Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Computing in Air Traffic Management: (Mostly) Past, (Some) Present and (A Little Bit of) Future

Speaker: Ben Trethowan
Date: Thursday 20th April 2017
Time: 14:30

BCS, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA


About the seminar

The National Museum of Computing acquired the last working air traffic control system from West Drayon in 2007. Ben will describe the long process of understanding the system before it was moved to the museum and its subsequent restoration and display. Ben will also describe the current technologies and future direction for computing in air traffic control, as well as the work that NATS has done with the museum to exhibit an up-to-date controller workstation and a multi-screen simulator showing the control tower view at Stansted airport.

About the speaker

Ben Trethowan became a volunteer at The National Museum of Computing just prior to his first degree in 2005. He was responsible for the acquisition of the last PDP11-based air traffic control system from West Drayton near London. Ben subsequently worked for Lockheed Martin and was “seconded” to projects with NATS, formerly “National Air Traffic Services”. Ben completed his Masters in Information Security in 2016, recently achieved CITP status, is a Certified Ethical Hacker and now works as a Senior Information Security Specialist for Electronic Arts (EA).


Late Announcement

The lecture on the ICT 1301 previously scheduled for this date has unavoidedly had to be postponed. We would like to thank Ben for stepping into the breach at such short notice and hope that you will find his presentation just as interesting. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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