BY MOHAMMAD SHOEB
DOHA: Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) are developing a unique commercial product to improve health maintenance services of airplanes by next year.
“The research and development project that Boeing and QCRI are doing together can really be turn into a signature programme,” said Boeing Middle East President Jeffrey Johnson (pictured), adding, “We are still in all its early second year, but I think it is a good match of technology that Boeing needs and Qatar has for airplanes’ health maintenance.”
The QCRI and Boeing last year tied up to carry a research project to examine ways to improve airplanes health maintenance by recognising different patterns of information from aerospace system. The product will be of a global nature as all the airline operators with a fleet of over 1,100 aircraft of Boeing’s 777 (delivered hitherto) series will be benefiting from the product.
Johnson was speaking to this newspaper on the sidelines of the launching ceremony of INJAZ Qatar’s ‘Start-Up’ Programme for young Qataris, supported by Boeing.
He said: “We are in the second year of the research project and looking forward to launch a joint funded programme by 2015 to come out with a commercial product, or service that will be ours together.”
He also said: “There are a lot of planes and we receive massive data related to health maintenance of airplane, and now we have got a relationship to help modernise that capability. It is a unique project which Boeing has not done anywhere before.”
While explaining the project, he said: “We get a lot of electronics data (engine-sensed and satellite) that comes from our commercial airplanes through data links while flying, and also on the ground through field service type devices.”
Currently a team of experts, including computer scientists, are studying and analysing the various data realted to it. “Computer scientists look at things that engineers usually may not see with same perspective,” said Johnson.
“The data analytic researchers seek to extract meaningful information from extremely large data streams, with the goal of enabling optimal decision-making and improving business performance in aerospace system maintenance and other areas.”
Asked if Boeing has any plans to establish a joint venture with Qatar for making aircraft, or other, he said: “We are looking to be here for over the next 50 years maintaining a lot of aircraft”.
As part of Being’s growing partnership with Qatar, in January it brought a team at Al Khor air-show from Seattle to stem another programme, which Johnson called “was very successful”. And in March, it kicked off a machine learning data analytic summit at QCRI.
“Boeing has big commitment to the societies it works and live. We team with great NGOs such as INJAZ to launch the ‘Start-up Programme’, which will help incubate university students to establish new companies to transform their innovative ideas into realities. We will continue to looking forward to those kinds of programmes that we can partner with,” he said.