The Ambular Project

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In 2018 a group of volunteers in ICAO developed a use case for an eVTOL that is related to emergency response.  This project, called the Ambular, came out of an initiative within ICAO to imagine what the future of aviation could be.  In pursing that question the team in ICAO also developed various concepts as well as a virtual reality application that allows users to view them in 3D.  During this 3rd edition of the Innovation Webinar we would like to present the Ambular, some of the other concepts and the VR tool.  Viewers will also get an insight into the enhancements to the VR that we are developing for release later this year.



The aviation industry, regulators and academia.



Yuri Fattah, Programme Manager of Multidisciplinary Priorities, ICAO.

Martin Rico, Conceptual Design Assistant, Future Aviation, ICAO.

 Dr. Luis Rodrigues, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University.



Martin Rico

Martín Rico is Conceptual Designer in the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO. Working on the Future of Aviation, which consists in research on the new aircraft, prototypes and technologies involving aviation. Helping to create innovation initiatives like concepts and scenarios that will make aviation a part of a more efficient and sustainable future. Rico graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo (FADU) as an Industrial Designer in 2016. He has worked as a Consultant Designer for Imaginactive designing vehicles and different transportation concepts since 2015.

Dr. Luis Rodrigues

Dr. Rodrigues is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Concordia University. He was the Director of Education at the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design & Innovation from 2018-2020. Professor Rodrigues received his PhD from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of Stanford University in June 2002. During the last two years of his PhD research, Dr. Rodrigues worked as a visiting student at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of MIT. He received his Masters and his "licenciatura" degrees from the Technical University of Lisboa, Portugal. Prior to joining Concordia, Dr. Rodrigues worked as a consultant for speech recognition at Eliza Corporation, USA, and as a project manager for flight simulation applications at Ydreams, Portugal. At Concordia University, Dr. Rodrigues leads a research group on optimization and control of aerospace systems with a focus on airvehicles and mobility. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a professional engineer registered in the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO). Dr. Rodrigues is the founder of the HYbrid CONtrol Systems (HYCONS) Laboratory and the leader of the FLIght CONtrol and Simulation (FLICONS) Laboratory at Concordia University. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and the Chair of the Society on Aerospace and Electronic Systems of IEEE Montreal's Chapter.

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