Professor John A. McDermidís Personal Page

I have run several major research programmes, mainly in the defence and aerospace sector, since the early 1990s. The main programmes were:

  • The BAE Systems Dependable Computing Systems Centre (DCSC) was set up in 1991. The DCSC aimed to provide practical solutions to problems of developing and assessing safety critical systems and software for modern aerospace systems.
  • The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Systems and Software Engineering (UTC) was set up 1993. This focused on methods for the development and assessment of aircraft engine controllers.
  • A Foresight Defence and Aerospace Partnership (DARP) in High Integrity Real-Time Systems (HIRTS) ran from 1998 to 2006. This centre focused on work of benefit to the defence and aerospace community as a whole, e.g. on standards.

This work influenced the design and assessment of major products such as Eurofighter, the Airbus A380 and Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines. There is ongoing work with Airbus, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, including teaching.