Before It's Off The Ground: Better Analyzing Proposed Technologies In Aviation, Aerospace; Preview At Montreal Convention

April 22, 1998

LINTHICUM, MD, April 22 - A system that helps aerospace and aviation companies get a better understanding of the economic impact of proposed projects will be the subject of two workshops at the Montreal conference of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS).

The Aviation System Analysis Capability (ASAC) is being developed by Logistics Management Institute of McLean, Virginia (a private, non-profit corporation) to assess the impact of new technologies on the efficiency and safety of the air transportation system. LMI designed and built the system for NASA. ASAC is an integrated suite of models and databases that enables organizations in the aviation community, such as NASA, to evaluate better the potential economic impact of advance air transportation technologies on the American economy.

The present system is a functional prototype of a completely integrated system under construction. Developed by LMI's Technology Assessment Group, ASAC assists researchers in air traffic management analysis and aircraft technology analysis. Special Mandate ASAC, according to LMI, is being designed to help the federal government assist the American aviation industry.

During the past several decades, American aviation firms have transformed a position of technological leadership into a thriving industry with large domestic and international sales of aircraft and related products. Despite a historic record of success, the difficult business environment of the recent past has stimulated concerns about whether the U.S. aeronautics industry will maintain its worldwide leadership position.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is charged with supporting civil aviation by developing technologies that improve the overall performance of the integrated air transportation system, making air travel safer and more efficient, and contributing to the economic welfare of the United States. ASAC is being built so that NASA can balance its aeronautical research program and help speed the introduction of high-leverage technologies. Workshops Evaluating Benefits of Government Aviation Technology Programs, Workshops I and II, will be given on Monday, April 27 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM and from 4:30 PM - 6 PM. Both sessions examine the ASAC package in detail.

Session I includes:Session II includes:Operations Research Convention in Montreal

LMI researchers will preview the projects in two sessions at a convention of INFORMS and CORS in Montreal. The convention takes place at the Montréal Bonaventure Hilton and Queen Elizabeth Hotel from Sunday, April 26 to Wednesday, April 29.

The convention will include sessions on topics applied to a wide number of fields, including aviation, health care, information technology, the Internet, energy, marketing, package delivery, pharmaceuticals, securities, and telecommunications. More than 1,600 papers are scheduled to be delivered at the four-day conference.

Operations researchers and management scientists are little known but indispensable experts who use science to improve decision-making, management, and operations. They work throughout business, government, and academia. Additional information on the conference, including a full list of workshops, is available at

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is an international scientific society with 12,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations. Members of INFORMS work primarily in business, government, and academia. They are represented in fields as diverse as airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, the stock market, and telecommunications.

The Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS), founded in 1958, works to advance the theory and practice of operations research. Its primary purpose is to stimulate and promote contacts between those interested in operations research. CORS members are employed across Canada in various industries, government, and academia.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

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