Dr Stephen D Prior is Reader in Unmanned Air Vehicles within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. He gained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering degree in 1987 and PhD in Robotics from Middlesex University, London in 1993. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Corporate Member of the IMechE and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research interests are in the areas of Mechatronics, Autonomous Unmanned Systems, Robotics and Design Engineering. He was Project Lead for the MoD Grand Challenge i-Spy team in 2008 and was the Team Leader for Team HALO, winner of the DARPA UAVForge Competition 2012. He has been an editor for the International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles since 2010.