Dr Ben Allen is a Royal Society Industry Fellow and Senior Innovation Engineer with Network Rail Telecom. He has around 20 years’ experience in telecoms R&D spanning the public, private and academic sectors. He has authored or co-authored a large number of papers and several books. His current activities include: pioneering a novel super-high data rate wireless backhaul technology; and leading the UK in an international collaboration developing an adaptive communication system for railways.
- Business Development Manager, TTP plc
Steve is an electronic engineer by training. His work has spanned software defined radio for test instrumentation, a decade-and-more of cellular handset technologies, IoT services, and satellite communications. Across a variety of technical and commercial roles he has delivered hardware, software and service propositions. At TTP, Steve works within the wireless group, providing business development, consulting and project management primarily in the areas of connected devices and services. When not at TTP, Steve is likely to be found either refining his sourdough technique (with a knowing nod to the nominative determinism), running off the sourdough-derived carbs or twanging his recently acquired double bass.
- Autonomous Systems Specialist, Civil Aviation Authority
Alex has been working at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) since early 2019 as the Autonomous Systems Specialist of the organisation and one of the case officers of the Innovation Hub. He is primarily responsible for providing technical expertise on matters such as Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. Furthermore, he is collaborating with innovators to safely trial novel solutions aiming at modernising the aviation and aerospace industries; with a particular emphasis on autonomous drones and beyond visual line of sight operations. Alex obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Cranfield University while working at Airbus, after which he joined the University of Bristol as a postdoctoral research associate in aerial field robotics.
- Technology Consultant, Ofcom
Ayan Ghosh is a Technology Consultant in Ofcom where he leads innovative 5G trials and Ofcom’s collaboration with CAA and DFT. Ayan has spent 17 years in the Telecoms industry having consulted for vendors like Motorola and Nokia, operators like EE/BT and system Integrators like Cellular Design Services/Red-M. Known in the industry as EE’s “Droneman”, he invented Airmast - a Disaster Recovery and Rural Coverage solution using drones and Helikites for which he won international awards. Ayan co-authored an IEEE 5G paper on in-cabin system along with Airbus and Ericsson for the airline industry. He was instrumental in rolling out the first 4G network in UK. Ayan has also introduced companies like Unmanned Life, UVue and Voltserver to the Telecom industry in the UK. Ayan holds a Masters Degree in Computing Science from UMIST and a Bachelors Degree in IT. In his spare time he plays cricket for his local village club and rides his motorcycle in the Cotswold.
Paul is the Drone Manager for Network Rail. He manages 49 drone pilots with a fleet of in-house drones. He also manages the framework of companies that fly for Network Rail data gathering for projects. Paul has worked for Network Rails Air Operations team now for nearly two years. He has run his own commercial Drone business for the last five years and prior to Network Rail was a Police Drone Pilot, Drone Trainer within Essex Police and was a Police Observer on the Force Helicopter. Prior to the Police Paul was in the Army Air Corps employed within various roles. Flying has been in his blood since he was 13 years old.
Peter Morton is a chemical engineer with board-level, international experience in a range of industries, including speciality chemicals, building materials, mining, port operations, maritime security and remote communications. Today he is Chairman and CEO of Tactical Wireless Ltd, a system integrator that combines smart routing with data processing, to optimise remote communications performance in a number of market sectors.
Mark Radford is the technical Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd.
Mark has worked in the radar industry since 1985, initially as a designer of high-performance signal processing solutions for naval radar systems and later as a system designer and development manager. Since moving to Cambridge, UK, in 2000, Mark has been involved in various radar development projects including the specification, design and development of the Blighter radar, a unique electronic-scanning FMCW Doppler surveillance radar for the detection of people, cars, boats and more recently, small hoby drones.
Since his appointment as CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems in 2013, Mark has overseen developments of the Blighter technology to enhance it for use in more complex environments such as airports and shorelines. In 2014, Mark devised the AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System) solution, a collaboration with other UK SMEs to detect and defeat drones.
Mark headed the spin-out of Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd. from its parent company Plextek Ltd. in 2015 to enable rapid business growth and in March 2019 resumed his technology leadership position for Blighter by appointment to ‘Co-Founder and CTO’.
Kieran Wood is an aeronautical engineer at the University of Bristol working within the Flight Laboratory research group. Currently funded by the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics programme (NCNR, UK), his research focuses on aerial-robotic systems for environmental monitoring with goals of improving flight characteristics of 'drones' in adverse weather conditions, and refining sensor integration and post processing methods. He has built and operated both long-range fixed-wing aircraft, and shorter range multi-rotors, for surveying in locations too remote and/or dangerous for human presence (for example nuclear disaster sites and volcanic summits) at multiple sites worldwide. www.ncnr.org.uk