An Australian living in Ann Arbor, MI USA, Philip is a Director and the Chief Executive Officer of RelmaTech Limited (UK), a company he co-founded to develop secure integrated spatial management solutions for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles operating in the land, marine and airspace domains. RelmaTech currently has patents pending for its Secure Integrated Airspace Management (SIAM) system.
Philip is also an Associate Professor (At Large) with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne (Australia) where he supports collaborative international research programs focused on the practical application of emerging technologies. Previously he held tenures as Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia, and The University of the South Pacific.
In 2016 he participated in the Drone Outlook Study conducted by the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking (SESARJU) as an invited member of the Innovation Reference Group. In December 2015, he chaired an Industry Summit convened by RelmaTech on An International Digital Identity Protocol for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems at London Gatwick Airport. He also organized and chaired exclusive seminars in Melbourne (2014) and Washington DC (2015) to consider the National Security and Societal Implications of Remotely Piloted Airborne Vehicles and Related Technologies, and in March 2015 he attended the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium in Montreal as a guest of the ICAO RPAS Program Office. In 2013 he co-chaired a high-level roundtable sponsored by the Australian Government to consider the role of new technologies in Securing Australia’s Future, and participated in the 2nd World Emerging Industries Summit in China as a guest of the Asia-Pacific CEO Association and the Wuhan Municipal Government.
Philip is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and Engineers Australia. In IEEE he is a member of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) and the Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). In AESS he is Vice Chair of the UAV Technical Panel, Chair Southeastern Michigan Chapter 3 (AES10/COM19), and has recently been appointed an AESS Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018. In SSIT he is Vice President of the Board of Governors and an SSIT Distinguished Lecturer. He is a regular guest editor of the SSIT Technology and Society Magazine, and an associate editor of the CSP Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems. He also served as a finalist judge for the UAE Government 2015 and 2016 ‘Drones for Good’ Awards, and the inaugural 2016 ‘Robotics & Artificial Intelligence for Good’ Award.
Philip currently serves on the IEEE-USA Government Relations Council (GRC) as Chair of the Committee on Transport and Aerospace Policy, and also as Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence Policy. He represents the GRC on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and it’s Committee on Effective Policymaking for Innovative Communities involving Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. He is also a member of IEEE-SA Working Groups for IEEE P7000™ Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design and IEEE P1920.1™ Aerial Communications and Networking Standards.
A former Aeronautical Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), his military experience includes aircraft operations at sea, major aircraft procurement and aviation infrastructure construction projects, and aircraft engineering policy development in Defence Headquarters.
Drawing on extensive experience, writes and presents on a diverse range of topics.
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