Friday, January 27, 2017

AIAA Working Group on Simulation Scenario Development

At the beginning of this month, I attended the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference at SciTech 2017 in Texas.
Within the conference, Shafagh Jafer from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and I organized an invited session on “Simulation Scenario Development in the Aviation Domain”. We received great interest at the event, and successfully established a AIAA Simulation Scenario Development Working Group. The session was held over a complete day and started with an invited talk from Mark Pullen from George Mason University. He shared his experience in developing a scenario definition language in military simulation domain with us. Then, Scott E. Reardon from NASA Ames Vertical Motion Simulator presented a paper that addresses the importance including simulator parameters as a part of scenario definition. After his presentation, I presented a paper introducing an approach to utilize System Entity Structures employed to model scenario elements. My presentation was followed by two interesting presentations; the first delivered by Helge Lenz from DLR Institute of Flight Guidance focusing on creating scenarios for airport management simulations, followed by Dennis Crider from NationalTransportation Safety Board, who shared his recommendations on how to use accident data to develop simulation scenarios.
In the afternoon session, there were a further three papers. First, Kevin Rigby of ERAU introduced a paper on scenario-based training for UAVs. Then, Arno Gerretsen of Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR) gave a very comprehensive overview about standardization requirements in scenario development. In the last presentation, Shafagh Jafer introduced collaborative work on graphical specification of simulation scenarios.
At the end of the morning session I gave a presentation outlining the charter of AIAA Simulation Scenario Development Working Group, that has been established with support from the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee. You can find this presentation here. I would like to welcome all interested to have look at the presentation and actively contribute to this great working group. In the afternoon, after the aforementioned three papers, a very fruitful panel discussion about standardization in simulation scenario development rounded off the day’s events. We hope to make position paper based upon these discussions, which will be presented in AIAA SciTech 2018.