AI is in the air - artificial intelligence in aviation

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology of digital change. It has the ability to fundamentally change markets and displace established business models and is seen as a decisive factor for future competitiveness.

Already today, AI is used in areas of aviation, such as fuel optimization, face recognition software at airports or the automation of production processes. However, the range of potential applications is much wider.

Forecasts show that the volume of air traffic will double in the next twenty years. This development in aviation requires the introduction of innovative products, processes and business models to meet future challenges. The current trend towards digitisation and the use of AI technologies will be reflected in the production and operation of modern aircraft. It is important to set the course for Austria now. This requires knowledge of the research potential of AI for aviation in Austria in order to derive recommendations for action and develop a roadmap in the medium term.

As part of the Take Off aviation programme, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) is investigating the potential of artificial intelligence for aviation in a complementary measure. A consortium consisting of Brimtech Services and Linz Center of Mechatronics has been awarded the contract.

The KI-on-Air study investigates the research potential of Artificial Intelligence in aviation, points out possible solutions for exploiting this potential and networks the actors from the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Aviation with a focus on Austria. The recommendations for action developed within the framework of KI-on-Air form a basis for further strategic policy measures. The results should be available by autumn 2020.

More Information on Artificial Intelligence Strategy of the Federal Government (German only).