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Artificial Intelligence to increase air safety in the face of storms

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The European research project START, coordinated by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and with the participation of important actors in the aeronautical scene, combines Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to develop algorithms that allow air traffic networks to be optimised during storms. This would improve the safety and timeliness of flights and reduce economic losses associated with delays and cancellations. Sometimes, during flights, aircrafts have to change their route (their flight plan) because of unforeseen events, such as storms. These meteorological phenomena, which may be accompanied by hail and lightning, are difficult to predict; they are known to appear in a wide area, but it is difficult to accurately predict when and where the storm focus will happen. START's objective is the development of research algorithms for optimising air transport networks in terms of their resilience (the system's recovery capacity) when facing this kind of disruptive phenomena.


Artificial intelligence to increase air safety in the face of storms

#artificialintelligence

Sometimes, during flights, aircrafts have to change their route (their flight plan) because of unforeseen events, such as storms. These meteorological phenomena, which may be accompanied by hail and lightning, are difficult to predict; they are known to appear in a wide area, but it is difficult to accurately predict when and where the storm focus will happen. START's objective is the development of research algorithms for optimising air transport networks in terms of their resilience (the system's recovery capacity) when facing this kind of disruptive phenomena. "The storms we are analysing in this project are convective, typically cumulonimbus (a type of cloud), which are very energetic and dangerous for an aircraft in flight, so pilots tend to systematically avoid them", explains the project's coordinator, Manuel Soler, from the UC3M's Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering. In addition to heavy rain, these storms often present hail, lightning, and thunder, and may eventually block airports or large airspace corridors.


Artificial intelligence to increase air safety in the face of storms

#artificialintelligence

Sometimes, during flights, aircrafts have to change their route (their flight plan) because of unforeseen events, such as storms. These meteorological phenomena, which may be accompanied by hail and lightning, are difficult to predict; they are known to appear in a wide area, but it is difficult to accurately predict when and where the storm focus will happen. START's objective is the development of research algorithms for optimising air transport networks in terms of their resilience (the system's recovery capacity) when facing this kind of disruptive phenomena. "The storms we are analysing in this project are convective, typically cumulonimbus (a type of cloud), which are very energetic and dangerous for an aircraft in flight, so pilots tend to systematically avoid them", explains the project's coordinator, Manuel Soler, from the UC3M's Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering. In addition to heavy rain, these storms often present hail, lightning, and thunder, and may eventually block airports or large airspace corridors.


Super agile drone? Give it feathers

ZDNet

Time and again, biological-inspired design proves the secret to unlocking the potential of manmade creations. That fact is reinforced in a next-gen drone inspired by the wing and tail shape of birds of prey, as well as flight behavior. The resulting drone, modeled after the northern goshawk, flies with heretofore unseen agility for a drone thanks to careful coordination of its flight surfaces. It was developed by scientists of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems of EPFL led by Dario Floreano. "Goshawks move their wings and tails in tandem to carry out the desired motion, whether it is rapid changes of direction when hunting in forests, fast flight when chasing prey in the open terrain, or when efficiently gliding to save energy," says Enrico Ajanic, the first author and PhD student in Floreano's lab.


We Need to Know Who's Surveilling Protests--and Why

WIRED

This anti-detection starter pack came recommended for those looking to shield themselves from government surveillance while protesting in support of Black Lives Matter. In the future, the Federal Aviation Agency might be a resource added to the list. The gamut of surveillance tools used during protests runs wide. It's unlikely that your Twitter account was hacked, much like Donald Trump's was thought to be last month, to determine your location while protesting. But it may have been analyzed with a social media scanning tool.


A raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail

Robohub

NCCR Robotics researchers at EPFL have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility. The northern goshawk is a fast, powerful raptor that flies effortlessly through forests. This bird was the design inspiration for the next-generation drone developed by scientists of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems of EPFL led by Dario Floreano. They carefully studied the shape of the bird's wings and tail and its flight behavior, and used that information to develop a drone with similar characteristics. "Goshawks move their wings and tails in tandem to carry out the desired motion, whether it is rapid changes of direction when hunting in forests, fast flight when chasing prey in the open terrain, or when efficiently gliding to save energy," says Enrico Ajanic, the first author and PhD student in Floreano's lab. Floreano adds: "our design extracts principles of avian agile flight to create a drone that can approximate the flight performance of raptors, but also tests the biological hypothesis that a morphing tail plays an important role in achieving faster turns, decelerations, and even slow flight."


Bayesian Networks. Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Probability

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The tragedy happened to the AirFrance 447 more than 10 years ago, in 2009. The flight took off in Rio de Janeiro and was planned to land in Paris. It suddenly disappeared in the middle of the Atlantic ocean without any warning. Immediately, rescuers reached the zone and what they found were just some wreckage and corpse. All 228 people onboard died in the crash.


Who Is Marvel's Most Advanced Artificial Intelligence?

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The Marvel Universe has no shortage of impressive artificial intelligence, from the various AI programs that have helped operate Iron Man's armor to the ISAAC supercomputer that runs virtually everything on Thanos' home world of Titan. But out of all Marvel's AI characters, which one is the most advanced? Whether or not he's the most advanced remains to be seen, but Ultron is certainly one of Marvel's most formidable AI characters. Created in the comics by Hank Pym, Ultron quickly evolved past what his creator envisioned and rebelled, becoming one of the Avengers' greatest enemies. Ultron typically takes the form of a humanoid robot, with powers such as super-strength, enhanced speed, durability, flight, and energy projection.


Who is Marvel's Most Advanced Artificial Intelligence?

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Whether or not it is the most advanced remains to be seen Ultron is certainly one of the most formidable AI characters from Marvel. Developed in the comics by Hank Pym, Ultron quickly evolved beyond what its creator envisioned and rebelled. He became one of the Avengers' greatest enemies. Ultron is usually in the shape of a humanoid robot with skills like super power, increased speed, durability, flight, and energy projection. Ultron can also create and control other robot bodies using what's called hive-mind technology, essentially forming an army of Ultrons. in the Avengers Vol. 3 # 19Ultron uses his army to conquer an entire city.


DoNotPay's 'robo lawyer' now scans your emails to fight spammers, cancel subs, and get refunds

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DoNotPay, a bot-based platform that helps consumers fight for their rights, is rolling out a new email service that automatically applies for refunds, cancels subscriptions, fights spam, and more by scanning messages in people's inboxes. The launch comes in a year in which the San Francisco-based company has seen a surge in demand due to the global pandemic, with consumers contending with canceled flights, closed gyms, and monthly memberships to reconsider due to reduced income. As the world transitions to the "new normal" post-lockdown, many consumers will still be feeling the pinch, putting DoNotPay in a strong position to apply its "robo lawyer" to more industries and use-cases. The company recently secured $12 million in funding to help it do just that, with backing from big-name investors including Coatue Management, Andreessen Horowitz, and Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. DoNotPay first came to prominence back in 2015 when British entrepreneur Josh Browder launched a website to help Londoners appeal parking fines.