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SECT-AIR: Reducing engineering costs and timescales for aerospace software

Mike Bennett

Software Technology Specialist, Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce Control Systems

SECT-AIR’s aims are to develop strategies for the UK high integrity software industry to significantly lower development costs and to scope a UK aerospace software centre of excellence to maintain these strategies in the future.  SECT-AIR plans to develop, mature and demonstrate technologies that will make a step change reduction to software development costs; gain adoption of these through certification authority and wider industry engagement and thereby ensure a better flow of technology between academia and industry in these areas in the future. This talk will provide a progress update on how SECT-AIR research activities are progressing, present preliminary results and emerging themes. 

About Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett graduated from the University of York with a 1st class degree in Computer Science and PhD in real-time systems. He worked for nine years at BAE Systems in high-integrity software development, working on the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer and transformation, capability development and R&T projects. Recently he led a two-year UK/Fr R&T programme to develop a next-generation software framework for unmanned systems. He joined Rolls-Royce Control Systems in 2012, leading the development of a product line software platform before establishing a dedicated R&T group in 2015 to tackle the challenge of increasing software complexity and cost. He currently leads a collaborative ATI project with 12 partners to transform software programme costs and timescales in the aerospace sector.

Sponsored by

AdaCore Capgemini Engineering

Supported by

Capgemini Engineering
Rapita Systems Ltd
SDC Systems
Wind River
Harmonic Software Systems