The DEEL (DEpendable and Explainable Learning) project is a collaboration between academic and industrial partners for the development of interpretable, robust, secure and certifiable artificial intelligence applied to critical systems in the aerospace field.
Artificial intelligence technologies, especially Machine Learning, are attracting unprecedented interest. However, the integration of these approaches into industrial fields is faced with several major challenges, primarily the explainability of these systems. The DEEL project thus aims to improve the application of Machine Learning in order to respond to the complex problems of the aeronautical and space industries. These industries have high performance and security standards, and thus AI techniques must be rendered robust, understandable and offer a privacy guarantee so that they can obtain the certification necessary for their integration into critical systems.
Research teams in Quebec and France are currently working on the development of this dependable, robust artificial intelligence.
In France, the DEEL project has been overseen by the IRT Saint Exupéry team in Toulouse since the project was launched, concomitant with the creation of several interdisciplinary institutes dedicated to artificial intelligence (3IA) including the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (ANITI) led by the Federal University of Toulouse-Midi-Pyrenees.
In the province of Quebec, the DEEL-Quebec project is led by the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) and Institute Intelligence and Data (IID) at Université Laval, with the collaboration of the Data Valorization Institute (IVADO). Collaborations are planned with Thales Canada, CAE, Bombardier Aerospace and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, as well as with McGill University, Université Laval, Polytechnique Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université de Montréal.
Researchers associated with the DEEL project have been active since September 28, 2018 in France, and since May 15, 2019 in Quebec, following a transatlantic agreement. The Quebec component was officially launched on September 14, 2020.