New Directions in Human-Technology Frontier: Past, Present and Future of Human-AI Collaboration by Prof. A. E. Bayrak

New Directions in Human-Technology Frontier: Past, Present and Future of Human-AI Collaboration by Prof. A. E. Bayrak

Date & Time: December 15, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm EST
Registration (Free) HERE

Supporting human users with automated systems has been a topic of engineering research since the 1950s. Recent advances in artificial intelligence enable computers and machines to support humans in new ways as peers in hybrid teams in many complex problem-solving situations. The application domains of this new collaboration paradigm range from information to healthcare, transportation, aviation, or defense systems. This shift in the role of intelligent systems deserves fresh perspectives as to how these systems should be designed to leverage the full potential of
human-AI collaboration. This talk will present an overview of the new research directions in human-AI collaboration. The talk will discuss the current capabilities of the AI technology with examples from different application domains and identify key issues related to human factors,
decision-making models behind AI systems, and architecture of human-AI collaboration based on the lessons learned from the presenter’s past research projects.

Assistant Professor
The School of Systems and
Enterprises at Stevens
Institute of Technology

Prof. A. Emrah Bayrak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. degree (2011) in mechatronics engineering from Sabanci University, M.S. (2013) and PhD
degrees (2015) in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Stevens, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Optimal Design Lab at the
University of Michigan, and as a Research Scientist in the Integrated Design Innovation Group at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Bayrak’s research focuses on integrating
computational methods with human cognition for the design and control of smart products and systems. He is particularly interested in developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can effectively collaborate with humans considering unique capabilities of humans and computational systems. He studies the impact of AI behaviors, division of labor and coordination on trust and performance in human-AI collaboration. His research uses methods from design, controls and machine learning as well as human-subject experiments on virtual environments such as video games.

2021 Assad Kotaite Lecture

Notice of the 18th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture

Aviation to 2030: Navigating the Most Confronting Decade in History

On-line Presentation with live* and on-line audience – 18:30 EST Tue Nov 30, 2021

Peter Harbison is chairman emeritus of CAPA – Centre for Aviation (“CAPA”), based in Sydney.  His paper will undertake a high-level review of the nature of the airline business model and how it is likely to evolve during the coming decade.  It will embrace both the deep economic challenges to be confronted and the imperatives in adaptation to environmental sustainability goals.  The coming years promise to be the most momentous in the industry’s history.

Peter is an aviation lawyer, with a postgraduate degree from McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law. His Master’s thesis reviewed the evolution of liberal bilateral agreements.  In 1969, he joined the International Negotiations Division of Australia’s Department of Civil Aviation in Melbourne, later spending three years in the Australian Council Member’s Office in ICAO.  Ten years with IATA followed, working in the Director General’s Office in Geneva through a period where the Association was undergoing a transition as the US deregulated domestically and then challenged IATA’s cartel activities.

In 1987 Peter returned to Australia, joining a major law firm in Sydney to develop their aviation practice, later establishing what was to become CAPA – Centre for Aviation.  In 2019, CAPA joined with the Aviation Week group, part of UK company Informa Ltd.  CAPA’s main activity today is providing aviation information, analysis and data and delivering high level conferences.

During a career in aviation spanning more than 50 years, Peter has worked in government and in industry, including over 200 consulting projects, specialising in aviation regulatory policy and bilateral agreements, airport privatisation and later in airline startups; he also developed a multilateral air services agreement for South Pacific Island nations.

Peter is a past President of the Australia and New Zealand Aviation Law Association, IATA Agency Commissioner and Chairman of IATA’s World Aviation Regulatory Monitoring group.  His passions are swimming, surf lifesaving, cricket and most sports, including aviation, but most of all his five grandchildren and family.  When he grows up he might retire, but not just yet.

There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by November 22, 2021 HERE

*Subject to Covid-related admission requirements and numbers limits, attendees may participate in person at the Burgundy Lion pub, 2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, H3J 1N5.  Please indicate on registration if you will attend in person.  The lecture will be preceded by the Branch AGM commencing at 5:30 pm, to which those interested in the Branch’s activities are also invited.

Please sign up early, especially for in-person attendance.  A video link to the event will be distributed in advance.

We welcome and thank our partners and their members:

Aviation Safety after the B737 MAX Case

The Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of McGill University cordially invites you to attend the 2nd episode of its new webinar series “Law in a rapidly evolving Aviation Industry.” The webinar will take place on November 5, 2021, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm (EST) via zoom.

Episode 2: “Aviation Safety after the B737 MAX Case.

