NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 A3.01-8685
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Air Traffic Management Systems Concepts
PROPOSAL TITLE: Collective Inference based Data Analytics System for Post Operations Analysis

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ATAC
2770 De La Cruz Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050 - 2624
(408) 736-2822

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Jason Bertino
jlb@atac.com
2770 De La Cruz Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050 - 2624
(408) 736-2822

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Charles Winkleman
cew@atac.com
2770 De La Cruz Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050 - 2624
(408) 736-2822

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Advanced Air Traffic Management Systems Concepts is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Current-day capabilities for performing post operations analysis (POA) of air traffic operations at airports, airlines and FAA facilities are mostly limited to creating reporting type of analysis results which compare mean values of key performance indicators against the respective expected nominal levels (e.g., average daily delay). This single point comparison method does not directly enable a POA analyst to identify the root-cause for a particular observed inefficiency, nor does it help in identifying a solution for mitigating that inefficiency. This SBIR develops a machine learning based approach for improving POA and for potentially making it more autonomous. We call this tool Collective Inference based Data Analytics System for POA (CIDAS-P). CIDAS-P will provide airport, airline, FAA and NASA personnel with a fast, flexible and streamlined process for analyzing the day-of-operations, rapidly pinpointing exact causes for any observed inefficiencies, as well as recommending actions to be taken to avoid the same inefficiencies in the future. It does this by developing an innovative, collective inference algorithm for cross-comparing performance of the same facility on different days as well as cross-comparing performance across different facilities. The algorithm leverages sophisticated probabilistic modeling techniques that consider the subtle nuances by which cross-facility and cross-day operational scenarios differ to enable apples-to-apples comparisons across traffic scenarios and identify what works well and what does not in similar situations. User acceptance of NASA Trajectory Based Operations research products stands to benefit from CIDAS-P because CIDAS-P's automated recommendations can help identify and fix problems with these products early on in their deployment life-cycle.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed innovation, CIDAS-P, is applicable to NASA research in the areas of Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) and Airspace Technology Demonstrations (ATD). It provides a tool for evaluating performance of airport, TRACON and enroute traffic under the management of new NASA research-products developed by these projects.
CIDAS-P can also be used as a 'grading' system for ATD-2 operations, for evaluating and classifying operation types in real-time to inform switching between multiple ATD-2 scheduling strategies (e.g., conservative gate-holding, aggressive gate pushbacks).
As applied to NASA's Data Science research group's work on identifying operational anomalies, CIDAS-P can be used to rank or measure safety of operations during the identified anomalies, thus providing a hitherto missing capability to automatically identify scenarios falsely tagged as anomalous by the research group's algorithms.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A direct application for the proposed technology, CIDAS-P, is as a decision support tool (DST) to be used at airports, airlines or FAA facilities for analyzing root causes for observed operational efficiencies or irregularities at the end of a day of operations. ATAC is well-placed to provide an operational POA capability to airports, airlines and FAA facilities by integrating CIDAS-P into one of its commercial tools that have been or are been used by some of these entities for other purposes. Another alternative is for ATAC to license the CIDAS-P software to these entities for direct integration within their own tools.
The proposed technology can also be infused into DSTs to support the FAA's Plan Execute Review Train and Improve (PERTI) initiative, whose goal is to translate post-event reviews into operational improvements in a repeatable manner. FAA recently started PERTI to address current impediments to improvements in NAS performance. PERTI defines new operational roles and processes to enable integration of analytics into training, operational planning, post-event analysis and training. The current-day manual POA process is inadequate to fulfill PERTI's ambitious goal of translating post-event reviews into operational improvements in a repeatable manner, and it is recognized that new automated POA tools are required. CIDAS-P, integrated into ATAC's commercial platforms or directly into FAA systems, fulfills this need.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Simulation & Modeling

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