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The aviation industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Due to global headwinds, many stakeholders will be compelled to find ways to improve operational efficiency and safety, while maintaining flexibility and resilience. Remote Tower (RT) technology is uniquely placed as an enabling platform to drive future improvements in capacity, cost-effectiveness and safety.

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Join us for a webinar to discuss the opportunities and challenges offered by RTs as we hear from Air Navigation Service Providers, industry and research groups around the world. Five distinguished speakers will share their experiences and lessons learnt, as well as offering a glimpse into the future of RTs. The topics covered include regulatory, implementation and operational challenges; the current state-of-the-art in technologies and solutions; as well as trends and future research directions.

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David Tan is a Senior VP at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He currently serves as Head for the Office of Space Technology & Industry (OSTIn) EDB. He has civil and military expertise in Air Traffic, Air Defence and Airspace Management.​

Niclas Gustavsson is Vice President for Business Development and Governmental Affairs in the joint venture between Saab and LFV, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions AB. He drives the global development of the Remote ATS market, integrating system knowledge with ANSP management know-how.​

Billy Josefsson is the Head of Automation & Human Performance at LFV, the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider. Billy has an ATCO background with all endorsements for civil/military ATS and instructor. Billy has more than 20 years of experience in the development of Remote Towers. ​

Peter Gridling is Digital Tower Expert and VP Sales at  Frequentis DFS Aerosense. Peter graduated with an engineer’s degree in computer science. He joined Frequentis in 2016 to support the digital tower team and is currently VP Sales for Frequentis DFS Aerosense.​

Jonas Lundberg is full Professor in Human Centered Design at Linköping University, with Docent in Cognitive Systems and PhD in Computer Science. His main research is in visual collaboration environments for humans engaging with autonomous and automated systems.​

Sameer Alam is an Associate Professor at NTU Singapore. He is Co-Director of the SAAB-NTU Joint Lab, leading research on Remote Towers. Sameer obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Sc. specializing in AI from UNSW Australia. His research interests are in Hybrid AI-Human Air Traffic Management systems.​

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Saab-NTU Joint Lab visit by Mr. Lars Ronnquist, Head of Singapore Saab Office and Vice President of Market Area

Singapore, March 2020

NTU Singapore and Saab launch joint lab to develop next-generation solutions in air traffic management and underwater robotics
Singapore, February 2020

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and top Swedish defence and security technology leader Saab are launching a joint lab to tackle future challenges in air traffic management, and capture opportunities in the global unmanned underwater vehicles market.

Through the Saab-NTU Joint Lab, NTU Singapore and Saab aim to use a suite of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning approaches to develop and enhance products and services in the two areas to meet the market needs of the region.

The lab builds on a collaboration between NTU and Saab that began in 2017. The partnership has yielded several technical milestones, including the development of an algorithm to visually detect small objects in the airfield environment that may cause flight disruptions, a runway occupancy time prediction model, and the development of a simulator that mimics a turbid underwater environment, allowing for researchers to look into solutions that improve visibility.

Such achievements lay the foundation for the next phase of collaboration between NTU and Saab, where the joint lab will focus on building a next-generation data-driven airport management and tower control system that uses computer vision, AI and machine learning among other technologies to enhance airport operations. It will also develop capabilities that could revolutionise the underwater robotics market.

Saab and NTU Singapore Have Signed Master Research Collaboration Agreement
(original source: Saab and NTU Singapore Have Signed Master Research Collaboration Agreement)​

Published on: 14 December 2017

Defence and security company Saab and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions, have signed a five-year master research collaboration agreement.

The agreement was signed by NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson, and Saab Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO Micael Johansson at NTU Singapore.

It follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in Stockholm on 18 October this year.

“This is an important step for Saab, heavily expanding our research internationally. NTU is one of the world’s best technology universities and we are very happy to be able to start this important collaboration together with them,” said Micael Johansson, Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO at Saab.

The two current focus areas for the research collaboration to be conducted at the Saab-NTU Joint Research Centre will be air traffic management projects, such as investigating the possibility of employing artificial intelligence and machine learning to augment the capability of air traffic controllers, and also underwater robotic research, to enable underwater autonomous vehicles to navigate relative to its surrounding objects.

“This collaboration allows Saab and NTU to leverage each other capabilities. NTU’s strengths in interdisciplinary research, together with Saab’s expertise in aeronautics and defence technology can create important synergies that could lead to the development of innovative technologies that will benefit both industry and society,” said Prof Andersson.

NTU and Saab partnership to develop innovative high-end digital technology
(Original source: NTU and Saab partnership to develop innovative high-end digital technology)
Published on : 18-Oct-2017
Photo: Saab


Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions, and top Swedish defence and security technology leader Saab, will set up a joint research centre as part of a collaboration to develop research projects and programmes in high-end digital technology.

The collaboration with NTU is the first of its kind in Asia for Saab.

A key focus of the Saab-NTU Joint Research Centre is air traffic management, with research into areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, machine learning, computer vision, anomaly detection and unmanned aircraft system camera insertion. Another focus area is underwater robotics, with an emphasis on research in robot perception (sensing, detection and navigation) and endurance (energy storage and reliability).

Saab plans to make an initial investment of S$1.6 million, in the first year, in its collaboration with NTU. This will be followed by an annual investment for five or more years which will be matched by NTU.

To initiate the partnership, NTU and Saab signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (18 October) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, before the start of the two-day Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Programme (WASP)-NTU Workshop in Stockholm.

The MOU was signed by Prof Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Acting Provost, Chief of Staff and Vice-President for Research, and Ms Ann-Kristin Adolfsson, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Saab.

The complete joint release may be found in the link below:

NTU and Saab partnership to develop innovative high-end digital technology

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