The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, together with Croatian SME Quantum Bit Ltd., is starting a new research and development project called Adaptive Modular Software-Defined Radio for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Adaptivni modularni softverom upravljani radio za bespilotne letjelice – AMOS-BL). The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund via its Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020. To get the project started, the representatives from both partner organizations held the Kick-off Meeting to meet for the first time in full complement and to plan the future project activities. The Kick-off Meeting was held online on 29th of January 2021.
The project will run for three years and will be implemented in two phases – experimental research phase and development phase. Its main goal is to transfer the existing know-how to the business partner and to create a prototype of an adaptive modular software-defined radio for unmanned aerial vehicles. To achieve that goal, the project team members have discussed the plan and the main activities for the next year. Also, the communication channels and activities, as well as administration status and requests were discussed and will be developed in the next few months.
AISA Kick-off Meeting
The representatives of Department of Aeronautics (ZAN) of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated in the Kick-off Meeting of H2020 project AI Situational Awareness Foundation for Advancing Automation (AISA). The meeting was organized by SESAR JU on 12th of June 2020 via Webex online due to COVID-19.
Together with 4 representatives of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, the meeting was attended by 16 representatives of other 6 organisations from Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany and Spain involved in the project and the SJU – Programme manager. The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences is the coordinator of this project, which tends to increase the possibility for introduction of automation in air traffic management (ATM) by researching domain-specific application of transparent and generalizable artificial intelligence methods.
Therefore, the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences will work closely with all project partners to ensure collaborative approach and to achieve the main project objectives:
- explore the effects of human-machine distributed situational awareness and opportunities for automation of monitoring tasks in en-route operation
- identify the data needed by air traffic controller (ATCO) to ensure that the proposed solution is correct (transparency) and develop the method to provide that data
- investigate methods for adaptation of the automated system to changes of the environment ensuring business continuity and safety.
The Kick-off Meeting was very productive and the main activities for the period of next six months have been agreed. This implies the organisation of internal meetings within the project consortium as well as the organisation of the workshop, development of deliverables and activation of the project website.
Representatives of PJ.09-W2 DNMS Consortium Members
At EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels, on 16th of January 2020, 35 participants representing 22 organisations have contributed to a successful kick-off of a SESAR PJ.09-W2 Digital Network Management Services project focused on achieving final maturity phase of the following R&D topics:
– Improved air traffic prediction & shared complexity representation;
– Dynamic airspace configuration concept;
– Collaborative network performance management and network resilience concept.
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences will work closely with Croatia Control Ltd. to achieve improved and shared Local and Regional air traffic intelligence leading towards better use of airspace capacity & ATCO productivity, less delays, higher predictability and better quality of service for Airspace users and passengers.
The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated at the SESAR Innovation Days (SIDs) in Athens from December 2th till December 5th, 2019. The SIDs are the SESAR Joint Undertaking conference for disseminating results of its SESAR the most recent exploratory research projects, as well as the other ATM industry projects which gives an opportunity to transfer knowledge and to network professionals from this industry.
The Faculty was represented by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić, Assistant Professors Karolina Krajček Nikolić and Jurica Ivošević and teaching assistants Bruno Antulov-Fantulin, Petar Andraši and Tea Rogošić. The Faculty team had an opportunity to meet Mr. Philippe Debels and Mr. Dirk Schaeffer from EUROCONTROL and agreed to further cooperation and visit EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre in Bretigny in January 2020.
The Faculty team
Mr. Schaeffer and Mr. Debels, 3rd and 4th
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Professor Juričić and assistant Antulov-Fantulin had a poster presentation of the baseline results of the project Development of Common ATC Simulation Training Assessment Criteria Based on Future Pan European Single-Sky Targets (ATCOSIMA) with their partners from Eskişehir Technical University, Associate Professor Cem Çetek and Assistant Professor Fulya Aybek-Çetek.
ATCOSIMA poster at SID 2019
Colleagues from Turkey
Department of Aeronautics (ZAN) of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated at the Aırport Sımulatıon and Performance Assesment Group (ASPAG) meeting in Dubai on October 27th and 28th, 2019. ASPAG gathers professionals from aviation industry that use primarily fast time simulation in their research.
ZAN was represented by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić and teaching assistant Bruno Antulov-Fantulin with the work on the project Development of Common ATC Simulation Training Assessment Criteria Based on Future Pan European Single-Sky Targets (ATCOSIMA). They presented the project overview and the baseline results with their partners from Eskişehir Technical University, Associate Professor Cem Çetek and Assistant Professor Fulya Aybek Çetek.
