The science

The Science

CAMERA evaluates the impact of EU mobility-related projects through innovative data-driven techniques. The figure below shows the 4 pillar methodology specifically designed for CAMERA.

The project

The CAMERA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 769606. It is a response to the H2020 "Identification of gaps, barriers and needs in the aviation research" call (MG1.5-2017). CAMERA was launched in November 2017 for a duration of 48 months. CAMERA presents an innovative solution for assessing and reporting (air) mobility research and pursues win-win opportunities with other research domains, while guaranteeing strategic support to the European Commission and ACARE WG1.


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Pillar A

Establishes a performance framework for mobility-related, public-funded research programmes, projects and initiatives in the (air) transport field. This includes, but is not restricted to, FP7, H2020, SESAR, CleanSky, Future Emerging Technologies, SME actions, and national and international programmes. CAMERA makes use of automatic tools (data mining, text mining, web scraping) and previously completed work (through past initiatives like CATER) to maximise efficiency. CAMERA will consolidate, label and sort the various initiatives by micro-level detail through a novel multi-layer, multi-factor approach.

Pillar B

Develops and executes a state-of-the-art quantitative contextual methodology to assess the progress and achievements of all previous projects (at the micro-level) and their impact on mobility performance (at a macro level), based on an existing modelling toolset. This methodology is flexible, and will evaluate and contextualise the impact of a variety of technologies on air mobility. The methodology will bridge the gap between the mobility goals established by European high-level agendas and the tactical-level goals of research initiatives. CAMERA is a major improvement in the way mobility is assessed, as it incorporates the latest modelling and data science techniques. This is especially valuable when considering other initiatives that often lack these quantitative, objective, and contextual settings. CAMERA will improve classical review-based approaches by providing information about the overall performance context at the mobility level of each research effort.

Pillar C

Identifies the current and future research gaps along with the innovation bottlenecks. This step will draw insights from the quantitative performance assessment in Pillar B, by ensuring that different configurations, such as temporal and geographic scales, along with traffic and passenger scenarios, are considered. This Pillar combines expert judgement with qualitative and quantitative assessments. This identification of gaps and bottlenecks, and the formulations for addressing these challenges, will be one of the main outcomes of CAMERA, ensuring that the path towards long-term goals can be followed.

Pillar D

CAMERA will pursue a direct and close cooperation with ACARE Working Group 1, the EC, the "OPTICS2" sister CSA, and all of the relevant EU mobility stakeholders. The main goal of this cooperation is to ensure bi-directional input regarding the research agenda goals, assessment results, and challenges. By organising workshops where needed, CAMERA Pillar D will also examine synergies with other sectors and stakeholders to identify and solve common challenges, make the most of available resources, mitigate common risks, and foster cross-domain knowledge discovery and sharing. Pillar D goals include cross-domain consultation, dissemination and communication, and the production of a series of four annual reviews, the "Mobility Reports", consolidating the outcomes of all the pillars.