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

Oct 2016 – Oct 2019

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.

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.

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.

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