About the speaker:
Dr Prior has been working in the field of Robotics for the past 23 years. His research interest in autonomous military systems relates to a shortlisted entry to the MoD Grand Challenge event in the summer of 2008, where he led a team to design, develop and construct a novel unmanned aerial vehicle, which consisted of a co-axial tri-rotor arrangement. On the basis of this, he founded the Autonomous Systems Lab at Middlesex University and has been researching with a small team of staff/students working on defence-related robotic technologies.
Topic of lecture:
There is a growing realization by military planners that to win the insurgency wars of the future, forward units will have to operate within the close confines of urban conurbations and for prolonged periods of time with minimal support. Micro/Nano Air vehicles (MAV/NAVs) are rapidly developing to become an integral component of a soldier’s real-time information and intelligence gathering capability on enemy strength, dispositions and tactics.
Please be in your seats by 3.20pm for a prompt start at 3.30pm.