AI, data driven tech and the future of aviation


AI and data driven technology are already driving massive change and advantage in aviation, but there is so much more to come. And it is just around the corner.

This is why we have created AIVIATION and we aim to be the world’s most important and largest event. Where the future is made: from revolutions in Air Traffic Control to the reality of un-manned commercial aircraft.


Speakers Include

Emma Simpson, Innovation Manager, Civil Aviation Authority

Emma Simpson
Innovation Manager
Civil Aviation Authority

 Devon Smibert, Director of Cybersecurity, Westjet

Devon Smibert 
Director of Cybersecurity

 Thomas Wittmann, Head of Information Technology Domain Digitalization, Innovation and Architecture, Lufthansa

Thomas Wittmann 
Head of Information Technology Domain Digitalization, Innovation and Architecture

Tom Prevot, Director Aispace Systems, Uber

Tom Prevot
Director Aispace Systems


David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations, EasyJet

David Morgan
Director of Flight Operations

Waïl Benfatma, Artificial Intelligence Program Manager, Air France K.L.M.

Waïl Benfatma 
Artificial Intelligence Program Manager
Air France K.L.M.

Vijay Janakiraman, Senior Scientist, Data Sciences and Aviation Safety, NASA

Vijay Janakiraman 
Senior Scientist, Data Sciences and Aviation Safety

Bib Shukla, Senior Enterprise Architect - Information Data, Virgin Atlantic

Bib Shukla 
Senior Enterprise Architect - Information Data
Virgin Atlantic



Houman Goudarzi, Manager, Innovation, IATA

Houman Goudarzi 
Manager, Innovation


Juha Karstunen, Digital Transformation Lead, Finnair

Juha Karstunen  
Digital Transformation Lead 


Miranda Mills 
Chief Digital Officer, Civil Aerospace 
Rolls Royce


Haitham Baomar 
Senior AI Expert 
University College London


Ashley Harvey 
Airside Control Lead 
Gatwick Airport


Michael Wuerger, Vice President Operations Control Centre, Allegiant

Michael Wuerger 
Vice President Operations Control Centre


Jason Gauci, Lecturer In Avionics, University of Malta

Jason Gauci 
Lecturer In Avionics
University of Malta


Bob Graham, Head of Airport Research, Eurocontrol

Bob Graham 
Head of Airport Research




DAY 1  |  DAY 2

AIVIATION, Wednesday 5 September 2018


Greg Williams

MEGATRENDS KEYNOTE: When software is eating the world and the aviation industry is facing significant disruption; how do we keep the customer as our central focus?

  • How should airlines be thinking about FAANG companies and new interfaces such as AR, VR and voice technology to give passengers the chance to experience products and services? 
  • Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning at scale to streamline and simplify individual business processes 
  • What can we learn from the Chinese market who are light years ahead of us when it comes to mobile first, seamless and frictionless payment experiences? 
  • How blockchain, IoT and machine learning can potentially offer airlines a much deeper understanding of consumer behaviour along with opportunities to unlock ancillary services?​ 


Houman Goudarzi

Artificial intelligence: opportunity or threat?

  • Whilst current use cases arguably focus on the customer experience; what are the next generation AI tools being envisaged?
  • Getting to grips with how AI is entering the strategic and tactical decision-making space
  • Analysing the operational capabilities and scope for automation 
Devon Smibert

Cybersecurity amidst digital disruption in aviation

  • Identifying the cybersecurity implications of implementing disruptive technologies such as AI, machine learning & IoT in big data capture
  • Defining the ways this new tech can be safeguarded in compliance with regulations and maintaining digital agility
  • Predicting how airlines can work alongside  regulatory bodies in the development of smart-regulations
Miranda Mills

What will the IntelligentEngine do to change the game for airlines and the industry?

  • The amount of data flowing through the industry is increasing exponentially
  • How can that be turned into actionable insight with real outcomes?
  • What do airlines and OEMs need to bring to the table to make those outcomes happen?
Vijay Janakiraman

Creating the ‘Netflix of aviation’: NASA’s in-flight recommendation engine

  • Discussing which safety issues are most pressing to operational and commercial efficiency
  • How can data be mined for improved aviation safety and performance?
  • Utilising this data to create machine learning algorithms to assist decision-making for pilots
round tables

ROUNDTABLES - click here to see full list

The challenges of creating a centralised, digital operations strategy
David Morgan

David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations, EasyJet

The journey to operational automation using IoT
Baris Findik

Baris Findik, Chief Information Officer, Pegasus Airlines

The modernisation of European airspace and the role UAVs will play in the future
Antonio Garutti

Antonio Garutti, Head of Telecommunication System Project Office, European Space Agency



