ATCA global conference & expo

Industry Sessions

Monday, 7 November

 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Air Traffic Management Theater

Title: Smartsheet Gov: Collaboration and Innovation when Safety Is Non-Negotiable

Speakers:

 Chris Aherne, Vice President of Federal, Smartsheet

Samuel Perez, Solutions Consultant, Smartsheet

Presentation:

This session explores how AIR-600 slashed its policy review process from 8 months to a fraction of the time by minimizing human errors, manual tasks, redundancy, and risk while maximizing productivity and creating solutions that scale by utilizing Smartsheet Gov. Learn how teams across functional domains can use Smartsheet Gov, the first FedRAMP and DoD IL4 authorized collaborative work management platform built for the federal government, to transform the way they work.  See what’s possible when teams can easily share data, track and automate tasks, and get real-time visibility to make better decisions faster.

 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Innovation and Technology Theater

Title: Speech Signal Enhancement Through Machine Learning

Speaker: Sam Gonzalez, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Presentation:

We implement a LSTM-RNN (long short-term memory, recurrent neural network) to improve the quality of speech signals by mitigating audible noise and interference.  Balancing computational complexity with performance, our ML-algorithm is easily hosted on GDMS’ URC-300 SDR platform employing an A53 processor, consuming less than 400 kB of memory, and operating with less than 2 msec latency.  We demonstrate our resulting ML-speech signal enhancement through direct audio comparisons between “with ML” vs “without ML” across both stationary and non-stationary noise environments, different languages, as well as captured ATC recordings

 2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Advanced Air Mobility and UAS Integration Theater

Title:  Secure Aviation in the Quantum Era

Speaker: JD Dulny, Strategic Innovation Leader, Booz Allen Hamilton

Presentation:

The cryptography we use today to secure our nation’s most sensitive information will be vulnerable to emerging quantum computing technologies. Already, there have been a growing number of executive orders and memorandums directing agencies to prepare for the impending quantum threat. Unless we act quickly to mitigate these risks, a quantum-armed attacker could undermine mission critical government activities from securing federal payments to ensuring safe air travel. The FAA— and other government agencies—will need to adopt post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithms to mitigate the risk of quantum-enabled cyberattacks.

Booz Allen has developed a model to aid agencies in this transition, moving from threat vulnerability assessments to specialized testing and network architecture optimization to simulate PQC’s impact on different systems and applications. By modeling the potential impacts of integrating these new algorithms, the FAA will be able to reduce the time its systems and data are vulnerable to quantum-enabled attackers.

 

 2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Air Traffic Management Theater

Title: Operational and financial resilience: a Greek tragedy?  CANCELED

Speaker:  Matthias Whittome, FABEC

Presentation:

We live in a world with recurrent systemic shocks which makes resilience more and more important. There are resilience enhancers, which strengthen the system, and resilience destroyers which make it weaker. Whereas traffic demand evolves on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, ATS capacity is determined by nature months, years, or decades ahead. ANSPs need to develop their operational capabilities continuously which is in contradiction to short-term business plans of airlines. High uncertainty on future traffic demand due to conflicts (shot-down of MH 17), wars (Russia-Ukraine), pandemics (COVID), or social unrest (Arabellion) and with possible diametrically opposite scenarios puts ANSPs in a dilemma:

Whether to cut costs, investments, and activities to stabilize the current financial situation or to ignore the lack of financial means in the short run by investing in staff and technology to prepare for returning high traffic demand. We will look into operational and financial resilience of ANSPs and some European examples based on the InterFAB Research Workshop on Single European Sky and Resilience in ATM conducted on 15/16. September 2022 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Innovation and Technology Theater

Title: Intersoft Electronics presents SkyRF, the Drone Measurement Devices for CNS: Taking CNS Measurements to the Next Level

Speaker: Domien De Ruyck, Intersoft Electronics

Presentation:

With SkyRF Intersoft Electronics delivers radio frequency (RF) measurement services for performance analysis on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) installations.SkyRF supports commissioning, certification and maintenance of primary & secondary radar, ILS & DME, TACAN & VOR, featuring unique advantages:

1. Complete radar up- and downlink measurement
2. Much lower operational impact compared to conventional flight checks for NavAids
3. Instant, reliable, and repeatable measurements

SkyRF offers manufacturer-independent CNS measurements as a service for ANSP’s and the military. As such reducing CAPEX investments, administrative and overhead costs, and the need for test flights. With SkyRF, commissioning, certification, and maintenance of CNS are performed faster, more accurate, and at a much lower cost.

