06 Mar 2019
The OCTAD Lab (Optimization & Computation for Transportation and Aircraft Design Laboratory) from MAE was shortlisted as a finalist at the inaugural Rolls-Royce Data Innovation Challenge – Asia, the only one representing Hong Kong. The team pitched their idea against the other finalists in Singapore on March 1, 2019. This competition served as an excellent platform for the team to gain real insights into the airline industry and learn from the experts themselves. This invaluable experience has truly exposed our graduate students to entrepreneurship and innovative real-world problem solving.
For this competition, they brought together their out-of-the-box ideas and aircraft knowledge to offer a novel flight scheduler model that combined weather data (e.g., pressure, temperature, wind speed, and wind direction) and aircraft type data to accurately predict the takeoff and landing separation times. Their solution would help optimize flight schedule and improve airport utilization, benefiting airlines, airport authority, and most importantly passengers.