The Role of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Robotics in the Future of Aerospace Manufacturing

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Special session at the 4th Global Aerospace Summit to examine the digital and data driven future of aircraft manufacturing

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are powering exciting innovations across the aerospace industry, many of which are happening in the background, invisible to everyday airline customers.

Local and international experts in aerospace manufacturing will gather at a special session on the final day of the 4th Global Aerospace Summit, taking place at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort between the 30th of April to the 1st of May, to discuss the future of manufacturing and how it impacts the aerospace industry. Attendees will explore an environment where advanced digital technologies are used on the shop floor to optimize processes, avert assembly problems and reduce costs.

Often people think of big data and AI when interfacing with new services or products such as Amazon’s Alexa, Siri, or Google Now. However, the largest use of big data and AI technologies is happening in the background, where businesses use them to gain insight from their operations and customers to improve and streamline their manufacturing processes and operations.

Ismail Abdulla, CEO of Strata, said: “Automation, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence have only recently become household buzz words. However, in the aircraft manufacturing industry we have for years been witnessing a transformation in operations as a result of the implementation of advanced technologies that provide actionable insights.”

“Big data is at the heart of this manufacturing revolution, because the algorithms that give AI its ‘intelligence’ are trained with vast amounts of existing examples of how the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ outcomes look like for a particular situation. Once trained, these advanced AI solutions can help predict when variations in manufacturing processes occur, so manufacturing issues can be tackled earlier or prevented entirely, potentially saving both money and time,” added Ismail Abdulla.

Advanced aircraft manufacturing was identified as a priority topic by experts on the Global Aerospace Summit Advisory Board, which helps shape the biennial programme. Among them is the Summit’s partner, Airbus.

Marc Fontaine, Digital Transformation Officer (DTO) of Airbus, said: “Our strategy at Airbus is to improve our operational and products performance. We have based our digital strategy on these goals and we have made greatest progress in analytics and big data. Now, we will focus on industrialisation and deploying our most promising innovation and digital concepts. We have already integrated AI and Internet of things and demonstrated concrete value with proofs of concept in a pilot connected factory. ”

Oisin Commane, Managing Director of SMG Aerospace, which is organising the Global Aerospace Summit, said: “The Global Aerospace Summit brings together thought leaders from the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries, alongside key decision makers and officials, giving them a platform to discuss a wide range of subjects, including the future of aerospace manufacturing. It is evident that the use of automation and artificial intelligence has already begun to transform the industry, and it will be interesting to see how the industry takes this transformation to the next level.”

The Global Aerospace Summit 2018

The Global Aerospace Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only event for C-level executives, senior decision makers and government officials involved with the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries. The 2018 edition, the fourth in this biennial series, will take place on 30th April to 1st May in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Summit, which is hosted by Mubadala Investment Company, will debate and analyse key issues and solutions that face the aviation, aerospace, defence and space sectors across the globe under the over-arching theme of ‘future of aerospace.’

The Global Aerospace Summit is organised by Streamline Marketing Group.

Mubadala Investment Company

Mubadala is a pioneering global investor, deploying capital with integrity and ingenuity to accelerate economic growth for the long-term benefit of Abu Dhabi. As Abu Dhabi’s leading strategic investment company, Mubadala is active in 13 sectors and more than 30 countries around the world, creating lasting value for our shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Our work includes the development of global industrial champions in sectors such as aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals & mining and renewable energy, utilities, and the management of diverse financial holdings. We build on legacy expertise in oil and gas to invest across the hydrocarbon spectrum, and enhance the UAE’s growth potential through investments in healthcare, real estate and defense services. Our investment approach prioritizes partnership with best-in-class organizations and a commitment to the highest standards of governance.

SMG Aerospace

SMG Aerospace is a division of Streamline Marketing Group (SMG). SMG is an events consultancy specialising in creating innovative events with a global profile and reach. Our success lies in the fact that we think differently about events – a strategy that has won us several international awards and nominations. We look at format and content as well as staging and marketing to create exceptional events that are of real value to our clients and audiences.

SMG also focuses on working closely with government entities and commercial partners to deliver content led, world-class events. Over the years we have worked with some of the world’s leading brands, government agencies and industry leaders including: The Emirates Group; Mubadala Development Company; Etihad Airways, Dubai Municipality; Dubai Exports; The General Civil Aviation Authority; Ministry of Economy, UAE and more.