Mark Westwood, Technical Director, Transport Systems Catapult - Imagine Festival

Mark was educated at the University of Bath, graduating with a BEng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering. During the early part of his career he was engaged in a wide variety of autonomous vehicle related research and development projects while working for QinetiQ. Areas of research included vehicle guidance and control, navigation technologies, remote sensing and telematics. Highlights include working as Theme Leader for Autonomy and Decision Making within the ASTRAEA UAS project, a £62M collaborative project between industry and TSB/Innovate UK which targeted development of technologies to enable the operation of UAVs within civil airspace.

In 2010 he was appointed as Head of Systems Engineering for Air Division within QinetiQ, responsible for a team of Systems Engineers working across a wide range of technology projects. He has recent experience in a business management role, running a research and development focussed business unit within the aerospace sector. The application of science and engineering to solve real world problems remains at the heart of his interests, and Mark joined the Transport Systems Catapult to lead projects developing automated and autonomous vehicle technologies. He now holds the role of Technical Director at the Transport Systems Catapult, with responsibility for development and delivery of the Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility, alongside leading a portfolio of autonomous vehicle related projects including the drone and driverless car domains.