BEACON - Behavioural economics for ATM concepts
Period: July 2020 - December 2022 Role: Project partner Funding source: Call: H2020-SESAR-2019-2. Topic(s): SESAR-ER4-08-2019 - Behavioural economics in ATM Other partners: University of Westminster (leader), NOMMON, EUROCONTROL, Salient, SWISS Site: Summary: BEACON studies the feasibility of extending UDPP (User-Driven Prioritisation Process) to allow multi-prioritisation processes in the airspace (e.g. encompassing departure slots, regulation slots, arrival manager slots), and exchange of slots between airlines. BEACON builds two models: a strategic model with long-term planning capabilities for the agents, and a more detailed tactical simulator to capture network effects and compute various key performance indicators. To properly capture the agents' behaviours, BEACON makes use of behavioural economics. Different types of markets and credit systems are tested with the models. Special attention is paid to issues of fairness and equity, through the use of both existing and new metrics. In particular, the project explores the impact of the new mechanisms on low-volume airspace users. BEACON increases the understanding on what Behavioural Economics can add to ATM concepts elaboration and validation methodologies and deepens and broadens the concepts of prioritisation in ATM beyond UDPP and their potential impacts on Network performance.
E-CHAIN - Enhanced Connectivity and Harmonization of data for the Adriatic Intermodal Network
Period: January 2019 - June 2021 Role: Project partner Funding source: 2014 - 2020 Interreg V-A, Italy - Croatia CBC Programme Other partners: Municipality of Ancona (leader), Capt.P. Amatori – Agenzia Marittima S.r.l., Brusutti S.r.l., G.M.T. S.p.A., University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka, Prosoft D.O.O., Jadrolinija Rijeka, City of Split, Celebes IT D.O.O. Site: Summary: E-CHAIN main objective is to enhance connectivity and harmonization of data for the Adriatic Intermodal Network, through the realization of a modular integrated software (E-CHAIN platform) for the management of intermodal transport services in port areas for passenger transport. E-CHAIN is based on the experience of the Consortium in the management of Italian and Croatian ports logistics issues, on the need to standardize and computerize the procedures in order to achieve consistent cost savings, reducing travel time, improving transport efficiency and consequent pollutants emissions (CO2) reduction. To enhance the current situation, E-CHAIN will focus on providing new services such as an improved Port multimodal infomobility system for the passengers, a ticketing system integrated with other transport modes, an advanced touristic co-marketing tool for the operators. These services will be designed and deployed in the selected pilot sites (Ancona, Split and Venice).
Engage - Knowledge Transfer Network proposed in response to the SESAR-ER3-01-2016 Call
Period: January 2018 - December 2021 Role: Project partner Funding source: Call. H2020-SESAR-2016-2. Topic. SESAR-ER3-01-2016 Other partners: University of Westminster (leader), Innaxis, University of Belgrade, TU Delft, Frquentis, EUROCONTROL, EASA Site: Summary: Engage is a KTN proposed for European air traffic management (ATM). At the core of the network are thematic challenges, supported by dedicated workshops. Catalyst funding will support focused projects, thus stimulating the transfer of exploratory research results towards ATM application-oriented research. The network will establish a knowledge hub, in which members across the research community are continuously involved. The knowledge hub will be the one-stop, go-to source for information in Europe, aiming at establishing an enduring Other partnership between academic, operational and industrial Other partners exchanging needs, ideas and information to ensure the relevance and applicability of research and uptake of new concepts and methods.
ADAPT - Advanced prediction models for flexible trajectory-based operations
Period: January 2018 - December 2019 Role: Project leader Funding source: Call. H2020-SESAR-2016-2. Topic. SESAR-ER3-03-2016 Other partners: TU Delft, University of Westminster, DEEP BLUE, Università degli Studi di Palermo Site: Summary: The ADAPT project proposes strategic models to predict the volume, flexibility and complexity of traffic demand considering both individual flights and network infrastructure (i.e. sectors and airports). These models are conducive to trajectory-based operations and are expected to provide benefits for all stakeholders: air navigation service providers could adjust their service provision, while airspace users would know in advance how much flexibility around the agreed trajectories they have to efficiently adjust the execution of their operations.
