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iFly project

  1. Project details
  2. Background
  3. Project objective(s)
  4. Description of the work
  5. Expected results

 

 

1. Project details

Contract number TREN/07/FP6AE/S07.71574/037180
Project acronym iFly
Project name Safety, complexity and responsibility based design and validation of highly automated air traffic management
Starting date 22 May 2007
Duration 51 months
Instrument Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREP)
Thematic priority 1.3.1.4.g Aeronautics and Space
Total project cost 5 246 kEuro
IST European Commision funding 3 309 kEuro
Coordinator Henk A.P. Blom (National Aerospace Laboratory NLR)
EC Officer


Vu Duc Hoang (as of September 2011)
Katarzyna Gryc (until August 2011)
Christopher North (until November 2007)

 

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2. Background

During recent years the ATM community research trend is to direct large airborne self separation research projects to situations of less dense airspace. Typical examples of this trend are the EC research projects MFF (Mediterranean Free Flight) and ASSTAR (Advanced Safe Separation Technology and Algorithms). This trend is remarkable because airborne self separation was originally conceived as a potential solution for high density airspace. iFly aims to develop a step change in this trend, through a systematic exploitation and further development of the advanced mathematical techniques that have emerged within the HYBRIDGE project of EC's 5th Framework Programme.

 

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3. Project objective(s)

Currently, two schools of researchers exist. Researchers of one school believe that airborne self-separation can safely accommodate traffic levels much greater than current en-route traffic. Researchers of the other school believe that airborne self-separation cannot work safely for high density airspace. Both schools concur that for airspace having sufficiently low traffic densities, airborne self-separation may be safe. From a research perspective this calls for a study which evaluates up to which traffic levels airborne self-separation is safe. This is exactly the key aim of the iFly project. For en-route traffic, iFly has the objective to develop an advanced airborne self separation design together with a vision how the well-equipped aircraft can be integrated within SESAR concept thinking. The goal is to accommodate a three to six times increase in current en-route traffic levels. This incorporates analysis of safety, complexity and pilot/controller responsibilities and assessment of ground and airborne system requirements and which make part of an overall validation plan. The proposed iFly research combines expertise in air transport human factors, safety and economics with analytical and Monte Carlo simulation methodologies providing for "implementation" decision-making, standardisation and regulatory frameworks.

 

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4. Description of the work

iFly will perform two operational concept design cycles and an assessment cycle comprising human factors, safety, efficiency, capacity and economic analyses. The general work structure is illustrated in the figure below. During the first design cycle, state of the art Research, Technology and Development (RTD) aeronautics results will be used to define a "baseline" operational concept. For the assessment cycle and second design cycle, innovative methods for the design of safety critical systems will be used to refine the operational concept with the goal of managing a three to six times increase in current air traffic levels. These innovative methods find their roots in robotics, financial mathematics and telecommunications.



As depicted in the figure below, iFly work is organised through nine technical Work Packages (WPs), each of which belongs to one of the four types of developments mentioned above:

Design cycle 1
The aim is to develop an Autonomous Aircraft Advanced (A3) en-route operational concept which is initially based on the current "state-of-the-art" in aeronautics research. The A3 ConOps is developed within WP1. An important starting and reference point for this A3 ConOps development is formed by the human responsibility analysis in WP2.

Innovative methods
Develop innovative architecture free methods towards key issues that have to be addressed by an advanced operational concept:

  • Develop a method to model and predict complexity of air traffic (WP3).

  • Model and evaluate the problem of maintaining multi-agent Situation Awareness (SA) and avoiding cognitive dissonance (WP4).

  • Develop conflict resolution algorithms for which it is formally possible to garantee their performance (WP5).

Assessment cycle
Assess the state-of-the-art in Autonomous Aircraft Advanced (A3) en-route operations concept design development with respect to human factors, safety and economy, and identify which limitations have to be mitigated in order to accommodate a three to six times increase in air traffic demand:

  • Assess the A3 operation on economy, with emphasis on the impact on organisational and institutional issues (WP6).

  • Assess the A3 operation on safety as a function of traffic density increase over current and mean density level (WP7).

