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Air & Space Academy Symposium: To unmanned ships and aircraft? How far can the machine replace man?

To unmanned ships and aircraft?
How far can the machine replace man?
9th and 10th December 2019 
Ecole Militaire, Paris, France

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Conference objectives
The spectacular and sustainable progress of information and communication technologies makes it possible to design largely autonomous mobiles. In the field of transport, there is an increasing number of projects and prototypes of vehicles with a certain degree of autonomy. Aircraft and ships are not immune to this development, which already brings definite benefits in specific areas. There is also standardization work in these two areas to oversee the digitization of information and its transmission, processing and presentation to the service of flight attendants.

Are we going to a world where ships and transport aircraft will have reduced crews or even more crew on board?
The Academy of Air and Space and the Navy Academy have joined forces to study this issue, which has many points in common between these two areas, and certainly more than with other modes of transport. The purpose of the symposium, which will be a day and a half, is to explore the various facets of automation and autonomy by putting into perspective the similarities and differences between maritime and aeronautics, including their environmental aspects, and taking into account the maturity of the respective concepts and normative sets.

After a presentation of the technological perspectives, the expectations of the operators and the builders will be examined in a round table which will highlight the common tendencies. The second day will open with a session dedicated to security and cybersecurity objectives and associated regulatory and normative frameworks. These will have to evolve significantly for advanced automation, with a particular focus on the methods to be used for the design and validation of information and communication systems, which are at the heart of automation and present particularly difficult challenges of safety and security. The second day will be followed by a round table that will put people at the center of the process by dealing with employment, training and societal acceptability, involving specialists in these fields, embedded operators and operators of the supervision and control centers. Legal issues, including issues of insurance liability, will finally be discussed at the end of the day.

The symposium is open to all maritime and aeronautical transport professionals, from research and industry to seafarers, through the operators and administrations concerned, especially those providing services to navigation. The military is also interested because they are already users of some automated means and will have to live with civilians in their respective environments. Finally, already specialized students should find useful insights for their studies and for their future professional life.

This colloquium will be introduced and concluded by two great witnesses and will be the opportunity for in-depth exchanges with the audience.