Hans Heerkens, assistent professor at School of management & Governance, University of Twente wil speak about Unmanned Cargo Aircraft; freight mobility from everywhere to everywhere
Hans Heerkens (MSc in Public Administration), obtained his Ph.D. in decision theory; the way in which actors involved in decision process assess the importance of the various aspects of the decision. His research is on decision processes in the aerospace industry. He is the chairman of the Dutch Platform of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (PUCA), a group of private and public organizations that aims to advance the development of unmanned cargo aircraft in the Netherlands and Europe. Hans is a member of the Scientific Council of research organization Airneth and does consultancy work for organizations like the Ministry of Economic Affairs and TNO.
Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are much more than aircraft without pilots. ‘Unmanned’ can make aircraft lighter, more efficient and more productive. This is especially the case with smaller aircraft. We expect that UCA will make point-to-point cargo transport much more feasible than it is now, decreasing lead times and risk of delays for suppliers and clients. They also could unlock the economic potential of regions with limited ground infrastructure, and connect those regions with their markets in Europe, the US and Asia. In this presentation we will look into the potential for UCA, and at the challenges in turning them form a vision into reality. We will also address the work of the Platform for Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (PUCA); http://www.gra-cv.com/povv/index_wib.htm, and our newly started project with Dutch and international partners concerning the development of military UCA.
About University of Twente:High tech, human touch. That is the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals are working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. Study programs include: physics, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, industrial management, public administration and psychology. A Minor ‘Aerospace Technology’ is available as an elective in several technical Bachelor programs. Research areas in which the University is particularly successful include composites (together with Boeing and Fokker), nanotechnology and biomedical technology.