Intersoft Electronics Services features 35 years of experience in developing RF measurement equipment and Radar Analysis Support Systems. Intersoft Electronics Services developed this dedicated drone platform for measuring NavAids and Radar performance in the far field, alongside its highly respected RASS tools. SkyRF Services are jointly offered by Intersoft Electronics Services and SkyGuide.

SkyRF makes the sky safer.

 

 
 

Tuesday, 8 November

 10:10  a.m. - 10:25 a.m.  

Advanced Air Mobility and UAS Integration Theater

Title: Cloud Edge Optimization (CLEO) for Autonomous UAS Applications

Speaker: Abraham Ishihara, Chief Engineer, KBR Inc.

Presentation:

Low-cost, distributed sensing and actuation technologies aim to transform aviation enabling vast amounts of data to be collected and processed at the network edge.  However, current data platforms are not designed for the projected scale that may be required, their critical low-latency requirements, multiple feedback loops, and the sheer volume of high frequency data generated that is required to be processed and analyzed in real-time.  Edge computing paradigms aim to address these limitations. 

However, significant challenges abound including security, latency constraints, bandwidth limitations, and real-time optimization of tasks and sub-tasks across the cloud-edge continuum.  In this talk, we present a framework for optimization of tasks across the cloud edge continuum.  Initial simulation results are presented and future directions discussed.

 

 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Air Traffic Management Theater

Title: VR/MR in ATC Training & Simulation: Application and Advantages

Speaker: Michael Saunders, V.P., Business Development and Strategy, Adacel

Presentation: 

While training via simulation has been a remarkable educational approach for current and future air traffic controllers, MaxSim’s new virtual and mixed-reality capabilities are propelling students’ training experience to a whole new level. Join Adacel at this presentation to learn more about the application and advantages of virtual and mixed reality experience: from the value to the training organization and student experience and engagement to ideas you should consider when implementing a new virtual and mixed reality air traffic control training system. 

 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Innovation and Technology Theater

Title: Intelligent operating Concepts For Digital Towers – How KVM Helps Transforming ATC

Speaker: Jochen Bauer, Guntermann & Drunck GmbH

Presentation: 

Intelligent operating Concepts for Digital Towers - How KVM Helps Transforming ATCThere is not one Digital Tower. Over time, different scenarios with different focuses have developed, like Remote Digital Tower or Tower in Tower. What all the scenarios have in common, is the amount of technology to make operations work as smoothly as in a physical tower – or maybe even better. Performance is key in a Digital Tower and only a symbiosis between hard- and software can ensure a smooth working environment. 

High-end KVM systems have long been established in high-tech industries such as the ATC. Designing fail-safe systems, using space efficiently, optimizing working conditions and facilitating processes – there are many challenges to tackle. And it doesn’t stop with Digital Towers. KVM solutions optimize many different applications in terms of flexible IT access, comprehensive redundancy concepts, multiple modes of operation, fail-safety, and cyber security, while equally protecting technology and human life.  

10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Space Integration Theater

Title: Karmen vs Kepler, Space Traffic Management

Speaker: Jim Reilly, Executive Advisor, , Aerospace, Booz Allen Hamilton

Presentation: 

Open architectures remove barriers that challenge innovation by making both physical and virtual platforms more modular. This, in turn, makes it easier to add and upgrade components—keeping pace with the state of the art. Proprietary data platforms, interfaces, and messaging protocols slow their ability to adapt for new missions and technologies. To take advantage of this for Space Traffic Management (STM), Booz Allen helps our clients move towards adopting open approaches across enterprise platforms to improve their speed of decision making. Employing new approaches in data architectures—like open systems, edge processing, and artificial intelligence (AI)—is key to delivering data where and when it’s needed most.

Dr. Jim Reilly, former astronaut and executive advisor in Booz Allen’s aerospace business, will provide space systems insights on how Booz Allen’s approach to STM employs a digital fabric that seamlessly integrates commercial data with existing government assets, coupled with providing space operators more integrated understanding the space environment. The resultant actionable intelligence provides the space situational awareness needed to enable economic growth and technological advancement of the U.S. commercial space industry. 

 

 

 3:55 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Air Traffic Management Theater

Title: Agile vs. v-model: Can modern IT frameworks and tools deliver software assurance for -grade products and services?

Speaker: Jasmina Surlan, Head of ATM Networks Product Development, Frequentis

Presentation: 

Modern software systems are being built using interconnected commercial frameworks and integration platforms (e.g. Docker, Spring, Spark, Hadoop, Kubernetes) and enterprise resources (Cloud SaaS/PaaS, software defined networks, edge computing). At the same time, new aerospace and air traffic capabilities like UAS, AAM, and Remote Tower are becoming commonplace and further merging with conventional ATC – and there are fresh user communities vying to enter the market faster.

