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Faculty of Science

Dr Owen McAree

Dr Owen McAree

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Biography

I'm a Senior Research Officer within the Faculty of Science specialising in Drones and Geospatial Technology. I completed an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering in 2009 and a PhD in autonomous drone operation in 2013, both at Loughborough University. Subsequently, I worked as an Academic Technical Specialist at MathWorks and as a Senior Research Fellow in the safety of autonomous systems at The University of Sheffield.

I support the research activity involving drones within the Faculty by undertaking technical development of aircraft and associated equipment, development of data processing techniques, training of staff and researchers, and operation of drones. My particular areas of expertise are aeromechanical design (fixed-wing, rotary-wing and hybrid systems), sensor systems, autopilot systems, software systems, computer vision systems, autonomous operation, Extended and Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (E/BVLOS) and safety assurance.

Degrees

2013, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, PhD
2009, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, M.Eng. (Hons), Aeronautical Engineering

Publications

Journal article

Burke C, Rashman MF, Longmore SN, McAree O, Glover-Kapfer P, Ancrenaz M, Wich S. 2019. Successful observation of orangutans in the wild with thermal-equipped drones Journal of unmanned vehicle systems, DOI Public Url

Spaan D, Burke C, McAree O, Aureli F, Rangel-Rivera C, Hutschenreiter A, Longmore S, McWhirter P, Wich S. 2019. Thermal Infrared Imaging from Drones Offers a Major Advance for Spider Monkey Surveys Drones, 3 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Burke C, Wich S, Kusin K, McAree O, Harrison M, Ripoll B, Ermiasi Y, Mulero Pazmany M, Longmore S. 2019. Thermal-Drones as a Safe and Reliable Method for Detecting Subterranean Peat Fires Wang E. Drones, 3 DOI Author Url Public Url

Kamali M, Dennis LA, McAree O, Fisher M, Veres SM. 2017. Formal verification of autonomous vehicle platooning SCIENCE OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, 148 :88-106 DOI Author Url

McAree O, Aitken JM, Veres SM. 2017. Towards artificial situation awareness by autonomous vehicles IFAC PAPERSONLINE, 50 :7038-7043 DOI Author Url

Liu C, McAree O, Chen W-H. 2013. Path-following control for small fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles under wind disturbances INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBUST AND NONLINEAR CONTROL, 23 :1682-1698 DOI Author Url

McAree O, Chen W-H. 2013. Artificial Situation Awareness for Increased Autonomy of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Terminal Area JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT & ROBOTIC SYSTEMS, 70 :545-555 DOI Author Url

McAree O, Aitken JM, Veres SM. Quantifying situation awareness for small unmanned aircraft Towards routine Beyond Visual Line Of Sight operations The Aeronautical Journal, DOI Author Url Public Url

Conference publication

Burke C, Rashman M, McAree O, Hambrecht L, Longmore S, Piel A, Wich S. 2018. Addressing environmental and atmospheric challenges for capturing high-precision thermal infrared data in the field of astro-ecology Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE. Astronimcal Telescopes and Instrumentation DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Mokaram S, Aitken JM, Martinez-Hernandez U, Eimontaite I, Cameron D, Rolph J, Gwilt I, McAree O, Law J. 2017. A ROS-integrated API for the KUKA LBR iiwa collaborative robot IFAC PAPERSONLINE, 20th World Congress of the International-Federation-of-Automatic-Control (IFAC) 50 :15859-15864 DOI Author Url

Veres SM, McAree O, Aitken JM. 2016. Towards Formal Verification of Small and Micro UAS 2016 EUROPEAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ECC), European Control Conference (ECC) :433-440 DOI Author Url

McAree O, Veres SM. 2016. Lateral control of vehicle platoons with on-board sensing and Inter-Vehicle Communication 2016 EUROPEAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ECC), European Control Conference (ECC) :2465-2470 DOI Author Url

McAree O, Aitken JM, Veres SM. 2016. A model based design framework for safety verification of a semi-autonomous inspection drone 2016 UKACC 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL (CONTROL), 11th UKACC International Conference on Control (UKACC Control) DOI Author Url

Aitken JM, McAree O, Veres SM. 2016. Symbiotic relationship between robots - a ROS ARDrone/YouBot library 2016 UKACC 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL (CONTROL), 11th UKACC International Conference on Control (UKACC Control) DOI Author Url

