Bringing Artificial Intelligence into the cockpit

How to support decision-making of pilots in complex situations? The HARVIS project aims to answer this question by developing a future concept of Artificial Intelligence in the cockpit.

PROJECT: HARVIS – Human Aircraft Roadmap for Virtual Intelligent System

FUNDING SCHEME: European Commission, Clean Sky 2

DURATION: 2019-2022



Flight movements are growing significantly in Europe, with no trend reversal expected. The integration of unmanned aircraft into the air space will make traffic management even more complex. A significant impact on pilots’ job is inevitable, with increasing information to deal with and new tasks to accomplish. Framing the human-machine interaction in terms of partnership will help building capacity in machines to better understand humans, and in people to engage collaboratively with them. In the cockpit, this partnership will lead to pilots using a set of new technologies, capable of self-learning, to anticipate needs and to adapt to pilots’ mental states.


The main goal of the HARVIS Project is to identify how cognitive computing algorithms, implemented in a digital assistant, could support the decision-making of single pilots in complex situations.


To reach this goal, the project will deliver:

  • A State-of-the-Art of cognitive computing algorithms.
  • A future Artificial Intelligence in the cockpit concept.
  • A set of realistic scenarios in which a digital assistant is likely to bring benefits to flight operations.
  • A roadmap providing guidance for the adoption of the demonstrated concept by 2035.



We take care of the human factors aspects, from virtual assistant concepts design to the assessment of their impact on pilot performance.


We are also dissemination managers, taking care of project communication and scientific dissemination.



  • With HARVIS, we defined the state of the art of Artificial Intelligence and drafted all the possibilities already available and that will be soon available in aviation
  • HARVIS developed the Human Machine Partnership Envelope concept, to be use to better understand the impact of AI on pilots performance
  • HARVIS set the roadmap for AI in the cockpit: which are the next steps to be done in terms of technologies, roles, regulation, certification and training?



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