VAST - Virtual Airspace and Tower

Air Traffic Control Officers have been working for decades with mainly unchanged technology that uses an abstract, two-dimensional visualisation of airspace (RADAR). They have to gain their situational awareness by a mental extraction of the third dimension; i.e. the flight levels are only indicated with text.
The project VAST (Virtual Airspace and Tower) is concerned with the question of how state-of-the-art visual computing technologies and visualisation concepts can help projecting the air traffic into a virtual space in such a way that air traffic controllers are able to gain situational awareness more easily and with better quality than with present technology. The aim is also to verify, if new visualisation and interaction concepts can increase efficiency (faster decision-making) and safety (conflict detection).

Furthermore, VAST provides the required technologies on the way of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) to 4D trajectories – a technological challenge within European aviation. In this way, VAST supports the Austrian aviation industry with a sustainable, competitive advantage by being prepared for area-wide deployment of SESAR technology.

Copyright Images: Frequentis (Tower image), FH St. Pölten (Logo & Screenshots)

LoFi prototyping

The current state of the prototyping phase can be seen here:

Frank Michelberger
Martin Kalteis


Rottermanner, G., M. Wagner, V. Settgast, V. Grantz, M. Iber, U. Kriegshaber, W. Aigner, P. Judmaier, and E. Eggeling, "Requirements Analysis & Concepts for Future European Air Traffic Control Systems", Workshop Vis in Practice - Visualization Solutions in the Wild, IEEE VIS 2017, Phoenix, Arizona USA, IEEE, 10/2017.

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