Cranfield University has created a new professorship to provide leadership for research into areas such as autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.
The new “world-leading” Professorship in Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence at the University is sponsored by BAe Systems.
The department will look into advances in many areas of technology, including machine learning, high performance computing, data science, multimodal sensing, and control.
Julia Sutcliffe, chief technology officer, BAe Systems Air said: “Autonomous systems and artificial intelligence have the potential to provide a substantial positive impact upon product, service, and industrial capabilities.
“This prestigious appointment, in a growing and highly disruptive field, will enable BAe Systems to exploit the latest technologies in these areas to continuously improve our engineering and manufacturing processes, and give our customers a differentiating capability in the field.”
Professor Iain Gray, director of aerospace at Cranfield University, said: “Underpinned by our global research airport, Cranfield has a suite of world-leading facilities that support our work in autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.
“This partnership with BAe Systems is the latest exciting development, and we are delighted to be working with them in an area that will be critically important to the defence and aerospace sectors over the coming years.”