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Professor Hussein A. Abbass

Professor at School of Engineering and Information Technology,
University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia

Hussein A. Abbass is a Professor at the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra. He is a fellow of the Australian Computer Society, Operational Research Society, and Institute of Management and Leaders. He was the President, Australian Society for Operations Research (2017-2019), and Vice-president for Technical Activities, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2016-2019). He is an associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Trans. on Cybernetics, IEEE Trans. on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, and four other journals. His research designs next generation artificial intelligence systems for trusted autonomy, human-swarm teaming and air-shepherding.


Professor Henk Blom

Professor of Air Traffic Management Safety,
Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Dr. Henk Blom is Professor at Delft University of Technology, holding the chair Air Traffic Management (ATM) Safety. He has in-depth experience in exploiting the theory of stochastic modeling and analysis for safety risk analysis and multi-sensor data fusion with application in ATM. He has been organizer and coordinator of several European research projects on the development and use of techniques from complexity science for the exploration of the design space of future ATM. Dr. Blom is Fellow IEEE, and has received the Dr. Ir. Ben Spee Award from National Aerospace Laboratory NLR.

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Professor Marc Bui

Professor of Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE),
PSL Research University, Paris, France

Marc BUI is Directeur d’études at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE, Paris) and professor of computer science at the University of Paris 8.  He is a member of the AOROC laboratory (UMR 8546 CNRS-PSL Université). 

His research activities concern the modelling and simulation of complex systems associated with the development of computer tools for decision making. He also studies, in an interdisciplinary perspective, the algorithmic aspects related to the development of digital humanities.

During a collaborative research period of nearly 10 years with Eurocontrol, he conducted an innovative approach in modeling  airspace congestion problems. In particular the understanding and the management of delays and sector congestion propagation in en-route sectors in relation with rerouting practices and other operational uncertainties.

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Professor Daniel Delahaye 

Professor, Head of the Optimization and Machine Learning team at ENAC LAB,
French Civil Aviation University, 
Toulouse, France

Professor Daniel Delahaye is the head of the Optimization and Machine Learning team at ENAC LAB (French Civil Aviation University).

He obtained his engineer degree from the ENAC school and did a master of science in signal processing from the national polytechnic institute of Toulouse in 1991. His obtained his PH.D in automatic control from the aeronautics and space national school in 1995 and did a post-doc at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT in 1996. He get his tenure in applied mathematics in

2012. He conducts researches on optimization and on machine learning with applications to air traffic management (airspace design, trajectory planning and clustering, sequencing and merging, airport, oceanic traffic optimization, etc...).

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Professor Kozo Fujii

Professor of  Faculty of Engineering, Department of Information and Computer Technology
Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Dr. Kozo Fujii is a Professor of Tokyo University of Science. He received his Ph.D. from University of Tokyo in 1980. Spending several years at NASA Ames R. C. and other organizations, he joined Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in 1988, now a part of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He joined Tokyo university of Science in 2015. He has been working on numerical simulations of fluid flows, data explorations and optimizations. He is a Fellow of AIAA and ASME in addition to many societies in Japan. He is currently a council member of SCJ (Science Council of Japan).

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Professor​ Laurent El Ghaoui

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS),  Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department (IEOR),
University of California, Berkeley

Laurent El Ghaoui is a Professor of EECS and IEOR at UC Berkeley, and also teaches within the Masters of Financial Engineering at the Haas School of Business. He has extensively published in optimization and machine learning, with a focus on robustness and sparsity issues.  He is a co-founder of two startups: Kayrros, which delivers physical asset information for the energy markets from various sources, such as satellite imagery; and, which provides large-scale text analytics for business applications.

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Professor Mark Hansen

Professor at Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Mark Hansen is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from Yale with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Philosophy in 1980, and has a PhD in Engineering Science and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hansen worked as a physicist at the Environmental Protection Agency. Since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1988, he has led transportation research projects in urban transportation planning, air transport systems modeling, air traffic flow management, aviation systems performance analysis, aviation safety, aviation environmental analysis, and air transport economics. He has taught graduate and undergraduate transportation courses in economics, systems analysis, planning, probability and statistics, and air transportation. Professor Hansen is the Berkeley co-director of the National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research, a multi-university consortium sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. He is former Chair of Transportation Research Board Committee AV-060, Airport and Airspace Capacity and Delay. He has served as Associate Editor of Operations Research and Transportation Research E.

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Professor Jacco Hoekstra

Professor of Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) at the Department of Control and Simulation, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands​

Professor Hoekstra worked at NLR, the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (nowadays Centre). He started as a researcher and project manager of many international, avionics and handling qualities research projects often using the flight simulator facilities. After participating in PHARE research, he also performed pioneering research in airborne separation assurance with both, US and European partners, for which he was among others awarded the doctoral degree of TU Delft. 

At NLR, he also served in a number of management positions. He was heading the Air Transport division and a member of the management team of NLR in 2007. Before that, he also was the head of the Civil Human Factors group, the Training & Simulation research department and the Human Factors department. He was also the director of AT-One. In 2007, he moved to the TU Delft to become the dean of the Aerospace Engineering faculty. After serving two terms, he holds a chair in CNS/ATM at this faculty. In this chair, work is being carried out on foundational ATM research, ADS-B surveillance, drone sense & avoid, ATM simulation using big data techniques, machine learning. He is advocating and actively contributing to an open source/open data approach in ATM.

Professor Hoekstra is also founder of and member of the board of the Association of Scientific Development of ATM (ASDA), an association of more than 20 European, independent, non-stakeholder universities and research establishments.

Prof. Hoekstra is an associate editor of the AIAA Journal of Air Transportation and an active member of the main ATM conference & seminar committees.​

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Dr. Banavar Sridhar

Principal Engineer, University Space Research Association (USRA),
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA

Dr. Banavar Sridhar is Principal Engineer, University Space Research Association (USRA) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. He was formerly NASA Senior Scientist for Air Transportation Systems. His research interests are in the application of modeling and optimization techniques to aerospace systems. Dr. Sridhar received the 2004 IEEE Control System Technology Award for his contributions to the development of modeling and simulation techniques. He led the development of traffic flow management software, Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET), which received the NASA Software of the Year Award in 2006. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AIAA.

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