Areas of expertise


Matthew Greaves holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Loughborough University. After graduating, he stayed on at Loughborough to complete a PhD dealing with noise and vibration in gas turbine engines, which was supported by Rolls Royce. His thesis dealt with the application of innovative techniques to suppress noise and vibration in the intakes of aircraft gas turbine engines.

After completing his PhD he joined the science research company QinetiQ (formerly DERA) as part of the Smart Materials business group. He worked there for 4 years on a variety of science and defence projects addressing a wide range of issues and applications.

Matthew joined the University in 2007 and specialises in engineering aspects of safety and accident investigation. His research focuses on the use of science and technology both in the accident investigation process and for the enhancement of safety.

Current activities

Matthew is the Head of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre at Cranfield University.

He is currently working on a project addressing HTAWS with the UK CAA and HeliOffshore. He is also the lead for the University's involvement with Future Sky Safety, a collaborative project funded by the EU through Horizon 2020.

Other recent research projects include: a project looking at new HUMS sensors for use in helicopter gearboxes; trajectory analysis for investigation of mid-air breakups; the use of commercial satellite imagery in accident investigation and a fuzzy logic approach to triggered transmission of flight data during accidents. The latter project was undertaken as part of the Triggered Transmission Working Group organised by the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) in response to the accident to Air France Flight 447, and the results were presented at ICAO in March 2011. 

He is the Programme Director for the Centre's MSc courses in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics, Safety and Accident Investigation, and Airworthiness.


Matthew has worked with a wide variety of companies and organisations including:
  • UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
  • Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA)
  • Airbus
  • UK CAA
  • Boeing
  • Airbus Helicopters
  • HeliOffshore


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Li W-C, White J, Braithwaite G, Greaves M & Lin J (2016) The evaluation of pilot's situation awareness during mode change on flight mode annunciators.. In: Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: 13th International Conference, EPCE 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings. Don Harris (ed.), Springer.