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AGENT Report Summary

Project ID: 699313
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - AGENT (Adaptive self-Governed aerial Ecosystem by Negotiated Traffic)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ATC interventions to preserve safety distances between aircraft have some inherent shortages when scalability problems arise, that can lead to well-known saturation of capacity in front of an increment of the traffic demand. The traffic density in certain volumes can affect the full safety-net since the Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System has been designed only for low dense areas. To address the safety-net drawbacks in present and future air traffic, the project AGENT claims for a collaborative, orchestrated and proactive separation management system considering a socio-technological approach in which both human behavior and automation will play an important role. The concept seeks for a time horizon extension in the conflict resolution process, in order to achieve better compatibility among the safety net layers.

AGENT aims at contributing to an enhancement of the overall performance of the air transport system, mainly targeting the separation management layer of air traffic and its connections with Trajectory Management and Collision Avoidance. The overall performance of the system shall increase primarily by increasing safety, and improving the efficiency for all agents of the system. It is envisaged that fairness and equity for reactive measures are balanced among the airspace users. A negotiation process between the airspace users and ATC, with strong dependencies on the diverse business models, will be put in place. The ATM overall efficiency will be considered with regard to the potential solutions proposed to the airspace users.

AGENT addresses the following key objectives:
• To propose an innovative automation-based future system design supporting a shift from a nowadays centrally controlled ATM system to a distributed system, in which aircraft and ATC collaborate to form adaptive aerial ecosystems, to find an optimal compromise accounting for safety, capacity and cost-efficiency aspects. D2.2 and D3.2 contribute to this objective.
• To develop ATC- and Pilot-side Decision Making Tools to transform aircraft and ATC into Intelligent Agents that can communicate with each other using machine-to-machine interfaces with the aim to safely make best use of existing airspace capacity. D2.1, D3.1 and D3.3 contribute to this objective.
• To build ontology for knowledge representation, reasoning and machine-to-machine communication between intelligent agents. D4.1 and D4.2 contribute to the objective.
• To verify the AGENT DMT's using real traffic information and validate results by means of the scenarios in a simulated environment with traceable and transparent information. D5.1 and D5.2 contribute to this objective.
• To demonstrate and quantify the potential for the innovative ATM design to provide benefits in safety, capacity and efficiency of ATM operations, ensuring a wider acceptance of the research results and conducting demonstration activities used to build confidence in the effectiveness of the concept. D1.3 and D2.3 contribute to the objective.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP 1 - Scope Definition and User Needs Analysis
Task 1.1 – Automated ATM system requirements run from the 1st of February 2016 to the 31st of May 2016. The task was formalized on D1.1 – Report on Functional and Non-Functional requirements, which defined the Concept of Operations underpinning AGENT operations, delimiting the scope of the project and defining the requirements for the development of the different functionalities within AGENT. The report was accepted on 3rd of November 2016, and it constitutes the first milestone of the project, MS1 – Scope defined and needs analyzed. The main requirements were defined for each function within the ConOps, and also non-functional requirements for the alignment with the safety and efficiency targets for the future ATM.
Task 1.2 – Ecosystem Evaluation Strategy was developed from the 1st of March to the 30th of June. The main outcome was the report D1.2 “Report on the tools evaluation strategy”, in which metrics and the procedure for the tools evaluation were outlined. In addition, different scenarios in which AGENT will be assessed were developed based on the specifications of D1.1 for the AGENT operational environment.
After some applied adjustments D1.2 was re-submitted on 20th of November 2016.

WP6 – Dissemination and Exploitation - started on 1st February with task T6.1 already finalized, Task T6.2 and T6.4 under development while task T6.3 will start on February 2017.
T6.1 Elaboration of a dissemination and Communication Strategy and Impact Assessment is formalized though D6.1 – Set-up of a communication and dissemination strategy and plan. D6.1 was submitted as planned and accepted on 15th November 2016. T6.3 – Dissemination events for awareness raising is out of this reporting period.
T6.4 Sustainability and Exploitation Strategy & Actions is currently under development to carry out deliverables D6.2 and D6.3. The exploitation plan aims at ensuring the sustainability of the project beyond its life-time, and the task is also developing the assessment procedure to evaluate whether the objectives have been met or not. The task is under internal discussion with all the partners within the consortium for its development in an agreed manner. D6.4 – Project website has been already formalized. It was accepted on 15th November 2016.

WP7 – Project Management - active during the project lifetime. The objective of this work package is to ensure an efficient and active coordination of the project through administrative, organizational tasks, and monitoring of the financial components of the project. There are two deliverables in WP7, D7.1 – Project Management Plan (PMP) and D7.2 – Final Project Results Report. The PMP was approved on 19th October 2016.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

In summary, it is expected that AGENT operational frame produces and supports:
• Highly automated ATM environment with minimal human intervention, by introducing the centred multi-agent system approach against the agent-centred approach, i.e. shifting the decision making process from the ATC system to the ecosystem’s agents.
• Friendly human interaction within highly automated system. Ecosystems strive to facilitation of the airborne and ground-based human interactions throughout development of novel operational procedures.
• State space search for an optimal compromised solution, used in both ETM and ERM, but supported also EDM for the memberships identification.

The AGENT impact will be kept viable in the following aspects:
- Demonstration and quantification of the potential for higher levels of automation as well as provision of the benefits in safety, capacity and efficiency of ATM operations.
- Expression of the potential for improved cost-effectiveness and contributions to decision support techniques for safety-critical situations.

An extent, to which the expected impact of results will be achieved, is foreseen two-fold:
- Cooperation between the consortium members, i.e. SME and academic partners in the scope of developed AGENT tools will certainly produce an impact on the overall project scope, especially if considering different orientations of business and scientific communities.
- Collaborative networking between the AGENT consortium and other organizations, such as SESAR JU, EUROCONTROL, HALA! Research Network.

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Record Number: 196223 / Last updated on: 2017-03-28
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