This creates tension for ANSPs and service providers to certify their systems are safe to operate and will not create safety issues for their existing airspace users. Product vendors are pushed to find ways to maintain software assurance in this environment – and must adapt to survive and deliver the services desired by customers now. We the challenges we face and how we address them to deliver modern ATM-grade applications while maintaining the safety of the ATC system.

 3:55 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Innovation and Technology Theater

Title: Telecommunications and the National Airspace System (NAS)

Speaker: Randy Hahn, Verizon

Presentation:

Aviation agencies must have the highest levels of infrastructure availability, resilient service flow, network survivability, and organic security while maintaining optimized performance. The FAA must ensure the end-to-end performance of more than 25,000 mission-critical enterprise communications and infrastructure services. This won’t be easy to achieve at a time when demand for service is shifting rapidly among the existing user community and the increasing influence of new users. In support of the NAS, the FAA needs to harness new technologies such as 5G wireless, systems automation, or software-defined technology. By employing a platform approach, the FAA can minimize technology and capital expense risks to reduce costs year over year.

Automated large-scale telecommunications infrastructure, unified and virtual networking, policy management, and optimized routing must all be protected by a robust enterprise network security wrapper.Verizon’s mission is to deliver always-on communications by exploiting intelligent and resilient network infrastructure. This information is constantly self-optimizing to ensure availability, continuous improvement of security, and lower energy consumption.

This is only made possible through critical network infrastructure built to deliver resiliency and survivability. Uninterrupted operations are ensured by everything from fire suppression, security systems, back-up batteries and generators, surveillance drones, diverse circuit paths, continuously expanding mesh networks and investment in fiber-optic lines, real-time monitoring, 24/7/365 capacity management, and portable assets.

 

 

 

 
 

Wednesday, 9 November

 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Air Traffic Management Theater

Title: Predicting Runway Configurations and Arrival and Departure Rates at Airports: Comparing the Accuracy of Multiple Machine Learning Model

Speaker: Rohit  Mital, Chief Digital Officer, KBR 

Presentation:

When developing plans for the upcoming operational day, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic management personnel leverage runway configuration and airport arrival (AAR) and departure (ADR) rate data. Mission-critical measurements of an airport’s capacity, AAR and ADR are used in conjunction with arrival and departure demand to determine when conditions require Traffic Management Initiatives (TMI) such as Ground Delay Programs (GDP). While many factors can influence the runway configuration and the corresponding capacity of an airport, a key determinant is the local weather condition at the airfield. Because of this, planners leverage the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) to anticipate and plan for expected local conditions. TAFs include atmospheric conditions such as wind direction, wind speed, cloud ceiling, and visibility. 

Using these expected conditions as input features to train machine learning (ML) models, KBR developed ML models to predict airport configurations and AAR/ADR for six major airports. Three of these airports are in the New York Metroplex area (JFK, LGA, and EWR). The other three (DEN, BOS, and ATL) are non-metroplex airports. The talk presents the findings of this research study and compares and contrasts the prediction accuracy of the three sets of ML models with each other and with the No Skill models and Business Rules (non-ML) models.

10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Innovation and Technology Theater

Title: Telecommunications and the National Airspace System (NAS)

Speaker: Randy Hahn, Verizon

Presentation:

Aviation agencies must have the highest levels of infrastructure availability, resilient service flow, network survivability, and organic security while maintaining optimized performance. The FAA must ensure the end-to-end performance of more than 25,000 mission-critical enterprise communications and infrastructure services. This won’t be easy to achieve at a time when demand for service is shifting rapidly among the existing user community and the increasing influence of new users. In support of the NAS, the FAA needs to harness new technologies such as 5G wireless, systems automation, or software-defined technology. By employing a platform approach, the FAA can minimize technology and capital expense risks to reduce costs year over year.

Automated large-scale telecommunications infrastructure, unified and virtual networking, policy management, and optimized routing must all be protected by a robust enterprise network security wrapper.Verizon’s mission is to deliver always-on communications by exploiting intelligent and resilient network infrastructure. This information is constantly self-optimizing to ensure availability, continuous improvement of security, and lower energy consumption.

This is only made possible through critical network infrastructure built to deliver resiliency and survivability. Uninterrupted operations are ensured by everything from fire suppression, security systems, back-up batteries and generators, surveillance drones, diverse circuit paths, continuously expanding mesh networks and investment in fiber-optic lines, real-time monitoring, 24/7/365 capacity management, and portable assets.