Details of the bodies involved in the OptiFrame project are given below.

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Lancaster University

Lancaster University is a dynamic and multidisciplinary university ranked in the UK Top 10 and in the top 1% of universities globally.

At Lancaster, the OptiFrame project will be undertaken by the Centre for Transport and Logistics (CENTRAL) Research, a recently established research centre within Lancaster University Management School.

In addition to coordinating the OptiFrame project, CENTRAL will contribute to the following OptiFrame activities:

i) mathematical modelling of Trajectory Based Operations, 

ii) design and implementation of exact and heuristic algorithms,

iii) development of user requirements for complex decision support systems.

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CFR (Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca) is a non-profit research organisation with public and private participation aiming at the promotion, development and evaluation of human, scientific, technological and economic resources and whose main purpose is to conduct fundamental research, industrial research or experimental development and to disseminate their results via means such as teaching, publication or technology transfer.

The core activity of CFR within the OptiFrame project is the design and development of a Data Management Platform that will be used to interface the models adopted in OptiFrame with the existing databases.

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EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, is an intergovernmental Organisation with 41 Member States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the ATM performance required for the 21st century.  EUROCONTROL employs more than 1,900 professionals spread over four European countries. Their expertise is deployed to address ATM challenges in a number of key roles in the ATM domain, and not least, in the European ATM research.

In the OptiFrame project, EUROCONTROL will contribute to set the project baseline, by directly consulting major stakeholders (ECTRL NM, ANSPs, Airspace Users) for ensuring coherency between the current SESAR R&D Initiatives and the concept to be developed by OptiFrame.

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NLR (the Netherlands Aerospace Centre) is a non-profit technological research institute in the Netherlands performing applied aerospace research on areas such as aerospace vehicles, aircraft systems and applications, air traffic management, and related research. The activities include concept development, system technology, advanced information processing and planning, human factors, and simulation.

NLR’s national and international activities are performed by around 660 scientists and engineers working in projects that are market oriented, independent, socially relevant, and without profit priority.

Within the OptiFrame project, NLR will be responsible for three main areas of expertise and related activities. NLR will provide experience and expertise on:

i) validation,

ii) modelling and integration of Airspace User priorities and preferences into the TBO concept,

iii) resilience engineering and robustness.