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Dr. Darren Ansell

Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM229

+44 (0) 1772 89 5304

dansell@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Engineering

Darren Ansell is the engineering lead for Space and Aerospace in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire. He specialises in applied autonomous and intelligent systems research. He previously worked in industry at BAE Systems in research management and research and development roles, specialising in Mission Systems and Autonomy.

Darren is research active within the area of digital engineering and is a member of the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP).

Full Profile

Darren Ansell has been the Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire since September 2012. At UCLAN Darren is leading a number of collaborative research projects with industry partners, including the 'GAMMA' Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications programme, developing autonomous, intelligent software for the aerospace and nuclear industries.

His research interests include autonomous and intelligent systems and he previously worked in industry at BAE Systems in research management and research and development roles, specialising in Mission Systems and Autonomy. At BAE Systems he was the Engineering lead for the ASTRAEA programme which developed UAV technology to support the integration of unmanned platforms into UK airspace, where he led the development of 'Sense and Avoid' collision avoidance technology, autonomy and decision making software and image processing research.

Darren completed a PhD by research at Cranfield University in 2005 which developed new methods for optimising the performance of active array antennas using evolutionary algorithms, and later completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Management at Lancaster University.Post Graduate Certificate in Management, Lancaster University, 2009
Ph.D. Antenna Optimisation Using Evolutionary Algorithms, Cranfield University, 2005
B.Eng. (Hons.) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UMIST, 1997

Publications

The Development of an Advanced Autonomous Integrated Mission System for Uninhabited Air Systems to Meet UK Airspace Requirements
Patchett, C.; Ansell, D. Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation (ISMS), 2010 International Conference on Topic(s): Computing & Processing (Hardware/Software), Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/ISMS.2010.22, Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 60 - 64

A Passive Approach to Autonomous Collision Detection and Avoidance
Angelov, Plamen; Bocaniala, Cosmin Danut; Xideas, Costas; Patchett, Charles; Ansell, Daren; Everett, Michael; Leng, Gang Computer Modeling and Simulation, 2008. UKSIM 2008. Tenth International Conference on Topic(s): Communication, Networking & Broadcasting ; Computing & Processing (Hardware/Software) Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/UKSIM.2008.135, Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 64 - 69

Using multi-objective genetic algorithms to optimise the subarray partitions of conformal array antennas Ansell, D.W.; Hughes, E.J. Antennas and Propagation, 2003. (ICAP 2003). Twelfth International Conference on (Conf. Publ. No. 491) Volume: 1
Topic(s): Communication, Networking & Broadcasting ; Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics Digital Object Identifier: 10.1049/cp:20030038 Publication Year: 2003 , Page(s): 151 - 155 vol.1

research

Space technology simulation and modelling, including payload design and integration.

Autonomous and Intelligent systems for cross industry applications.

Membership

Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology