In this project, we have developed the ramp activity coordination expert system (races) to solve aircraft-parking problems. By user-driven modeling for end users and near-optimal knowledge-driven scheduling acquired from human experts, races can produce parking schedules for about 400 daily flights in approximately 20 seconds; human experts normally take 4 to 5 hours to do the same. Scheduling results in the form of Gantt charts produced by races are also accepted by the domain experts. After daily scheduling is completed, the messages for aircraft change, and delay messages are reflected and updated into the schedule according to the knowledge of the domain experts. By analyzing the knowledge model of the domain expert, the reactive scheduling steps are effectively represented as the rules, and the scenarios of the graphic user interfaces are designed.
Drone firm Zipline has been given the go-ahead to deliver medical supplies and personal protective equipment to hospitals in North Carolina. The firm will be allowed to use drones on two specified routes after the Federal Aviation Administration granted it an emergency waiver. It is the first time the FAA has allowed beyond-line-of-sight drone deliveries in the US. Experts say the pandemic could help ease some drone-flight regulations. Zipline, which has been negotiating with the FAA, wants to expand to other hospitals and eventually offer deliveries to people's homes.
We all know Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are transforming business. It's clear that many companies are rewiring their organisations and creating dedicated teams to capitalise on AI. Although this shift has been happening, up until this point it has been doing so on the fringes, or inconsistently. The development platforms, vast processing power and data storage that enable AI are becoming increasingly affordable and more "off the shelf." Companies are beginning to grasp how to cope with the inherit risks of AI, yet have only just begun to think about how AI can improve every aspect of their value chain.
The transport sector expects a great deal from the air. Air transport has remained more or less stable over the last decades. However, technological innovations emerging in various areas, are threatening to change this scenario. This is illustrated, for example, with the steps taken towards making flying taxis a reality. Airports are aware of this situation.
Budget airline easyJet was aware of the data breach, which revealed personal information of nine million customers and the credit card information of over 2,200 customers, in January. News of the cyber attack broke yesterday, revealing that the attacker or attackers had access to the data of customers who booked flights from 17 October 2019 to 4 March 2020. In a statement, the airline said: "We're sorry that this has happened, and we would like to reassure customers that we take the safety and security of their information very seriously. "There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused." However, while there is no evidence the data was misused, that does not mean that it cannot be misused. Experts suggest that personal information "drives a higher price on the dark web" – the area of the internet inaccessible by mainstream search engines – and could be used for organised crime or ransomed. What does the easyJet data hack mean for you? What does the easyJet data hack mean for you? Two people with knowledge of the investigation have said that Chinese hackers are supposedly responsible for the hack based on similarities in hacking tools and techniques used in previous campaigns, but that has yet to be officially confirmed. In a statement, the Information Commissioners' Office (ICO) said: "We have a live investigation into the cyber attack involving easyJet.
Author Neil Gaiman has admitted breaking Scotland's lockdown rules by travelling 11,000 miles from New Zealand to his holiday home on Skye. The Good Omens and American Gods writer left his wife and son in Auckland so he could "isolate" at his island retreat. He wrote on his online bog: "Hullo from Scotland, where I am in rural lockdown on my own." The science fiction and fantasy author has since been criticised for "endangering" local people". The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who is the MP for the island, told the Sunday Times the author's journey was unacceptable. He said: "What is it about people, when they know we are in the middle of lockdown that they think they can come here from the other side of the planet, in turn endangering local people from exposure to this infection that they could have picked up at any step of the way?" Mr Gaiman - whose main family home is in Woodstock in the USA - has owned the house on Skye for more than 10 years. The English-born author wrote on his blog that until two weeks ago he had been living in New Zealand with his wife, the singer Amanda Palmer, and their four-year-old son. He said the couple agreed "that we needed to give each other some space". The 59-year-old said he flew "masked and gloved, from empty Auckland airport" to Los Angeles. He then caught a British Airways flight to London before borrowing a friend's car and heading for Skye. "I drove north, on empty motorways and then on empty roads, and got in about midnight, and I've been here ever since," he said. "I needed to be somewhere I could talk to people in the UK while they and I were awake, not just before breakfast and after dinner.
Amazon is pivoting resources and workers typically devoted to its drone division to make and sell face shields that help protect people against COVID-19. According to Amazon, it will sell the face shields'at-cost' meaning it won't make a profit off of them, and says it will announce the selling price for buyers'in the next few weeks.' For now it says that initiative will prioritize selling the shields to frontline workers but the company plans to open up sales to the public in the near future. Among the advantages of making masks themselves, according to Amazon, is a lower end cost to customers. Amazon plans to sell the face shields at cost, meaning the company won't be making a profit.
Generative design – The aircraft designs of the future will be very different to those of today thanks to generative design. Generative design is an AI-based software that mimics nature's evolutionary approach to design. It involves the designer inputting a'problem' into design software like Autodesk Fusion (inputting limiting parameters like dimensions and weight). The program then uses AI to conjure the best solutions (designs) to the'problem'. Generative design produces'impossible concepts' – with complex shapes and lattices that produce a structure lighter, stronger and more aerodynamic than any design produced by a human – not least very different looking.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, never doubt the world's ability to surprise. This week, we tracked some remarkable trends. While delivery robots (and the companies that built them) are trying their best to pitch in right now, not all are ready for showtime. Oh, and Elon Musk went on a tear this week, calling shelter-in-place orders "facist" even as he celebrated Tesla's strong first quarter. Let's get you caught up.