DOMINO - Novel tools to evaluate ATM systems coupling under future deployment scenarios
Period: January 2018 - December 2019 Role: Project partner Funding source: Call. H2020-SESAR-2016-2. Topic. SESAR-ER3-06-2016 Other partners: University of Westminster (leader), EUROCONTROL, Università di Bologna, Innaxis Site: Summary: The primary objective of Domino is to develop a set of tools, a methodology and a platform to assess the coupling of ATM systems from a flight and a passenger perspective. The platform will allow ATM system designers to gain insight on the impact of applying new mechanisms. It will provide a view of the impact of deploying solutions in different manners, e.g., harmonized vs. local/independent deployment, and information on the criticality of elements in the system and how this might be different for different stakeholders.
UDPP (User Driven Prioritisation Process) credits
Period: September 2014 - September 2016 Role: Project partner Funding source: EUROCONTROL Other partners: Advanced Logistics Group (leader), University of Westminster Summary: The UDPP concept represents a collaborative decision-making process primarily used in an ATM/airport capacity constrained situation. Additionally, it can be used under airspace users’ requests for reasons of business interest in the planning and execution of departure, en-route and arrival phases as an input to the airport and network sequencing processes. UDPP benefits for airspace users contribute to the flexibility, efficiency & cost-effectiveness Key Performance Areas. The purpose of this project is to define a mathematical method for prioritising flights allowing extended flexibility and achieving equilibrium between airspace users benefits, in addition to equity between airspace users and capacity in the ATM network in a Demand Capacity Balancing situation.
SATURN – Strategic Application of Traffic Using Redistribution in the Network
Period: June 2013 - January 2016 Role: Project leader Funding source: SESAR WPE Long Term and Innovative Research Other partners: Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Belgrade, University of Westminster Site: Summary: The objective of SATURN is to make novel and credible use of market-based demand-management mechanisms to redistribute air traffic in the European airspace. The project is motivated by frequent demand and capacity imbalances in the European airspace network, which are forecast to continue in the near future. SATURN explores pure and hybrid pricing mechanisms, aimed at redistributing air traffic in Europe when the expected demand exceeds the nominal capacities of sectors and/or airports. This study shows that pricing is a viable option to redistribute traffic in the European air traffic network. In particular, the modulation of en-route charges, as advocated by EC Regulation 391/2013, may produce changes in airspace users’ operational costs that may incentivise airlines to reroute some flights, or to request different departure times, to avoid expensive areas or to take advantage of reduced charges. The focus is on influencing future traffic patterns, not on tactical actions on the day of operations. SATURN’s real-size model capabilities (tested on the entire European network) allow for further studies, such as the quantification of benefits of a centralised planner compared with those of decentralised maximisation of self-interests (by the ANSPs and/or airspace users) or the definition of a mechanism to influence the capacity offer to better match demand.
ACCESS – Application of Agent-Based Computational Economics to Strategic Slot Allocation
Period: May 2013 - January 2016 Role: Project partner Funding source: SESAR WPE Long Term and Innovative Research Other partners: Nommon Solution and Technologies (leader), Advanced Logistics Group, Universidad de Valladolid Site: Summary: The main goal of ACCESS has been to develop a modelling and simulation framework for the evaluation of airport slot allocation mechanisms, allowing the assessment of their impact on network performance as well as on each of the involved stakeholders. ACCESS has addressed airport slot allocation from the perspective of complex adaptive systems. Due to the complexity of the combinatorial assignment problems underlying primary slot auctioning and secondary slot trading, agent-based computational economics provides a particularly suitable framework to undertake a rigorous and formal study of different alternatives for market design, allowing the modelling and exploration of features (such as bounded rationality, evolutionary behaviour or asymmetry of information) that are not properly captured by classical approaches from economics and operations research.
