Avionics and Airborne Computers: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
11/05/2015 - 19:00
11/05/2015 - 21:00
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In this talk, Dr Steve Wright looks at how an aircraft’s avionics and their associated sensor/actuator systems can fail (and they do fail), and how these systems are designed to be resilient to these failures, at the levels of hardware, software and architecture. The talk will include practical examples from aircraft industry history and Steve’s own experience.
In a manner reminiscent of the evolution of the Grizzled Tree-Climbing Kangaroo (Dendrolagus inustus), Dr Steve Wright was diverted from his natural calling as a farm labourer to become a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England after 25 years as a software, electronics and systems engineer at Rolls-Royce, ST Microelectronics, and then Airbus. During his career, he has contributed to aircraft including the Airbus A320, A330, A340, A380, A400M, A350, and Boeing 747, 757, 767, and 777. He developed hardware and software for embedded test equipment and Hardware-in-Loop System Integration Laboratories for Engine, Fuel and Landing Gear control avionics. He contributed to the design of the A380’s “Integrated Modular Avionics” architecture and research projects into the application of Formal Methods to avionics development. His doctorate investigated the application of modern Formal Methods to microprocessor Instruction Set Architectures, and he now lectures and conducts research into Avionics and Aircraft Systems.