Dr Neale Fulton, leads research into optimisation of air transport management.
Dr Neale Fulton: optimising air transport management
Dr Neale Fulton, a research engineer with over 35 years industrial and research experience, is leader of the Optimisation in Air Transport Management (OATM) team.
25 October 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011
Dr Neale Fulton has been variously engaged as a research leader, industry and government advisor, and as engineering auditor for a number of national level projects.
He has also been a specialist university lecturer in aerospace systems by invitation of the University of NSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Dr Fulton's Optimisation in Air Transport Management (OATM) team specialises in the optimisation of precision navigation and guidance systems in applications as diverse as:
Their objective is to apply advanced mathematical methods to improve the safety and the efficiency of the systems studied.
The team is developing precise specifications of aircraft-to-aircraft proximity and theorems to support guidance laws used to manage proximity. A sound mathematical basis is essential for a system that will operate correctly and efficiently.
With over 35 years of engineering experience in the design of command and control systems, Dr Fulton has been a long term Engineering Advisor to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for aircraft navigation and guidance systems, a role held for over 25 years.
Dr Fulton leads a CSIRO team in a national level collaboration to enhance the aircraft navigation and guidance algorithms.
Presently, he leads a CSIRO team in a national level collaboration to enhance the aircraft navigation and guidance algorithms.
Dr Fulton has also been an advisor to various government and industry initiatives for air and space transport safety, security and risk assessment. These include:
the Australian risk benchmark for the commercial space launch industry
mid-air collision risk within civil airspace design
assessment of risk of operating uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) over populated areas.
One of Dr Fulton's highest profile projects was the Broome International Airport (BIA) study in 2004. This was widely acknowledged as promoting and leading international airspace engineering into new concepts for design.
It was also recognised within industry as representing a substantial advancement in engineering knowledge to underpin the refinement of rules governing aircraft proximity required for new ventures, such as unmanned aircraft, personalised jets and other stakeholder interests.
Dr Fulton was awarded a:
Bachelor of Engineering in Communications and Control awarded in 1974 by the University of Tasmania, Australia
Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering awarded in 2002 by The University of New South Wales, Australia.
Dr. Fulton is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has held the following positions:
an Adjunct Professor in Aerospace Engineering with the Queensland University of Technology (2006–09)
a specialist lecturer at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy
a committee member of the Australian Computer Society’s National Technical Committee on Safety Critical Systems (1997–2002).
His work in airspace has attracted four prestigious prizes:
- Certificate of Merit with Dr. Tanya Tarnopolskaya, at The 2010 International Conference of Applied and Engineering Mathematics
- an international Year 2002 prize from The Capt. A. G. Vette Flight Safety Foundation
- a Graduand Medal from The Royal Aeronautical Society
- a Certificate of Air Safety, a national level award from the Aviation Safety Foundation Australia.
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