Dennis LA, Aitken JM, Collenette J, Cucco E, Kamali M, McAree O, Shaukat A, Atkinson K, Gao Y, Veres SM, Fisher M. 2016. Agent-Based Autonomous Systems and Abstraction Engines: Theory Meets Practice Alboul L, Damian D, Aitken JM. TOWARDS AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SYSTEMS, TAROS 2016, 17th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) 9716 :75-86 DOI Author Url

McAree O, Aitken JM, Boorman L, Cameron D, Chua A, Collins EC, Fernando S, Law J, Martinez-Hernandez U. 2015. Floor Determination in the Operation of a Lift by a Mobile Guide Robot 2015 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON MOBILE ROBOTS (ECMR), European Conference on Mobile Robots DOI Author Url

Law J, Aitken JM, Boorman L, Cameron D, Chua A, Collins EC, Fernando S, Martinez-Hernandez U, McAree O. 2015. ROBO-GUIDE: Towards Safe, Reliable, Trustworthy, and Natural Behaviours in Robotic Assistants Dixon C, Tuyls K. TOWARDS AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SYSTEMS (TAROS 2015), 16th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) 9287 :149-154 DOI Author Url

Cameron D, Collins EC, Chua A, Fernando S, McAree O, Martinez-Hernandez U, Aitken JM, Boorman L, Law J. 2015. Help! I Can't Reach the Buttons: Facilitating Helping Behaviors Towards Robots Wilson SP, Verschure PFMJ, Mura A, Prescott TJ. BIOMIMETIC AND BIOHYBRID SYSTEMS, LIVING MACHINES 2015, 4th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (Living Machines) 9222 :354-358 DOI Author Url

Mohtadi C, McAree O, Schlosser J. 2014. Bridging the skills gap in STEM industries SEFI Annual Conference 2014,

Coombes M, Eaton W, McAree O, Chen W-H. 2014. Development of a Generic Network Enabled Autonomous Vehicle System 2014 UKACC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL (CONTROL), United-Kingdom-Automatic-Control-Council (UKACC) 10th International Conference on Control (CONTROL) :621-627 DOI Author Url

Coombes M, McAree O, Chen WH, Render P. 2012. Development of an autopilot system for rapid prototyping of high level control algorithms Proceedings of the 2012 UKACC International Conference on Control, CONTROL 2012, :292-297 DOI

Liu C, McAree O, Chen WH. 2012. Path following for small UAVs in the presence of wind disturbance Proceedings of the 2012 UKACC International Conference on Control, CONTROL 2012, :613-618 DOI

Fenesan A, Mcaree O, Chen W-H, Pana T, Bamber T. 2012. Building an electric model vehicle with obstacle avoidance system Qin S, Chen W, Liu J, Guan C. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 18TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATION AND COMPUTING (ICAC 12), 18th International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC) - Integration of Design and Engineering :358-362 Author Url

McAree O, Chen WH. 2011. Artificial situation awareness for autonomous terminal area operations of unmanned aerial systems AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Conference 2011, 2 :1128-1142

McAree O, Clarke J, Chen W-H. 2010. Development of an Autonomous Control System for a Small Fixed Pitch Helicopter Xu H. 2ND IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCED COMPUTER CONTROL (ICACC 2010), VOL. 3, 2nd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Computer Control :13-17 DOI Author Url

Engagement & Impact

External committees:

ISO/TC 20/SC 16/WG 1 Unmanned aircraft systems - General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Committee Member, https://www.iso.org/committee/5336224.html. 2018

ISO/TC 20/SC 16/WG 2 Unmanned aircraft systems - Product manufacturing and maintenance, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Committee Member, https://www.iso.org/committee/5336224.html. 2018

ISO/TC 20/SC 16/WG 3 Unmanned aircraft systems - Operations and procedures, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Committee Member, https://www.iso.org/committee/5336224.html. 2017

ACE/1/-/2 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, British Standards Institution (BSI), Committee Member, https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/committees/50259034. 2017

Drone Industry Action Group, UK Government. 2016

Award:

Unmanned Aerial System Innovation Award, Royal Aeronautical Society. 2012