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MAY 17 – 21, 2021
A Virtual Event

 » SCHEDULE: Monday, May 17, 2021  
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week See live and on-demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory.
 

9 AM – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open

Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open
The Tech Symposium Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion will be live during the event for you to meet with, speak to, and see exhibitors and their technology offerings.

 
10 – 10:15 AM Symposium Begins Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA
 
10:15 – 10:45 AM Symposium Session

FAA Remarks
Pamela Whitley, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA
Shelley Yak, 
Executive Director, FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center


10:45 – 11:15 AM Symposium Session NASA Remarks 
Akbar Sultan, Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

 
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Networking Break with Exhibitors



1 – 2 PM  Symposium Session Fireside Chat with FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims
Peter F. Dumont,
President and CEO, ATCA
A. Bradley Mims, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


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2:45 – 4:15 PM 
Symposium Session

The Digital Transformation of Our ATM System
Moderator: Capt. Craig Drew
Panelists:
Todd Donovan, Thales
Rebecca Guy, FAA
LeAnn Ridgeway, Collins Aerospace
Jeffrey Schweitzer, Verizon
Cheryl Quinn
, NASA

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» SCHEDULE: Tuesday, May 18, 2021  
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week

See on-demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory. 


9 AM – 5 PM  Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open

 
 

9 – 10:30 AM

Symposium Session  BSI Roundtable Discussion #1 - Operations
Session Abstract Coming Soon 
 
11 AM – 12 PM  Symposium Session  Charting Aviation's Future: A Fireside Chat with the FAA, NASA, and ATCA's Blue Skies Initiative
Facilitator: Terry McVenes, President and CEO, RTCA and ATCA BSI Executive Committee Member
Participants:
Robert Pearce,
Associate Administrator,  Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
Pamela Whitley, Associate Administrator for NextGen, FAA

Session Abstract Coming Soon
                       

12:30 – 2 PM Symposium Session

Tech Talk: The Potential and Practical Applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in the NAS
Presenter: 
Tony Tisdall, JMA Solutions Inc.

Intelligent Airspace with AI: From Bots to Safety Critical Operations
Moderator: Kevin Niewoehner, L3Harris Technologies
Panelists:
Dr. Misty Davies, NASA
Lidia Gavrilenko, FAA
Robert V. Jones, PReSafe Technology

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2 – 3 PM  Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Networking Break in the Live Exhibit Hall


 
3 – 4:30 PM Symposium Session Tech Talk: Lessons Learned Through Kessel Run
Presenter: 
TBA, The MITRE Corp.

Rapid Development & Deployment (RDD): The Role of DevSecOps and User-Centered Design in a System-centric World 

Moderator: David Almeida, LS Technologies
Panelists: 
Shirley Burgess, PMO, FAA
Joshua Gustin, PMO, FAA
Luci Holemans, TechOps, FAA
Eric Hoover, Aeronautical and Weather Services Verification Branch, FAA
Dan Murphy, NAS Operations, FAA
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» SCHEDULE: Wednesday, May 19, 2021  
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week See on-demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory 


9 AM – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open



10 – 11 AM Symposium Session The Digital Infrastructure of the NAS: A Fireside Chat with the DoT
Facilitator: TBA, TBA
Participants:
TBA, 
TBA

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11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Symposium Session

R&D: Paving the Way to a More Sustainable, Resilient NAS
Moderator: Ian Trim, Guidehouse
Panelists:
Robert Boyd, IATA
Al Capps, NASA

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2 – 3:15 PM Symposium Session  Alexa... What's the Forecast?
Moderator: Ralph Stoffler, Raytheon Technologies
Panelists:
Rei Goffer,Tomorrow.io
Kevin Johnston, FAA
Ethan Krimins, Purdue University
Dr. James Pinto, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Mike Robinson,The MITRE Corporation


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3:30 – 4:30 PM Live Interactive 
Exhibit Hall
Networking Break in the Live Exhibit Hall 

 
3:30 – 5 PM Symposium Session BSI Roundtable Discussion #2 - Infrastructure: Digital and Physical
 Session Abstract Coming Soon
       
» SCHEDULE: Thursday, May 20, 2021  
9 AM – 5 PM FAA Tech Center Week See on-demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory.
 

