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.


PACAS will take part in the Sixth SESAR Innovation Days.

This year’s edition of SIDs, hosted by the Technical University of Delft, will be held in The Netherlands on the 8–10th of November, 2016. We will bring and present a poster illustrating the preliminary results achieved so far. Keep following us for updates and more info on our participation in this event!

New deliverables submitted

We just submitted four new deliverables to the European Commission for review:

  • D2.2 “First release of the platform and guidelines” serves as a basis for initial tests in Validation, necessary to collect feedback to refine both process and platform;
  • D4.1 “Gap analysis of existing reasoning techniques and requirements for the ATM participatory architectural design” describes strengths and weaknesses of state-of-art model verification, thus helping define the direction for the development of the PACAS reasoning techniques;
  • D5.1 “Concept, Scenarios and Validation Plan” presents, in addition to the PACAS concept and the reference scenarios, the project stakeholders and the overall approach to validation, including validation objectives and planned activities; and
  • D6.2 “Exploitation plan” reports on future exploitation, multiplication and sustainability activities.

These deliverables will be available on the website as soon as they are approved. Meanwhile, you can see the full list of deliverables and download the public ones in the documents page.

Upcoming events

In the current phase of the project our team is actively conducting research about the foundational mechanisms of the PACAS approach, and in the following months will submit papers to prestigious scientific events. Such events include, for example, the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE’17) and the International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2017).

Furthermore, in line with the automated reasoning capabilities of the PACAS platform, members of the team are co-organizing the Third International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Requirements Engineering (AIRE’16) that will be held in Beijing, China in September 2016. Needless to say, we are also working toward sending contributions to the 2016 SESAR Innovation Days that will be held in Delft, The Netherlands in November 2016.

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Highlights from the 1st Validation Workshop

On the 4th of July, 2016 the Consortium gathered in Rome for the 1st Validation workshop, aimed at identifying Air Traffic Management use cases needed to build up the participatory platform developed by PACAS.

The team focussed on identifying and thoroughly discussing the reference use case with the help of the Advisory Board members for ensuring its feasibility and realism.