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16 May 2016

 18:30 - 20:30  Welcome Reception and Light Dinner
 Sponsored by Jeppesen

17 May 2016

 08:00 - 08:30

 Introductions / Conference Overview
 08:30 - 09:00

 Airline Updates

 09:00 - 09:30

 Keynote Speaker - Vikram Baskaran
Managing Director, IT Applications
 Alaska Airlines

 09:30 - 10:00

 Leveraging Predictive Analytics in Airline
 Operations Control

 Alex Huang - The Weather Company

 10:00 - 10:30
 Morning Break

 10:30 - 11:15

 The Social Connected Traveler

 Daniel Stecher - Lufthansa Systems

 11:15 - 12:00

 A Discrete Event Simulation Model for 

 Airport Capacity Planning

 Douglas Smith – University of Missouri St. Louis

 12:00 - 13:00  Business Lunch
 Sponsored by GEE Operations  Solutions (Masflight)

 13:00 - 13:30  Uncovering Delay Distribution Patterns
 Using Machine Learning Algorithms

 Elham Boozarjomehri - Boeing Canada AeroInfo

 13:30 - 14:00

 Airline OnTime Performance (OTP) Analysis

 Goran Isakovski - SITA

 14:00 - 14:30

 Airline Maintenance Strategies:“ InHouse vs.  Outsourced“ An Optimization Approach

 Massoud Bazargan - Embry Riddle


 14:30 - 15:30

 Vendor Presentations
INFORM Software


 Information Design



 Boeing Commercial Aviation Services

 15:30 - 16:00

 Afternoon Break

 16:00 - 17:30

 Vendor Presentations


 Sabre Airlines Solutions

 Lufthansa Systems

 GEE Operations Solutions

 M2P Consulting



 GE Aviation Digital

 AvMet Applications

 The Weather Company

 18:30 - 22:00

 Dinner at Salty's on Alki Beach
 Sponsored by Sabre Airline Solutions


18 May 2016

 08:00 - 08:30

 Airline Updates

 08:30 - 09:15

 Towards Improved Decision Making through  DataDriven Operations & Maintenance Apps

 Christian Kern, Cyntia Cristina de Paula - EMBRAER

 09:15 - 10:00

 Commercial Steering of Operations Control

 Matthias Feix - m2P Consulting

 10:00 - 10:30

 Morning Break

 10:30 - 11:00

 The Baker: A Recovery Optimization Engine 

 at Southwest Airlines

 Charles Cunningham/Ryan Files - Southwest Airlines

 11:00 - 11:30

 Employee Insights Finding the Unsung Heroes  in our Frontline Workforce

 Scott Wiederhold - American Airlines

 11:30 - 12:00

 Hybrid Particle Swarm Optimization with  Fixing Algorithm for Automatic Taxi  Mgm

 Giuseppe Sirigu - Georgia Tech

 12:00 - 13:00

 Business Lunch
 Sponsored by GEE Operations  Solutions (Masflight)

 13:00 - 13:30

 Wag the Tail

 Tomas Larsson - Jeppesen

 13:30 - 14:00

 Twitter to Airline Operations: An  Exploratory  Study on Social Media Data  Mining

 Amir Danak & Tony Guo - Boeing Canada AeroInfo

 14:00 - 14:30

 Weather Impact Analytics: Data Driven  Strategies for Managing Airline Operations  during Adverse Weather

 Ed Hahn - AvMet Applications

 14:30 - 15:00

 24/7 Optimisation of Operational Slot  Assignment

 Don Robertson - Amadeus

 15:00 - 15:30

 Afternoon Break

 15:30 - 17:30
 Vendor Exhibition

 18:30 - 22:00

 Networking Dinner at Cedarbrook
 Sponsored Event


May 19

 08:00 - 08:30

 Airline Updates

 08:30 - 09:00

 Operational Cost Model: Enhancing Quality of  Complex Decision Making

 Dong Liang - Sabre Airline Solutions

 09:00 - 09:30

 Understanding Airline Performance through  the Airline Benchmark Rating

 Ryan Leick - Utah Valley University

 09:30 - 10:00

 Modeling Payload Weight Variance for 

 Cruise Optimization

 Charles Kaul - Boeing Commercial Aviation Services

 10:00 - 10:30

 Morning Break

 10:30 - 11:15

 An integrated optimization approach to the  challenge of aircraft maintenance planning

