Credit: CAAS

Credit: CAAS

CAAS and NTU extend partnership in air traffic management research

According to a press statement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU) have extended their collaboration in the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI) for another five years.

Under the extended partnership, up to S$61 million to be invested in research in artificial intelligence and data science for air traffic management (ATM).

An initial S$43 million would be invested in joint funds. The two organisations will invest up to another S$18 million, subject to programme needs, to develop solutions to improve airspace and airport capacity, as well as to enhance the safety and efficiency of flight operations.

According to Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, the next phase of our collaboration will explore artificial intelligence, data science, as well as other emerging technologies to elevate Singapore’s air traffic management capabilities.

Over the next five years, up to 2023, NTU’s ATMRI will engage in five areas of research to develop the next generation of air traffic management solutions.

The five areas of research are: (1) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science, (2) Urban Aerial Transport Traffic Management and Systems, (3) Regional Air Traffic Management Modernisation, (4) Exploratory Studies of Emerging Technologies, and (5) Talent Development, with a focus on innovation.

“These intelligent technologies will be developed at the NTU Smart Campus and rigorously tested at our research facilities, which will pave the way for future solutions that will allow Singapore to remain competitive as a world-class aviation hub,” Professor Subra Suresh, President of NTU, shared.

By leveraging technology, Singapore will be able to manage even higher volumes of traffic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and service standards.

Other than research, ATMRI will continue to develop innovation and training talents, according Professor Lam Khin Yong, Vice President (Research) of NTU.

“NTU has a strong track record of innovation and industry collaborations, which see research concepts translated into real-world applications that have a tangible impact. By leveraging our deep expertise in robotics and autonomous vehicles, we are able to create new applications for air traffic management, such as robotic aircraft taxiing and autonomous air control guidance for urban unmanned aircraft systems,” said Prof Lam.

The CAAS-NTU collaboration extension agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow 2018.

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