• 7th of December
    9th of December, 2021
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Inspiring long-term research in the field of air traffic management

About the 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 is further strengthened with the support of Engage, the SESAR knowledge transfer network.

Given the current situation with Covid-19 and the associated impact on travel and gatherings, the 2021 edition of the SIDs will take place online from 7-9 December. Despite taking place in a virtual format, the SIDs promises to be a valuable event, showcasing the latest research and innovation and reflecting Europe’s commitment to the long-term sustainability of the aviation industry, as well as its recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

The SIDs are based on an open call soliciting contributions from the ATM research community. Exhibitions and poster, keynotes and virtual 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 scientists, who have demonstrated excellence in ATM and aviation-related research fields. 



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 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 2021.

Paper submission deadline: Extended to 11 October 2021

Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2021

Papers have to be submitted via EasyChair https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=sids2021

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.

In the case of SESAR projects, 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: Extended to 30 September 2021

Notification of acceptance: 14 October 2021

Posters have to be submitted via EasyChair https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=sids2021