The Civil Aviation Safety Authority board is boosting its expertise in emerging technologies with the appointment of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Professor Felipe Gonzalez.
Dr Gonzalez is a professor at QUT’s School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics and an expert in aerial robotics and automation.
He is also chief investigator at the university’s Centre for Robotics, where he leads the QUT Airborne Systems Lab.
CASA chair Mark Binskin said the appointment of Prof. Gonzalez by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce was a welcome move at a key time.
‘The aviation industry is on the cusp of significant technological change, particularly in the area of uncrewed aerial vehicles,’ Air Chief Marshal Binskin said. ‘The appointment of Professor Gonzalez adds further depth to the CASA board as it moves into this new era.
‘His expertise and insight will be invaluable in helping CASA tackle the challenges ahead.’
Prof. Gonzalez’ expertise includes the use of UAVS for remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI) for object detection. He is also passionate about the creation of aerial robots and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) with a high level of awareness stemming from on-board computer algorithms using advanced optimisation and game theory.
He is co-author of several books on UAVs and has published a large number of papers on remote and airborne sensing.
A Chartered Professional Engineer, Prof. Gonzalez has been on a number of boards, including V-TOL Aerospace, Aspect UAV Imaging and Australian Spatial Analytics.
He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
He also holds a private pilot licence (PPL) and a remote pilot licence (RePL) from CASA.