T-TRANS – Enhancing the transfer of Intelligent Transportation System innovations to the market
Period: September 2012 - November 2014 Role: Project partner Funding source: EC under the 7th Framework Programme Other partners: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (leader), LGI Consulting, ATOS Spain, SERNAUTO, Fraunhofer CML, DNV KEMA, INTELSPACE Innovation Technologies, TTI Riga. Site: Summary: T-TRANS aims at providing information on innovation mechanisms for the intelligent transportation systems, facilitating the transfer of related innovative products and services to the market. The project addresses the difficulty of transferring to market developing technologies with a significant potential for improvement, both in terms of efficiency and costs, once they could be commercialised.
Enhancing the European Air Transportation System
Period: March 2010 - September 2012 Role: Project partner Funding source: Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) under the program PRIN 2008 Other partners: Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (leader), Università degli Studi di Padova Summary: This research project aims at developing mathematical models and designing algorithms to manage the air transportation system. These models and algorithms will be integral part of a decision support system (DSS), which satisfies the requirements of real-time, adaptivity and reliability.
CATS Contract-based Air Transportation System
Period: November 2007 - November 2010 Role: Project partner Funding source: EC DG TREN under the 6th Framework Program Other partners: Frequentis (leader), EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre, Air France Consulting, Unique-Airport of Zürich, University of Leiden, ETH Zürich, ENAV, SKYSOFT-ATM. Summary: The CATS project proposes an integrated decoupling ATM organization, where all the actors negotiate and agree on their own objectives. This organization is based on the breakdown of responsibility between the different actors. The transfer of responsibility among them is now explicit and formally contracted. This will reinforce the arrival punctuality. The new ATM paradigm proposed by CATS is based on SESAR concept and proposes one of the possible implementations of the Business Trajectory. This proposal introduces an innovative way of managing ATM by mutually agreed objectives leading to a market-driven ATS.
EPISMAS – Technical specification for the development of Economical Metrics in support of mathematical ATC Simulations
Period: December 2007 - July 2009 Role: Project partner Funding source: EUROCONTROL CRDS Other partners: University of Belgrade (leader) Summary: The EPISMAS study identifies relevant indicators to assess an ATM scenario from the economic perspective, considering the interests of civil airspace users (airlines), air navigation service providers, and passengers. It then develops an appropriate Fast Time Simulation experiment, using RAMS Plus, to measure such indicators, and compares the economic suitability of different configurations of the same ATM scenario.
BLUEMED FAB feasibility study
Period: November 2005 - June 2008 Role: Project partner Funding source: EC DG TREN within the TEN-T program Other partners: ENAV (leader), MATS Malta, HCAA Greece, DCAC Cyprus, NANSC Egypt, OACA Tunsia, EUROCONTROL, SICTA, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Athens University of Economics and Business. Summary: The BLUE MED Feasibility Study constitutes the first, fundamental step for the establishment of a FAB over the South East Mediterranean area, aiming to fulfil the SES regulations. The study has been conducted under the assumption that the expectations of several stakeholders needs to be reconciled and satisfied; to this purpose, a set of key performance indicators has been defined for the main improvement areas, and used to measure the capability of BLUE MED to provide the expected benefits by reaching agreed key performance targets. In addition to creating an unprecedented and excellent working cooperation and understanding between the participating ANSPs, the study has concluded that the expected improvements that will derive from the FAB creation, when offset against the related costs, clearly support the feasibility and viability of the FAB.
IRCS – Innovative Route Charging Schemes
Period: January 2001 - February 2004 Role: Participant in the research team of University of Trieste, which acted as project leader Funding source: EUROCONTROL under the CARE Innovative Program Other partners: Università degli Studi di Padova, Air Dolomiti Summary: IRCS studies the impact of changes in en-route charges with respect to the demand and supply sides of ATM in a view to improve the overall efficiency of the system. It provides analyses on: