headed up art departments of TV programmes, such as Dawn French’s Murder Most Horrid and Kavanagh Q.C. In the early 2000s, Michael worked on David Copperfield and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. In 2007, Michael lent his talents to the Derek Jacobi/Toby Jones version of Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop and also got his first BAFTA nomination for the film Longford. Most recently Michael has worked on 29 episodes of Doctor Who including redesigning the Tardis.

Arthur is a Senior Lecturer in Dynamics and Control at the University of Bristol, and part of Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a state-of-the art UK centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary robotics research. He specialises in the application of trajectory optimization to problems in aerospace. Recent examples of his work include autonomous exploration of a cluttered environment by an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV), fuel-efficient rendezvous of spacecraft for Mars Sample Return mission, and robust air traffic flow management.


Arthur gained a MEng from the University of Cambridge before moving to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA to obtain an MSc and then completed his PdD in research on robust Model Predictive Control. He moved to Bristol in 2004 when he was appointed a lecturer in control and dynamics.

Mark Scully

Professor Mark Spearing

Mark is Chief of R&T at Aero Engine Controls – part of the Rolls-Royce Group. He directs research and technology projects to deliver innovative product technologies for engine control and monitoring systems. Mark has been in the aerospace business for over 30 years, working with aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers and equipment suppliers to develop a number of the established products currently in service today. Mark is a recognised innovator with a number of published patents. Mark has championed the ATI Advanced Systems pillar to develop awareness and active engagement across a broad range of industrial partners and academic institutions. In addition, Mark actively participates in the NATEP regional advisory panel in the Midlands to further develop SME capability in support of the aerospace strategy.

Mark is Pro Vice-Chancellor, International at the University of Southampton and Professor of Engineering Materials. His portfolio includes international relationships in research and education, internationalisation of the curriculum and the campus, and the recruitment of international students. Previously Mark was Head of the School of Engineering Sciences.

Geraint West

Rt Hon David Willetts

Geraint is Director of National Marine Facilities and responsible for the facilities that constitute a major part of the UK’s national capability in marine science and managed by National Oceanography Centre for the whole science community on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council. Geraint initially followed a career as a specialist hydrographic survey officer in the Royal Navy, which included an exchange posting at the US Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Centre, and tour as Officer-in-Charge of Surveys in the ice patrol ship, HMS Endurance. He then moved into industry supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers, pioneering work in the field of airborne laser hydrographic survey. Geraint has held appointments as Head of UK Ocean Research Services, and National Marine Facilities Sea Systems.

David has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. He has worked at HM Treasury, the Number 10 Policy Unit, and served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government. He has also previously served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities & Skills, Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and for Trade and Industry.

From 1994-2004, he was a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from Cambridge, working on the fatigue damage mechanics of carbon fibre composites. He worked as a research engineer at UC Santa Barbara developing models for the failure of high temperature ceramic materials, at BP Research, and at Carborundum Microelectronics, as part of the electronic packaging technology development team.

He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a member of the Global Ageing Commission and a Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School. In 2010, David was appointed Minister for Universities and Science responsible for higher education, science and research, innovation and the UK Space Agency. In 2010 he became a Privy Councillor.


Facilities 1. Anechoic and reverberation chambers

4. Human Vibration

Rayleigh Laboratories has two reverberation chambers, a large anechoic chamber and a progressive wave tube. The laboratories are well served with comprehensive control and preparation areas. A wide range of modern, highly specialised instrumentation is available. Single and three phase electrical supplies are available, as is compressed air. Mechanical workshop and handling facilities are available within the department. The facilities are used for: high–intensity noise testing; sound power determination of sound sources, using either the reverberation room or the anechoic chamber; sound reduction index determination of panels; sound absorption testing of porous materials. Measurements are offered to national and international standards.

The Human Factors Research Unit laboratories have a unique range of human-rated test facilities for experimental studies of human responses to whole body vibration, hand-transmitted vibration, and low frequency oscillation. The unit offers diagnostic assessments of the vascular and neurological components of the hand-arm vibration syndrome, tests seats and gloves to assess what effects they have on human exposures to vibration, and measure exposures to hand-transmitted vibration and wholebody vibration to assess the likely effects on comfort, performance, or health. Lab facilities include a 6-axis motion simulator, vertical and horizontal vibrators,turn table, treadmill, indenter rig, 12m tilting, translating cabin and electrodynamic shakers.

