The R-WAKE project integrates a consortium of 6 partners, with the following expertise and role:

  • UPC, GTD, and TUBS as the core development team of Air Traffic Management Simulator System Framework,
  • DBLU as Safety & Robustness analysis expert, also integrating their toolkit in the system framework,
  • A-SYST as Cost Benefit Analysis and European Air Traffic Management Master Plan expert, bringing the Air Traffic ManagementPerformance and Implementability perspective, for the Research & Innovation and analysis of the potential outcomes.
  • M3SB as wake vortex and Air Traffic ManagementExpert.

GTD (Sistemas de Información), www.gtd.es, is a Spanish leading SME providing software and system engineering in sectors such as: space, aeronautics, security, defense, transport and scientific programs. GTD is active in all the phases of the development lifecycle: conception, design, implementation, commissioning, operation and maintenance; always applying the most demanding and suitable standards and methodologies in engineering.
With over 25 years’ experience working alongside major contractors in the aerospace sector, GTD has a unique know-how in making software components for civil and military programs. Applications for GTD software goes from control centers, flight equipments, advanced control processing, on-board and real time systems, until the qualification and exploitation of aero-spatial systems.
GTD has been developing and integrating Space Ground Segments since 1990, with a strong presence in the European Space Transport programs. Design and development of software for orbit and attitude control systems, guidance, navigation and control systems and software for space instruments:

  • Flight control software for ARIANE 5+ (EADS/LV)
  • Flight control software for VEGA.
  • On-board software for ATV.

Conception, development and pre-operational validation of on-board mission-support, operational tools: ENVISAT, INTEGRAL, XPM y SMART 1 (ESA/ESOC) based on “Knowledge Enabled Services”.
GTD participates in the development and maintenance of the following systems at the Guyana space centre: Telemetry / RADAR Tracking / Flight Safety / Mission Control Centers / Meteorological Station / Launch Preparation and related Control Centres / Integration Systems / Engine Test Benches.GTD takes part in many international aeronautics projects, applying its system engineering capability to programs such as the following: Eurofighter, A330-MRTT, A400M, CN-235, C-295, P3-Orion; or helicopters: TIGRE and NH-90; following the strictest quality and safety standards. GTD is also very active in European projects in framework of F6/FP7 and Clean Sky.

UPC, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, www.upc.es, was founded in 1971 with the union of several engineering schools. Today it is composed of more than 30,000 students, 42 departments and 1782 full time faculty. The UPC is a university with a consolidated worldwide reputation and an international vision that generates technological innovation and attracts talent. It is also the Spanish university with more strategic research projects funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program. All the researchers involved in this project are assigned to the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC), which is the school of UPC specialised in technical and scientific courses in Aeronautics and Telecommunication disciplines (BSc, MSc and PhD) and located in the Castelldefels campus.
The ICARUS group is a multidisciplinary research group, with 8 faculty members assigned to EETAC, 5 PhD students, several undergraduate students and punctual collaborators from foreign universities or research institutions. The background of the different researchers is diverse, including computer scientists, telecommunications engineers, aeronautical engineers, and business and administration graduates. Some members of the group have double diplomas, such as telecommunication and aeronautical engineering degrees, or computer science and aeronautical engineering. This diversity and complementarity becomes an important asset to carry out the different research and teaching activities. The group initiated its initial activities in 2005 and was formally recognised as an emerging research group by the Catalan government in 2009 (AGAUR grant SGR-1012).
The group focuses its research activities in two big areas:

  • the development of new technologies improving air traffic management (ATM) automation and the integration of remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) into non-segregated airspace; and
  • the improvement of air transportation efficiency, while reducing its environmental impact, focusing in optimisation strategies for aircraft operations and ATM processes.

