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Autonomous vehicles, guidelines and challenges

Monday, 11 September 2017

There has been a recent article on The Conversation about the world’s first ethical guidelines for driverless cars. It is good to see that people are trying to influence how this new world is going to look and this is being seriously considered by legislative bodies. The description in the article triggers some important questions […]

Finding the similarities, not the differences

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

I recently read an article on the Nesta blog “Fall in love with the solution, not the problem” which is a phrase to immediately get a system engineer’s interest. I’ll immediately say that I’ve not worked in the development sector and so I’m not going to comment on the efficacy of the proposed approach in […]

UCLse selected to deliver Space Systems Engineering training to the European Space Agency

Friday, 11 March 2016

UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) has won a major 2 year contract to provide space systems engineering training to the next generation of systems engineers at the European Space Agency (ESA). MSSL’s Technology Management Group will deliver the training at a venue close to ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the […]

Teaching compared with Curating

Thursday, 03 December 2015

Following my PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education I’ve taken to thinking more about the profession that I have joined. I like finding metaphors and analogies to understand the world around me and that I occupy, and this time I thought about an analogy between curators and teachers. This article is […]

Engineering, Ethics & Risk

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The recent issue with emissions testing has highlighted a few issues which are very important within the field of systems engineering, and indeed engineering in general. The first is ethics, and is one that is considered important by the various professional bodies representing the engineering professions. For example, to quote from the Institute of Engineering […]