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DARPA Advances AI Program For Air Traffic Control 142

coondoggie writes to tell us that DARPA has taken the next step in a program that aims to utilize artificial intelligence for the purposes of air traffic control. "GILA will also help Air Force planners use and retain the skills of expert operators, especially as they rotate out of the Air Force. DARPA says the artificial intelligence software will learn by assembling knowledge from different sources — including generating knowledge by reasoning. According to a Military & Aerospace item, such software has to combine limited observations with subject expertise, general knowledge, reasoning, and by asking what-if questions."
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DARPA Advances AI Program For Air Traffic Control

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  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:43PM (#22383126) Homepage

    This is about what Air Force types call "Airspace Deconfliction". In any major war today, you've got all sorts of players using the airspace. There are bombers, some of which don't show on radar. There are tankers for the bombers. There are fighters zooming around, UAVs, helicopters, and missiles. Plus there's ground antiaircraft fire and artillery. And that's just our side; the enemy has their stuff, and it has to be found, identified, and avoided or targeted.

    All this has to be coordinated, at least loosely. Coordination today is mostly at the level of "this area/altitude is reserved for this group", with preplanning of who fits where. That works until the enemy crosses the lines, which, if they're not totally incompetent, they will. Then plans have to be changed in a hurry.

    Systems to deal with a mess like that could be a big help if they can be made to work.

  • Re:True Skynet (Score:3, Informative)

    by haystor ( 102186 ) on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:12PM (#22384116)
    Air force air traffic controllers aren't getting laid off, they're moving to civilian jobs that paid a lot more.

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