Use of Artificial Intelligence in Urban Air Mobility — GOF2.0

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Gulf Of Finland 2.0 SESAR JU Very Large Demonstration project

he Gulf Of Finland 2.0 project is one of the SESAR JU Very Large Demonstration projects which will focus on safe, secure and sustainable means of demonstrating operational validity of manned eVTOL, UAS, and general aviation in a unified and dense urban airspace using ATM & U-space services and systems. The consortium has 15 members from across Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland, and the UK.

GOF2.0 consortium partners

The official kickoff of the project was held in January 2021, and the project is set to end in December 2022. With 2 years scheduled, the project will focus on 2 waves of trials in Finland, Estonia, Poland & Austria. The planning for the first wave is already underway and several scenarios are being validated as part of the upcoming trials. The schedule for the first wave of trials is expected to start from August 2021 and will last until October 2021.

UAM AI panel session featuring GOF2.0 project

The GOF2.0 consortium conducted it’s first dissemination activity at “ The AI + Industry Virtual Aviation Summit” which happened on the 24th and 25th of March. The summit was opened by a panel highlighting the GOF2.0 project on the 24th of March, with representatives from Frequentis, Robots Expert, Ehang Europe, EANS & Eurocontrol. The 1-hour panel session was aptly titled “Use of Artificial Intelligence in Urban Air Mobility” and focused on the application, relevance, and significance of AI & highly automated systems within the context of GOF2.0 project.

Diving a bit deep into the panel discussion, the panel comprised of the following members:

1. Moderator: Munish Khurana | Senior Manager — ATM/UTM Business Development | EUROCONTROL

2. Günter Graf | VP New Business Development | Frequentis

3. Andreas Perotti | CMO | Ehang Europe

4. Ivar Värk | CEO | EANS

5. Jonas Stjernberg | SVP | Robots Expert

The summit was facilitated and hosted by Chris Baillie, CEO & Founder AI + Industry.

The panel members represented a well-balanced share of experience from various parts of the Urban Air Mobility ecosystem comprising of OEMs, UTM & U-space service provider, ecosystem integrator, aviation authority and a seasoned moderator. The main objectives of the panel, as described by the moderator were:

• Investigate the scope of digital traffic infrastructure required to be built for the safe integration of drones into the airspace.

• Discuss the need for safe and secure interchange of data between drones and Air Traffic Management (ATM) in urban environment.

  • Explore the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in separating drones and other airspace users — based on use cases planned in the SESAR JU GOF 2.0 project — in Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) environment.

The panel session started off with short introductions from the panelists, Günter Graf was the first one to start. His introduction walked the audience through the mission and vision of Frequentis, the MosaiX UTM / ATM data exchange platform offered by Frequentis, and the role of Frequentis in the GOF2.0 project. The key message from Günter being:

“Urban Air Mobility will need a significant amount of automation to provide the benefits intended. “AI” technologies are one important element of it, however, most probably we have to do some steps first. But these steps (regulation, deployment of countrywide management systems) need to foresee the use of AI in automation. Especially storage and availability of data (e.g. flight profiles) will be key.” -Günter Graf, VP New Business Development, Frequentis

The 2nd panelist to introduce himself was Andreas Petrotti from Ehang Europe. During his introduction, Andreas highlighted the role of AI in Urban Air Mobility, and the need for harmony in ATM and UTM.

“AI supported systems are a necessary layer in harmonising ATM and UTM procedures. Related software ecosystems build the precondition for BVLOS operations, necessary for most use cases out there. And last but not least: AI makes Urban Air Mobility a business case.” -Andreas Perotti, CMO, Ehang Europe

Next up was Ivar Värk from EANS, who shared his views on Urban Air Mobility and the use of AI, all from a regulatory authority’s perspective. The key message from Värk was

“Rapid changes in drone technology hold enormous promise for the future use of airspace and aviation at large as the digital transformation expands skyward. This requires a change in the way airspace is managed. We need to develop new environment and framework conditions — U-space is where we integrate the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) for their safe coexistence.” -Ivar Värk, CEO, EANS

The final panelist to share his thoughts was Jonas Stjernberg from Robots Expert. Jonas introduced the audience to the concept of U-space and different use cases within GOF2.0 mixing drone, air taxi, and manned aircraft operations in and out of controlled airspace. One of the highlights from Jonas’s presentation was the role of highly automated systems in the GOF2.0 project.

Jonas Stjernberg, SVP, Robots Expert explaining the role of automation in GOF2.0 project

The panel attracted viewers from across the world and had a satisfactory level of questions, engagement, and interaction with the audience. The video recording can be found by clicking this link.

UAM AI Summit featuring GOF2.0 project

The GOF2.0 project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

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This post was originally published by Gokul Srinivasan at Medium [AI]

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