From 28 – 30 November 2017, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) held its annual SESAR Innovation Days (SIDs) event, which was kindly hosted by the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering) in Serbia. The three day event put ATM Exploratory research in the limelight through a series of workshops, presentations, poster exhibitions and networking events.

Now in its 7th year, the 2017 SIDs is Europe’s largest ATM research focused event. This year, more than 250 participants attended the event from both the academic and industrial ATM community, bringing together a very strong pool of scientific expertise in order to share research experiences, foster innovation and ultimately to accelerate the pace of change in ATM.

The SIDs is also the main vehicle for the SJU to share progress and disseminate results of its exploratory research programme, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 initiative. The event also gave participants an opportunity to present research results from outside the programme, thereby ensuring a link between SESAR and the broader air traffic management and aviation research agenda.

Against this background, researchers from universities, research institutions, airlines, air traffic service providers and industry were invited to submit papers presenting the results of their long-term or innovative research. Papers were evaluated based on the innovative nature of the ideas, as well as the approach and methods applied. A total of 35 papers were selected by a Programme Committee, chaired by Dirk Schaefer of Eurocontrol, these selected papers were clustered into 13 key themes. The papers can be downloaded from the SESAR JU website.

In addition to the papers published, researchers were also given the opportunity to present their work via the poster sessions. A total of 21 posters were exhibited in parallel to the event, providing the opportunity for participants to learn about further interesting projects and to meet like-minded researchers. A summary of the posters selected can be found here.

The planning for next year’s SIDs has already started and a new date and location will be announced in the coming weeks - stay tuned for more information…


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