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!

We’re back from SESAR Innovation Days

We’re glad to have been part of the SESAR Innovation Days held 8-10th of November in Delft.

Indeed, SIDs have seen a mix of mature and new research projects collaboratively and openly discussing their achievements, not only during the technical paper but also in the poster sessions. Therefore, both moments have provided an ideal forum for networking. As a result, SIDs have been a proficient opportunity for us to share progress and disseminate our preliminary results. If you wish to know more on the SESAR Innovation Days and on the projects that took part in it, visit SIDs website.

The picture below shows our overview poster as displayed at SIDS. The poster describes PACAS’s preliminary validation results.
PACAS project's poster at SIDS Sesar Innovation Days

Progress Meeting

PACAS Consortium reunited on the 25-26th of October, 2016 hosted by Utrecht University (The Netherlands) for a project Progress Meeting.

The meeting was the occasion for all the partners to get together and meet with Project Officers Ruben Flohr, Paula Cortes and Ivan De Burchgraeve with the scope of jointly analysing PACAS progress after eight months of activity and planning the next actions to perform.

Past and next events for PACAS

Recently, PACAS took part in the IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference held on the 12-16th of September in Beijing, China. PACAS provided a Tutorial on Security Requirements Engineering and presented STS. STS is a comprehensive method that spans from the early phases of requirements engineering (where the security requirements are expressed) to the specification of secure business processes (where security mechanisms are chosen to fulfill the requirements). This modeling language is the baseline of the security modeling perspective in PACAS, and the automated reasoning mechanisms exemplify some of the reasoning of PACAS.

In the next weeks, instead, the project will participate in three events:

  • First of all, on the 8-10th of November we will be in Delft, The Netherlands. We will take part in the SESAR Innovation Days 2016 with a poster on Participatory Architectural Change MAnagement in ATM Systems (PACAS): preliminary validation results, currently under preparation.
  • In addition, on the 7th of November we will be back in Delft, The Netherlands for a workshop on Agent-based Modelling in Air Traffic Management. The goal of the workshop is to present the capabilities of agent-based modelling and simulation in a variety of air traffic management scenarios, and to explain why this technique is unique and specially powerful to understand certain scenarios in which a variety of elements interact for a final solution.
  • Finally, on the 24-27th of November we will be in Trento, Italy at the STS Italia Conference 2016. We will present our paper Changing complex socio-technical infrastructures: the case of Air Traffic Management. In this paper, we analyse the practices used to make decisions and changes in Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems. The study focuses on how the main relational elements involved in decision processes – such as reputation, usefulness of the decision and trust – affect the ATM infrastructure.