February 2017

February 2017 Meeting

February 15, 2017 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Weather and Advanced Operational Analytics in Aviation

The core operational challenge for airlines is the management and optimization of complex networks across the US and the globe. During Irregular Operations Periods (IROPs), weather forecasts and other critical operational data are needed to provide useful insights and drive action.During inclement weather conditions, hub airports' runways are the bottlenecks for flight operations. An airport's runway capacity (e.g., Airport Arrival Rate (AAR) and Airport Departure Rate (ADR)) is greatly affected by a mixed of weather factors, such as ceiling, visibility, wind speed and wind direction. Therefore, in this research, we focus on the prediction of AARs and ADRs at major hub airports for up to 12 hours out. Such analytics can support decision-makings at airlines in both strategic levels (e.g., fleet resource allocations) and tactical levels (e.g., flight planning).


Ed Cuoco

Ed Cuoco

Director, Data Science and Analytics, The Weather Company (an IBM Business)

Ed Cuoco has over 2 decades of experience in advanced analytics, product strategy and management in the United States and Europe. He is presently the Director of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at The Weather Company, an IBM Business where he leads the all analytics product development for their business customers. Prior to joining the TWC, Ed has worked for energy and utility companies as well as in consulting and energy trading.

Alex Huang

Alex Huang

Lead Data Scientist for Aviation; The Weather Company (an IBM Business)

Dr. Huang has over 15 years of experience in predictive analytics, airline operations research, Air Traffic Management concepts of operations, modeling and simulation, and benefit and cost analysis. He is responsible for Aviation Analytics R&D and products in the Weather Company's B2B organization. Before joining the weather company, he served as principal investigator for several multi-year NASA and FAA research projects working in creating and assessing Next Generation Air Traffic management (ATM) concepts. He received both master's and PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley.