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2nd ComplexWorld Tutorials Session


Toulouse, 11th of July, 2013:

The ComplexWorld Network is pleased to present the agenda of its 2nd Tutorials Session. As in last year’s session, the Network has made an effort to involve key experts from the fields of research relevant to ComplexWorld. The selected topics of the event include areas such as: Uncertainty related to weather; Delay propagation; Machine learning and intermodality.

If you are a researcher with interests in these fields or someone who works in a related arena, please feel free to join us in this promising session, which will take place this coming 11th of July at the ENAC premises (Amphitheatre Helene Boucher), Toulouse from 9:00 to 13:30.


Thursday 11th July, 2013


Uncertainty and non-determinism in weather forecasting – and how we handle it

Ken Mylne, UK MetOffice


State-of-the-art delay minimization from an aircraft turnaround perspective – a holistic process planning and steering approach across ATC, airport and aircraft operators

Gero Hoppe, Inform Software


Coffee break


Machine learning in aviation

Pedro Larrañaga, Technical University of Madrid


Understanding and estimating traveller’s choices toward international multimodal journey planning

Yusen Chen, TNO


Closure & lunch

Speakers. Short biographies:

Ken Mylne

Ken Mylne is Head of Numerical Modeling for the Weather Science Division of the UK Met Office. He joined the Met Office in 1984 doing research on pollution dispersion. He then worked for 6 years as a weather forecaster before returning to research on ensemble forecasting, a technique used to understand the uncertainty in a weather forecast. He led the development and application of the Met Office’s MOGREPS short-range ensemble system over 15 years, leading to the introduction of the convection-permitting MOGREPS-UK in 2012. In 2012 he created a new team to research the prediction of weather impacts, and was appointed Head of Numerical Modeling in spring 2013.

Gero Hoppe (Dipl. Päd.)

• Solutions Manager for A-CDM and Groundhandling Turnaround Company INFORM (Institute for Operations Research and Management GmbH)
• Army Aviation Officer in Ground and Technical Helicopter Handling 12 years
• Ground Handling Manager for NWA in Seattle/Tacoma 5 years
• Project Manager Resource Management Systems for 15 years…SAS, KLM, AC, EK, Globe Geround, Gate Gourmet, AF, SVO, AY, TK, TAP, SVO
• Functional Product Manager Process Management System (Turnaround Manager TMAN) – Implementations at KLM, IB, DUS, AY, TAP – 8 years
• Solutions Manager A-CDM and TMAN – 4 years -> INFORM Project Manager for German Landmark Project Total Airport Management Suite (TAMS) – 3 years

Presentation: “State of the art delay minimization from an aircraft turnaround perspective – a holistic process planning and steering approach across ATC, airport and aircraft operators”. This presentation will cover the challenges, costs and solutions in coordination of the ground handling processes; the quality of target off-block predictions and their use for pre-departure-, balanced arrival- and departure-sequencing; the possibilities for a joint what-if analysis and system supported process flow steering at a hub; and an outlook on improved airline network steering capabilities within a developing larger network of A-CDM qualified airports.

Pedro Larrañaga

Pedro Larrañaga is Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) where he leads the Computational Intelligence Group. His research interests are in the fields of Bayesian networks, estimation of distribution algorithms, multi-label classification, regularization, data streams, with applications in  bioinformatics, biomedicine and neuroscience. He has supervised more than 20 PhD students, published  more than 100 papers in international journals and participated in more than 30 projects in collaboration with the industry. He has also participated in more than 50 projects granted by public institutions, the most recent one the Human Brain Project, selected as one the two European Flaghships for the period 2013-2023. Professor Larrañaga was Expert Manager of the Computer Technology area, Deputy Directorate of research projects, of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation from 2007-2010. He is Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Society (ECCAI)

Yusen Chen

Dr. Chen graduated from Southeast University in Nanjing, China in 1983, and received a master and a doctors degree from ENPC (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées/French National Grand School of Civil Engineering), Paris, France in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He started as a research engineer at the Research Institute of Highway at the Chinese Ministry of Transports, from 1983 to 1987. He worked for The Hague Consulting Group from 1993 to 1996. Then he became a senior specialist with DHV Group, till 2006. He is a Senior Research Scientist at TNO (Dutch National Scientific Research) and an associate professor with Delft University of Technology.

He has many years experience in transportation studies, and has participated in and led various projects in different countries as well as for the European Commission. These projects include the development of Dutch National and Regional Model Systems and their application, Dutch National Base OD matrix estimation, multimodal model for Grand Paris Region (Discrete Choice and Logit Modelling), and Lisbon 3rd Tagus Bridge and regional multimodal model (Revealed Preferences & Stated Preferences techniques).

He has developed a model package (Questor) for multi-modal study and a package (REMODE) for static/dynamic O-D estimation. In recent years, he has been responsible for various dynamic traffic management research projects, in particular the development of a large Traffic Decision Support System for Beijing (providing scenarios to traffic problems and applying them online); the building of a traffic information and guidance system, using multiple data sources (counts and floating car) for Chengdu, and leading the spearheading Dutch R&D project (Transumo) on new transport systems. He is responsible for a green dynamic traffic-management project with DSS in The Hague and a similar one in Changsha, responsible for a real-time simulation model with prediction and multi-objective (traffic and emission) for a EU FP7 project/EcoMOVE, and responsible for an international multimodal journey planner, Enhanced-Wisetrip, for FP7 (WP Trip Strategy and Routing Choice). Dr Cheng has published more than 60 articles in major journals and conferences.

Arrival information:

The session will take place at ENAC premises (click here to view a street map):

7 Avenue Édouard Belin

31055 Toulouse Cedex 04, France

ENAC offers a free shuttle service, to/from the airport that you can take if the timetable fits your requirements.

Once in the campus, the tutorials will be given at the Amphitheatre Helene Boucher

Click the following link to download a pdf copy of the ComplexWorld 2nd Tutorials Session 2013 Agenda.