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Ann Arbor Spark

Friday Night AI | AI in Advanced Air Mobility: Drones and More

Friday, November 12 2021 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Next-generation aviation aka Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) will rely on AI to support autonomous and remotely-supervised flight.  Deep neural networks will improve our ability to dynamically map and safely navigate above complex terrain and urban landscapes.  Mission and contingency planning systems will offer unprecedented support for in-flight emergency management to assure safety for the aircraft and people on the ground below.  Because we need aviation to be ultra-reliable and safe, safety-critical AI must be assured, and trust must be carefully calibrated.  Join us for an evening of discussion of aviation’s greatest AI challenges and our rapid progress toward an exciting new vision of AAM for everyone.

About the Speaker:

Ella Atkins is a professor in the University of Michigan’s Aerospace Engineering Department where she directs the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2SYS) Lab and is Associate Director of the Robotics Institute. Dr. Atkins holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is an AIAA Fellow, private pilot, and Part 107 UAS pilot. She served on the National Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies Group. She has served on several National Academy study committees and co-authored study reports including Advancing Aerial Mobility A National Blueprint (2020) and Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation Toward a New Era of Flight (2014). Dr. Atkins has built a research program in decision-making and control to assure safe contingency management in manned and unmanned Aerospace applications. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (JAIS) and a member of the 2020-2021 AIAA Aviation Conference Executive Steering Committee.

Prof. Rada Mihalcea, Director Michigan AI, will moderate the discussion.

This event is in partnership with the Michigan AI Laboratory.

No registration is required. Check this page 15 minutes before the event for the Zoom link and phone number.