Design cycle 2
The aim is to refine the A3 ConOps of design cycle 1 and to develop a vision how A3 equipped aircraft can be integrated within SESAR concept thinking. Preliminary safety and performance requirements will be developed on the applicable functional elements of the A3 ConOps, focused on identifying the required technology.


 

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5. Expected results

There are ten expected iFly results:

  1. Autonomous Aircraft Advanced (A3) ConOps,

  2. Human factors of A3 ConOps

  3. Safety/capacity of A3 ConOps

  4. Cost-benefit of A3 ConOps

  5. Predict traffic complexity  

  6. Maintaining multi-agent Situation Awareness (SA) 

  7. Guaranteed conflict resolution 

  8. A3 ConOps refinement

  9. A3 airborne requirements  

  10. Overall validation plan 

 

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iFly participants

Institute (country)

Acronym used

Point of contact

National Aerospace Laboratory NLR (NL)

NLR

Henk Blom

Honeywell (CZ)

HNWL

Petr Cásek

Isdefe (ES)

Isdefe

Vicente Bordón

University of Tartu (EE)

UTartu

Aavo Luuk

Athens University of Economics and Business Research Centre (GR)

AUEB

Kostas Zografos

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (CH)

ETHZ

John Lygeros

University of l'Aquila (IT)

AQUI

Marika D. Di Benedetto

Politecnico di Milano (IT)

PoliMi

Maria Prandini

University of Cambridge (UK)

UCAM

Jan Maciejowski

National Technical University of Athens (GR)

NTUA

Kostas Kyriakopoulos

University of Twente (NL)

TWEN

Arun Bagchi

Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (FR)

ENAC

Stephane Puechmorel

Dedale (FR)

Dedale

Fanny Rome

NATS En Route Ltd. (UK)

NATS

Craig Foster

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (FR)

INRIA

Francois Le Gland

Eurocontrol Experimental Centre (FR)

EEC

Richard Irvine

DSNA-DTI-SDER (FR)

DSNA

Pascal Lezaud

University of Leicester (UK)

ULES

Andrea Lecchini-Visintini

 

 

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iFly Co-ordinator

Name Henk A.P. Blom, PhD
Organisation National Aerospace Laboratory NLR
Visiting address Anthony Fokkerweg 2
  1059 CM Amsterdam
Postal address P.O. Box 90502
  1006 BM Amsterdam
Country The Netherlands
Telephone number +31 88 511 3544
Fax number +31 88 511 3210
E-mail blom@nlr-atsi.nl

 

iFly Team leaders

Name

Petr Cásek

Organisation

Honeywell International s r.o.

Department

Global Design Center o.z.

Address

Holandská 4

 

639 00 Brno

Country

Czech Republic

Telephone number

+420 532 115 504

Fax number

+420 532 115 001

E-mail

petr.casek@honeywell.com




Name

Vicente Bordón

Organisation

Isdefe S.A.

Address

Edison, 4

 

28006 Madrid

Country

Spain

Telephone number

+34-91 271 1772

Fax number

+34-91 564 5108

E-mail

vbordon@isdefe.es




Name

Prof. Aavo Luuk

Organisation

University of Tartu

Department

Department of Psychology

Address

78 Tiigi Street

 

Tartu

Country

Estonia

Telephone number

+372 736 5916

Fax number

+372 737 6152

E-mail

aavo.luuk@ut.ee




Name

Prof. Kostas Zografos

Organisation

Athens University of Economics and Business Research Centre

Department

TRANsportation Systems and LOGistics Laboratory

Address

78 Evelpidon 47A & 33 Lefkados

 

113 62 Athens

Country

Greece

Telephone number

+30 210 820 3675

Fax number

+30-210 820 3684

E-mail

translog@aueb.gr




Name

Prof. John Lygeros

Organisation

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Department

Automatic Control Laboratory

Address

ETL I 22, Physikstrasse 3

 

CH-8092 Zurich

Country

Switzerland

Telephone number

+41-44 632 8970

Fax number

+41-44 632 1211

E-mail

lygeros@control.ee.ethz.ch




Name

Prof. Marika D. Di Benedetto

Organisation

University of l'Aquila

Department

Electrical Engineering

Address

Poggio di Roio

 