2. Doak - jet facility

5. Materials Testing

Our anechoic Doak laboratory is approximately 15m x 7m x 5m high and is fully anechoic down to 400 Hz. It is used for jet and valve noise and is equipped with an air supply that can achieve up to 20bar pressure. Both polar and a transversable azimuthal array of microphones can be used to give a complete 3-dimensional sound field up to a maximum acquisition frequency of 40 kHz. The laboratory is equipped with 2inch and 38mm nozzles, high and low mass flow air supplies and a 64 channel data acquisition system.

The national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) has full access to the surface engineering and tribology facilities for measurement and analysis at both the University of Southampton and the National Physical Laboratory. nCATS has the capability and facilities to conduct tests and analysis on coatings and materials including polymer, paints, ceramics, metallics, smart self-healing coatings, and anti-fouling; sensing including corrosion, wear, and lubricant quantity; lubrication and wear including oil additive chemistry, self-assembled monolayers, environmentally friendly lubricants, soot, texturing, nano-layers formed at tribological interfaces and downhole wear and friction control.

3. High Voltage Laboratory The Tony Davies HV Laboratory is an active centre for research into dielectric materials and insulation systems, as well as high voltage and related phenomena. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, supported by a specialist engineering team who are all actively involved in internationally leading research. The lab provides commercial testing, technical consultancy and a modelling/simulation service to support industrial customers through a range of activities including development testing, type approval, material characterisation, forensic analysis and FEA modelling (mechanical, thermal, electrical).

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1. Nanomaterials rapid prototyping facility The nanomaterials rapid prototyping facility is a semicleanroom environment, equipped for the fabrication and analysis of nanomaterials. The facility is designed to allow prototype nano-devices to be quickly built and tested. State-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment housed in superb laboratories include a wafer prober, Ar Ion laser, offset flexographic printer, confocal microscope, focussed ion beam system, sputter deposition system, E-Beam, atomic force microscope, parameter analyser and scanning electron microscope.

2. Photonics Foundry The Foundry is a hub for innovation in photonics science and technology offering over 730m2 of state-ofthe-art clean room facilities and related laboratories; providing unique fabrication capabilities over a broad spectrum of photonic materials, processes and devices including novel glass production, integrated photonics, advanced optical fibre fabrication, biophotonics, nanophotonics and metamaterials. Facilities can be commissioned on a daily.

3. 3D printing Rapid prototyping, or 3D printing, is regarded as the third industrial revolution in manufacturing providing greater design freedom, faster design process, more efficient materials usage and tool-less manufacturing. Our state-of-the art rapid prototyping facilities, worth ÂŁ300K, include a powder-based 3D Systems ZPrinter Z650 machine, a plastic photopolymer-based ZBuilder Ultra along with associated consumables and two BFB3000 rapid prototyping colour printers housed in a newly refurbished lab. These machines are designed to produce quickly a model of a physical part using three dimensional computer aided design data. Access to expert design staff available.

4. Computed Tomography A dedicated centre for computed tomography (CT), the Îź-VIS Centre provides complete support for 3D imaging science. Its flagship scanner is one of the largest and highest energy CT systems in the UK. It is used to produce high resolution 3D images of the internal structure of objects. Materials that have been scanned by Îź -VIS range from aircraft wings to fossils. The centre encompasses five complementary scanning systems supporting a wide range of sample sizes (imaged volumes up to 1.5 x 1 x 1m) and resolution (down to ~200nm). Both academic and industrial consultancy services are available.

5. Wind tunnels The wind tunnels complex provides top class and affordable facilities capable of accommodating anything from brief half-day validation studies to extended testing on everything from yachts to wind turbines and racing cars. The R J Mitchell wind tunnel is the largest of its kind in the UK university sector (3.6m x 2.4m) with an overhead 6-component balance, surface pressure scanner and PIV system. Other facilities include a 2.1m x 1.5m wind tunnel equipped with an overhead 3-component balance, capable of speeds up to 45m/s, and a 0.9m x 0.6m x 4.5m working section tunnel which is installed in a laboratory and equipped with a 3D computer controlled probe traversing system and dynamometer.

