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CAAS, I2R to set up research lab for air traffic management

Among the research areas are application of automatic speech recognition technology and data analytics for air traffic management performance measurement.

SINGAPORE: A joint lab to look into the research and development of air traffic management will be set up by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R).

The two parties signed an agreement on Wednesday (Feb 17), and is part of CAAS' efforts to develop Singapore as a Centre of Excellence for air traffic management. The signing of the agreement was done on the sidelines of Singapore Airshow 2016, which is currently running from Feb 16 to 21, the joint press release said.

The research collaboration will be on the following areas:

  • Application of automatic speech recognition technology to facilitate ATM operations
  • Data analytics for ATM performance measurement and improvements
  • Development of advanced visualisation technologies to facilitate the use of remotely-operated airport control towers


(From left): Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chaiman of A*STAR; Dr Lee Shiang Long, Executive Director of I2R; Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS; and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, Chairman of CAAS at the signing. (Photo: CAAS)

Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, said in the press release: "The CAAS-I2R joint laboratory will be the third facility dedicated to air traffic management R&D established in Singapore. It will further boost our efforts to develop a vibrant ecosystem for air traffic management in Singapore."

I2R Executive Director Lee Shiang Long added that the joint lab agreement demonstrates the importance of infocomm technology in data drive air traffic management. 

"The R&D in areas such as automatic speech recognition and data analytics will promote a safe and efficient flow for Singapore's air traffic management," Dr Lee said.