ATO_DispoSim project, coordination meeting

A first coordination meeting of the project “Optimierte Dispositionsplanung und Simulation zur Vorbereitung automatisierter Zugfahrten” (ATO_DispoSim) took place on July 24, 2017 in Salzburg.
After a visit at the Department of Computer Sciences, Aerospace Research Salzburg, the ÖBB control center at Salzburg main station has been viewed. The content of the project has been discussed in preparation of the kick-off meeting on September 1st, 2017.

Attendees:
* Department of Computer Sciences, Aerospace Research Salzburg, Paris Lodron University Salzburg (TUG)
* Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy, Graz University of Technology (TUG)
* Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB)

New project – ATO_DispoSim

A new project has been granted – “Optimierte Dispositionsplanung und Simulation zur Vorbereitung automatisierter Zugfahrten” (ATO_DispoSim)!

Besides the ongoing improvement and expansion of technical requirements, ATO_DispoSim provides a significant contribution towards future automated train operation in Austria by developing sophisticated situation-specific disposition algorithms.

Partners:
* Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Department of Computer Sciences, Aerospace Research Salzburg (lead)
* Graz University of Salzburg, Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy

The 18 month project is funded within the VIF 2016 call, for details see: https://www.ffg.at/vif

EUNADICS-AV project, WP 7 kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting of work package 7 of the EU project “European Natural Airborne Disaster Information and Coordination System for Aviation (EUNADICS_AV)” took place on May 30, 2017 at Department of Computer Sciences, Aerospace Research Salzburg, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (WP 7 lead).

In the fruitful meeting, planned work of work package 7 has been discussed in detail.
For details on the EUNADICS-AV project see: http://www.eunadics.eu/

2017 World ATM Congress

Aerospace Research Salzburg joined the international air traffic management community at the World ATM Congress, which took place on 7 – 9 March 2017, in Madrid.

At the congress, we were be present with a stand – featuring exhibits and demos on a variety of topics.

Attendees: Hon.-Prof. Carl-Herbert Rokitansky, Dipl.-Ing. Kurt Eschbacher
For more information see: https://www.worldatmcongress.org/

Kick-off Meeting EUNADICS-AV project, Vienna Nov 28 – 30, 2016

European Natural Airborne Disaster Information and Coordination System for Aviation (EUNADICS_AV)
Nov 28 – 30, 2016
Kick-off Meeting Vienna

EUNADICS-AV in expansion of EUMETNET will set up an Aviation Safety Management System for Europe and facilitate coherent Pan-European risk and exposure assessments for aviation related to airborne hazards (environmental emergency scenarios). University of Salzburg (USBG) will contribute by adapting an existing ATM/ATC/CNS simulation environment (NAVSIM/USBG Sim) to support human- in- the- loop exercises of selected natural disaster events. USBG will analyze impact on European air traffic in case of natural disaster events e.g. Volcanic Ash eruption, Nuclear/Chemical accidents, forest fires and desert dust events) by simulation. USBG will build upon long lasting experiences in system evaluation based on large scale European air traffic simulations to contribute to risk assessment and impact on aviation domain in case of natural/technical hazards and disaster scenarios. Several possible volcanic eruption scenarios as well as nuclear accident scenarios in the core area of European air traffic will be studied and analyzed in detail.
For details see:
https://www.zamg.ac.at/cms/de/aktuell/news/eu-projekt-unter-oesterreichischer-leitung-soll-europaeischen-flugverkehr-noch-krisensicherer-machen
http://science.orf.at/stories/2811533/

http://salzburg.orf.at/news/stories/2811647/

Wissen:Stadt Salzburg Wissenstage, November 4 – 5, 2016

Salzburg – City of know-how, an initiative to show scientific and innovative interfaces. We provided a simulation environment of Hamburg aiport in which all actions of four ground controllers and the tower controller were carried out by a (rule-based) Artificial Intelligence (AI) module. In addition, a mock-up of an “A320” aircraft and a two-engine airplane were operated and controlled by the visitors for starting and landing at Salzburg Airport. Furthermore the visistors were able to test the communication between a pilot and a simulated “virtual controller”, guiding a realistic approach and landing at Vienna Schwechat Airport. Information of the event: https://www.stadt-salzburg.at/

Project EUNADICS-AV – European Natural Airborne Disaster Information and Coordination System for Aviation

Duration:
Oct 2016 – Oct 2019

Goal:
The HORIZON-2020 project EUNADICS-AV intends to close the gap in data and information availability, enabling all stakeholders in the aviation system to obtain fast, coherent and consistent information. This greatly enhances capability to respond to disasters effectively and efficiently, minimizing system downtimes and thus economic damage while enhancing the safety of millions of passengers.

