April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Dale Richards

Senior Research Fellow in Human Factors
Coventry University


Dale has a background in Cognitive Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction. After completing his University of Wales PhD scholarship Dale joined QinetiQ (formerly the Defence Evaluation Research Agency) and worked primarily on defence programmes. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. During his time at QinetiQ Dale applied Human Factors knowledge across different programmes ranging from pervasive networks, ubiquitous computing, commercial flight decks, and advanced displays for Future Offensive Air Systems (FOAS). For several years Dale was the Human Factors lead for the UK MoD Applied Research Programme (ARP) Autonomy and Mission Management for unmanned systems. This would eventually lead to the successful demonstration of a fast jet controlling multiple unmanned air systems, where Dale led the design of the displays implemented into the fast jet cockpit (Tornado F2A). Dale was also Human Factors lead for QinetiQ on the first two phases of civil UK Unmanned Air Vehicle programme – ASTRAEA (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment). Since joining Coventry University Dale has continued his research in human-autonomous systems, leading research on human-agent teaming for unmanned systems, single operator control of swarming UAVs. and the application of small UAVs in urban environments. He also has several research projects surrounding autonomous cars. Dale is currently UAV Safety Officer for Coventry University.


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