Back from the the IEEE RCIS 2017 conference

On 10-12 May 2017, PACAS took part in the Eleventh IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS), where the project presented its paper Gamification Solutions for Software Acceptance: A Comparative Study of Requirements Engineering and Organizational Behavior Techniques.

The presentation made during the conference is now available online, and you can also read the full paper here.

PACAS at the IEEE RCIS 2017 conference

PACAS’s paper Gamification Solutions for Software Acceptance was accepted to the IEEE RCIS 2017.

The Eleventh IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS)  will be held 10-12 May 2017 in Brighton (UK), and PACAS will take part in the event to present the paper.

Gamification is a powerful paradigm and a set of best practices used to motivate people carrying out a variety of ICT–mediated tasks. Designing gamification solutions and applying them to a given ICT system is a complex and expensive process (in time, competences and money) as software engineers have to cope with heterogeneous stakeholder requirements on one hand, and Acceptance Requirements on the other, that together ensure effective user participation and a high level of system utilization. As such, gamification solutions require significant analysis and design as well as suitable supporting tools and techniques.
In this work, we compare concepts, tools and techniques for gamification design drawn from Software Engineering and Human and Organizational Behaviors. We conduct a comparison by applying both techniques to the specific Meeting Scheduling exemplar used extensively in the Requirements Engineering literature.

Click to read the full paper Gamification Solutions for Software Acceptance: A Comparative Study of Requirements Engineering and Organizational Behavior Techniques or click on the banner below to know more on the conference.

Second validation workshop

On the 4th of April, 2017 the Consortium gathered in Rome for the 2nd Validation workshop, aimed at redefining both PACAS participatory platform and also the process for implementing the use case. Thanks to the active involvement of the Advisory Board members, the team also focussed on identifying and thoroughly discussing gamification and automated reasoning elements.

Feedback given by the Advisory Board will also be included in the next project deliverables, currently under preparation:

D2.3 “Second major release of the platform and guidelines”
D4.2 “First release of the reasoning proof-of-concept”

Keep following us for updates!

Hidden figures: PACAS @World ATM Congress!

PACAS participated in the World ATM Congress (WAC), held in Madrid, from 7 to 9 March 2017. PACAS was invited to the public workshop on the “SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: Human Factors supporting Automation in ATM”. The workshop presented different SESAR Exploratory Research projects analysing human factors issues in highly automated ATC environments, and proposing solutions to mitigate potential adverse effects.

Martina Ragosta provided a presentation on the project, describing its objectives, preliminary results and next activities.

The event represented a great opportunity for close interactions with manufacturers, operators and all other stakeholders that may be interested in the topics of automation and human performance. We thank all speakers and participants for the valuable exchange of information and also for creating a fruitful spirit of cooperation!

The World ATM Congress is the reference international platform for the global civil and commercial ATM industry, hosting the most important stakeholders of the ATM field, including ANSPs, regulatory agencies and the major international industries of the civil aviation to discuss the future trends and developments of air traffic management. It combines the large-scale exhibition with demonstration sessions and world-class conferences and workshops, organized by SESAR JU, CANSO and ATCA.

PACAS at the International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy

PACAS will take part in the ICISSP 2017, the 3rd International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy to be held in Porto, Portugal on the 19-21st of February, 2017.

The project will bring a new poster to illustrate PACAS to the audience. Follow us to know more on our participation in the ICISSP 2017!

PACAS will be at the World ATM Congress 2017

PACAS will be at the next World ATM Congress 2017, taking place in Madrid, 7-9 March 2017.


World ATM Congress brings together the entire global air traffic management (ATM) community to discuss the latest ATM trends and developments. In such context, PACAS will take part into a public workshop on the SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: Human Factors supporting Automation in ATM, to be held on the 09th of March at FABEC Theatre.

The workshop will present different approaches to analysing human factors in highly automated ATC environments and proposing solutions to address potential adverse effects as well. The workshop aims at:

  • Offering an overview of the progress made in the exploration of the automation and human factors field;
  • Sharing information on the latest state of the art in the exploratory research on automation;
  • Enabling cooperation between the different projects by identifying synergies and complementarities among them;
  • Identifying further developments in automation to serve as a reference for the exploratory research programme.


The event is oriented to all the ATM professionals interested in the effects of automation on the human performance. Participation is free and open to everyone willing to join the workshop.


Projects involved in the workshop


In order to achieve the workshop’s goals, it is essential that projects dealing with Human factors in automation and under several topics present their results. Therefore, the event includes:

  • Five projects on Automation, robotics and autonomy. They will present their research on the effects of automation on human factors (AUTOPACE, TACO, AGENT, STRESS, MINIMA).
  • In addition, two projects from the topic High-performing airport operations, presenting its human factors assessment on augmented reality application (RETINA) and the exploration of key multimodal stimuli to enhance the sense of presence experience by ATCOs in remote towers (MOTO).
  • Finally, a project within the Innovative ATM architecture. It will present how the ATM system could appropriately implement the achievements the project identified in automation (PACAS).


Visit the World ATM Congress website to know more.

Happy Holidays!

PACAS project wishes you a joyful holiday season and a happy 2017!

We hope to see you in January for more updates on our activities!