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).

Innaxis prepares for Second Sesar Innovation Days


ComplexWorld, the research network co-ordinated by Innaxis, this week began preparations for its participation in the upcoming Second SESAR Innovation Days to be held in Braunschweig, Germany this November 27th to 29th, hosted by DLR – the German Aerospace Centre – and The Technical University of Braunschweig.

Innaxis is the coordinator of the ComplexWorld Network – one of two research projects through which WP-E operates. Innaxis’s director, David Perez, forms part of the programme committee for the SESAR Innovation Days, which will not only include sessions of the WP-E Research Networks, but also keynote presentations and panel discussions.

The programme includes two very compelling keynote speaker; Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla, Head of Future Research and Trend Transfer at Volkswagen and Otto Geis, VP Head of New Business at EADS CTO’s ‘Innovation Nursery’.

Both speakers promise to deliver very interesting insights into the needs and mindset of the aerospace business community and their perspective on disruptive innovations in ATM.

To find out more about the Second SESAR Innovation days and register to attend, visit the event’s website:

First ComplexWorld Annual Conference


ComplexWorld will held the first Annual Conference in Seville on July 6-8, 2011 and it will be hosted by the School of Engineering of the University of Seville.

The ComplexWorld Annual Conference is intended as a forum for Air Traffic Management scientists and PhD students, Complexity Science researchers and the ComplexWorld Network community, including Members, Participants, and SESAR WP-E investigators.

The aim of the Conference is to bring together researchers from academia, research establishments, and industry that share common interests and expertise in the field of ATM Complexity Management that lies at the intersection of Complexity Science and ATM.

The Conference will focus on new concepts and developments in areas aligned with the WP-E research theme ‘Mastering Complex Systems Safely’ which explores how Complexity Science can contribute to understand, model, and ultimately drive and optimize the behaviour and the evolution of the ATM system that emerges from the complex relationships between its different elements.
The topics of the Conference include (but are not limited to):
  • Multiple spatio-temporal scales in ATM
  • Non-determinism and uncertainty in ATM
  • Emergent behaviour in ATM
  • Complex modelling of the ATM system
  • Validation and Verification of Complex ATM models
  • Design, Control and Optimization of Complex ATM models
  • Applications of Complex Systems to improve ATM performance
  • Characterization of Disturbances in ATM
  • ATM Resilience: Analysis of disturbance propagation and system stability and agility
  • Information management and decision-making mechanisms in ATM
  • Metrics at different scales, ontology and measurement in ATM
  • Other complex socio-technical and/or transport systems.

Written contributions to topics mentioned above or similar ones are sought. Papers with innovative ideas and/or technical progress will be preferred. Please submit your abstract (one A4 page) to Deadlines:

April 1: Abstract submission deadline
April 18: Notification of acceptance
June 1: Full Paper submission deadline
July 6-8: Conference

We hope that this information is of your interest and encourage you to send a Paper and to attend the First ComplexWorld Annual Conference.

Escuela Superior de Ingenieros
, Camino de los Descubrimientos 41092 Sevilla, Spain (See the map)

Anyone interested in registering should contact Innaxis by e-mail ( including the following information:
– Name and institution:
– Arrival and departure days.

ComplexEnergy 2nd Workshop proves successful

Innaxis and Create-Net lead the preparation of the Research Roadmap.

On November 16th, The Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute along with Create-Net organised the second workshop of the ComplexEnergy project, putting together a group of experts from the ICT, Energy and ComplexSystems field. The goal of the workshop was to discuss the future roadmap for energy research in the context of complexity science and ICT fields.

The meeting was quite productive thanks to the scientific and technical level of the different experts. At the workshop officials from the European Commission also advised the best strategies for fostering research in this area. Innaxis and Create-Net will lead the preparation of a Research Roadmap that will take form of a public deliverable to the European Commission during the first quarter of 2011.

More information on the ComplexEnergy project and in the Energy/ICT/Complex systems research fields in general can be found on

ComplexEnergy holds first workshop

Innaxis & Create-Net bring together members of the Expert Panel in Venice.

The first workshop, held on the 13th and 14th of April in Venice, proved to be successful with great brainstorming focus sessions that discussed the project´s first White Paper.

The workshop commenced with an introduction of the members of Innaxis and Create-Net, and also a detailed introduction on the ComplexEnergy initiative. Afterwards, each member of the Expert Panel that was in attendance made a short presentation about their background and vision concerning the project.

