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Research Interests

Human Factors ; Unmanned Systems ; Cognitive Psychology ; Human-Computer Interaction ; Autonomous control of complex systems


Dale has a background in Cognitive Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction. After completing his University of Wales PhD scholarship Dale joined QinetiQ (formerly the Defence Evaluation Research Agency) and worked primarily on defence programmes. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

During his time at QinetiQ Dale worked initially at MoD Portsdown West providing Human Factors advice on Royal Navy visual displays. After two years working on maritime systems he joined the Aerospace Group at Farnborough where he attained Technical Focus for Human Factors within QinetiQ Aerospace Division. Here Dale gained experience in applying Human Factors knowledge across different programmes ranging from pervasive networks, ubiquitous computing, commercial flight decks, advanced HMI for Future Offensive Air Systems (FOAS). For several years Dale was the Human Factors lead for the UK MoD Applied Research Programme (ARP) Autonomy and Mission Management for unmanned systems. This would eventually lead to the successful demonstration of a fast jet controlling multiple unmanned air systems, where Dale led the design of the displays implemented into the fast jet cockpit (Tornado F2A) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6514413.stm .

Dale was also Human Factors lead for QinetiQ on the first two phases of civil UK Unmanned Air Vehicle programme – ASTRAEA (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment) http://astraea.aero/

Dale has presented many conference papers on Human Factors for unmanned and autonomous systems and invited to deliver a talk at MIT in 2006. Dale has acted as a reviewer for several conferences including HCI, CHI, and AUI and sits on the Executive Committee of the British Computer Society special group for HCI (Interaction) and recently invited to participate on a NASA/FAA/CAA panel to discuss UAS in civil airspace.

Area of Expertise:

Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, HCI

Vision Statement

My main goal is to produce high quality research in Human Factors that allows better understanding of human performance and technology. After spending over ten years in Industry I endeavour to use my knowledge of real-world systems and operations to drive research objectives. I believe this will allow me to provide significant impact for industry with Human Systems Integration with new/novel technologies. I also think it is important to not only disseminate knowledge to peer community in relevant Journals and Conferences, but to also be an active part of steering policy and research focus.

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Research Output 1999 2019

Taking to the Skies: Developing a Dedicated MSc Course in Aviation Human Factors

Stedmon, A. W., Grant, R., Harris, D., Legg, S., Scott, S., Richards, D., Huddlestone, J. & Blundell, J. 1 Jan 2019 Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume IV: Organizational Design and Management ODAM, Professional Affairs, Forensic. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, Vol. 821, p. 57-61 5 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 821)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Human engineering
Cabins (aircraft)

Abstraction and intent: Human factors for controlling multiple UAS

Richards, D. May 2018 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Human engineering

Laser attacks on aircraft: Shining the light on public attitude

Richards, D. & Carroll, J. Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

air traffic
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The role of the media in the perception of UAVs

Richards, D. & Stedmon, A. 1 Jan 2018 2018 Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA, AIAA 2018-3514

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

The role of the media in the public perception of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Richards, D., Stedmon, A., Parkes, A. & Kaliardos, B. Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

air traffic
law enforcement
public opinion

Activities 2003 2018

  • 14 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Third Agent-Based Models of Organizational Behavior (ABMO) Workshop

Richards, D. (Speaker)
25 Jan 201826 Jan 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference

Richards, D. (Speaker)
22 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Bristol UAV International Conference

Richards, D. (Participant)
12 Apr 201014 Apr 2010

Activity: Participation in conference

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference

Richards, D. (Speaker)
8 Aug 2010

Activity: Participation in conference

Moving Autonomy Forward

Richards, D. (Speaker)
6 Jun 2006

Activity: Participation in conference