Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Crowdsourcing the future of flight?


Did you know airlines are constantly looking for ways to make flights more efficient? From gate conflicts to operational challenges to air traffic management, the dynamics of a flight can change quickly and lead to costly delays.

There is good news. Advancements in real-time big data analysis are changing the course of flight as we know it. Imagine if the pilot could augment their decision-making process with “real time business intelligence,”—information available in the cockpit that would allow them to make adjustments to their flight patterns.


The Challenge as offered by GE and Alaska Airlines is the following:

Use the different data sets found on this page under Get the Data to develop a usable and scalable algorithm that delivers a real-time flight profile to the pilot, helping them make flights more efficient and reliably on time.

Source: http://www.gequest.com/c/flight

This competition is hosted on Kaggle, the platform at the crossroads between the seismic trends of crowdsourcing and big data.

Kaggle is an innovative solution for statistical/analytics outsourcing. We are the leading platform for predictive modeling competitions. Companies, governments and researchers present datasets and problems - the world's best data scientists then compete to produce the best solutions. At the end of a competition, the competition host pays prize money in exchange for the intellectual property behind the winning model.


Source: http://www.kaggle.com/about

This bodes well for the future of aviation.

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