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