Following the success of FDL in the US, FDL Europe was launched in 2018. Working with the European Space Agency, the University of Oxford, NVIDIA and the Satellite Applications Catapult, FDL Europe began tackling the notion of creating “Mission Control” for planet Earth. We’re looking to build on this progress in 2019, and we are currently defining challenges related to the themes of Mission Control: Earth, Climate Toolbox, Mission Support and Connecting the Planet.

FDL 2019 is your chance to be part of something ground-breaking this year.

Why apply?

Be part of the team

Interdisciplinary team-work is at the heart of the FDL philosophy, and our experience with previous participants has shown that the mix of skillsets creates results far bigger than the sum of the individual parts. Working closely together during the intense eight-week research sprints, teams have achieved outputs that might otherwise have taken years.

Our international network is growing, and provides great value for its members, many of whom have continued work on projects they began at FDL. 

FDL projects have been featured in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations and posters and numerous news features.

Build best practice

Best practice in artificial intelligence is still emerging, and FDL is at the forefront of developing effective workflows for AI development in the space sector. Our team-focussed approach enables an expertise chain that can tackle problem definition, data source aggregation, workflow composition, algorithm development, creation of inference models and deployment in an efficient manner. We are conscious that teaching machines to learn is different from traditional software development and requires a new approach. 

Powerful partnership opportunities

FDL has developed strong relationships with world-class AI researchers and leaders in tech. Their support helps us overcome hurdles using solutions that would usually be beyond the easy reach of researchers, such as state-of-the-art hardware to facilitate rapid iteration, as well as a wealth of experience and expertise on building robust AI workflows.

Help humanity

FDL brings brilliant minds to big questions - such as ‘are we alone?’ - and gives researchers a chance to develop solutions with the potential to advance science, inform debate, and save lives. From asteroid characterisation to early-warning systems for natural disasters, there is huge potential to make a difference with FDL.