Networking lunch

Tom Prevot

Uber Exclusive: The reality of urban aviation

  • How are Uber working alongside NASA and other players, towards the availability of urban aircraft? 
  • Unpacking the effect of low aerial traffic on current airspace systems
  • Navigating the approval processes of regulatory bodies 
Haitham Baomar

The next generation of autopilots

  • Developing artificial intelligence to increase safety in irregular conditions
  • Identifying the commercial effects of its use in aviation
  • Understanding the regulatory implications of shallow vs. deep machine learning
Ashley Harvey

Drone-detection and other new technology at Gatwick

  • Unravelling the economic knock-on effects of drone disruption to airlines and airports 
  • Identifying the technology airports can use to detect UAVs and prevent future incidents
  • Evaluating the possibility of collaboration with drones and their operators at Gatwick airport

Networking Break and Refreshments


Michael Wuerger

Home-grown technologies for the centralisation of big data

  • Showing how Allegiant are overcoming their legacy operational information systems
  • Breaking down how data can be aggregated for faster decision making in irregular circumstances
  • Exploring the next steps necessary for developing and implementing predictive analytics for operations 
Benjamin Walther

Establishing a 360° Situation Awareness

  • Which current and future technologies should every aviation business have on their radar?
  • Integration of these technologies to support your overall strategy.
  • How you can benefit from the calming certainty of always knowing everything.
Waïl Benfatma

Applying artificial intelligence in operational automation

  • Learn how Air-France KLM are automating their cargo process with machine learning
  • Analysing the merits of navigating regulations and decision making using AI
  • Discussing the future effects of AI in operational efficiency across the industry
Panel discussion

Panel discussion: How will AI & data-driven tech shape the future of aviation?

  • Where do the most significant opportunities lie for AI in commercial aviation operations?
  • What will the major challenges be and how can they be overcome?
  • Which data and technologies will most influence operations and enable automation in the future?

Welcome Drinks Reception

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AIVIATION, Thursday 6 September 2018




Panel discussion

Join us to explore the future of start-up engagement and investment in the industry with leading investors and airlines

  • Who are the latest successes of corporate start-up engagements in our industry?
  • What should airlines tech focus on for the future of their business?
  • How can airlines and other aerospace companies work with start-ups? should everyone invest? should everyone have innovation teams?
  • How to stay ahead of the pack?
  • What are the biggest barriers of innovation today for our industry?
  • Is competition conducive to innovation in our industry?
  • What is the power of partnerships and co-investments in the start-up ecosystem?


Johan Lundgren

Keynote Interview: Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet

New easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren joins us to talk about easyJet worldwide and look at how one of Europe’s largest airlines is using innovative solutions to expands their reach into all segments. He will also be exploring the evolution of the LCC business model in Europe and discussing the current competition and consolidation in the market.
Thorsten Dirks

Keynote Interview: Thorsten Dirks, CEO Eurowings, Board Member, Lufthansa

Thorsten has a vast amount of experience outside the aviation industry, as former President of Germany’s digital industry association he is bringing a lot of much needed digital experience to the airline sector. He sits down with Guy Johnson to discuss the challenges of restructuring the eurowings brand and the efforts he is making to ensure that digital is at the core of everything the airline does going forward.
Hernán Rincón

Keynote Interview: Hernan Rincon, CEO, Avianca

Avianca’s innovative CEO is a former Microsoft executive, he is leading the airlines transformation by becoming more digitally-orientated rather than just aviation focused. In short Hernan wants to transform Avianca into a “digital company that flies planes”. He chats to Guy Johnson to talk about how they are looking to become more sophisticated, analytics-driven and how they plan to use digital and mobile apps to provide the passenger with a better experience.
Panel discussion

Keynote CEO Panel: Following their interviews, our keynote speakers will join a panel discussion, where they will debate some of the biggest challenges facing the industry

  • How can the aviation industry cope with the rapid changes that digital technology brings and how are airline CEOs prioritising digital and mobile only tools and applications?
  • What is the next step for the consolidation in the European market, are low cost carriers still the core innovators in a dramatically changing industry?
  • Passenger connectivity is continually growing, how can we use this to best serve our customers and deliver a more seamless end-to-end experience?
  • What impact will low-cost long-haul travel have on the future of global competition and will we see new feeder partnerships develop?
  • What does the next generation travel experience look like?
Dee Waddell

Innovation Keynote: Know Your Innovation ABCs: AI, Blockchain, Cloud

  • How are these technologies advancing the airline industry in a tangible way?
  • What successes do they drive?
  • What's next for their impact in the coming months? 

Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall

round tables

Technology & Strategy Roundtables

With rising passenger expectations and rapidly-changing technology, how can we as an industry evolve to meet these challenges? Our roundtables are hosted by senior level topic specialists. Participants are asked to introduce themselves to the table, and then as a group, they brainstorm and produce their suggestions on what technology would work best for them. After 30 minutes, there is one rotation, so participants can join two tables during the session.
Artificial Intelligence. Are you getting the most out of it?
Sergio Sánchez González

Sergio Sánchez González, Industry Business Development Associate (EMEA TTL), Salesforce

As legacy distribution becomes unsustainable, how should airlines embrace the travel distribution revolution?
Dee Waddell

Dee Waddell, Global Managing Director, Travel & Transportation, IBM

Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence – are these just buzz words or will they empower to the next generation of retailing?
Pramod Jain

Pramod Jain, Vice President of Marketing and Solutions Management, Sabre

EU261 Best Practices: What are the best strategies to handle delayed passengers and cancelled flights and is there a right way to respond to EU261?
Oliver Bradburne

Oliver Bradburne, Account handler, Aerospace, JLT Specialty Limited

From complaints to compliments and better cost control, is IROPS logistics automation the answer?
How can airlines be confident that inflight connectivity will deliver a positive return?
Frederik Van Essen

Frederik Van Essen, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat

How can airlines both increase incremental revenue and driver greater NPS?
Azim Barodawala

Azim Barodawala, CEO, Volantio Inc.

How can IFC deliver on truly cloud-scaled user experiences?
Henning Horst

Henning Horst, Senior Manager, Sales Aeronautical EMEA, SES

How can we transform the IoT buzzword into a genuine revenue booster for airlines and airports?
Susanne Schadler

Susanne Schadler, Global Marketing Manager, NXP Semiconductors

How the Industrial Internet can help you drive greater asset productivity and improve flight efficiency?
Adam Ward

Adam Ward, Director, Digital Sales Europe, GE Aviation

How to build loyalty during disruption?
Al Tredinnick

Al Tredinnick, BDM, 15below

Modernising your airline: What would your RM world look like without Fare Families and RBD’s?
Alexander Mans

Alexander Mans, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, FLYR

Now that nearly half (43%) of all available seat miles (ASM) worldwide offer at least a chance of Wi-Fi what are the connectivity requirements and best practices that the industry should be offering airlines and their passengers?
Jon Norris

Jon Norris, Senior Director - Marketing, Panasonic Avionics

Offers, Merchandising, Orders - How to play nice together and win?
Andrew Hurst

Andrew Hurst, CTO, 2e Systems

What’s the next big innovation in ancillary merchandising?
Mark Brown

Mark Brown, Vice President Sales & Client Accounts EMEA, Fusion

Why Heathrow and Gatwick are joining forces to create a blockchain for operational excellence
Abhi Chacko

Abhi Chacko, Head Of I.T.Commercial And Innovation, Gatwick Airport


Thomas Wittmann

Fuelling artificial intelligence with big data

  • How Lufthansa are implementing AI across the organisation
  • Collecting data on a broader scale as a basis for AI applications
  • First adventures in AI for operations and lessons learnt 
Juha Karstunen

Going beyond operational data science to predictive analytics

  • Breaking down how airlines are using data science as a catalyst at the core of their overall strategy
  • Capitalising on optimum big data analytics processes and their integral role in the airline value chain
  • Interpreting descriptive statistics to move beyond knowledge and into predictive analytics 

Networking lunch in the exhibition hall


Jason Gauci

Flight deck automation: AI, HMI, weather and their impact on pilots

  • How technology can be used to mitigate the effects of hazardous weather on flight crew workload
  • How multi-modal interaction with avionics can increase crew situational awareness and reduce workload 
  • Understanding the future role of AI on workload reduction and its economic impacts
Emma Simpson

Emerging technology and airspace modernisation

  • Identifying the key technological drivers for airspace modernisation
  • Understanding the regulatory implications of disruptive technologies
  • ​What is next for the aviation authorities and their collaborators? 
Bob Graham

The rise of digital towers

  • Comprehending the regulatory implications of digital and remote air traffic control towers 
  • Debating whether digital towers should be a contingency plan, or replacement for the physical
  • How should this technology be safeguarded?

Afternoon refreshment break and exhibition viewing


Panel discussion

Dragons Den

We have partnered with some of the best airline innovation hubs and accelerators from around the world to solve the everyday problems that the aviation industry faces.
Some of the very best organisations that have emerged from our research will give a 3-minute pitch on stage to you the audience and to or carefully selected judging panel of some of the industry’s most informed executives.
Join us to see how we as an industry can innovate through collaborating with start-ups to meet the needs of our passengers
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Who Sponsors?


OEM, Turnkey Systems

AI, Machine Learning, Data Analytics

Implementation Partners, Consultants

ATC Systems


Un-manned Systems

Cyber Security


Simulators, Training

Satellite Tech

Weather Tech

Research, University, Start-up

Who Attends?

Commercial Airlines

Cargo and Logistics

Air Traffic Control


Regulators and Government

Research Institutions


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