Following the presentations, the rest of the workshop advanced around four different focus sessions:

  1. Energy-related issues, challenges, and potential impact
  2. Complex Systems Methodologies and Tools
  3. Role of Complex Systems in Smart Energy Systems
  4. Relevant Scientific Communities, Possible Topics and Impacts

These focus sessions help brainstorm thoughts and ideas concerning the first White Paper that will be delivered in August. The advancements made from the workshop will be integrated into the White Paper and will continue to be developed. It is expected to have fairly thorough draft version of the White Paper around the 30th of May.

If you´d like to contact us concerning ComplexEnergy, please email .

More information can be found through the ComplexEnergy website and blog.

2nd Colloquium sponsored by Innaxis

Invited speaker Francisco Ros- Spain’s Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society talks about the potentials of the technological sector for economy growth.

The economic situation is on everyone´s mind lately and more so in formal colloquiums such as the ones that are hosted by The Euroamerica Foundation. These events present an opportunity to hear certain personalities from the fields of science, politics, economy, and diplomacy and their reflections about the current situation in their field.

Innaxis sponsored the December colloquium in which Francisco Ros, Spain´s Secretary for Telecommunications and the Information Society, was invited to speak. He states that the Information Technology sector has increased by 16% in revenue, or 114 billion euros.

Francisco Ros also points out that within this growing industry a direct employee can generate between 6 and 7 induced jobs. Furthermore between 2005 and 2008, employment grew to 7.2%, encouraging growth in influencing economic sectors.

This sector has much importance on the economic growth both on a national and international level. In regards to growth on a national level, Francisco Ros talks about a few opportunities that should be taken advantage of especially during the Spanish presidency of the European Union that will be starting in January 2010.

Below you can find a picture with Innaxis president Carlos Álvarez with Francisco Ros as well as Carlos Solchaga,President of the Euroamerica Foundation.



Spain´s ticket out of the Crisis

President of Microsoft Spain presents her thoughts at Innaxis sponsored EuroAmerica colloquium.

On November 19, 2009 María Garaña, President of Microsoft Spain, presented her thoughts on how Spain can overcome the crisis.

Compared to the rest of Europe, Spain has been hit with the hardest of the economic crisis. Unemployment rates are at 19.3% according to Eurostat, and Zapatero just announced a tax increase. It´s no surprise that consumer confidence is still at a low 45,1% compared to 76,1% just two years ago, and 84,5% in 2006 according to the data provided by the ¨Instituto de Crédito Oficial¨.

Garaña was invited to speak at the EuroAmerica November colloquium about Spain´s economic situation. During her presentation, she talks about three priorities Spain should have in order to try to get out of the crisis.

1. Encourage the formation of small and medium companies in the information technology industry.

2. Create incentives for young students that would like to study a technical career field and furthermore support young entrepreneurs that are trying to make their dreams a reality.

3. Lastly, encourage alliances between public administrations and private companies to create synergies.

Stimulating the cooperation and understanding is a popular objective, not only in the country of Spain but also Spain´s international relations. The EuroAmerica Foundation´s primary objective is to stimulate cooperation and understanding between European and Latin American institutions, companies and personalities. Innaxis as well, holds a similar vision, to act as a catalyst which makes possible the emergence of relevant, ambitious and interdisciplinary ideas and projects.

The Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute has been in close ties with The EuroAmerica Foundation, sponsoring a different event with the Minister of Science and Innovation as the invited speaker.

Below are pictures from the event. Innaxis continues to share this ´catalyzing´ objective with EuroAmerica and will also be sponsoring the next colloquium.


INX sponsors roundtable discussion- Spain & technological advances

December 2008

Innaxis sponsored the monthly roundtable discussion held by EuroAmerica this month. For this month´s roundtable, Maurici Lucena was the invited speaker. Maurici Lucena is the president of the board for the European Space Agency (ESA) and also the general director for the ´Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial´ (CDTI).

Maurici Lucena spoke about the technological advances that have occurred in Spain, speaking briefly about: the industrialisation of scientific advances, the ¨technology push¨, the ¨market pull´, and lastly ¨systems of innovation¨.

For the last topic, ¨systems of innovation¨, he mentions that collaboration between universities and research centres are key for businesses.

Interesting enough- this theory mirrors Innaxis´s approach on innovation. Innaxis has a vision of exploring new ways of dialog between science and society. This has proven to be successful as some our most promising project findings come between this uncommon collaboration.

Lucena´s final reflections in his presentation remind us not to forget that the relationship between science, technology, and businesses in a country depend on many factors and more importantly the direct support of R+D+I from the educational level, labor market, financial system, institutional quality, macroeconomic stability, etc.

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