For further information on these and other world class facilities at the University of Southampton visit:



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Industry exhibitors Aerospace, Aviation and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium/NATEP

The AAD KTN is a single overarching network spanning Government, Industry and Academia with the principal aim of promoting and enabling innovation in the UK. Fully funded by the Technology Strategy Board, all services are FREE and available to anyone with an interest in research and technology development relevant to the aerospace, aviation and defence sectors. As the custodian of the National Aerospace Technology Strategy, the AAD KTN enables its delivery by ensuring maximum awareness, engagement and alignment within the AAD sectors. It hosts the Space Special Interest Group as well as the Defence Special Interest Group.

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium is a not-for-profit trade association acting as a facilitator of business between large global primes and the supply chain and as an enabler of business support to its members and partners, providing support to, and furthering the longterm strategic growth of the sector in the South East.

The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) is a government initiative to promote innovation in the supply chain and thereby create jobs and maintain the UKs leading position within the European Aerospace Sector. NATEP is a grant funded programme that is open to all SME’s within Aerospace that has a simplified and supported bidding process.



Fibercore was launched as a business venture in 1982 to offer the specialty optical fibres being developed at the University on the commercial market. Its products are now used in more than 50 countries, shipping more than 1,300,000m of fibre a month around the world. It is used by specialist medical, government and corporate research agencies in a range of applications such as gyroscopes, lasers, embedded sensors and telecommunications components. The company has received national recognition winning four Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, International Trade (twice) and Sustainable Development– making it the only company ever to have won awards in all three categories.

In the UK, four companies operate under the Finmeccanica umbrella – AgustaWestland, DRS, Selex ES, and Telespazio VEGA – collectively employing 8,500 highly skilled people, and generating annual sales in excess of £2 billion. As well as being one of the world’s leading suppliers of helicopters, aircraft, aeronautics and defence systems, Finmeccanica is also a European leader in Space systems, security and resilience, transportation and power generation solutions. Finmeccanica fully supports the Government’s growth agenda, applying our technology and skills to provide best-value solutions to UK customers and contributing to Britain’s export success in equally competitive overseas market. Finmeccanica also invests around £200m in Research and Development in the UK.


Frazer Nash Consultancy

Gamma Programme

Frazer-Nash is a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy that excels at solving complex challenges in engineering, forming teams with other companies to provide clients with a single source for all requirements. They can work with specialists in finance and programme management, to provide the engineering expertise needed to assess risk and opportunity. Areas of expertise include defence, nuclear, power and energy, aerospace and transport, security and resilience, and innovation and commerce. Examples range from complex customer friend teams for large defence projects and the provision of deep experts for nuclear power programmes, to stand alone companies formed with both industry and academia for long-term research.

The Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications (GAMMA) Programme aims to develop existing software applications (‘apps’), which may also be supported by sensor integration, for managing autonomous systems for unmanned vehicles. There is £1.7m worth of regional growth funding to support SME Activity, with companies expected to provide around 30% match contribution. The GAMMA programme provides between £5-150k per project to develop new technology in systems management, opportunity to retain intellectual property, dedicated support and resources, relationships with key stakeholders in the autonomous systems supply chain, and the opportunity to work with a key customer to take your technology/ application to market.

National Instruments

Manufacturing Advisory Service

National Instruments is a producer of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software. Common applications include include data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. National Instruments equips engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery to meet not only grand but also daily engineering challenges in an increasingly complex world. A graphical system design approach leverages productive software and reconfigurable hardware platforms, along with a vast community of IP and applications, to simplify system development and arrive at solutions faster.

MAS is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, providing manufacturing business support for companies based in England. MAS can help the manufacturers streamline processes, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and generally improve and grow their business. Their experienced and highly skilled advisors all have ‘hands-on’ experience of both shop floor working and management skills. They will work with the company workforce to ensure that the business is run in the best way possible and if a small or medium sized manufacturer in England, many of their services are free and supplemented by appropriate grant funding.



