Guest Speakers

Lieutenant Colonel Keirin Joyce, CSC

LTCOL Joyce is currently the UAS Sub-Program Manager for the Australian Army and has been extensively involved with UAS development in the Australian Defence Force for the last 12 years. LTCOL Joyce is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) with an Honours Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering, a Masters in Aviation Management, a Masters of Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Military and Defence Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Mathematics), he is currently researching as a Doctorate of Philosophy through ADFA. Lieutenant Colonel Joyce is at the forefront of UAS development in Australia and we look forward to have him attending the conference and competition later this year. Lt Col. Joyce’ will give a talk titled: The Australian Army’s smallest aircraft. Biggest effect? The Australian Army is the world’s largest user of Nano UAS. This talk will discuss why Army has invested in such a tiny aircraft and where they see the future of Micro Air Vehicles. joyce

Dr. Reece Clothier

Dr Clothier is currently a Principal Researcher at Boeing Research & Technology – Australia, the President of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), and an Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University. In these roles Dr Clothier has been extensively involved with the UAS development in Australia. Dr Clothier has a Bachelors in Engineering (Aerospace Avionics) and a PhD in the design and certification of UAS from QUT. His research interests include UAS autonomy, certification and safety assurance of highly autonomous systems. In 2016 Dr. Clothier was awarded the Outstanding Next Generation Professional at the Aviation/Aerospace Australia National Awards in recognition of his contribution to the Australian UAS industry. He was also the former Industry Co-chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Standards Consultative Sub-Committee for Unmanned Systems and currently serves on the General Aviation Advisory Group, which directly advises the Federal Minister of Transport and Infrastructure.


Professor. Jason Scholz

Professor Jason Scholz leads research, development and showcasing of high-impact technologies for persistent autonomy, machine cognition, and human-machine integration in close partnership with overseas governments, academia and industry to deliver game changing impact for Australian Defence and National Security. He holds a Professorship (adjunct) in the IT and Engineering Department of UNSW, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a degree in electronic engineering from the University of South Australia. He has over seventy five refereed publications and patents, in telecommunications, signal processing, artificial intelligence and human decision making. He is an assessor for the Australian Research Council and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Scholz will speak about the Defence Cooperative Research Centre on Trusted Autonomous Systems. The Minister for Defence industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced that the first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will focus on Trusted Autonomous Systems to deliver game-changing unmanned platforms that ensure reliable and effective cooperation between people and machines during dynamic military operations. The CRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems will receive an annual funding of $8 million with a maximum of $50 million over a seven year period. To be effective, Defence needs autonomous systems to be highly trusted, robust and resilient and this initiative will bring together the best researchers from industry and universities to develop the intelligent military platforms of the future. Professor Scholz will discuss the research program and highlight opportunities as it relates to Micro Aerial Vehicles.

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Dr. Anya Jones

Anya Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She received her PhD in experimental aerodynamics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, her S.M. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, and her B.S. in aeronautical and mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research is focused on the experimental fluid dynamics of unsteady and separated flows. Her current projects focus on wing performance in large-amplitude gust encounters, separated and reverse flow rotor aerodynamics, and flight through airwakes and other unsteady environments. Prof. Jones has been awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2012), NSF CAREER Award (2016), and the PECASE from the White House (2016). In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to the Technion in Haifa, Israel (2017-2018) and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to TU Braunschweig in Germany (2018). She is currently chair of a NATO Research Technology Organization task group on gust response and unsteady aerodynamics, an associate fellow of AIAA, and a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center.

Dr. Jones’ presentation will focus on MAV behavior in turbulent conditions and the ability to predict unsteady flows and mitigate their effects. One of the challenges of MAV flight is controlled flight through the unsteady environments that exist in urban areas, in airwakes, and in extreme weather. These highly unsteady flows often result in large force transients due to flow separation and the formation of large-scale vortices. The growth and motion of these vortices can have a large impact on the resulting force transient and recovery, necessitating advanced control either locally via flow control or more globally at the vehicle level. The current work focuses on wind gusts and wing maneuvers that result in changes to the relative flow that are of the same order of magnitude as the freestream flow.  In these cases, flow separation is significant, so the classical linear solution for the flow does not apply and aggressive control is required. Separated shear layers emanating from the wing tend to roll up into leading and trailing edge vortices that are shed into the wake. The formation and motion of these vortices are characterized via a series of canonical experiments in an attempt to better understand their contribution to aerodynamic forcing and their relative importance as compared to other sources of airloads (e.g., added mass and virtual camber).  The results are then used to construct a physics-based low order model of highly separated flows, and thus explore the possibility of predicting unsteady and transient loading, as well as gain insight as to where flow control might be used most effectively to mitigate force transients and/or hasten flow recovery.