Juan Vicente Balbastre - Tejedor

Universitat Politècnica de Valencia The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) founded in 1971, is a dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial public institution, devoted to training, research and technology transfer. This impulse has a visible result in international rankings. In 2014, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) rated the UPV as the best technical university in Spain, being the only technical Spanish university amongst the top 400 universities in the world. Recently, the “Times Higher Education 100 Under 50” ranking placed UPV within the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old.
UPV has effective mechanisms for the dissemination of scientific and technological results, and excels in the training of researchers, in the creation of technology-based companies and in patent generation. Nowadays UPV is the first Spanish university in number of patents and leader in scientific global productivity.

The Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (ITACA) of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has as its mission the improvement of our society through the transfer and application of knowledge from research in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). With a global vision, ITACA conducts cutting-edge translational research using an approach based on responding to the challenges that our society is facing, creating scientific advances that can be directly implemented by public and private entities.
Located at the Scientific Park of the UPV, ITACA has a staff of more than 100 researchers, and offers a unique working environment for research that is characterized by a strong commitment to collaboration with other research centers and industry, facilitating the acceleration of innovation and encouraging an entrepreneurial culture.
ITACA has a strong research activity on smart transport systems, including Air Traffic Management and U-Space.


Henrique Madeira

The University of Coimbra (UC) is a reference institution in higher education and research in Portugal. The Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCTUC) includes the Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI), and explores its knowledge transfer and scientific potential through Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN), the 2011 Best Science-Based Incubator. The Centre for Informatics and Systems of the UC (CISUC) is a large research centre in the field of Informatics and Communications. CISUC’s SSE group has been working with software dependability and security, mainly from the perspective of assurances by means of experimental evaluation and benchmarking. This includes the development of techniques such as fault injection, vulnerability and attack injection, and trustworthiness benchmarking. The SSE group is also well-known by its record in creation of spin-off companies, started by former PhD students as consequence of previous EC projects. The three most prominent examples of such SSE spin-off companies are:

  • Critical Software SA –
  • Wit SW –
  • Feedzai –, which are now well established companies that currently employ more than 2.000 engineers.


Luca Iocchi

Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza” is one of the largest and oldest universities in Italy and in Europe. It has established itself as one of the most prestigious academic institution in science and technology in Europe. The Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” (DIAG) ( includes about 70 faculty members (full, associate and assistant professors). Internationally renowned research groups in computer science, system science and management science are active at DIAG. Basic research is its main goal, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, on applications that stimulate basic research and on technology transfer and dissemination of results. Every year DIAG publishes hundreds of papers in the foremost international journals and conference proceedings and its members appear in the program and steering committees of the most prestigious scientific events and institutions. The research group involved in the project is within the Cooperative Cognitive Robots Lab (RoCoCo). The research group has a strong background in knowledge representation and reasoning, cognitive robotics, information fusion, multi-robot cooperation, robot learning, human- robot interaction, social robotics, stereo-vision and 3D mapping, simultaneous localization and mapping, vision-based people and object tracking, as well as in educational activities involving robots and artificial intelligence techniques.


Giancarlo Ferrara

EUROCONTROL is an intergovernmental organisation with 41 Member States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the ATM performance required for the 21st century. EUROCONTROL employs more than 1,900 highly qualified professionals spread over four European countries. Their expertise is deployed to address ATM challenges in a number of key roles:

  • The Network Manager has extended the role of the former Central Flow Management Unit to proactively manage the entire ATM Network (nearly ten million flights every year), in close liaison with ANSPs, airspace users, the military and airports.
  • The Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre provides an air traffic control service for the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and northern Germany.
  • The Central Route Charges Office handles billing, collection and redistribution of aviation charges.
  • The Organisation is developing the Centralised Services initiative, which will open up some services to market competition on a pan-European level, generating significant savings and making for greater operational efficiency.
  • It supports the European Commission, EASA and National Supervisory Authorities in their regulatory activities.
  • It provides a unique platform for civil-military aviation coordination in Europe.
  • Finally, EUROCONTROL is a major player in European ATM research, development and validation and in this respect makes the largest contribution to the SESAR Joint Undertaking.

EUROCONTROL has more than 50 years of experience in ATM concept development and validation, on its own and at the core of a pan European network of collaborators. EUROCONTROL has researched countless concepts and has enabled the implementation of many, from Short Term Conflict Alert to Reduced Vertical Separation Minima.

Over the years, EUROCONTROL has lead and participated to many research project exploring innovative ATM concepts (free route, free flight, autonomous separation procedures) and the related enabling technologies (both the ground and avionic segment, such as Airborne Separation Assurance Systems, ADS-B, ADS-C).
EUROCONTROL employs skilled researchers; ATM concept experts, cognitive psychologists and engineers. As an intergovernmental agency, EUROCONTROL maintains an objective viewpoint, unswayed by commercial interest.
EUROCONTROL operates several simulators of different kinds to support ATM research and over the years has funded and steered the development of several of these; SAAM, NEST, RAAMS, ESCAPE and so on.

EUROCONTROL’s position with regard to funding.

EUROCONTROL, as part of the consortium, will participate in the project actions without requesting funding. EUROCONTROL will, however, fully engage in the project and in particular is committed to providing the effort, contributions to deliverables and to other activities as set out in this tender and in the accompanying administrative forms.


Federico Javier Viejo

Indra is a global technology, innovation and talent company. It is on the cutting edge of high value-added solutions and services for the Transport and Traffic, Energy and Industry, Public Administration and Healthcare, Financial Services, Security and Defence and Telecom and Media sectors. The company employs more than 37.000 professionals worldwide and has clients in more than 140 countries, focusing on developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of the most demanding clients.
Indra has the in-depth experience and products necessary to undertake any Air Traffic Management programme, with both a proven international management approach and a history of responsible program execution.
That experience, together with a solid technology base, permanent innovations and quality in processes and projects are the pillars sustaining Indra leadership position in Air Traffic Management, completely oriented towards Customer needs and aimed to provide our Customers with the highest level of service.

Since 2009, Indra is full member of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, participating in more than 120 projects within the Programme and co- leading both WP10 (En Route and Approach ATC) and WP12 (Airports), as well as playing a key role in many projects under WP14 (SWIM), WP15 (Non- Avionics CNS) and WP13 (NIMS).