Royal Aeronautical Society

RedLux pioneers the development of non-contact 3D metrology and automation to meet the critical demands of today’s precision manufacturing market. With the capability to measure large / steep-sided freeform components to sub-micron accuracy, RedLux can provide unique QA inspection tools to the automotive and aerospace industry. Sub nano-metre inspection of surface finish is now possible with our newest instrument. With a patent-pending design, this unit is suited to the measurement of internal bores and taper angle. RedLux uses a wide variety of modern-day optical solutions to provide the best non-contact metrology / inspection equipment, at the right price.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, it has been at the forefront of developments ever since. As a multidisciplinary organisation, there is a place within the membership for anyone working, or interested, in the aeronautical, aviation and aerospace sectors.

The RAeS Unmanned Air Systems specialist group brings together industry experts in design, operations, research and regulation to discuss and debate key issues in this sector. The Group recently updated a discussion paper on the UAS Industrial Strategy and organise an annual conference and ad-hoc workshops to further the development of this industry.

Surface Technology International TEKEVER Group Surface Technology International is a specialist electronic solutions provider in contract manufacturing and design. STI provides bespoke design and manufacturing solutions for world-class customers in high-reliability industries. They provide electronics services, including research and development, supply-chain, manufacturing and capital. STI has a longstanding history of supply excellence to the aerospace, defence, automotive, medical, industrial and commercial, space and energy sectors. With headquarters in the UK, STI now has an international footprint reaching across the globe, including a manufacturing facility based in the Philippines, which mirrors the UK site in terms of capital equipment and processes.

The TEKEVER Group develops innovative technologies for enterprise, aerospace, defence and security markets. TEKEVER currently has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, South and North America, focused on developing innovative technology, creating and distributing products, supporting partners and servicing customers around the world. The group’s activities are organised in two divisions: information technology, and aerospace, defence and security. The company is a product led business, driven by innovation and passionate about technology. TEKEVER Group products include unmanned systems and UAVs, wireless adaptive communications and space communications. These products are in use across the globe in markets such as banking, security, defence, space and automotive.


Testime Technology Limited

TÜV SÜD Product Service

Testime Technology is a specialist supplier of highreliability semiconductors, E-Mech and microwave components for military, aerospace and communication applications. In addition to supporting new designs they are a member of the UK Component Obsolescence Group; and specialise in supplying components that some manufacturers have declared obsolete. They are able to re-manufacture obsolete product from many manufacturers including RCA, M/A-COM, Unitrode, Westcode and MSI. They manufacture and distribute a bespoke, extensive line of components to support existing product lines, providing hard to find and discontinued devices as part of our complete solution.

TÜV SÜD Product Service is a world leader in testing and product certification. Our leading accredited testing laboratory in Hampshire are the largest in the UK and combines EMC, environmental, radio frequency and electrical safety testing all under one roof. They have a global network of accredited testing laboratories across the world. With over 50 years’ experience in the UK, they ensure peace of mind that products are safe, reliable and compliant by providing testing, product certification, knowledge services and training to a range of industries covering the aerospace, defence, electronics and consumer, machinery, marine, medical, rail and telecommunications sectors.

UK Trade & Investment

Wireless Communications

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. UKTI South East is an award winning trade team providing impartial and expert advice to companies in the South East region with over 40 international trade advisers across more than 100 international markets helping companies rise to the opportunities and challenges that globalisation offers, helping thousands of new and established exporters achieve international success by providing tailored services with specialist support.

Wireless telecom Group is a global designer and manufacturer of radio frequency (rf ) and microwave-based products for wireless and advanced communications industries. Their brands Boonton, Microlab and Noisecom and products maintain a reputation of accuracy and performance as they support technological advancements within communications. They offer a complementary suite of high performance instruments/ components meeting a variety of standards including peak power meters, signal analyzers, noise sources, power splitters, combiners, diplexers, noise modules and precision noise generators. They serve commercial and government markets within the satellite, cable, radar, avionics, medical, and computing applications.


