Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that aims to create intelligent machines. It has become an essential part of the technology industry. AI can be narrow, handling just one particular task, or strong meaning a machine with the ability to apply intelligence to any problem.

Machine learning is a core part of AI. It uses data to train algorithms and give computer systems the ability to "learn" (i.e. progressively improve performance on a specific task) with data, without being explicitly programmed.

Deep learning is the most advanced type of machine learning. In recent years, the availability of large amount of data (“big data”) and the leap forward in computing power have paved the way towards unprecedented levels of performance, allowing for new levels of automation.


The potential of AI for ATM has not gone unnoticed by SESAR. Automation is already a core focus of SESAR research and development, particularly with regard the automation of repetitive tasks by controllers. Providing more support to these tasks will enable pilots and air traffic controllers to focus on safety critical tasks. Automation is also proving invaluable for ensuring the seamless exchange of information and improved collaboration between all actors, including with the airborne side.

More recently, we have built up a portfolio of projects with specific AI components often using machine learning to process big data. These applications have been put to the test to better understand and address the underlying patterns of traffic. 

Artificial Intelligence Projects

"It is no surprise that artificial intelligence or AI is entering progressively into everyday parlance in air traffic management. The availability of data, advanced algorithms not to mention the leap forward in computing power means that AI now has something real and smart to offer our industry"

Florian Guillermet, Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking