Safran’s Vision

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“The analysis of big data is so far part of the engineering practises in some of Safran’s activities, whether in aeronautics with the monitoring of motors and equipment operating in airline companies, or in security with biometric identification applications. Data are taking an increasingly important place in the business; in the scope of the new industrial revolution they form a continuum related to the product cycle life, from the design to the production and the uses, and consequently have become an asset for the competitiveness of the aeronautic, defence and security industries.

For Safran’s customers, the usage value will matter as much as the inherent value of the products: it will result in a change of the business models, based on high added-value services oriented toward the maximisation of the operational availability of flight or security services. Thus the capacity to work out by learning surveillance algorithms discriminating each customer’s usage specificities, the mining of fleet exploitation data, or the modelling of operational and economical behaviours specific to each airline company, will be decisive for the competitiveness of the services offered by Safran in the field of air transport.

Regarding Safran’s activities challenges, two main scientific locks prevail in data analysis: first of all, the very high performance required for the learning techniques and its theoretical mastering in demanding contexts in terms of performance justification, as required in aeronautic, defence and security,; next, the capacity to exploit the whole expertise already acquired by Safran on its equipment and systems in machine learning approaches. The “Machine Learning for Big Data” Chair’s activities will contribute to build the necessary skills to tackle these challenges.”

Alain Coutrot, R&T Partnership Director, Safran

About Safran

Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Working independently or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of more than 2 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.