9 AM – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open


9:45 – 10:45 AM Symposium Session 2035/2045/BSI Fireside Series, Talk #3 - The New (Commercial) Space Race

 Session Abstract Coming Soon
11 AM – 12 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion
Networking Break in the Live Exhibit Hall




12 – 1 PM Tech Talks 

Keynote Address: Dr. Vint Cerf, Google

Session Abstract Coming Soon
1:30 – 2:45 PM Symposium Session  Data Analytics for a Predictive ATM Ecosystem: The Power of Actionable Information
Moderator: TBA, TBA
Panelists:
Shahrzad Ahmadi,Shipcom Wireless
Jeff Chen, Nordic Entertainment Group

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3 – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion

ATCA Women in Aviation Technology Networking Event
PLEASE NOTE: Are you already registered for the Tech Symposium? Then you are fully registered for this event! If you have not registered for the Tech Symposium, you can attend this event for free by registering as an “Exhibit Hall Visitor" for the ATCA Tech Symposium to attend. There is a complimentary registration type to attend the networking event and interactive exhibit hall. Simply select "Exhibit Hall Visitor" to register for free.

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» SCHEDULE: Friday, May 21, 2021   
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week See on-demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory. 


9 AM – 2 PM  Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion Open



10 – 11 AM  Interactive Exhibit Hall and Networking Pavilion
Networking Break in the Live Exhibit Hall



11 AM – 12 PM Symposium Session 

ATCA Technical Symposium Buzz Session 
Facilitator:
Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA
Panelists: 
Peter F. Dumont,  ATCA 

Jaime Figueroa, 
William J. Hughes Technical Center
Barry Sullivan, 
NASA

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12:30 – 2 PM  Symposium Session  Roundtable Discussion #3 - New Approaches in R&D and V&V

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 ABSTRACTS» Monday, May 17, 2021  
1 – 2 PM  Fireside Chat
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA President and CEO
A. Bradley Mims, FAA Deputy Administrator


Abstract: In our next installment of ATCA's Virtual Fireside Chat, we take you inside the office of the FAA's new chief NextGen officer, A. Bradley Mims. From COVID-19 recovery to environmental sustainability, bring your questions (and your lunch!) to this can't miss session with ATCA President and CEO Peter F. Dumont.

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2:45 – 4:15 PM 
The Digital Transformation of ATM 

Tech Talk: TBD 
Panel Discussion Moderator:  TBD 
Panelists: 
TBD


Abstract: To date the air transportation system has evolved from a procedural system focused on safety, to a system that relied more heavily on radar for better surveillance, and now to a system that is more trajectory-based management oriented, that is focused on increased efficiency and proactive planning.  In order to meet the demands of future operations the system will need to become a more collaborative, connected, performance-based system and eventually a highly automated system that will depend heavily on human-machine integration and more machine-to-machine interactions.  As the system evolves there will be many technical challenges that will need to be overcome.  This panel will look at the impending issues expected to occur as it evolves to a more futuristic and capable system.

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ABSTRACTS»  Tuesday, May 18, 2021  

9 AM – 10:30 AM

Roundtable Discussion #1
Table Leads:  TBD 


Session Abstract Coming Soon 
11 AM – 12 PM  2035/2045/BSI Fireside Series, Talk #1
Participants: TBD

Session Abstract Coming Soon
12:30 – 2 PM Intelligent Airspace with AI: From Bots to Safety Critical Operations

Tech Talk: TBD
ModeratorKevin Niewoehner, L3Harris Technologies

Panelists: 
Robert V. Jones, PReSafe Technologies


Abstract:  Public Law 115-254, The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, states: “It is the sense of Congress that the Administration should, in consultation with appropriate Federal agencies and industry stakeholders, periodically review the use or proposed use of artificial intelligence technologies within the aviation system and assess whether the Administration needs a plan regarding artificial intelligence standards and best practices to carry out its mission.”

Join us as we consider the myriad potential aviation applications, from advisory bots to safety critical operations, and take an in-depth look at the technical underpinnings of this exciting field. Panelists will explore how the domestic and global aviation industry will evolve and transform - both technically and operationally - as AI-applications are integrated with flight operations. This session draws from diverse business affiliations, disciplinary expertise, and personal backgrounds. 

BASELINE QUESTIONS FOR THE PANEL:
• Other than the Legislative mandate, why is this a good idea? What is driving this need and why is this timely?
• What primary benefits do we envision from integration of this technology across a variety of applications domains- from bots to safety critical operations?
• How do we see safety certification advancing within an AI-enhanced system? More specifically, what organizations are stepping forward to advance AI Standards and Best Practices to support development of a regulatory framework for AI adoption in a safety critical environment, i.e. aviation?

