Weekly review #95 - 21st April

Weekly review

What do you think of when you read about Artificial Intelligence and safety? Is it all about data?

 

Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have not been widely used in safety-critical applications in our industry yet, but this will change soon, as it can be seen in other sectors (e.g. autonomous vehicles).

 

ML-based solutions are expected to be widespread in this decade, predominantly in assisting human operators and supporting them to increase performance and safety standards.

 

The utilisation of ML-based applications in ATM raises additional questions, as data has a pivotal role in ML development; the operation is based on patterns and rules identified in training datasets. However, it can also be a weakness, the behaviour of the application seldom fully understandable and explainable for human operators.

 

We found this piece fascinating, and hope you do too. Let us know what you think of the discussion around software safety assurance. 

 

In other news, we read this excellent interview with Matej Eljon, FAB CE Programme Manager, on The challenges facing FAB CE, the recovery and the importance of FABs.

 

In it, he talks about the state of play of airline activity in the FAB CE area, and when (and how) he sees recovery taking hold. Using an optimistic Eurocontrol forecast, summer traffic will recover to almost 80% of the 2019 traffic levels. But in a more realistic scenario where the vaccination rates don't go as quickly as we'd like them to, it will mean traffic would recover to 60% of 2019 levels.

 

Well worth a read! 

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