Software Development for Aerospace Activities

Thursday March 10th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Elliott Coleshill, Professor at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, will be presenting “Software Development for Aerospace Activities”.

Speaker: Dr. Elliott Coleshill, Professor
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
School of Information and Communications Technology

Day & Time: Thursday, March 10th, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Room LG04, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street, Ryerson University, M5B 2K3

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Abstract: Due to the need for real-time operations, fault tolerance and reaction to internal/external sensory input, robotics and spacecraft systems contain some of the most sophisticated and complex software developed. These systems are required to operate in harsh environments, act autonomously and support human life in critical and non-critical situations.

This presentation will walk through the life cycle of software system design for aerospace projects from design and development to verification, validation and real-time operations. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Coleshill will share stories about his experience working on the International Space Station and satellite systems to track marine ship traffic around the globe.

Biography: Dr. Ellliott Coleshill has over 15 years of experience working in the Canadian space industry. Dr. Coleshill completed a PhD in 2010 and a Masters in 2003 from the University of Guleph, with research in image processing, machine vision and robotics. Prior to attending the University of Guelph, he graduated from the Ryerson Applied Computer Science program in 2000 with research in autonomous robotic control.

Dr. Coleshill started his career in the space industry at MDA. From 2000 to 2004 he was part of a team that designed and developed the integration and test environment for the International Space Station Mobile Servicing System (Canadarm2/Dextre). In 2004 Dr. Coleshill transitioned into the Systems group where he worked as a software safety engineer, engineering support lead at the Canadian Space Agency during docked robotic operations on the International Space Station and several small research and development concept demonstrations. In August, 2005 Dr. Coleshill received a NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in recognition of his dedication, commitment and his achievements in support of NASA’s space program. From 2005 to 2007 Dr. Coleshill was the technical lead for designing and developing the concepts and system upgrades for Canadarm2 free flyer capture operations used today for SpaceX operations. In 2007, the Canadian Space Agency presented him with a Certificate of Distinction for his free flyer concept checkout procedures.