PACAS symposium at IEA2018


PACAS is organising a symposium to be held in the framework of the next International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Congress (26-30 August, Florence, Italy).

The symposium is dedicated to “Innovative Human Performance Measurements supporting Future Automation challenges in Aviation“, and involves six other European projects dealing with automation and/or human performance: AUTOPACE, MINIMA, RETINA, TACO, MOTO and STRESS.

Below you can find additional details on the sympsium.

Automation is one of the key solutions proposed and adopted by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR JU) to tackle the challenges coming from the increase of capacity and complexity of the future Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. On the one hand, the Programme aims at reducing operational task load through an enhancement of integrated automation support, whilst meeting the established safety and environmental goals. On the other hand, humans should be able to remain at the core of the system, mainly with the role of overall system managers, supported by automated systems with the required degree of integrity and redundancy.

In recent years, the topic of defining and measuring human performance (HP) has gained some momentum in the frame of an increasingly complex ATM system. The projects funded by SESAR JU and the Horizon 2020 Programme confirm the increasing interest. Therefore, the present Symposium will give an overview of different methodologies and applications being developed in ATM.

The seven projects being presented are the following: Human Performance Neurometrics Toolbox For Highly Automated Systems Design (STRESS); The Embodied Remote Tower (MOTO); Resilient Synthetic Vision for Advanced Control Tower Air Navigation Service Provision (RETINA); Facilitating the AUTOmation PACE (AUTOPACE); Take Control (TACO); Participatory Architectural Change MAnagement in ATM Systems (PACAS); MItigating Negative Impacts of Monitoring high levels of Automation (MINIMA).

The overall aim of the projects is to demonstrate how multimodal solutions, artificial intelligence and human performance indexes can act as enablers to support human performance in the digital ATM future.

The symposium will focus on the following topics:

— Generation of knowledge for assessing the changes in human roles in higher automation scenarios (e.g. participatory design and gamified platform);

— Definition of user requirements and guidelines for the design of innovative technologies that are compatible with human capabilities and limitations (e.g. remote tower operations);

— Identification and validation of neurophysiological indexes to monitor HP aspects (e.g. stress, attention and sense of presence) in realistic operational environments;

— Design of usable tools and innovative interaction solutions to improve ATCOs situational awareness and decision-making processes.

PACAS close out meeting


We are a bit sad to announce that PACAS is coming to an end, and will hold its close out meeting at the end of the month. On the 27th of February, the Consortium will gather in Brussels and the WP leaders will illustrate to PACAS’s project officers the results achieved within their WP’s.

But don’t be too sad! We have still much to say, and we will keep updating this website with our news and results, so… stay tuned and keep following us on Twitter and LinkedIn!