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Rich Keller Presents Ames Air Traffic Management Ontology Effort at The Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference
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Rich Keller Presents Ames Air Traffic Management Ontology Effort at The Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference

Dr. Rich Keller presented the Ames effort to develop an Air Traffic Management (ATM) ontology for an invited talk at the 2015 Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference (ATIEC) held August 25-27 in Silver Spring, Maryland. ATIEC is focused on topics related to domestic and international aviation information exchange efforts, including the System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) data exchange protocol, standards-based aviation data exchange languages, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Information Management panel, and ongoing data interoperability efforts within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextTGen project, and EUROCONTROL’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project. Over 350 people were in attendance from more than 20 countries or ICAO-member states. The talk raised the profile of Ames work on aviation information management and led to discussions on additional collaborations and ontology-sharing activities with the FAA, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and aviation industry research organizations Mosaic ATM, Metron Aviation, and Frequentis.

BACKGROUND: Code TI, in collaboration with Code AF (the Aviation Systems Division), has been developing an ATM ontology to support aviation data integration applications in the context of two efforts: integration of data in the Sherlock ATM data warehouse, and integration of data for analysis of winter weather delay factors in airspace and surface operations. The ontology models flight data, weather data, traffic management advisory data, airport delay data, aircraft models and manufacturer data, and various types of national airspace infrastructure data. The FAA has signed a software release agreement with NASA for the ontology, which is to be incorporated with a complementary FAA-developed ontology.

PROGRAM FUNDING: Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) project, Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

TEAM: Rich Keller (TI), Mei Wei (TI), Shubha Ranjan (AFH), and Michelle Eshow (AFS)

POC: Rich Keller, rich.keller@nasa.gov

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