University research and technologies 1. Access Center for Photonics The Zepler Institute at the University of Southampton is part of a new EU funded programme, ACTHPHAST, providing up to €80k worth of innovation support to SMEs in the field of photonics supporting free space optics, fibre optics, polymer optics, MOEMS and photonic integrated circuits (silicon, InP, silicon nitride) ACTHPHAST has been specifically designed to offer a large-scale solution creating a one-stop solutions based on the best technology platforms. Support available includes access to 200 top experts from 23 EU research institutes representing the best in European research, facilities, and technology, all ready to help.

2. Computational Engineering and Design Research Group Southampton has expertise in the use of the latest computational techniques to design high performance and low cost aerospace systems. We undertake work in this area for many world class aerospace companies including Rolls-Royce and Airbus. In recent years we have demonstrated the application of these techniques to small aerospace systems such as fixed wing and rotary winged unmanned aircraft. By allying advanced computational tools with rapid manufacturing processes we have developed a range of novel unmanned systems including the “world’s first printed aircraft”. Our most recent developments are very long range maritime unmanned systems and research in the field of structronics (deeply integrated avionics and structures).

3. Electronics and Computer Science ECS is the leading university department of its kind in the UK, with an international reputation for worldleading research across computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering. Industrial partnerships play a crucial role in their research activities. In addition to strategic long-term partnerships with some of the world’s leading companies, ECS have a distinguished record for developing spin-out companies from research, and for fundamental research which plays a key role in technology development. Examples of technologies in which ECS research has been fundamentally transformative in recent years include agent technologies, digital libraries, environmental modelling, e-science, high voltage engineering, machine learning, spintronics, technology-enhanced learning and web science.

4. Flow control in aerodynamics and flight mechanics Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Group is engaged in leading-edge research in fundamental fluid dynamics, computational aeroacoustics, applied aerodynamics and flight dynamics. Members include experts in theoretical, computational and experimental fluid mechanics, providing an environment where different approaches can be combined on particular topics with practical relevance. Experiments are used to provide fundamental insight into fluid flow and enable validation of computer codes. One important research areas is exploring the improvement of computer simulation tools. Recent progress in simulation techniques offers new opportunities for exploitation at the forefront of developments in direct and large-eddy simulation of turbulence.


5. Hand and Wrist Kinematics Hollywood technology that maps movement is being used by researchers to unlock secrets of the human hand. Hand And Wrist Kinematics, know as HAWK is a unique and comprehensive platform technology that utilises a complex set of integrated algorithms to simultaneously analyse the movements of the wrist, hand, fingers and thumb. It is the first technique to

accurately measure all these dynamic movements. The technology can be used to understand how the hands move to complete functional tasks. This information is leading to innovations in performance and learning metrics, and complex environment, object and interface design challenges within a range of applications. business_partnership/services/

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1. Intelligent agents Agent technology will underpin the decentralised control mechanisms that will allow heterogeneous teams of autonomous platforms to operate in dynamic and uncertain environments while flexibly interacting with human operators. For example, during major disasters, multiple unmanned vehicles of different types, individually controlled by an intelligent agent, will be able negotiate with each other and human responders to agree on the best plans to gather situational awareness and rescue casualties with minimal human involvement. We are developing systems that allow first responders, unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, and software agents to work effectively together.

2. IT Innovation Centre The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre advancing a wide range of information technologies and their deployment in industry, commerce and the public sector. They are advancing the deployment of information technologies such as secure service oriented systems; information discovery and decision support; archiving and retrieval; and their relationship to new business models, processes and values. Working in many sectors, their experience in space-related applications ranges from the management and analysis of earth sciences data (e.g. Digital Earth) to concurrent distributed engineering design of space vehicles.

3. Marine autonomous and robotic systems The exploration and monitoring of the world’s oceans is expensive and poses safety challenges to those undertaking such missions. Lower cost and more effective solutions can be devised using fleets of bespoke autonomous robots. Each robot has to be designed to operate in the aggressive marine environment with a high degree of reliability and with minimal environmental impact. Robots can inspect and maintain subsea cables and pipelines; measure ocean currents, salinity and temperature; and monitor environmental impact of seabed structures or the noise of passing ships. Academics are designing and testing new vehicles, improving autonomy and generating advances in marine robotics.

