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John McDermid

John McDermid

Professor of Software Engineering, University of York
John McDermid became Professor of Software Engineering at the University of York in 1987. His research covers a broad range of issues in systems, software and safety engineering. He became Director of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation funded Assuring Autonomy International Programme in January 2018, focusing on safety of robotics and autonomous systems.

He acts as an advisor to government and industry, including FiveAI, the UK MoD and Rolls-Royce. He has been actively involved in standards development, including work on safety and software standards for civilian and defence applications. He is author or editor of six books and has published about 400 papers. He is a Visiting Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University. He became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002 and was awarded an OBE in 2010.

Autonomous cars: five reasons they still aren't on our roads

Aug 01, 2020 14:54 pm UTC| Technology

Elon Musk thinks his company Tesla will have fully autonomous cars ready by the end of 2020. There are no fundamental challenges remaining, he said recently. There are many small problems. And then theres the challenge of...

Five things to consider before speed limiters are added to cars

Apr 01, 2019 17:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

The recent announcement that EU rules for fitting speed limiters to new cars from 2022 will be adopted by the UK was welcomed by many, including the European Transport Safety Council, as a move that will save lives....

Self-driving cars: why we can't expect them to be 'moral'

Jan 27, 2019 14:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Ever since companies began developing self-driving cars, people have asked how designers will address the moral question of who a self-driving car should kill if a fatal crash is unavoidable. Recent research suggests this...

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Economy

Seoul allocates 300 billion won for zero-interest loans to COVID-19 impacted firms

The city government of Seoul is offering 300 billion won worth of loans at 0.03-0.53 percent interest rates to small businesses forced to close or restrict services under its social distancing rules. Such businesses...

Airline group says govt intervention needed in saving huge number of jobs

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects air traffic to be 66 percent below the level it was in 2019, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk without government intervention. According to IATA...

S. Korea expected to post positive export numbers for September

South Korea is expected to report its first positive export result in September since the coronavirus outbreak, says Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo. The country will release the official monthly export data report on...

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

Politics

Joe Biden Nomination: UK Labor MP Chris Bryant nominates former VP for Nobel Peace Prize

Joe Biden faces off with Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates, which could help him maintain his steady lead in the public opinion polls in several swing states. Along with his opponent, Biden has also...

Donald Trump announcement: POTUS reveals plan to distribute 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests

The United States is still struggling with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with millions infected and over 200,000 Americans dead from the disease. This week, Donald Trump announced his administrations plan of distributing...

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump could face imprisonment, says former Watergate prosecutor

White House adviser Ivanka Trump was among the names dropped in the New York Times piece that revealed her father Donald Trumps financial records. Nick Akerman, who served as a prosecutor during the Watergate proceedings,...

Melania Trump, Jill Biden meet for the first time at first presidential debate

First lady Melania Trump often keeps a low profile when it comes to her husband Donald Trumps campaigning for reelection, having only made her case for him at the Republican National Convention. With Donald Trump facing...

Science

Asteroid alert: Rock similar to Chelyabinsk meteor to pass by Earth today

There is a very minute chance of an asteroid posing a threat to Earth, especially in recent years. One asteroid is set to make its approach to Earth today but will not pose a threat to the planet. Known as 2020 SV5, the...

NASA: Chandra X-Ray Observatory turns images of Milky Way galaxy into sound

Astronauts and scientists are the only ones who have been able to hear the sounds of space and the universe. Now, everyone can be able to hear what the Milky Way sounds like thanks to NASAs Chandra X-Ray...

Aliens: ROCOSMOS astronaut claims first meeting will intelligent extraterrestrial life forms would be diplomatic

Even as space agencies are looking for signs of life in the form of microbes, there may still lie the possibility of meeting actual extraterrestrials or intelligent beings outside Earth. In case the latter happens, a...

NASA releases image of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

We have long known that the universe is massive, larger than we could ever imagine. However, it does pose the question as to how big it actually is, and NASA has released a photo capturing the universe we live in in its...

Technology

Motorola Razr 2020 arrives on Oct. 2 with up to $700 discount on T-Mobile

The Motorola Razr 2020 is almost here, and T-Mobile appears to have one of the best offers that could get its customers up to 50% discount. It is also worth noting that the upcoming smartphone will have a number of specs...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ last phase of development sends CD Projekt Red in a crunch

CD Projekt Red has maintained that Cyberpunk 2077 will remain in its current release date set in November. With just more than a month left, however, a report emerged claiming the studio has required its developers to work...

iOS 14.2 beta 2 code hints at iPhone 12 boxes not having free EarPods

A recent update on the iOS 14 has reportedly contained codes that seem to correspond with an earlier about the iPhone 12. The codes in question dropped a crucial word and now suggests the new smartphones will be shipped...

‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’ is delayed to ‘early 2021’

The Mass Effect trilogy in its remastered state has been on top of the wish list of its avid fans for years. Unfortunately, they will need more patience as the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is now reportedly scheduled for...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ gets provisional M age rating

More information is being released since Final Fantasy 16 was announced during the PlayStation 5 event earlier this month. One of them includes its age rating that indicates the titles content, visuals, and gameplay are...
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