18 May 2021
Europe/Paris timezone


*Paris time zone

10:00: Welcome speech and topic presentation, by Bruno Stoufflet

An introduction to the topics of the conference and their importance for the future of civil and military aviation

10:15: The nature of the relationship between the pilot and the machine, by Don Harris

Over the years, the development of the flight deck can be seen as a progression from the presentation of data to the pilot, to information and finally to knowledge and wisdom.  However, the control and display systems are the interfaces to the sophisticated computing systems that have made this progression possible.  Automated control systems have become increasingly advanced and are now supplemented by other systems providing decision support to the pilot.  With these changes the role of the pilot has changed from being a hands-on flyer to being a systems manager. Nevertheless, aircraft automation is still deterministic in its nature, but now more advanced autonomous systems are being developed.  There has been another, less obvious evolution of the manner in which pilots interact with the aircraft and its systems, though.  The whole nature of the relationship between the pilot and the machine has changed from one of ‘I say you do’ to that of collaboration and increasing degrees of integration.  It is argued that the pilot and aircraft are becoming a cybernetic system with rising levels of human-machine collaboration using increasingly naturalistic forms of interaction.  The nature of this progressively cybernetic relationship is described as are future developments.

11:00: Round table on the issue in the military field, by David Pappalardo and Anthony Vacher

Air Forces will have to face increasingly effective threats and Air Crews will operate within highly complex and demanding environments featuring among other things : anti access/ area denial postures, multidomain operations (including space, cyber and the electromagnetic spectrum), grey zone operations and hybrid warfare, and emerging and disruptive technologies (autonomous systems, hypervelocity, AI etc.) . High-level cognitive assistances, most of them using AI algorithms and augmented reality, will become more and more use to build an enhanced situational awareness and for military effectiveness. Nevertheless, they raise the issue of both the place, the health and safety, and the responsibility of the Human in Future Combat Air Systems. Therefore, it appears critical to address the issue with responsibility to define future Human Systems Integration and effective Man Machine Teaming.

11:45: Conclusion speech, research perspectives and future ICCAS 2022 conference, by Mickaël Causse

A short conclusion will be made and the future ICCAS 2022 conference will be presented, hopefully, it will take place in Toulouse for real!

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