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Next Generation Aerospace: Human Machine Collaboration in Aircraft Systems


This one-hour webinar will follow the format of a panel discussion. Within the discussion, we will present and review the challenges for human-machine collaboration in the next generation aircraft systems, and how the technology has evolved to address those challenges to process a vast amount of data from multiple sources, process the information and enable better and faster decision making.


In the context of new aircraft programs, there have been developments to reduce pilot workloads, improve reaction time and decision-making process while applying the highest standards of safety and security. Among other changes, we have seen the following relevant changes:

  • Aircrafts used to have multiple people performing unique tasks. This has been reduced, leading to more information to be processed by the pilot.
  • Some years ago, data was mainly local to the aircraft, there was limited exposure to Systems of Systems, and we could say communications were slow. 
  • Even though most information was local, pilots counted with a limited number of sensors.
  • There was very limited onboard processing and real-time capabilities. For example, we could use a weather radar, but we had no models looking into the future.
  • Systems had less stringent safety cases, whereas nowadays certification and compliance to the standards are very often mandatory.

About the Presenters

Expert Panelists:

Satish Thokala is the Aerospace and Defence industry manager at MathWorks for the APAC Region. His area of expertise is avionics systems for both military and civil aircrafts using Model-Based Design, and he has over 20 years’ experience. He led large engineering groups responsible to develop, verify and certify cockpit display systems at Collins Aerospace.

Pablo Romero is an Application Engineer at MathWorks specialized in real-time simulation and testing. Prior to MathWorks Pablo worked in BMW and Airbus Defence and Space focused on model-based design techniques and driving and flight simulators among other topics.

Matt Jackson is currently the Technical Product Manager for HMI and Embedded Systems at PRESAGIS. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on multiple HMI systems for Fast Jet Aircraft, from initial HMI concept to deployment, and with companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.


Juan Valverde is the Aerospace and Defence Industry Manager for EMEA at MathWorks. His area of expertise is dependable embedded systems design. Prior to MathWorks, Juan worked at the Research Centre for Collins Aerospace as a technical lead for embedded computing technologies.

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