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Robots in the Sky: automation on board a modern commercial jet aircraft


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Is a modern commercial jet aircraft really a flying robot? Join us at Robot Day as we explore the avionic systems to investigate applications of automation and the changing role of the human pilot.

Date and Time

17 March 2018 - 11:00-12:00


Derby, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the UK - East Mids of England and UK - W.Mids:Birmingham local networks. Contact spowley@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Robotics and automation have become commonplace in commercial jet transport aircraft, assisting the crew with aircraft systems management and control; enabling precision navigation across the globe; permitting flight operations in poor weather conditions; and ultimately improving passenger comfort and safety.

As part of Robot Day, we look towards the aviation sector to identify examples where automation has been beneficial to operational safety, expediency and reliability. Automation can also have negative consequences, which may lead to some important considerations for the future of human-in-the-loop systems.


This lecture is part of a series being held on Robot Day. 

See https://www.theiet.org/events/local/252695.cfm for more information about other activities.

Reasons to attend

Robot Day is a fantastic way to find out more about how robots and engineering in general makes the world a better place. There’s something for all ages, bring your family and friends too.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Registration recommended for lectures, drop in for hands-on activities.

Continuing Professional Development

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Free Event

Additional information

Matthew Nutt MEng CEng MIET
Matthew Nutt is a commercial pilot and systems engineer. Matthew began flying while at school in Humberside. He studied Systems Engineering at Loughborough University before working in the defence sector as a systems engineer on various legacy and future aircraft programmes at BAE Systems. He continues to work as an engineer and pilot of corporate jet aircraft. He also lectures Aircraft Systems part-time at Loughborough University.

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A poster for this event is available to download.

Registration information

This lecture forms part of Robot Day 2018. Please register online via the link provided if you wish to attend this specific lecture.


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