European Initiative for Collaborative Air Combat Standardization (EICACS) is a novel project, co-funded by the European Union, that aims to enable collaborative air combat standardization by ensuring the interoperability of heterogeneous assets and a seamless integration of future air combat systems. The EICACS consortium gathers industry leaders, institutions, universities, midcaps, and SMEs from 11 EU countries.
General Assembly meeting
EICACS' first General Assembly meeting was successfully held at the esteemed Dassault Aviation premises in Saint-Cloud, France, on the 18th of October. This pivotal event brought together industry experts, high-level executives, and visionaries dedicated to shaping the future of air combat standardization. EICACS consortium members engaged in strategic discussions, forged partnerships, strengthened connections, and reaffirmed their commitment to public engagement.
STANAG 4559 Custodian Support Team Meeting
In the course of the STANAG 4559 Custodian Support Team Meeting on October 10-13 in Pardubice (CZE), Airbus Defence and Space GmbH introduced the attendees to the EICACS project. With presenting EICACS, its aims, objectives, and expected results, the STANAG 4559 CST was informed about a parallel initiative intending to progress standardization in the area of distributed information processing and exchange, amongst other technical aspects of Collaborative Air Combat. The initiated exchange between EICACS and the STANAG 4559 CST was a very first step for potential further collaboration and exploitation of synergies.
NeurIPS 2023 conference
The EICACS project works on the standardization for the development of dedicated systems-of-systems for collaborative air combat, including the standardization of the development of technical functions making use of artificial intelligence methods, some including deep learning. A significant part of the EICACS implementation is dedicated to AI for collaborative air combat in relation to mission-critical functions, safety-critical functions, and the issue of European sovereignty with respect to AI tools and libraries. The collaborative air combat integration of AI-based functions and systems is a manifold challenge that requires a better understanding of the mathematical foundations of deep learning methods and models. Recently, EICACS has been represented at the NeurIPS conference, held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Louisiana, USA, from December 10 to 16, 2023. Our esteemed partners from Dassault Aviation participated in the OPT workshop ("Optimization in the Wild"), with an article entitled "Non-Uniform Sampling and Adaptive Optimizers in Deep Learning".
Project Management Team Meeting
Last December marked a significant stride forward for the EICACS project as the regular Project Management Team convened in the Leonardo facilities in Turin, Italy, for a highly productive meeting. This gathering brought together key partners to assess the project's progress, strategize for the upcoming phases, and foster collaborative decision-making.
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