World ATM Congress 2021
The Tower Theatre Agenda
Please note: The Tower Theatre will be located in room N106

Updated  4 November. Check back often for more information!

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Smart Mobility Day - Organised by CIRCE, powered by Transnet SUDOE 

11.00 Inauguration and Transnet Project Purpose
Speaker: Lou Ackermann, Toulouse University Paul Sabatier
11.30  Sustainable Mobility in the Portuguese Universities
Speaker: José Almeida Silva, 
Faculdade de Ciências Universidade de Lisboa
12.00  Manifesto of Multimodal Mobility: Concrete Example of Successful Public-Private Cooperation 
Speaker: Luis Morales,
Connected Mobility Hub
12.30  Urban Air Mobility
Speaker: Gregorio Peraleda de la Llave,
13.00  Round Table: Commercial Routes and AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) 
Speakers: ENAIRE, Novaltia,  Globalvia, Vodafone, HERA DroneHUB, Ventor Innovations, CITET, Aeroports Catalunya
15.30 Pedestrians and Virtual Reality to Optimise Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Systems on Vehicles 
Speaker: Luca Piovano, 
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
16.00  Challenges and Technological Opportunities of the New Urban Air Mobility and e-VTOL Vehicles
Speaker: Nelson García Polanco, 
16.30  Solar Powered Mobility 
Speaker: David Pera, Institute Dom Luiz, Ulisboa
17.00  Closing
Speaker: Eduardo Sugrañes, 

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

10.20 – 11.10 SESAR JU U-space Projects

Title: Challenges of Advanced U-space Services and Concepts in Urban Environments

Pablo Sánchez-Escalonilla, CRIDA
Maurizio Trezza, Everis
Rubén Alcolea,  NOMMON
Juan Balbastre Tejedor, UPV
Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL

Abstract: The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) program has taken a proactive step towards facilitating drone operations through the implementation of U-space: A service ecosystem designed to facilitate access to lower airspace for drones. SESAR foresees the progressive implementation of U-space from foundation services towards more advanced ones. Initial U-space services will facilitate drone operations in environments with low density of drones and reduced levels of risk. However, operations in urban environments, which are expected to increase substantially over the coming decade, makes it necessary the development of new solutions.

New concepts of operations and advanced U-space services will allow keeping safety under acceptable margins in urban environments with high density of operations, diversity of vehicles and business models, and high concentration of population. In particular, new separation management concepts will be implemented in combination with a tactical conflict resolution service that will identify potential conflicts with other flights and propose pair-wise solutions. Additionally, a dynamic capacity management service will detect the limits of the tactical conflict resolution to manage the density of aircraft, and will implement measures to reduce the overall risk and the impact on the population. Finally, operations in airports’ vicinity will rely on an advanced service to facilitate the seamless collaboration with ATC.

AMULED, BUBBLES, DACUS and USEPE, projects founded by SESAR, are researching on these new concepts and advanced U-space services from different angles, and they will share their intermediate findings on the key challenges that should be overcome.

Challenges of Advanced U-space - Presentation

11:20 – 11.40 Ansart BV

Title: Product As a Service - Is It Applicable in the ATM Environment?

Siarhei Miranovich 

Abstract: The coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected the ATM industry. All the stakeholders had to cope with an extreme financial situation due to the rapid decline in traffic and the chain reaction that this decline has created.

To ensure business continuity in any upcoming abnormal situation to the ATM environment flexibility is a must. Our research has pointed us out to one possible direction which is the introduction of Product as a Service. This is a rather new approach in our industry but as our external environment constantly changes so our approaches must change. 

Such an approach will allow stakeholders to control their expenses in the way circumstances may dictate and allow them to purchase cost effective solutions that can be easily replaced.

Product as a Service - Presentation

11.50 – 12.10 Ingenav SL

Title: Competence Management Software

Max Bezzina

Abstract: Ingenav wishes to introduce its Competence Management Software.
This software permits ANSPs and Training Organisations to manage ATCO´s and other personnel´s licences and other competence elements associated with this.

The software perimts the user to monitor each competence element that is included in a licence and to give warnings when an action needs to be taken, such as for example that a validation is about to expire or that refresher training is required to fulfill the unit competence scheme.

It also allows for forward planning to be made, such as for example to know many controllers or instructors the organisation has available with such a type of competence, or how many ATCOs are due for this type of training within a given period of time.
The software tool also permits organisations to generate workflows between different users for efficient actions to be take between different roles.

This tool can also be integrated with our Roster Management software.

13.20 –14.10 Solace

Title: SWIM Fast Track (Part 1, Part 2)

Wayne Osse

Abstract: An in-depth look at how small and large ANSPs have been successful with System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and why the FAA and other top ANSPs are building their SWIM infrastructure on Solace technology.

The session will breakdown some of key challenges and pitfalls and explain how Solace has helped ANSPs large and small overcome them to quickly implement SWIM systems with the help of tools like the SWIM Sandbox.

This presentation spans two sequential sessions in the same theatre.
14.20 – 14.50  CANSO

Title: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

Ruby Sayyed, IATA
Ignacio Baca, IFATCA


Abstract: COVID has introduced new operational challenges and safety hazards. As traffic levels continue to be dynamic during the restart/recovery of aviation, going back to normal operations will require proactive risk mitigation. The working environment has changed in fundamental ways. Changing conditions on the ground, and different demands and interactions across the aviation supply chain, are impacting operations. With the added layers in the aviation system, e.g health and sanitary measures, there are new interactions, new system interdependencies and additional levels of coordination. Airlines’ capacity to predict travel demand has decreased. By extension, flight planning, turnaround times, and overall network management are dramatically impacted. Due to the large number of parked aircraft in airports around the world, surface movement is non-standard and special consideration should be made to reduce ground incidents or infringement on critical infrastructure.

In order to address new and amplified operational challenges and safety hazards caused by COVID, IATA, CANSO, IFATCA, and IFALPA have been collaborating to identify risks and work with experts to recommend best practices that can be used by airlines, ANSPs and airports to conduct their local risk assessments. A series of popular webinars have explored various themes and topics helping to identify best practices and provide tools to support restart and recovery. 

In this workshop, co-organized by IATA, CANSO, IFATCA and IFALPA, some of the key challenges brought about by COVID will be discussed. The participants will be able to share their own experience, lessons learned so far, and how can we better prepare for the recovery back to normal traffic levels.

15.00 – 15.20 Aveillant - Thales

Title: Holographic Radar as a Key Element of Drone Protection at Airports

Dominic Walker

Abstract: Aveillant has developed unique Holographic Radar technology which is proving particularly well suited to drone detection at airports. The benefits of Holographic radar include persistent 3D surveillance of the volume of interest, long range detection of small targets, and the ability to differentiate small drones from other targets in the airspace such as birds. Hear about what makes Holographic Radar ideal for the airport environment and about some of the latest airport installations. Data will be presented from the latest tests and trials conducted at various sites around the world.

15.30 – 15.50 CANSO

Title: Emerging Technologies for Future Skies

Patrick Souchu

Abstract: ATM is a high tech industry and is becoming even more so. With the speed of innovation and the number of new technologies coming to market it can be a challenge to know what delivers the most benefit and where your focus should be. 

CANSO has launched a series of whitepapers examining breakthrough technologies and the role they will play in the transformation of our industry.
Developed through close cooperation with industry experts and innovators, the whitepapers seek to cut through the hype around new technologies, and showcase our take on what they are, what they do and what role they should play in your future plans.

This session will introduce the series and discuss key conclusions of the first papers in a seven part series.

Emerging Technologies - Presentation


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