4. Noise and vibration ISVR Consulting provides advice, consultancy and contract research in all most areas of acoustics, noise, vibration, hearing and audio communication. Our Airbus Noise Technology Centre covers a range of airframe noise components, new technologies and state-of-the-art computational and experimental methods. The University Technology Centre for Computational Engineering, funded by Rolls-Royce, has particular expertise in the fields of design search, robustness, optimization, cost modelling and the use of advanced geometry manipulation schemes. We have a wide range of computational facilities including a dedicated supercomputing cluster with hundreds of 64bit processors and licenses for the aerospace industry’s principal CFD and FEA codes.


5. Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems The Southampton Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems (CORMSIS) is the UK’s leading university based group researching advanced optimisation and mathematical modelling tools to improve business decisions and the design and use of advanced systems. In work for the European Clean Sky initiative we are providing tools to

compute aircraft trajectories that optimise performance for both environmental impact and fuel efficiency. Work for ESA also includes the optimisation of complex non-linear systems with multiple performance objectives, and spacecraft trajectory optimisation. New research aims to apply these techniques to optimising deployment of autonomous unmanned vehicles for gathering information to support search-and-rescue post-disaster.

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1. Optoelectronics Research Centre The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research. Formed in 1989 the ORC merges groups from Electronics and Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy at the University. The centre is led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics. The ORC have contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as many solutions in sensing, manufacturing, medicine, and security.

2. Structronics and UAV Skunkworks Rapid prototyping, whereby complex 3D parts can be made directly from computer models is now becoming widely established as a viable process. The next research step in this area is being pioneered by the University of Southampton. This involves the production of “intelligent” 3D parts whereby structures can be produced containing sensors and electronic components (commonly called “structronics”). The University has just won a £3.5 million grant from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) to develop this research. projects/structronics_research

3. Transportation Research Our Human Factors team in the Transportation Research group is involved in a number of aviation projects: ALICIA is developing future aircraft technology to primarily reduce delays by allowing for flight in degraded visual environments via the use of Head up Displays. i-VISION is designing a tool to support visualisation and analysis of pilot interactions with future cockpits, allowing designers and engineers to visualise, manipulate and interact with the digital mock up in an intelligent manner allowing for decisions to be taken very early in the design process, reducing costly design errors. Future Flight Deck is developing an open architecture flight deck user system using worldleading Human Factors approaches.

4. Tribological design Researchers are exploring next generation tribological design to enable surface interactions to occur with minimal energy loss and impact on the environment. Collaborating with 28 partner companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Dstl and GE, we have a wide range of networks active with over 150 companies including supply chain and coating companies as well as BAE Systems and GKN. Research includes developing sensors and probes for tribological processes in aerospace bearings and to detect corrosion in inaccessible places, the tribology of renewable energy systems (gearboxes and blade protection), the development of low friction and wear resistant coatings for transmissions.


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Modes of collaboration Opportunities to access student and academic expertise and leverage funding Programme


Cost to company

Sponsored Research Programmes

Programmes typically last more than 6 months.

Depends on duration Research progressed to company’s and size of team specification.


Driven by customer requirements.

Average £800 per day + cost of specialist equipment

Focused expertise to address specific problems posed by the company.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Training



Bespoke courses can be developed or existing student course material packaged.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Programmes last 6 months to 3 years and take around 6 months to set up.

Minimum of £20,000 Highly qualified graduate works in company per annum and project manages an agreed programme.

Undergraduate Student Project

Proposal submitted in February.

Specialist advice, materials supplies or equipment loans

Project taken up in September. Outcome available following May.

Undergraduate Student Work Placement

July to September (up to 12.5 weeks) and over Easter (4 weeks).

Postgraduate Student Projects

Bespoke opportunities to engage Between £1,000 £3,000 with research students on specific business needs.

Industrial Doctoral Training Centre

Sponsor an industrial PhD.

Doctoral Students

Sponsored students (studentships)

Programme lasts 4 years, 1 year spent within the University, 3 years within the sponsor organisation. 3-4 years (Undergraduate) 1 year (full-time MSc) 2 years (part-time MSc)

CASE Studentships (Co-operative Awards in Science & Engineering)

Excel Southampton Placement Programme: Undergraduate & Postgraduate


Programmes last 3 years and run in line with the academic year September to August.