L'Aquila 67040

Country

Italy

Telephone number

+39-08-6243 4402

Fax number

+39-08-6243 4403

E-mail

mariadomenica.dibenedetto@univaq.it




Name

Maria Prandini, PhD

Organisation

Politecnico di Milano

Department

Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione

Address

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32

 

20133 Milano

Country

Italy

Telephone number

+39-02-2399 3441

Fax number

+39-02-2399 3412

E-mail

prandini@elet.polimi.it




Name

Prof. Jan Maciejowski

Organisation

University of Cambridge

Department

Department of Engineering

Address

The Old Schools, Trinity Lane

 

Cambridge CB2 1TS

Country

United Kingdom

Telephone number

+44-1223-332 732

Fax number

+44-1223-332 662

E-mail

jmm@eng.cam.ac.uk




Name

Prof. Kostas Kyriakopoulos

Organisation

National Technical University of Athens

Department

Control Systems Laboratory, Mechanical Design and Control Syst.

Address

9, Heroon Polytechniou Str.

 

Athens 15773

Country

Greece

Telephone number

+30-210-7723 595

Fax number

+30-210-7723 657

E-mail

kkyria@central.ntua.gr




Name

Prof. Arunabha Bagchi

Organisation

University of Twente

Department

Applied Mathematics

Visiting address

Drienerlolaan 5

 

7522 NB Enschede

Postal address

PO Box 217

 

7500 AE Enschede

Country

The Netherlands

Telephone number

+31-534-893 406

Fax number

+31-534-340 733

E-mail

a.bagchi@math.utwente.nl




Name

Prof. Stéphane Puechmorel

Organisation

Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile

Department

Laboratoire de Mathématiques Appliquées

Address

7, Avenue Edouard Belin

 

31055 TOULOUSE CEDEX

Country

France

Telephone number

+33-5 6217 4152

Fax number

+33-5-6217 4143

E-mail

puechmor@recherche.enac.fr




Name

Fanny Rome, PhD

Organisation

Dédale S.A.

Address

15 Place de la Nation

 

75011 Paris

Country

France

Telephone number

+33-1-5839 3146

Fax number

+33-1-5839 3099

E-mail

frome@dedale.net




Name

Craig Foster

Organisation

Nats En Route Ltd

Department

CNS/ATM Research

Address

4000 Parkway, Whiteley

 

Fareham, Hants PO15 7FL

Country

United Kingdom

Telephone number

+44-1489 615 840

E-mail

craig.foster@nats.co.uk




Name

François Le Gland, PhD

Organisation

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique

Department

IRISA (Umr 6074)

Address

Domaine de Voluceau or BP 105

 

F-78153 Le Chesnay

Country

France

Telephone number

+33-2-9984 7362

Fax number

+33-2-9984 7171

E-mail

legland@irisa.fr




Name

Richard Irvine

Organisation

Eurocontrol Experimental Centre

Address

Centre du Bois des Bordes B.P. 15

 

F-91222 Brétigny-sur-Orge Cedex

Country

France

Telephone number

+33-1-6988 7329

Fax number

+33-1-6988 7505

E-mail

richard.irvine@eurocontrol.int




Name

Pascal Lezaud, PhD

Organisation

DTI/SDER Toulouse

Department

Laboratoire commun DTI/SDER-ENAC de mathématiques appliquées

Address

7, avenue Édouard-Belin, BP 4005

 

F-31055 Toulouse Cedex 4

Country

France

Telephone number

+33-5-6217 4399

Fax number

+33-5-6217 4143

E-mail

lezaud@recherche.enac.fr




Name

Andrea Lecchini-Visintini, PhD

Organisation

University of Leicester

Department

Department of Engineering

Address

University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

Country

United Kingdom

Telephone number

+44-116 252 3546

Fax number

+44-116 252 2619

E-mail

alv1@leicester.ac.uk



 

 

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iFly alumni

iFly is very thankful to all ex-iFly contributers:

Name John Wise
Organisation Honeywell, USA
iFly active period August 2006 - January 2009
  Appreciation of iFly for his unique human factors contributions to WP2.
Wishes to iFly Continue to push the ATM envelope and at least once attend the Annual EAA Fly-In in Oshkosh Wisconsin to observe how one part of aviation is experimenting with many iFly concepts!
E-mail JohnWise@alumni.Pitt.edu (permanent address)



Name Iñaki Echegoyen Pallardo
Organisation Isdefe, Madrid, Spain
iFly active period January 2008 - December 2008
  Appreciation of iFly for his unique A3 ConOps contributions to WP1.
Wishes to iFly I wish iFly fulfills and hopefully exceeds all its objectives; may it be hailed as a cornerstone study in ASAS and self separation and as one of the pivotal European projects that help pioneer the field. Particularly, I expect the A3 ConOps to perform well its primary task: that is, to provide a solid foundation for the rest of the work to be done in the iFly project.
Telephone number +34 645 118 957
E-mail ignacio.echegoyen@gmail.com



Name Daniel Mosquera-Benitez
Organisation Isdefe, Madrid, Spain
iFly active period April 2008 - December 2008
  Acting as WP8 Leader and WP1 Contibutor. Appreciation of iFly for his unique A3 ConOps contributions to WP1.
Wishes to iFly It has been noted by iFly members and by the European Commission the added value of iFly objectives for the ATM community, this has been shown by the extension of the project intended to provide more specifics and consolidated results that would serve as the "first stone" of following researches. My wishes to iFly is that these results will be as strong and relevant that smash ATM community expectations.
E-mail dmosquera@isdefe.es



 

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Past ATM related conferences

  • SID 2011: First SESAR Innovation Days 2011
         Toulouse, France, November 29 - December 1, 2011
  • AIAA-GNC 2011: AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Conference 2011
         Portland, Oregon, USA, August 8-11, 2011
  • ATM Seminar 2011: 9th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research & Development Seminar
        Berlin, Germany, June 14-17, 2011
  • TRB 2011: 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board 2011
        Washington, D.C., US, January 23-27, 2011
  • INO Workshop 2010: 9th EUROCONTROL Innovative Research workshop & Exhibition 2010
        Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, December 7-9, 2010
  • Eurocontrol Safety Seminar 2010: Eurocontrol Safety & Human Factors Seminar 2010
        Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, October 19-20, 2010
  • IEEE/AIAA DASC 2010: 29th Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2010
        Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, October 3-7, 2010
  • AIAA-ATIO 2010: 10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010
        Fort Worth, Texas, September 13-15, 2010
  • AIAA-GNC 2010: AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Conference 2010
        Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 2-5, 2010
  • ICRAT 2010: 4th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation 2010
        Budapest, Hungary, June 1-4, 2010
  • ATOS 2010: Air Transport & Operations Symposium 2010
        Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, April 14-15, 2010
  • INO Workshop 2009: 8th EUROCONTROL Innovative Research workshop & Exhibition 2009
        Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, December 1-3, 2009
  • CEAS 2009: European Air and Space Conference 2009
        Manchester, UK, October 26-29, 2009
  • IEEE/AIAA DASC 2009: 28th Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2009
        Orlando, Florida, USA, October 25-29, 2009
  • Eurocontrol Safety Seminar 2009: Eurocontrol Annual Safety R&D Seminar 2009
        München, Germany, October 21-22, 2009
  • AIAA-ATIO 2009: 9th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2009
        Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA, September 21-24, 2009
  • AIAA-GNC 2009: AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Conference 2009
        Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 10-13, 2009
  • ATM Seminar 2009: 8th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research & Development Seminar
        Napa, California, USA, June 29-July 2, 2009
  • ASAS-GNF 2009: ASAS Global Network Forum 2009: "Building Global Confidence"
        Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 19-21, 2009
  • INO Workshop 2008: 7th EUROCONTROL Innovative Research workshop & Exhibition 2008
        Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, December 2-4, 2008
  • ASAS-GN 2008: Towards ASAS-GN Seminar 2008: "Towards an ASAS-Global Network: Next Steps!"
        Rome, Italy, November 12-13, 2008
  • IEEE/AIAA DASC 2008: 27th Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2008
        St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, October 26-30, 2008
  • AIAA-ATIO 2008: 8th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2008
        Anchorage, Alaska, USA, September 14-19, 2008
  • AIAA-GNC 2008: AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Conference 2008
        Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, August 18-21, 2008
  • ICRAT 2008: 3rd International Conference on Research in Air Transportation 2008
        Fairfax, Virginia, USA, June 1-4, 2008
  • ASAS-TN2 2008: Final ASAS TN2 Seminar 2008: "ASAS Now!"
        Paris, France, April 14-15, 2008
  • INO Workshop 2007: 6th EUROCONTROL Innovative Research workshop & Exhibition 2007
        Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, December 4-6, 2007
  • Eurocontrol Safety Seminar 2007: Eurocontrol Annual Safety R&D Seminar 2007
        Rome, Italy, October 24-26, 2007
  • IEEE/AIAA DASC 2007: 26th Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2007
        Dallas, Texas, USA, October 21-25, 2007
  • AIAA-ATIO 2007: 7th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2007
        Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 18-20, 2007
  • ASAS-TN2 2007: 5th ASAS-TN2 workshop: "Equipping for ASAS: Ground and Airborne Industries"
        Toulouse, France, September 17-19, 2007
  • ATM Seminar 2007: 7th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research & Development Seminar
        Barcelona, Spain, July 2-5, 2007
  • ASAS-TN2 2007: 4th ASAS-TN2 workshop: "ASAS: a reality check"
        Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 23-25, 2007
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Conferences where iFly papers are presented