The B737 MAX accidents, the ensuing congressional investigations and the consequent lawsuits have had a major impact on aircraft airworthiness certification and on aviation safety, not only in the US but also globally. The Webinar will examine and discuss the related issues, including the ways in which the B737 MAX Case may contribute to improve aviation safety in the future. The webinar will host presentations by our two invited speakers, Dr John Maris andMr Tommaso Sgobba, followed by comments from Mr Bryan DeCouto. Discussion and a Q&A session will conclude the webinar. Prof Ludwig Weber will moderate the panel and Ms Maria Manoli will open the session.

We thank Alicanto, the International Association of Aviation and Aerospace Education, for its support of the series.

Attendance is free of charge and registration is not required. For more information on the webinar, please contact Maria Manoli, IASL Executive Director, at

Eligible for inclusion as 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) as self-reported by members of the Quebec Bar.

Please find below the link to attend the webinar:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 4324 9655

Passcode: 137644

About the webinar participants:

Invited speakers:

Dr John Maris, President, Cert Center Canada.

Dr John Maris is the President of Cert Center Canada and its US affiliate Advanced Aerospace Solutions, NASA’s 2015 Agency-wide subcontractor of the year.

John has Transport Canada, FAA, and UK Airline Transport Pilot licenses, with multiple type-ratings including the Boeing 747-200 “classic.” John is a Transport Canada test pilot delegate, and a practicing aeronautical engineer with a PhD in Aviation Safety and Human Factors.

John is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and of the Royal Aeronautical Society (John currently chairs the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Montreal branch).

John is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate, a recipient of Canada’s oldest aeronautical prize, the Trans-Canada (McKee) trophy, and an inductee of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.

Mr Tommaso Sgobba, Executive Director and Board Secretary, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS).

Tommaso Sgobba is Executive Director and Board Secretary of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS).       Until 2013 Tommaso Sgobba was head of the Independent Safety Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), including human-rated systems, spacecraft re-entries, space debris, use of nuclear power sources, and planetary protection. He joined the European Space Agency in 1989, after 13 years in the aeronautical industry. Tommaso Sgobba holds an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). He received the NASA recognition for outstanding contribution to the International Space Station in 2004, the NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Award in 2007, and the Henry L Taylor Founder’s Award of the AsHFA in 2019.


Mr Bryan DeCouto, Technical Officer, Certification and Oversight, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) Operations section; ICAO secretary, Instrument Flight Procedures Panel.

Bryan DeCouto is the Technical Officer, Certification and Oversight at ICAO within the Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) Operations section and is the ICAO secretary of the Instrument Flight Procedures Panel.

Before joining ICAO permanently in September 2021, Bryan was seconded to ICAO ANB from January 2017 until March 2020 and during this time led the implementation of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Oversight System (GASOS) programme as well as the ICAO runway safety programme.  From March 2020 until recently, Bryan worked for the United Kingdom delegation to ICAO as a technical expert supporting the ICAO Air Navigation Commission work programme.   

Bryan was an airworthiness safety inspector for the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority for over 10 years, performing regulatory oversight, surveillance and certification activities of international air operators. 

Bryan is a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant maintenance engineer and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology as well as a Master’s in Aviation Safety from ENAC in Toulouse, France.


Prof Ludwig Weber, Senior Legal Adviser, ICAO; Adjunct Professor, McGill University.

Received his legal education at the Universities of Heidelberg (BCL 1975, Dr. iur., 1980) and McGill University (LL.M. 1976); German Bar (Assessor) Stuttgart 1980.

From 1982 to 1995, Legal Counsel of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Geneva/Montreal, responsible for aviation and European law, competition and anti-trust law issues.

From 1995 to 2004, Director of the Legal Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, responsible inter alia, for the modernization of the Warsaw Convention System on air carrier liability, resulting in the adoption of the Montreal Convention of 1999, and the development of the Capetown Convention and Protocol of 2001.

 From 2004 to 2017 Senior Civil Aviation Policy and Management Adviser to ICAO on a number of ICAO projects and programmes, including the establishment of the new International Registry for aircraft equipment, the Cooperative Aviation Security Programme – Asia-Pacific and other international projects. From 2017 to 2019, Senior Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. Since 2019, Senior Legal Adviser to ICAO.

Chairman of the Board, International Foundation for Aviation and Development; he has lectured and published widely and is a member of numerous professional associations.

Introductory remarks:

Ms Maria Manoli, Executive Director and Doctoral Candidate, IASL, McGill University. Maria Manoli is the Executive Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law McGill University, where she is also completing her DCL (PhD). Her research focuses on space law, with emphasis on the emergence of private actors in the governance of outer space. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained a LL.M. in Air and Space Law from McGill University. She also holds a LL.M. in Public International Law and a LL.M. in Civil Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Law. Maria has published and presented extensively in the field of space law and she has worked for several governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as the Greek representation to ICAO and European Commission’s Single European Sky. She has often participated in international research projects in aviation and space law, and she has taught in the fields of public international law, aviation law, and space law. She is a lawyer with the Athens Bar Association of Greece. Maria is the 2021 IAWA scholarship recipient for McGill

Technical Course – Cybersecurity

Join us for a technical course on Cybersecurity by the distinguished lecturer, Steve Lee, who is an expert on physical and cyberinfrastructure protection and intelligence. Steve currently leads the aerospace cybersecurity program and other new product development activities, including aerospace autonomy and space traffic management at the AIAA.  

