ICARUS Plenary Meeting in Limassol

The 3rd ICARUS Plenary meeting was held on December 17th-18th, 2018, hosted by Suite5 in Limassol. The agenda of the meeting featured a plenary meeting day consisting of progress updates on the ongoing and forthcoming ICARUS activities and a technical meeting day focusing on the architecture updates, the technical issues to be tackled and the preliminary mock-up design.

The 1st day of the meeting started with the project overview by the coordination team, explaining the current contractual status in terms of deliverables, milestones and the Ethics Advisory Board activities. Brief reference to the main results produced by ICARUS so far was made, the key challenges within and beyond the scope of the ICARUS project were reiterated, and the discussion points to drive the meeting were put to the table while the timeline of the ICARUS activities towards the IATA event and the periodic review meeting were defined. The ICARUS demonstrators then presented their progress with regard to the consolidated scenarios they plan to run in the ICARUS platform. The data availability and data needs were once again discussed, which led to a broader consortium discussion on the ICARUS added value for the aviation stakeholders and the incentives the ICARUS platform should offer to the data providers and consumers. Before the end of the day, updates on the external validation activities for the ICARUS Minimum Viable Product (MVP) were provided and shed light on the actual feedback acquired by external aviation data value chain stakeholders (i.e. airlines, ground handlers) while the data collection, safeguarding, analytics and sharing methods to be adopted in the ICARUS platform were described in detail.

During the 2nd day of the meeting, the updated technical architecture that was consolidated in technical meetings among the technical partners was described in detail, the expected functionality of the different components was discussed and assignments were made among the technical partners. The preliminary mockups of the ICARUS front-end were presented and fruitful feedback was provided by the ICARUS demonstrators and OAG. In addition, the status of the dissemination, communication, stakeholders’ engagement and exploitation activities was presented by the respective Work Package leaders.

The plenary meeting ended with a wrap up discussion on the key activities for the next months and the action plan, as well as the schedule for the next face-to-face meetings to be held in March 2019 in Athens and in July 2019 in Italy.