Thales to Introduce AI Into Applications for Armed Forces

New centre for research in Artificial Intelligence to aid decision-makers on the battlefield.

11 October 2017


Thales is developing  a Centre of Research and Technology in Artificial Intelligence, which could help armed forces make quicker decisions by applying complex analytics to glean intelligent insights from data.

Led by Thales, cortAIx, in collaboration with the MILA (Artificial Intelligence Institute of Quebec), the IVADO (Institute of Data Valorization) and the Vector Institute of Toronto, will be located in Montreal, one of the world’s leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystems.

The new centre supports the creation of approximately 50 new  AI researchers and developers whose mission will be to advance the safe and ethical application of artificial intelligence across Thales’ vast product portfolio to help airlines, satellite operators, air traffic controllers, mainline and light rail operators, armed forces and critical infrastructure managers, make the best decisions in decisive moments—from the bottom of oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace.

Leveraging the combined expertise of MILA, IVADO and the rich ecosystem of AI universities and laboratories, make Montreal and Canada the perfect place to develop cortAIx. The biggest challenge faced by AI experts today is to perfect the understanding of the mechanisms behind AI developments, while simultaneously evaluating human behaviours as people interact with these new systems.

The key mission of Thales’ cortAIx is to build “AI inside” solutions that are safe and ethical. while granting full authority to  human-decision makers.

In the last three years, Thales has invested more than €1 billion in key digital technologies and recently announced the launch of its high-tech Digital Factory in Paris. This activity brings together leading technology experts who support the injection of big data and artificial intelligence into Thales solutions, while also ensuring data security – a fundamental requirement of the modern digital economy.