Thomas Statheros


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    Thomas has over 19 years of work experience in both industrial and academic research domains, more specifically, in Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Systems, Software, Electronics, and Avionics Systems Design. In his professional industrial career has functioned as a Lead Design Engineer, Design Engineer, Software/Embedded Software Engineer, Electronics Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Marine Electronics, and Software Engineer. He has collaborated with a number of Major Aerospace and Marine Companies in the UK, Europe, and the US. As a Lead Design Engineer has been in direct communication with EASA and he has certified a product to DAL level (Aerospace Safety-Critical Systems) while at the same time leading different teams of engineers. He is an expert on Aerospace Avionics standards (e.g. DO178B, DO254, and ARP4754), and on full design product lifecycle at systems, electronic hardware, and software/embedded software level.


    Thomas is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Aerospace Engineering (Avionics), as well as a member of the Centre for Future Transport and Cities (CFTC) Research Centre at Coventry University. He is a Module leader of Avionics Systems I and II. He has designed research projects related to Autonomous Navigation, Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and Renewable Energy.


    Thomas is the Coventry Principal Investigator of the EV-Lift (Electric Vehicle Light-weighting integrated Future-proof Traction), which is an APC12 project / Innovate UK project. The project is a collaboration with YASA Motors Ltd (Industrial partner Lead) and Lotus Cars Ltd. Coventry is responsible for the torque vectoring technology related to safety, control, autonomy, and economy.


    He has worked as a Research Associate at the University of Kent on INTERREG funded research project on Autonomous Navigation. During this post, he designed novel real-time path planning and computer vision algorithms, designed autonomous navigation systems, and taught and supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Autonomous Navigation, Computer Vision, Software, Embedded Software, Systems, Electronics, and Mathematics.

    Research Interests

    Autonomous Systems Architecture, electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS),  Automotive/Electric Car Systems, Avionics Systems, Autopilot Design, Autonomous Navigation, Collision Avoidance, Real-time Path Planning, Self-Organisation, Multi-Agent Systems, Control, Embedded Systems, Navigation Sensors, Local Positioning, Embedded Systems, Data Fusion, Software, and Electronic Hardware Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, and Optimisation. Also, Avionics and Automotive Safety-Critical Systems design, and the related software, electronic hardware, and complex hardware components.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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