30 Sep 2021, Thursday 7 pm – 8 pm EST  

Register HERE


 Why Aerospace Cybersecurity at AIAA: A review of external and internal program drivers 
 Aerospace Cybersecurity Programming at AIAA: A multidisciplinary approach  
 Aerospace Cybersecurity Program Outreach  

About Steve Lee  
Steve Lee leads the aerospace cybersecurity program and other new product development activities, including aerospace autonomy and space traffic management. at the American  Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently focusing his unique combination of cyber protection and strategy experience—in industry and in the Federal policy arena—to build the AIAA aerospace cybersecurity program. Steve has a keen eye for adapting organizations,  policies, and people to new security and technology challenges, as demonstrated by his successful leadership of cyber and regulatory compliance projects in the industry. He also coordinated business and talent strategy efforts to grow and sustain a Fortune 500 consulting company’s world-class cyber workforce.  

Steve previously provided senior-level expertise on physical and cyberinfrastructure protection and intelligence program policy for client engagements at the Department of Homeland Security  (DHS), including analysis of threats to dams, energy, rail, transit, and other critical infrastructure.  He has over 25 years of program management, critical infrastructure protection, and national security experience, including over 16 years supporting DHS and the Intelligence Community  (IC), with analysis of cyber, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction issues, and nearly five years in the U.S. Army. He has also served in leadership and sales roles in aviation and media organizations. 

Insights into VTOL Aircraft Design

Please join us for an online lecture on May 20th, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Insights into VTOL Aircraft Design

by Dr. Rafi Yoeli

The emergence of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as the “next frontier” in aerospace innovation, has brought the aerospace industry and especially Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft into the center of public attention. Conquering this uncharted UAM airspace requires new standards and capabilities for VTOL which bring fresh and exciting challenges to today’s and tomorrow’s aerospace engineers. Successfully meeting those challenges requires a solid foundation in the essential principles of VTOL aircraft design. In this lecture which is the first of a series of planned lectures on VTOL aircraft design, Dr. Rafi Yoeli will present his own perspective on the theoretical foundations of VTOL flight, design options for sustainable power in future VTOL aircraft, and an overview of the unique aerodynamics of VTOL flight.  The lecture will also include references to safety and certification standards.

Dr. Yoeli’s career spans decades of aeronautical experience in all aspects of aircraft design and development. For most of the last 20 years, Dr. Yoeli’s work has been devoted to VTOL aerodynamics and configuration design. In the last few years Dr. Yoeli has been deeply involved in the emerging Urban Air Mobility market. One of his designs is the passenger carrying CityHawk with the aim of creating a VTOL aircraft with true “fly anywhere, land anywhere” capability.

It features 100% sustainability, relying on emerging Fuel Cell hydrogen powertrain technologies. Dr. Yoeli has registered 32 patents and patent publications in his name, most in the field of ducted fan aerodynamics. He is also a licensed pilot for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by May 19th, 2021 here

We welcome our partners and their members: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Niagara Frontier Section.

Perspectives on (Aerodynamic) Drag

Please join us for an on-line lecture on February 18, 2021 at 11:00 EST

Perspectives on (Aerodynamic) Drag

by Dr. John Maris FRAeS, FCASI

Aerodynamic drag is the nemesis of the aircraft designer, but its causes and effects are often misunderstood. In this lecture, Dr. John Maris, FRAeS, FCASI, will present an amusing retrospective on drag, its causes, and mitigation. Key points will be accentuated with historical imagery and video clips. Along the way, Dr. Maris will answer some commonly asked questions (what would happen if golf balls weren’t dimpled? Why does the 747 have a hump?). He will also try to dispel some longstanding myths (no, it’s not air friction that causes re-entering space vehicles and meteorites to glow red-hot). Along the way, Dr. Maris will highlight a simple error that held back aircraft design for more than twenty years. Please join us for an interesting journey beginning in 1738 when Daniel Bernoulli published his Hydrodynamica, and ending with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipOne deploying its “feathers” during re-entry.

Dr. Maris is the Chairman of the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate and a Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. Maris is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and has a Ph.D. in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. He is a practicing aeronautical engineer, lecturer, and experimental test pilot.

There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by February 16, 2021 here.  

We welcome our partners and their members: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Niagara Frontier Section and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space institute (CASI).