At the end of the meeting, it was proposed that one of the next ASPAG meetings would be organized in Zagreb, at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.
ESTU & ZFOT ATCOSIMA team members atop the Burj Khalifa
10th ASPAG meeting
According to Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport (KAAT) project schedule, the 4th Steering Committee was held in Rome, Italy from 9th to 10th October 2019. The results of work package 5 were presented by Prof. Steliana Toma (UPB) and Prof. Doris Novak (UNIZG) in form of the Methodology for SQF and recognition of prior learning and work experience. Also, analysis of interim report was conducted as well as finalization of gap assessment and improvement of study programmes.
Croatian KAAT team at the Conference (from left to right): Marin Pašić (Croatia Airlines), Teo Bratinčević (Croatia Control), Kristijana Malić (Croatia Airlines), Bojana Šobat (Croatia Control), Ana Dlesk (Croatia Airlines), and Doris Novak (UNIZG)
The International Conference “Air Transport Qualifications in the XXI Century” was held on 11th October 2019 with the agenda on future challenges, occupations and qualifications for the air transport sector. Upcoming changes and key technological transformations that will have an impact on current and future occupations and qualifications was presented, as well as new technological tools in the provision of training, learning needs of future generations, aligning curricula to the new needs of an evolving labor market.
On 3rd October 2018 Prof. Tomislav Josip Mlinarić, PhD, the dean of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Vlado Bagarić, the director general of Croatia Control Ltd., Jasmin Bajić, the president and the CEO of Croatia Airlines and Ivica Grebenar, the CEO of Aeronautical Technical Centre J.S.C. signed a Cooperation agreement on European scientific and research project in the field of aviation at the Faculty of Traffic Sciences.
Signing of Cooperation Agreement between Croatian Partners
This is the first time that Croatian market leader companies from aviation industry actively cooperate with the scientific community and take part in a major European project that aims to improve and promote innovation in higher education.
Air transportation industry requires constant modernisation of current and development of new jobs that are performed by highly qualified workers with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills. The partners from six EU countries are involved in this project to mutually develop a new study programme and innovative curricula as well as to develop a joint international study program. This study program will introduce innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and will help in establishing a strong cooperation between the scientific community and the aviation industry.
Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport (KAAT) project is a part of ERASMUS+ Programme Key Action 2 (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices). It aims to improve European innovation capacities and encourage innovation in higher education. The project coordinator is the University Politehnica of Bucharest and toghether with the partners from Croatia, the companies and universities from Portugal, France, Italy, Slovakia and Romania are involved in the project (altogether 6 universities and 17 companies from aviation industry). The KAAT project started on 1st January 2018 and will last for 36 months. The value of the project is 1 million Euros. Project coordinator for Croatian partners participating in the KAAT project is Prof. Doris Novak.
The KAAT project supports the development of a joint international study program that will be in line with the changing demands of the society and the economy, taking into account the needs and requirements of the labour market in aviation field and in that way enhance employability, self-employability and entrepreneurship. In addition, this study program will be tailored to the needs of the labour market and in accordance with the Croatian Qualification Framework that sets national occupational standards and qualifications. It will also improve and strengthen cooperation with other national and international institutions and organizations in the field of aviation.
SESAR 2020 – EAMAN team
On 25 May 2018, the validation for SESAR 2020 project PJ01 – EAMAN was successfully finished.
The SESAR Enhanced Arrival and Departures research project (EAD) address the development of concepts, tools and procedures to increase the capacity of extended TMAs (E-TMAs) to meet forecast traffic growth in a safe, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. This will be achieved by taking advantage of the latest technological developments from both an airborne and a ground-system prospective and through secure sharing of data. The project will focus on operational improvements to the flow of arriving and departing traffic within the E-TMA that aim to increase airspace capacity and cost efficiency, improve safety and predictability and provide greater fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The SESAR PJ01 team was put together by COOPANS and SESAR partners; Thales, Airbus, LFV, Naviair, Austro Control, Croatia Control and FPZ (Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb). After the first validation, some conclusions were drawn by the team. Implementation of Controlled Time of Arrival (CTA) with Arrival Manager (AMAN) in the artificial airspace resulted in about the same amount of workload as if Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) would have used standard procedures. However, using features of Time to lose/Time to gain (TTL/TTG), generated a significant increase in workload but negotiable, considering the use of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) some believe that it could decrease the workload. For further stages of the project, ATCOs have pointed out the need for more flexible sectorization when using TTL/TTG, corporation of AMANs for crossing traffic and reduction of airspace and traffic complexity.