In order to address these objectives, the group uses extensively Information and Communication Technologies, along with methods and techniques coming from Computer Science and Operational Research disciplines. Moreover, it also focuses and develops specific high added value applications for both RPAS and air transportation research lines.
In the last 3 years, 5 PhD students of the group graduated having done research related to these topics and the group has published more than 30 papers into peer-reviewed international journals, and more than 80 papers in proceedings of international conferences.
The group members have experience in formulating and solving complex optimisation problems, highly non-linear and non-convex. One of the most relevant contributions has been an optimisation framework able to compute optimal aircraft operational trajectories, either for climb, cruise or descent/approach. Trajectories can be optimised according to one or several criteria, such as fuel, direct operating costs, noise or gaseous emissions. Direct applications of this framework include the design of optimal noise abatement procedures, the computation of optimal on-board self-separationmanoeuvres, and studies related to ATM performance, such as the impact of continuous cruise climb operations.

Deep Blue Srl, www.dblue.it, is a research and consultancy Italian SME, specialised in human factors, safety, validation and scientific dissemination. The company operates in contexts with high security, dependability and resilience requirements, such as ATM, Aviation, Railways Transportation and Healthcare.
DBLU has a multidisciplinary team of specialists in human factors, cognitive science, interaction design and software engineering, dealing with the design, analysis and evaluation of complex socio-technical systems. In this activity DBLU considers the interactions, integration and the allocation of functions between all the components of the system, including human, procedures and automated equipment. Most of the company’s work is for European organisations, on a number of specific topics including:

  • analysis, evaluation and validation of concepts and systems in transportation
  • evaluation of dependability and resilience in socio-technical systems
  • safety analysis of air traffic concepts and systems
  • dissemination and transfer of research results

Technische Universität Braunschweig, www.tu-braunschweig.de, was founded in 1745. The Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig is Germany’s oldest university of technology and looks back on a two and a half centuries tradition of academic teaching and research. Today the TU Braunschweig is the centre of one of the most active German research regions. It is organised in 6 faculties and 100 institutes, among which is the Institut für Flugführung (Institute of Flight Guidance, IFF). The IFF, led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hecker, employs more than 50 staff of which 85% are research engineers. Its scientific activities, as relevant to R-WAKE, include Air Traffic Management, the simulation and modelling of dynamic systems (e.g. sensors, vehicles, modelling), inflight measurements technology (e.g. high precision positioning and attitude determination, airflow and atmospheric data) and wake vortex behaviour modelling as well as technologies for wake vortex detection.

A-SYST, www.a-syst.com, is an Information Communications Technology (ICT) company with a focus on the ATM industry. Our main customer in this area is Eurocontrol, providing and enhancing services in many areas of ATM for over 10 years. These include project management, business analysis including cost/benefit assessments, development and support of applications, interfacing applications with other Eurocontrol systems, data warehousing, business intelligence, complex database and web server administration and support, cartography. Tools that are used include Ruby on Rails, ADOBE, J2EE (Oracle ADF, JSF, JSP, Struts), Oracle APEX, Oracle OBIEE and ODI.
Other customers include public administrations, banking, financial trading, services, pharmaceutical and telecommunications.
Other high-level expertise used for all of our customers include Business Intelligence, Oracle Databases (architectures, performance, modelling, development, text-based complex search engines), Java architecture and development.

M3 System Belgium, www.m3systems.net, is a SME providing consultancy services in the Air Traffic Management domain, in areas like ATFCM (Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management), ATC (Air Traffic Control) or else Airport Operations. Highly qualified engineers and consultants make up its work team.
M3 Systems offers its services to major stakeholders of the European air transport segment such as the European Commission, EUROCONTROL, national Air Navigation Service Providers (DSNA) or the aviation industry (Airbus, Thales). They all recognise M3 Systems expertise and entrust M3 Systems with key ATM projects.
The main objective of the company is to provide its customers with a coherent system approach to Air Traffic Management. M3 Systems has recognised expertise typically addresses the early stages of the development cycle, namely ATM concept definition and validation (feasibility studies, proof-of-concept).
As a consequence, M3 Systems offers added-value at the interface between operational staff / system users and engineers / system designers in order to develop solutions matching the users’ needs / expectations / requirements.