Innaxis at ICRAT 2016

Between June 20 to 24, our PhD student Seddik Belkoura went at the very doorstep of the famous Rocky Balboa Statue, as the seventh edition of the International Conference on Air Transport (ICRAT) was held at Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) . This successful event, co-organised by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration-USA) and EUROCONTROL, put the emphasis the next generation of researchers, with a strong participations of students keen on interacting with more mature and expert minds.


In Seddik’s presentation during the conference, he wanted to highlight the dynamic nature of the delay propagation process in Air Transportation. He showed in his talk that abnormal delays at a given airport (those with an unexpected magnitude) can perturb the way the delays are propagated in “normal” conditions. The quantity of “surprise” necessary to disrupt an airport can be quantifiable, and an approximation of the additional delay necessary to disrupt the propagative dynamics of each airport have been proposed by Seddik. The audience’s interest at this point indicated that work have still have to be done to master all the complex behaviours of some processes like delay propagations.


The event was a success, and the areas of investigation within Air Transportation were quite wide. One special note have been noticed by Seddik: the growing number of presentation (and attention) to drones. The recentness of the concept and the velocity with which it develops and spreads is such that it deserves a special attention. Legislation are not yet fully explicit and a lot of work to design the “future” if happening right now. It is the moment to use our experience with Aviation to better fashion the drone system. Specifically, the importance of data should be pointed out, to allow a better development and a continuous improvement of this new and growing complex system.


Seddik’s paper and the presentation about drones will be soon available on the official website of the conference (



Innaxis brings together leading experts for Data Science in Aviation workshop

Nearly 60 industry experts, academics and professionals from the fields of data science and aviation gathered in Madrid on October the 15th to attend the first ComplexWorld Network’s workshop, ‘Data Science in Aviation‘.  The workshop provided the opportunity for experts in the field to  discuss ways knowledge from aviation data could be extracted in order to enhance our understanding of the air transport system’s behaviour and the complex relation among its elements.

The workshop was motivated by the challenge of extracting ground breaking insights from the large quantities of data collected in the air transport network. The aviation sector gathers and stores a large amount of unstructured, heterogeneous data – safety data and reports, flight plans, navigation data, airport data, radar tracks – from multiple sources – airlines, ANSPs and airports. While the collection of information through different data sensors is growing exponentially, the application of data science to the data has not.  The workshop looked at how to capture the new opportunities offered by the data and close the large opportunity gap between the potential offered and the current outcomes of its analysis.

Innaxis as coordinator of the ComplexWorld Network, through which the workshop was supported, led the data science in aviation workshop initiative. Innaxis brought extensive IT expertise and experience in data-science analysis techniques to the workshop. Innaxis’s expertise in these areas has been developed through the various research programmes in which it works and through its exposure to different data science applications in a variety of fields.

The outcomes of the workshop will be made available shortly. It is our hope that these outcomes, which include new research ideas and discussions from this dynamic meeting of experts, will result in greater discussion and debate around the topic from the community as a whole. So please keep in touch and check back if you’d like to be involved in the ongoing development in this area.

Data Science and Complex Systems applied to Aviation – Innaxis Workshop

Businesses have entered a new era of decision-making and managing principles due to the pervasive availability of large amounts of data and the drastic growth, in the last decade, in the capacity to store and process data. Aviation is not an exception; Data Science principles have started to emerge through research programmes and practical applications in the field, albeit more slowly in some business functions than others.

Data Science, as a set of fundamental principles that support and guide the principled extraction of information and knowledge from data, leans on well-known data-mining techniques. However, it goes far beyond these techniques, with successful data-science paradigms that provide specific application guidelines. Data-driven decision making involves principles, processes and techniques for understanding phenomena via the automatic analysis of data.

A data-analytic thinking approach will help to envision opportunities for improving data-driven decision making in different contexts. There is strong evidence that aviation performance can be improved substantially via data-driven decision making and data-science techniques drawing on big data. Data-science will support data-driven decision making in the aviation field, where the underlying principles have yet to be established, in order to be able to realize its potential.

Innaxis participates in various research programmes and works on different applications in this field. We will be organizing a workshop on Data Science applied to Aviation in Madrid, Spain during October 2013. Please, write to us at if find this of interest and you would like to receive information on the workshop (please state “Data Science workshop” in the subject).

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