​​ICAO First iSTARS User Group (iUG/01) Meeting Agenda

ICAO Headquarters, Montreal – 17-19 December 2018




17 December


18 December


19 December


9:00 – 9:30




Emerging Issues and Future Trends

Stephen Creamer – Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO


Application of Deep-Learning and Natural Language Processing in NOTAMs

Marco Merens – Integrated Aviation Analysis (IAA) Section, ICAO

9:30 – 10:00

Opening and Welcome Notes

Catalin Radu – Deputy Director/Aviation Safety, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO

Connect, Monitor, and Share: From Safety Data to Safety Intelligence, using ICAO’s Safety Information Monitoring System (SIMS)

Ruviana Zimmerman – Integrated Aviation Analysis (IAA) Section, ICAO

Analysing Incidents using Data Enrichment and Machine Learning

Gerard van Es – NLR, Netherlands

10:00 – 10:30

Complexities of Data Exchange in the World of Open Data

Kim Miller – International Aviation Safety Foundation

e-Licensing and e-Examinations, Regulatory Tools for National Aviation Authority (NAA) Oversight

Matthew Margesson – UK Civil Aviation Authority

Applying Natural Language Processing Tools to Occurrence Reports

Loren Groff – National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), USA

10:30 – 11:00




11:00 – 11:30

Operational and Safety Information Sharing for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Lennaert Speijker – NLR, Netherlands

A New Jump into Safety Risk Analysis Ways and Tools

Paul-Emmanuel Thurat – Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC), France

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Aviation

Panel Members: Loren Groff; Gerard van Es

Moderator: Marco Merens

11:30 – 12:00

Lean Data Governance, Analytics and Visualization

Sonu Goel – OST Global, USA

Risk-Based Surveillance

Javier Puente – ICAO SAM Regional Office

Closing: Summary and Future Steps

Marco Merens – Integrated Aviation Analysis (IAA) Section, ICAO

12:00 – 12:30

Technical Challenges in Effective Safety Analysis

Hyuntae Jung – International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Compliance-Based Oversight and Risk and Performance-Based Oversight in an Integrated Safety Oversight System

Georges Schmitz – EMPIC, Germany

12:30 – 14:00




14:00 – 14:30

Ensuring 100% Data Awareness

Paolo Sommariva – FL3XX, Austria

Aviation System Risk Profiles

Stacey-Marie Syne – Integrated Aviation Analysis (IAA) Section, ICAO


14:30 – 15:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Applying Data Governance Effectively and Productively

Panel Members:  Sonu Goel; Diego Magrini; Paolo Sommariva; Lennaert Speijker

Moderator: Kim Miller

PANEL DISCUSSION: Improving Oversight Activities through Use of Data

Panel Members: Matthew Margesson; Paul-Emmanuel Thurat; Georges Schmitz; Bongi Mtlokwa  

Moderator: Javier Puente


15:15 – 15:45




15:45 – 16:15

Digital Integration: The Key to Future-Proofing

Diego Magrini & Marco di Perna – Integrated OPS Solutions, UK

Enhancing Data Transparency and Operational Efficiency in China

Huijuan Yang – VariFlight, China


16:15 – 16:45

Safety Data Collection Challenges

Bongi Mtlokwa – South African Civil Aviation Authority

Smart Airports: Intelligent Aviation Infrastructure by Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Safety, Security and Operational Efficiency

Vijay Narula – OST Global, USA



16:45 – 17:00

Wrap up and end of day one

Wrap up and end of day two


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