Methodology:
The operational meteorological community and infrastructure in Europe plays a decisive role in the effort to strengthen disaster resilience. (Network of European National Meteorological Services (NMSs), EIG EUMETNET). It is well recognized that hydro-meteorological events constitute the large majority of all disasters that occur worldwide. In addition to the METEOALARM program, work is needed with regard to a hazard category that we refer to as “airborne hazards” (environmental emergency scenarios), including volcano eruptions, nuclear accidents, forest fires and desert dust events. Therefore, the logical next step is the expansion of EUMETNET activities into the emergency response coordination area.

Another aspect to be addressed in the project are the joint availability of hazard measurements performed at national level in near-real-time for the coordinated situation assessment, and the exploration of possibilities of civil-military cooperation, including flexible use of airspace and the utilization of military infrastructure to perform measurements.

University of Salzburg is assigned with:
• Fast-time simulation based case studies of selected natural disaster events including risk and exposure evaluation and impact assessment
• Detailed Human-in-the-Loop exercises of assumed disaster events including the reaction chains with major stakeholders involved: European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC), the Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) functions and airline flight dispatching/ individual flight planning
• Evaluation of SESAR / SWIM (System Wide Information Management) functionality and overall system benefit assessment.

Partners:
The EUNADICS-AV consortium consists of 21 participating organizations from 12 different countries. It includes National Meteorological Services, Monitoring data providers, Operational Volcanologists, SME’s, a University institute, an Air Navigation Service provider and a Military Organization. For details see: http://www.eunadics.eu/project-partners.

Website & contact:
http://www.eunadics.eu/

Visit of Prof. Arne Bathke, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016
Prof. Arne Bathke – Dekan of the University of Salzburg (USBG),
Faculty for Natural Sciences visited together with visiting professors the Aviation Competence Center (ACCS) and got comprehensive overview on the work of pilots and air traffic controller based on the Simulation environment (Air Traffic Controller working positions, Tower Simulator, Cockpit Simulator (DA42), etc.) and supported by (rule-based) artificial intelligence modules and decision support tools.

7th Lange Nacht der Forschung, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 – 7th Lange Nacht der Forschung at Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Austria’s greatest Science Event took place simultaneously in all 9 federal states of Austria. The latest technologies, ongoing scientific projects and research work were shown to all visitors. This event’ target is to get young people into science, so enhance their interest in making career in scientific research. Especially young participants were attracted by the numerous stations ranging from school-projects to research-work at the highest stage. Comprehensive technologies led to an increase of 30 % of visitors. USBG (Aerospace Research Group) represented by high-tech simulators of cockpits and towers were crowded all night.

USBG stations:
* ESA/IRIS Communication Tool- worldwide air traffic
* Artificial Intelligence
* Hamburg Airport Operation
* Decision Support Tools
* Advanced Cockpit Simulator

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uni-salzburg/sets/72157667490383166

Visit of Dr. Franz Lackner, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 Archbishop of Salzburg, Dr. Franz Lackner visited USBG and took a spell at the wheel

Archbishop Dr. Franz Lackner visited the University of Salzburg, the Aerospace Research and Aviation Competence Center Salzburg (ACCS), situated in TECHNO-Z, Salzburg- Itzling. It didn’t adhere to technical statements. Archbishop Lackner was invited by Prof. Carl-Herbert Rokitansky to steer the cockpit-simulator, which was developed by Prof. Rokitansky. The Archbishop showed great enthusiasm and interest in operating the sophisticated simulation tools and took course as a pilot on the simulator.