ATM Theatre Agenda

World ATM Congress 2018
ATM Theatre Agenda

10.30 – 11.30

Title: FABEC Operations: From a Project-Driven Approach to Continuous Operational Improvements

Abstract: FABEC will present the changes implemented to improve the management of operations within FABEC airspace. Based on experience gained from a pure project management structure, FABEC Operations are now guided by concrete objectives derived from an overarching performance roadmap, close cooperation with the Network Manager and the airspace users and requirements derived from the day-to-day business within the 15 FABEC control centres.

Speaker: Andreas Pötzsch, Chairman FABEC Operations and DFS Director Director En-route and Approach.

11.45 – 12.45

Title: Coflight as a Service: Toward Coflight Cloud Services Implementation

Abstract: Come learn about the feasibility study status of the "Coflight as a Service" flight data processing concept and the next step perspectives.

    Guillaume Ramonet, DSNA
    Claudio Cannavicci, Enav
    Stefan Mennella, skyguide
    Johan Debattista, MATS

13.00 – 14.30

Title: Data Link Services Recovery Plan

Abstract: High-quality data communications capabilities in the form of the datalink technology are essential enablers for the modernisation of air traffic control and to achieve SESAR performance benefits. The current implementation did not provide the expected results and some studies were conducted to investigate the issues, the last and most relevant is the so-called ELSA study performed under SESAR JU coordination. On the basis of the ELSA study, the SESAR DM developed the DP 2016 DLS Deployment Strategy and the DLS Recovery Plan: a fully consulted roadmap, published on DG MOVE website, guiding content and timewise the full and effective DLS deployment in Europe. In addition, on 18 November the SESAR Deployment Manager received by the European Commission the mandate as datalink services implementation manager and is now running at full speed to implement all the actions described in DP 2016.

Speakers: SESAR Deployment Manager - Nicolas Warinsko - Director Technical & Operations - Deputy Managing Director
16.00 – 17.00 

Title:  The Importance of Collaboration

Abstract: NATCA discusses the importance of the employer (FAA) collaborating with the employee (NATCA) and the benefits this relationship creates. Most importantly, speakers will discuss how it began and the difficult road the union traveled to get to the collaborative relationship in place today.

Speakers: Jim Ullmann and Jeff Woods, NATCA

 17.00 – 18.00  Title: A Global View of Collaboration

Paul Rinaldi, President, The National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Peter Duffey, President, The Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Association
Paul Upton, Vice President, UK Air Traffic Controllers Prospect ATCO’s Branch

10.45 – 12:45

EUROCONTROL WORKSHOP: Building a European Free Route Airspace

Free route airspace is a specified airspace within which users can freely plan a route between a defined entry point and a defined exit point, with the possibility of routeing via intermediate (published or unpublished) waypoints, without reference to the air traffic services route network, subject of course to availability. Within such airspace, flights remain subject to air traffic control.

At this workshop, EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager and high-level representatives from five air navigation service providers will present the Free Route Airspace concept and provide real examples of implementation over Central and South East Europe. It will also present the airline perspectives and look at how airspace users are gradually adapting their flight planning systems to fully exploit the potential of free route. 

The Workshop will conclude with the signature of the Memorandum of Cooperation for the new South East Common Sky Initiative.
This Free route project is one of the key improvements in line with the EU Single European Sky initiative, aiming at enhancing safety and efficiency and increasing capacity across Europe.

EUROCONTROL initiated the coordinated development and implementation of Free Route in 2008, in close cooperation with civil and military experts in airspace design, European states, air navigation service providers, airspace users, flight planning organisations and relevant international bodies.

Moderator: Razvan Bucuroiu

10.45 - 10.50      
Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager

10.50 - 11.10      
Razvan Bucuroiu, Network Manager Directorate

11.10 - 11.30      
Carlo Verelst, IATA


SAXFRA: the Slovenian Austrian Cross-Broder
Free Route Airspace

11.30 - 11.45      

Heinz Sommerbauer, CEO of Austro Control
Franc Željko  Županič, CEO of Slovenia


11.45 - 12.05
Presentation of SAXFRA:  The Slovenian Austrian Cross-Border Free Route Airspace

Davor Mizerit, ATM expert of Slovenia Control
Kristian Wollner, ATM Expert of Austro Control


Presentation of SEAFRA: The South-East Axis
Free Route Airspace



12.05 - 12.15
Radojica Rovčanin, CEO of Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services - SMATSA
Davorin Primorac, CEO of Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency - BHANSA
Dragan Bilać, CEO of Croatia Control


12.15 - 12.25
Presentation of SEAFRA
Mihajlo Jelisavčić, Director ATM of Croatia Control
Mirjana Vasiljević, Head of the ATM and AIS Division of SMATSA

Introduction of a new initiative: The South East Common Sky Initiative (SECSI)



12.25 - 12.35
Thomas Hoffmann, COO of Austro Control

Davor Mizerit, ATM expert of Slovenia Control
Kristian Wollner, ATM expert of Austro Control


12.35 - 12.45
Signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation for the South East Common Sky Initiative

13.00 – 14:00

Title: Acceptance and Adoption: The Progression of Remote Towers

Abstract: Remote Towers have quickly moved from a concept to reality. 2016 saw many progressions that proved greater flexibility, reduced costs and increased safety benefits. Learn first hand about the results of the LIVE TRIALs that took place in large airport environments, in Hungary and Italy, as well as a new project involving a Remote Tower for contingency operations. Our ‘Ask Me Anything’ format will provide attendees with an opportunity to text questions to the moderator throughout the event.   