 Luis Alvarez - INFORM

 11:15 - 12:00

 Lower Cost Airport Departure Operations  under  the Departure Metering Concept

 Heng Chen - University of Massachusetts Amherst

 12:00 - 13:00

 Business Lunch

 13:00 - 17:00

 Boeing Renton Factory Tour

Presentation Awards

Best Innovation: The Baker: A Recovery Optimization Engine at Southwest Airlines by Charles Cunningham/Ryan File, Southwest Airlines

Best Presentation: Employee Insights Finding the Unsung Heroes in our Frontline Workforce by Scott Wiederhold, American Airlines

Best Airline Update: Southwest Airlines

Best Vendor Presentation: The Weather Company


 Also, a large Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer who wishes to remain anonymous.

General Information

Conference Organizers

Michael Clarke - michael.clarke@sabre.com
Tim Niznik - tim.niznik@aa.com


Business Events - Business Casual

Welcome Reception - Business Casual

Social Events - Evening Casual


In most years, Seattle averages a daily maximum temperature for May that's between 63 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (17 to 20 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 47 and 50 °F (9 to 10 °C). The days at Seattle warm most quickly during May.

Social Activities

Welcome Reception - Monday 5/16

Join us at the Cedarbrook Lodge where you can gather to relax, network with other conference delegates. Enjoy views of the surrounding area while savoring a sumptuous selection of international treats and drinks. It will be an ideal time to re-kindle old friendships, and meet and great arriving conference delegates before the official start of the technical program, and vendor exhibition.

Networking Dinner - Tuesday 5/17

Experience a wonderful evening at Salty's on Alki Beach. Enjoy breathtaking views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline, like no other restaurant in Seattle. Enjoy award-winning Northwest seafood and steak cuisine and five-star diamond award friendly service.

Networking Dinner - Wednesday 5/18

Enjoy an award winning dining experience in the comfort of the conference hotel.  Relax and unwind with fellow delegates in preparation for the final day of the technical program, and optional Boeing factory tour!

Renton Factory Tour - Thursday 5/19

Enjoy a tour of the historic Renton airplane factory, where the B-29, 707, 727, 757 and the first four 747s were built.  Today, this factory is producing 42 737-NG and 737 MAX aircraft per month on a moving assembly line, as well as the military version of the 737 – the P-8A.  The 737 is the best-selling jetliner in commercial aviation history with more than 12,000 sold!  With approximately 24,000 737 flights per day, nearly a third of all commercial flights are on 737s

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The official conference hotel is the Cedarbrook LodgeLocated less than five minutes from SeaTac International Airport and situated on eleven lush acres, surrounded by a perimeter of seven additional areas of natural restored wetlands, Cedarbrook reflects the ambiance of a discreet quintessentially Northwest hideaway. Additional hotel information is on their website http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/

Host City

Seattle is a West Coast seaport city with an estimated 662,400 residents as of 2015, and the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015. Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, locally known as Sea-Tac Airport is operated by the Port of Seattle and provides commercial air service to destinations throughout the world. Closer to downtown, Boeing Field is used for general aviation, cargo flights, and testing/delivery of Boeing airliners.

During and after World War II, Boeing established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing. Alaska Airlines, operating a hub at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, maintains its headquarters in the city of SeaTac, next to the airport. The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like Microsoft becoming established in the region. In 1994 the Internet retail giant Amazon was founded in Seattle. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival.

Seattle also has a noteworthy musical history. It's early 20th century jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and others. Seattle is also the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock style grunge with artists such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney. Currently, the alternative rock scene is strong with bands such as Foo Fighters, The Presidents of the United States of America, The Posies, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie.

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