Call for contributions to the 10th SESAR Innovation Days

Apr. 6, 2020

Inspiring long-term research in the field of Air Traffic Management

During the week of 7-10 December 2020, hosted by Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.


About SESAR Innovation Days

The SESAR Innovation Days (SIDs) are the main vehicle for SESAR Joint Undertaking to share progress and disseminate exploratory research results. Unlike other scientific events in air traffic management (ATM) research, the SIDs focus explicitly on exploratory research. Organised annually since 2011, the SIDS have become a landmark event in the European aviation research calendar. The SIDs will be further strengthened with the support of Engage, the SESAR knowledge transfer network.

This year’s SIDS will be hosted by HungaroControl and take place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary from 7th to 10th December. The aim is to showcase results from European exploratory research and to discuss how to advance promising concepts towards industrial research within the SESAR innovation pipeline.

The SIDs are based on an open call soliciting contributions from ATM research. Exhibitions and poster, keynotes and networking events will provide further opportunities to learn about interesting projects and meet like-minded researchers.

Once again, this year’s SIDs will host the annual Young Scientist Award, recognising young scientific talent in the field.

Call for contributions

Researchers from universities, research institutions, airlines, air navigation service providers and industry are invited to submit papers (up to 8 pages) presenting exploratory research within the areas of interest listed below. Papers will be evaluated based on the innovative nature of the ideas, as well as the approach and methods applied.

Areas of interest include:

  • Safety, security and resilience
  • Automation, autonomy and robotics
  • Human factors and decision support tools
  • Uncertainty, applied modelling and optimisation techniques
  • Complexity, data science and information management
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Aviation economics and business models
  • Legal and regulatory aspects and the ATM innovation process
  • ATM operations, architecture and performance
  • Airspace design and network and flow management
  • High performing airport operations
  • Advanced air traffic services
  • Innovative approaches in environment and meteorology
  • Integrated solutions for communications, navigation and surveillance (iCNS)
  • Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and UAS traffic management

All papers (including SESAR contributions) will be triple peer reviewed. The proceedings will be available for download in electronic format on the SESAR Innovation Days website prior to the event. All SIDs papers are listed in Elsevier’s Scopus database.

A special edition in a renowned ATM research journal will be published with selected articles from SIDs 2020.

Paper submission deadline: 30 September 2020

Notification of acceptance: 13 November 2020


Call for posters and exhibits

Partners from academia and industry are invited to submit proposals for posters and technical exhibits or demonstrations (max one poster/exhibit/demonstration per presenter, three per organisation). As well as showing innovative solutions to traditional problems of air traffic management, posters and exhibits may also address wider air transport and air traffic issues. Proposals of one page shall be submitted with a detailed description of the subject matter.In the case of SESAR, submissions are welcome from all strands of research (i.e. exploratory, industrial and large-scale demonstrations). Proposals of one page shall be submitted with a detailed description of the subject matter.

Poster/exhibits submission deadline: 14 September 2020

Notification of acceptance: 27 September 2020


How to submit a paper or poster/exhibit


Full papers (up to eight pages) and proposals for posters/exhibits (1-2 pages) should be submitted via this dedicated EasyChair page

All papers and posters/exhibits will be triple peer-reviewed by members of the SIDs Programme Committee.

Templates in both word and latex format can be found on the EasyChair page and should be used for both papers (full paper of up to eight pages) and proposals for poster/exhibits (1-2 page extended abstract of the poster/exhibit; do not submit the poster itself!).

Posters will be printed by the SJU – details will be provided together with the notification for accepted posters/exhibits end of September.

Notification of acceptance of papers will be sent early November.


Programme Committee

General Chair: David Bowen – SESAR JU

Programme Chair: Dirk Schaefer – EUROCONTROL
Local Organisation Chair:

Rita Markovits-Somogyi – HungaroControl

Programme Committee

Marc Bourgois – EUROCONTROL

Lorenzo Castelli – University of Trieste

Andrew Cook – University of Westminster

Francesca De Crescenzio – University of Bologna

Daniel Delahaye – ENAC

Arnau Folch – Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Peter Hecker – TU Braunschweig

Jacco Hoekstra – TU Delft

Gokhan Inalhan – Cranfield Technical University

Chris Johnson – University of Glasgow

Radosav Jovanovic University of Belgrade

Oliver Kranz – PACE

Dirk Kuegler – DLR

Bruno Lamiscarre – NeoMetSys

Javier Lopes – Boeing Research & Technology Europe

Guglielmo Lulli – Lancaster University

Max Mulder – TU Delft

Jose Muñoz – ASLogic

Eric Nantier – Swiss International Air Lines

Paola Pellegrini – IFSTTAR

David Perez – Innaxis

Hans Plets – Skeyes

Simone Pozzi – Deep Blue

Xavier Prats – UPC

Jose Javier Ramasco – University of the Balearic Island

Andrea Ranieri – ALG

Paul Ravenhill – Think Research


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