Cooperation & support to European (EU) Research Projects
HYSIM[Ardep Ref: AEN070]
Hybrid Simulation (HY-SIM) is a concept which enables simultaneous running of components integrated into the very same system, whether they come from dynamic simulation (or so called Real Time Simulation) or mathematical model based simulation (or so called Fast Time simulation), with important advantages for the ATM analyst.
The concept of hybrid simulation requires four principle elements:
- Integration Platform for Simulators: PITOT will be used in this way.
- Real Time Simulation Components: AMAN and DMAN components will be used as test cases.
- Fast Time Simulation Components: Adaptations or modifications of the RAMS PlusTM tool will be used.
- Components of Hybrid simulation: The HY-SIM project will provide the first test prototypes.
The objective of HYSIM is to develop a set of software modules needed to produce RAMS Plus multi-run prototypes; support to the analysis and design of new integration modules; off-line integration of RAMS-MWM (Multi-workload Model) E-TLM(Enhanced Task Load Monitor); dynamic integration of RAMS-AMAN/DMAN; analysis and specification of RAMS-RTS (Real Time Simulation) synchronized integration.
COCA [Ardep Ref: EUR227]
ISA Software is heavily involved in the support of the EUROCONTROL Complexity and Capacity Analysis Research being carried out at the EEC, providing researchers and analysis support tools to the COCA project
The objectives of COCA are to analyse the relationship between Complexity, Controller Workload, Sector type and Capacity through comparison of indicators between different Centres of Control.
The principle goal of COCA is to provide some relevant, measurable, and meaningful indicators to evaluate the intrinsic difficulty of the ATM tasks in the context of the airspace concerned. The approach is to analyse the relationship between complexity, controller workload, sector type and capacity. Practical examples of these analyses are through elaboration of indicators and comparisons of their values between different European states, centres of control or between USA and Europe.
Enhanced Traffic Load Monitor [E-TLM]
E-TLM is an experimental decision support tool developed jointly by ISA Software, AENA and INDRA in support of the Gate-to-Gate Dynamic Re-Sectorisation concept evaluation studies
It is based on the innovative use of Fast-Time Simulation modelling techniques to "fast forward" the current Air Taffic situation in a given ATC centre in order to evaluate the theoretical Controller Workload for a variety of possible sector configurations over the next n-hours (typcially 3-Hours).
Using a highly efficient fast-time ATC simulation model component (based on the ISA Software RAMS Plus ATC modelling engine), a Workload Analysis Component (WAC) derived from "Wickens" cognitive workload evaluation techniques, and interactive updates to current and expected aircraft trajectory (and intent) data, the E-TLM system can evaluate the theoretical workload over the next 3-hour period for each and every possible combination of sectors in an ATC center in a matter of minutes.
Through the E-TLM presentation layer, developed by INDRA, the regional planner (supervisor or potentially the Multi-Sector Planner) receives indications for the most optimal Airspace configuration to satisfy the short to mid-term traffic demand without overloading valuable ATC Controller resources
AENA recently completed their second round of Real-Time, Human in the Loop simulation trials using E-TLM in support of Dynamic Resectorisation at the ATC center in Sevilla, where the E-TLM system was acclaimed to be a highly useful decision support application.