Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) on Modelling and Simulation

EUROCONTROL and the United States' Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) are jointly organising a technical interchange meetings (TIM) on the topic of modelling and simulation. 

The goal of the meeting is to exchange know-how and research results and encourage collaboration and harmonisation of aviation research using simulation and modelling.

As a possible follow-up areas of collaboration will be identified during the TIM. We believe this area is particularly worthwhile because harmonizing approaches, tools, scenarios and analysis techniques could lead to more effective and cost-efficient simulations and improve comparability, paving the way for distributed and cloud-based simulations.

The scope of the TIM includes both real-time/HITL and model-based simulation and specifically includes human-machine interaction.

Preliminary agenda

Case studies of recent simulations:

  • Examples of recent simulations run in US and Europe;
  • Approaches for human-in-the-loop simulation, fast-time simulation, and model-based simulation;
  • Lessons learned/shortcomings/successes;
  • Discussion of experimental methods, tools, and validation techniques.

Simulation methods and tools:

  • Evolving methods including agent-based models and machine-learning;
  • Experimental methods and validation techniques;
  • Human factors techniques in simulations.

Data preparation and simulation analysis:

  • Interoperability: scenarios, comparability, data exchange, interfaces and data exchange standards, distributed simulations;
  • Research methodology, validation objectives, indicators;
  • Data preparation tools;
  • Analysis of HITL simulations, quick view tools, machine learning tools for detecting correlations in results.

Working/Breakout Groups to identify topics for collaboration:

  • Scenario and method harmonization;
  • Tools and techniques;
  • Analytics and validation;
  • Best practices;
  • Data access and results repository.


As part of the U.S.-Europe Collaboration Plan, we work closely with the FAA to organise TIMs on topics of interest and relevance for the air transport research community on both sides of the Atlantic. The first of these TIMs took place at the EEC in Brétigny on 24th and 25th September 2018; it was dedicated to ‘Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence’ and attracted around 90 participants.