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3 – 4:15 PM Rapid Development & Deployment (RDD): The Role of DevSecOps and User-Centered Design in a System-centric World 
Moderator: 
David Almeida, LS Technologies
Panelists: 
TBD


Abstract:  The emergence of cloud infrastructure, service orientation via SWIM, Agile methodology and shift to integrating cyber security into development are innovating system development processes. User-centered design is the next step to innovating and advancing FAA modernization, enabling the DevSecOps concept into the FAA’s environment. The flexibility of microservices, agile processes, and the facility DevSecOps toolchains transform every aspect of systems development and will play a growing role in FAA Automation Evolution. Although shifting from a systems-centric to user-centered design may have worked in commercial applications development, can this design paradigm support the technical rigors and acquisition discipline regulating FAA systems development? It can and it will – as a digital transformation enabler for the NAS. This panel will explore how recent cloud deployment activities, cyber-safety considerations and validation & verification approaches are converging to form a foundation for NAS transformation. We’ll discuss enabling strategies and potential impediments to make user-centered design technically capable, compliant in acquisition and viable in deployment while modernizing and preserving the safety of our nation’s airspace.

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ABSTRACTS»  Wednesday, May 19, 2021  
10 – 11 AM 2035/2045/BSI Fireside Series, Talk #2 
Participants: TBD

Session Abstract Coming Soon
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM R&D: Paving the Way to a More Sustainable, Resilient NAS 

Tech Talk: TBD
Panel Discussion Moderator: 
TBD
Panelists: 

TBD


Abstract: The Biden Administration and Congress are considering significant policy agendas towards a more modern, sustainable infrastructure that, if enacted, have the potential to create seismic impacts across our society. Government and industry have already made significant R&D investments towards developing and commercializing technologies to reduce the environmental impact of NAS operations. In this discussion, panelists will share their perspective on the future of sustainability in the aviation industry and highlight some of the exciting new technologies that will enable a greener, more resilient NAS.

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2 – 3:15 PM Alexa...What's the Forecast?
Panel Moderator: 
Ralph Stoffler, Raytheon Technologies
Panelists: 

TBD

Abstract:
 While the NAS already operates at the highest safety levels, numerous factors will further improve aviation safety: modern aircraft design, new pilot operating procedures, ATC enhancements, and heightened industry awareness and collaboration. In addition, advances in the meteorology community have also contributed to not only safety but more efficient NAS operations as well. While new weather models are emerging, significant gaps still exist in weather forecasting for certain geographic areas, select altitudes, or specific phenomena. 

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM)/urban air mobility (UAM) operations will fly at lower altitudes and around urban areas where unique weather patterns will have greater impact on these vehicles because of their smaller size. UAS and AAM operators will require different types of weather data and delivery methods. Commercial industry is developing novel methods for collecting weather observations through innovative surveillance options, crowdsourcing observations from alternative sources, and new airborne observations from unmanned platforms or commercial mini (radar) satellites. Our panelists will discuss what necessary weather information requirements are necessary to support these new operations and how these innovative breakthrough could service the operational needs of the NAS today and the NAS in 2035, 2045, and beyond.

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3:30 – 5 PM Roundtable Discussion #2 
Table Leads: 
TBD
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ABSTRACTS»  Thursday, May 20, 2021  
9:45 – 10:45 AM 2035/2045/BSI Fireside Series, Talk #3 
Participants: 

TBD

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12 – 1 PM Keynote Address: Dr. Vint Cerf, Google

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1:30 – 2:45 PM Panel #5: Data Analytics for a Predictive ATM Ecosystem
Panel Moderator: TBD
Panelists: 

TBD

Abstract: As we move into the digital transformation of our aviation ecosystem, how do we take advantage of, or “valuetize,” the massive amounts of data our system already produces and will produce in the future? This is more than the big data story. How can we apply data analytic strategies to our ecosystem that can help drive us from a reactive ATM environment to a more predictive ATM environment? This is absolutely key as we start looking at the future ecosystem with the integration of UTM, UAM, and commercial space while still maintaining a safe and efficient NAS.
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ABSTRACTS»  Friday, May 21, 2021   
11 AM – 12 PM

ATCA Technical Symposium Buzz Session
Panelists: 

Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA
Peter F. Dumont,  ATCA 

Jaime Figueroa,  William J. Hughes Technical Center
Barry Sullivan, NASA

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Abstract: The straight scoop on a productive week exploring the key issues in aviation technology! Join ATCA and the Tech Symposium co-chairs, NASA and the FAA, to review the most important takeaways, goals, and ideas from the 2021 ATCA Virtual Technical Symposium.
 
12:30 – 2 PM  Roundtable Discussion #3 
Table Leads: 
TBD 

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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner


    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

    Tickets will be available this month. For more information, visit https://www.atca.org/glengilbert
     
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