Date and Venue

7th of November 2016, 15:00 – 18:15. Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands

Objectives of the workshop

  • Present the ATM automation scenarios foreseen for 2050 and beyond.
  • Analyse the challenges of air traffic controller (ATCo) operations within highly automated environments.
  • Propose psychological modelling as a tool for the facilitation of automation assessment and the definition of safe human- machine symbiosis, including the anticipation of the required ATCo competences and training plans.


AUTOPACE is a research project funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 699238. It performs fundamental research on psychological modelling to predict how future automation would impact on air traffic controller (ATCo) performance and to identify competences and training to cope with the effects of automation on humans.

The air traffic management (ATM) system moves towards an increasingly high level of automation which will provide outstanding performance benefits and will unavoidably change the ATCo work environment. The role of the human will focus on more complex, high-value tasks. In such a role, humans must maintain the understanding of the automated systems’ decisions and human machine interaction must foster human confidence while keeping the human in the loop of the operations.

AUTOPACE proposes applying psychological modelling to understand the impact of automation on human performance as a tool for facilitating the evolution of the ATC to make the most of the automation benefits whilst ensuring safety. AUTOPACE is performing analytical studies to estimate cognitive demanded resources in a 2050 environment based on the multiple resource theory, and applying different attentional theories for establishing the principles that govern ATCo cognition. Once these principles are set, AUTOPACE will look at the use of psychological modelling to support the identification of future competences and training strategies.

During the AUTOPACE workshop, the objective of AUTOPACE will be presented together with the scenarios describing the expected 2050 operational environment, ATC system functionalities and ATCo responsibilities. The 2050 expected level of automation and its impact on human performance will be analysed together with the audience. Finally, we will consider the allocation of functions between the ATCo and the ATC system with the aim of identifying the function allocation that favours ATM safety in nominal and non-nominal situations.

Target participants

  • Air traffic controllers
  • Training centers
  • Automation and ATM industry
  • SESAR community
  • R&D Centres
  • Air navigation service providers
  • Human factors experts

Contact information for registrations

Registration is required due to limitations in the capacity of the room. Please, if you are interested to attend, send an email to