An Undergraduate student is seconded for up to 12 weeks during the summer (July to September) or for 4 weeks over the Easter period. Yearround opportunities with Masters students and bespoke opportunities to engage with research students on specific business needs are also available.


Student produces final report on the project brief.

Companies are asked Student works in company for agreed period. to pay two thirds of the employment costs Student carries out project on topic defined by the company under supervision of an academic and the company.

Minimum of £24,000 over 4 years

The sponsor benefits from a high-quality, dedicated graduate and linkage to worldclass research groups.

Large variation between companies and courses

Trained student usually committed to work for company for a specified period after course completed.

£22,500 over three years as minimum.

PhD programme influenced by company’s research requirement. Student required to spend at least 3 months working at the Company, during the period of their award but programme conducted at the University.

Company is responsible for submitting the proposal.



Cost to company


Knowledge Transfer Secondments and Internships

Outward secondments for University research staff and inward secondments for researchers from collaborating companies, between 3 and 12 months in duration. Internships for PDR students towards the end of their studies for between 6 and 12 months

£1,000 per month for outward secondments. Internships £1,000 from collaborating company

Knowledge transfer through people movement

Student Recruitment for graduate, holiday, term-time and placement opportunities Type of engagement




Advertise a vacancy

Online via the Career Destinations Employer Portal employerportal

Available throughout Free. the year.

Local small to medium companies can advertise Available throughout Free. the year. on the Graduate Jobs South website. Career fairs

Take part in our careers fairs (three per year in October, February and June).

Booking needed two months ahead of the event.

Variable please enquire.

Benefits for your company Vacancy will be visible to all current students and graduates. Vacancy will be visible to all students and graduates in the South. Meet and speak directly to potential employees.

Marketing and Recruitment - raise the profile of your organisation at the University Type of engagement



Employer presentation

Provide a presentation to students about your Booking subject organisation or a practical seminar around your to availability. Early booking recruitment processes. recommended. May be run across a number of disciplines or targeted at a particular group.


Benefits for your company

Costs vary, see website.

Opportunity to promote your brand to students and / or recruit.

Employability Career development advice – eg CV writing, skills workshop/ mock interviews, etc. talk

Booking subject to availability. Early booking recommended.


Contribute to students’ careers education and build brand awareness.

Work shadowing and familiarisation visits

Students visit your organisation for a tour, presentations, interactive workshops or to shadow a member of staff.

Can be delivered throughout the year.


Students gain valuable experience and insights into your company.

Print advertising

Advertise in the Career Planning Guide, an annual publication with a print run of 5,000 distributed to staff and students.


From £360 – £4,350

Raises the profile of your organisation to a student and staff audience through high profile brochures.


Type of engagement




Benefits for your company

Online advertising

Company profile with logo and link on the Career Destinations website.

Can be arranged throughout the year.

Please contact us for more details

Raises the profile of your organisation to a student and staff audience, taking advantage of our high online traffic.

Plasma Screen Advertising

Advertise on our plasma screens strategically placed in high traffic areas such as Career Destinations reception and waiting room, Students Union and Student Services Centre.

Minimum one week before live date.

£100 + vat for two weeks.

Raises company profile, and gets your message across to engaged students in the right environment. Please contact


Sponsorship of careers events and fairs, Student Enterprise, or other projects.

Throughout the year. From £200

Increase brand awareness.


Provision of career mentoring to a student or group of students from a particular discipline.

Throughout the year. Free.

Raises the profile of your organisation and provides staff development opportunities.

Technical lecture or technical case study

Specialist from your organisation gives a lecture Needs to be agreed in advance with the as part of a module of study. academic school. Provision of an industrial case study for use in learning.


Opportunity to promote your company to a specific set of students in a specific discipline.

Participation in School Industrial Advisory Boards

Many schools conduct Industrial Advisory Boards on an annual basis to gain employer feedback on the suitability of the curriculum and ideas for the future.


The opportunity to influence the academic programmes and be associated with a school.

Varies by school.

For further details email:

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