Cranfield University in Bedford has announced plans for a world-leading professorship in autonomous systems and AI.
The professorship will be a research leadership role at the University, bringing together research in UAV’s, space and artificial intelligence.
The role will be sponsored by BAE Systems, a technology leader in this field.
Julia Sutcliffe, chief technology officer at BAE Systems Air, said: “Autonomous systems and artificial intelligence have the potential to provide a substantial positive impact upon product, service, and industrial capabilities.”
She added: “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.”
Cranfield University is one of only five UK universities to have a strategic partnership with BAE Systems and has attracted substantial government and industrial investment in autonomy and AI over the past three years.
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.”