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Evolution of cockPIt operations Levering on cOgnitive compuTing Services

Project description

A novel personal assistant that brings out the best in pilots

The phrase 'autopilot' is used ubiquitously these days. Most often, it refers to executing a sequence of actions without really thinking about them, rather than its official meaning: the automatic control of steering of a ship or aerospace vehicle. While this tends to make ‘autopiloting’ seem simple and straightforward, replacing the complicated decision-making of a pilot with a machine is no easy task. The EU-funded E-PILOTS project will explore the possibilities of intelligent cognitive computing assistants for pilots, with a focus on the benefits of an interdependent symbiotic relationship rather than a replacement or separation of tasks to improve reliability and performance.


New technologies have allowed pilots to assume more responsibilities reducing the number of some mechanic and repetitive tasks through automation. The flight deck transition to digital computer-based flight management system has shown a reduction of the workload across a variety of tasks. However, there are still several
open issues that requires further research and a deeper understanding of pilot cognitive decision making process to guide next steps on aircraft control task sharing between human pilots and machines.

Present project proposal will analyse the benefits of cognitive computing assistant and the challenges in key areas such as the relationship between pilot with the surrounding traffic and the aircraft state evolution considering the pressure of the operational context factors such as task responsibilities, situational awareness, and the performance objectives of the mission among others. The dynamics of these interdependencies will be analysed by means of ML techniques identifying the different thresholds that actives a cognitive tasks which will be the baseline to elaborate new symbiosis dynamic structures to improve human-machine information sharing mechanisms.

Human-in-the-mesh modelling paradigm relying on cognitive computing technologies will drive the research and innovation efforts to identify the potential changes in pilot roles and task responsibilities that will improve aircraft system reliability and performance, the pathway to automation in the flight deck to simplify the crew interaction with the systems and make tacit knowledge explicit to be accessible and usable for automated, intelligent systems.

This proposal consider cockpit operations for “man-computer symbiosis” as a metaphor for designing decision support systems that enhance human cognitive performance. Furthermore, it will be explored the Strong Cognitive Symbiosis approach which analyses true interdependence rather than simply cooperation between human and machines


Net EU contribution
€ 206 250,00
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 206 250,00

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