  • IFAC 2011: 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control
        Milano, Italy, August 28 - September 2, 2011
  • ACC 2011: 2011 American Control Conference
        San Francisco, USA, June 29 - July 1, 2011
  • HSCC 2011: 14th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
         Chicago, USA, April 12-14, 2011
  • CDC 2010: 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
        Atlanta, Georgia USA, December 15-17, 2010
  • DARS 2010: 10th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotics Systems
        Lausanne, Switzerland, November 1-3, 2010
  • MTNS 2010: 19th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
        Budapest, Hungary, July 5-9, 2010
  • ACC 2010: 2010 American Control Conference
        Baltimore, Maryland, USA, June 30 - July 2, 2010
  • CDC 2009: 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
        Shanghai, China, December 16-18, 2009
  • Belgrade Safety Workshop 2009: Fundamentals of Risk Analysis and Safety Assessment of Air Traffic Operations
        Belgrade, Serbia, October 5-9, 2009
  • ECC 2009: European Control Conference
        Budapest, Hungary, August 23-26, 2009
  • SIAM CT 2009: SIAM Conference on Control and its Applications
        Denver, Colorado, July 6-8, 2009
  • SYSID 2009: 15th IFAC Symposium on System Identification
        Saint-Malo, France, July 6-8, 2009
  • IEEE MED 2009: 17th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation
        Thessaloniki, Greece, June 24-26, 2009
  • ICRA 2009: International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2009
        Kobe, Japan, May 12-17, 2009
  • EIWAC 2009: Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) International Workshop on ATM/CNS
        Tokyo, Japan, March 5-6, 2009
  • CDC 2008: 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
        Cancun, Mexico, December 9-11, 2008
  • EAAP 2008: 28th Conference of the European Association for Aviation Psychology
        Valencia, Spain, October 27-31, 2008
  • NMPC 2008: International Workshop on Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
        Pavia, Italy, September 5-9, 2008
  • ISSC 2008: 26th International System Safety Conference
        Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 25-29, 2008
  • ACC 2008: 2008 American Control Conference
        Seattle, Washington, USA, June 11-13, 2008
  • HSCC 2008: 11th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
         St. Louis, Missouri, USA, April 22-24, 2008
  • CDC 2007: 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
        New Orleans, LA, December 12-14, 2007
  • NIPS 2007: 21th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems
        Vancouver, B.C., Canada, December 3-6, 2007
  • SSSC 2007: 3rd IFAC Symposium on System, Structure and Control
        Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, October 17-19, 2007
  • ICSPA 2007: International Conference on Stochastic Processes and Applications
        Bangalore, India, July 6-12, 2007
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