Moderator: Mike Pearson, Director, Helios

Daniele Teotino, Head of SESAR JU Activity Coordination, Enav SpA Dezső Dudas, Chief Research and Development Architect, HungaroControl
Marcus Cochrane, ATC Project Manager/ATCO, Ports of Jersey

14.15 – 16.45

Title: SWIM – From R&D to Reality

System Wide Information Management (SWIM) enables the seamless information interchange between all providers and users of air traffic management information. The SESAR R&D Programme successfully developed the essential components to support this exchange of aeronautical, airport, flight, meteorology, surveillance, flow and capacity & demand information between qualified parties via interoperable services. The next phase of development bringing improved situational awareness, collaboration and decision making for the ATM stakeholders has started. This phase will result in making the required standards and specification available for stakeholders to implement SWIM, including the required governance to manage the evolution of SWIM collectively.

The workshop will address these activities but, moreover, present the experience of two early adopters that have embraced the SWIM principles and are already, or preparing for the exchange of ATM information seamlessly to all stakeholders involved.


14:15 – 14:35            
EUROCONTROL Expectations
Philippe Merlo, Director ATM, EUROCONTROL

SJU Expectations
David Bowen, Chief ATM, SESAR Joint Undertaking

SDM Expectations
TBC, SESAR Deployment Manager

14:35 – 14:55            
SWIM Concept
Applying Service-Orientation to Information Exchange Interoperability in ATM
Paul Bosman, Head of ATM Strategies Division, EUROCONTROL

14:55 – 15:15            
SWIM Standards
The Uniform Technical Criteria to Implement Information Exchange Interoperability in ATM
Dennis Hart, Head of SWIM Unit, EUROCONTROL

15:15 – 15:35            
SWIM Governance
A Proportional Approach to Managing Information Exchange Interoperability in ATM
Stéphane Dubet (DSNA), Deployment SWIM Governance Project Lead

15:35 – 16:35                        
SWIM Implementation

  • The Network Manager’s perspective

Boosting your ATM business by NM B2B SWIM Services

Idalina Mendes Videira/Jean-Pierre Aiguier, Network Manager

  • The Aviation meteorology’s perspective


Rosalind Lapsley, EUMETNET

16:35 – 16:45            
Closing Remarks

10.00 – 13:40

Title: SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: Human Factors supporting Automation in ATM

Organised by AUTOPACE Project

Abstract The workshop will present the different possible approaches to analyse human factors in highly automated ATC environments, as well as propose solutions to address potential adverse effects.

The SESAR Joint Undertaking is funding several exploratory research projects on how to quantitatively predict how future automation would impact on human performance. These predictions are based on the foreseen use of cognitive resources; supporting tools; psychological factors such as fatigue, stress and emotions; and the consideration of the air traffic controllers’ positive or negative perception of automation.

Universities and training providers taking part in the projects are exploring a catalogue of training strategies to support the controller being “in-the-loop” and avoid “fear of automation”.

The workshop will show to the audience the role of the universities in human performance assessment and training strategies development, through their involvement in several exploratory research projects

The main workshop objectives are:

  • Offer to the audience a general overview of the advances carried out in the exploration of the automation and human factors field
  • Share information to give added value to the exploratory research projects promoting the dissemination and use of the latest state of the art in the exploratory research of automation.  
  • Identification of synergies and complementarities among the activities performed in the different projects to enable cooperation
  • Identify further developments in automation area to be used as a reference for the exploratory research programme

In order to achieve these goals, the exploratory research projects under several topics will present their results:

  • Five projects under the topic Automation, robotics and autonomy will present their research on evaluation of automation effect on human factors (AUTOPACE, TACO, AGENT, STRESS, MINIMA),
  • Two projects from the topic High-performing airport operations will present its particular human factors assessment on augmented reality application (RETINA) and the exploration of key multimodal stimuli to enhance the sense of presence experience by ATCOs in remote towers (MOTO)
  • Finally a project within the Innovative ATM architecture (PACAS) will present how their identified achievements in automation could be appropriately implemented in the ATM system.

The event is oriented to all the ATM professionals interested in the research of the automation effects on the human performance. 


10:00 – 10:20           
Workshop Introduction, Objectives and Agenda Presentation

Alessandro Prister, SJU

Fernando Gómez, Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

10:20 – 10:40          
AUTOPACE: Psychological Modelling to Support Automation Assessment

Eva Puntero, CRIDA


10:40 – 11:00
STRESS and MOTO: Neurophysiological Indexes to Support Automation Design

Stefano Bonelli, Deep Blue

11:00 – 11:20
MINIMA: Vigilance and Attention as Trigger for Adaptive Automation

Andreas Hasselberg, DLR


11:20 – 11:40
TACO: Human-Automation Collaboration and Dynamic Allocation of Surface Management Tasks

Martina Ragosta, Deep Blue

11:40 – 12:00
AGENT: Enhancing AU’s to Support ATCo’s Conflict Resolution Tasks.

Miguel Angel Piera Eroles, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Dr. Francisco Javier Saez, Cranfield University

12:00 – 12:20
RETINA: Resilient Synthetic Vision for Advanced Control Tower Air Navigation Service Provision

Sara Bagassi, University of Bologna

12:20 – 12:40
PACAS: A Gamified and Automated-Reasoning Solution for Participatory Change Management in European ATM Systems

Martina Ragosta, Deep Blue

Open Discussion and Wrap-Up

Fernando Gómez, Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

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