The US-Europe air traffic management research and development seminar

12 July 2017

The 12th edition of the US Europe ATM R&D Seminar took place in Seattle, Washington from 27 to 30 June 2017. The event was attended by some 160 researchers from 19 nations around the world.

72 papers were presented in three parallel tracks, including themes such as performance, integrated operations, big data, trajectory prediction, environment or finance.

EUROCONTROL presented nine papers of which two won a best paper award:

  • ‘A novel machine learning model to predict abnormal runway occupancy times and observe related precursors’ by Floris Herrema, Vincent Treve and Bruno Desart from EUROCONTROL, with Ricky Currran and Dries Visser from TU Delft;
  • ‘Using PBN for terminal and extended terminal operations’ by David De Smedt and Dijana Trenevska from EUROCONTROL, with Geert Moek from NLR.

In addition, Bo Redeborn, former EUROCONTROL Principal Director ATM and R&D, gave a keynote address on 'Opportunities taken, opportunities missed and opportunities ahead'. Kourosh Hadi, Boeing Senior Director of Airplane Product Development, gave one on 'Challenges in aviation innovation'.

On the fourth day, a panel session on ‘Innovation, new entrants, and ATM’ was held with speakers from NASA, Amazon Prime Air, A3 by Airbus, KittyHawk Corporation and LFV.

The full programme and technical papers are available on the ATM Seminar’s website.

These seminars’ unique vocation is to provide a forum for researchers to present their work, exchange ideas and build relationships.

Since 1997, they have been organised jointly by the FAA and EUROCONTROL and are held every two years, alternating between the United States and Europe. The so-called ‘ATM Seminar’ is chaired by Eric Neiderman, FAA and Colin Meckiff, EUROCONTROL.

After many years at the Agency and eight years as the ATM Seminar’s European chairman, Colin will retire later in the year. His place as European chairman will be taken by Dirk Schaefer.

The next ATM Seminar will take place in June 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

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