The KTP project is to develop an Automated tool to analyse Flight Data in order to extract Safety Critical trends and abnomalities to report back to the professionals that need it. The project will be based on an intelligent search engine which will incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and an expert knowledge base. The knowledge base will be populated by FDM / FOQA experts in the industry. The benefit of this automated AI and knowledge base tool will mean that Airlines without FDM / FOQA expert knowledge or Airlines without the manpower and resources will still be able to get the most out of their FDM /FOQA program.
The searching of data is labour intensive by skilled observers spending many hours looking through data for features. This partnership will give the company a unique piece of intelligent software, which will reduce this activity and identify features that were inconceivable by human beings.
To further improve upon levels of Flight Safety by using advanced Artificial Intelligence algorithms to search through Flight Data in order to retrieve Flight Critical information. This information shall be fed back to those that require the data so that they can act upon it and make a difference to their Flight Operations.
Chris is undertaking a Masters of Philosophy which ties in closely with the KTP Project. The Masters will study in more detail the development of new artificial intelligence algorithms for the analytical processing of Flight Data. Flight Data does not conform to other common data formats (such as Financial or Personal data) and requires an entirely new approach.
Along with new advanced AI algorithms is the supporting structure to the algorithm. This involves the storing of Flight Data in complex data structures for quick access; the interfacing of data to the AI algorithm providing feedback loops; online internet web interfaces; access to existing Flight Data databases; and the interaction between the programme and the human end user.
KTP stands for Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The fundamental principle behind KTP were established almost 30 years ago to enable businesses of all sizes and from almost all types of industry to take advantage of the expertise in Universities.
The KTP programmes last from 1 to 3 years. The DTI stated that these programmes are the most successful knowledge transfer mechanism that the government offers UK business.
The conception of a KTP programme starts with a Company who want to realise an ambitious new concept to give them a competing advantage in their industry. They may then be approached or seek assistance by a Knowledge Base (Universities in most cases) where their concept is discussed in further detail. From this, a KTP programme is developed and then sent for approval by Momenta, the KTP Program moderator. If the application is successful, interviews for placements can then take place.
Once a successful applicant has been chosen (the KTP Associate), the Associate then undertakes a series of training programs. The KTP Associate will be given training by the Industrial partner, Knowledge Base partner and any further training as required by the project. All KTP Associates must also attend two weeks of residential training organised by Momenta. During these weeks the Associates will be taught many skills from Project Management through to Negotiation skills and Team roles. These courses have always been a huge success (so long as you start off with an open mind!) and are highly commended.
Each project programme is unique, therefore no two projects will have the same project plan or development cycle. The only other common factors between programmes are that each project must come to an end (after 1 to 3 years) and their achievements will be assessed by Momenta representatives.
Intelligent Search Engine 3 Year Lifecycle
Training > Development of Tools > Literature Search > Creation of Intelligent Search Engine > Examination of Results > Reporting