• 21 March 2017 12:11 | David Foster (Administrator)

    This year's Annual Symposium will be held in London hosted by British Airways. The event will most likely be held in October. Exact dates along with details such as venue, official hotel, etc. will be announced in this space as soon as we are able.

  • 21 February 2017 09:02 | David Foster (Administrator)

    Registration has now opened for the AGIFORS Crew Management Study Group meeting 2017.

    This year South African Airways has kindly offered to be the local hosts. The conference has been scheduled for May 2nd – 5th 2017 and will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The venue of the conference will be the Peermont Metcourt Hotel.

    The official conference website with additional information on delegate registration, hotel reservations, visa requirements, and the technical program can be found at:

    Registration fees are:

    • USD 300 for Airline representatives and for students and faculty members of recognized academic institutions
    • USD 600 for full-time employee of an established aircraft manufacturer, air traffic control agency, airport authority, government agency, or non-profit organization that supports the airline industry. Employees must not work for a subsidiary, affiliate, associate, division or other entity that markets products or services to the airline industry
    • USD 900 for anyone employed by a company (or subsidiary, affiliate or division) that actively markets and sells information technology (IT) products or professional services (including any form of consulting, strategy, integration, implementation, or support) to the airline industry.

    The main topic for this meeting will be everything surrounding crew management. This includes amongst other things Fatigue Risk Management, Robustness, Manpower planning, Leave assignment, Training, Pairing, Rostering, Tracking, Bidding, and many more topics.

    A meeting like this is nothing without content. And the content should come from you. For that reason I would hereby request if you would consider submitting a technical presentation for the conference also. So please, share with us your ideas, thoughts, practical innovations, current trends, case studies, philosophies, and latest advances on the topics which are relevant to you. 

    The following are requirements for participation in the technical program:

    • A 30-45 minute presentation
    • Willingness to comply with requests for additional information and clarification on abstract and/or presentation material
    • Willingness to tailor a presentation for the AGIFORS Crew Management audience (of which a large percentage are airline crew managers and operations research practitioners) and to accept directions from the selection committee in doing this
    • No live demo’s (screenshots are fine insofar as they illustrate or help visualize concepts or demonstrate results)
    • Limited reference to products

    The policy of AGIFORS for all their meetings are to have the registration fee for Airline staff and Academics as low as possible. The philosophy behind this is that academics are likely to enter new lines of thought into our field, and having a strong presence by airlines brings great value to both the vendors and the airlines.

    It would therefore be great if Inform could this year be one of our sponsors. There are three sponsorship options available:

    Gold Level Sponsorship (USD 4000) includes the following:

    1. Vendor booth in premium location

    2. Free accommodation in one Junior Suite for up to 4 nights

    3. Recognition throughout the conference and on the conference web site

    4. Banner/signage in the Proceedings Hall

    5. Vendor presentation time of 15 minutes.

    Silver Level Sponsorship (USD 2000) includes the following:

    1. Vendor Booth

    2. One room upgrade for up to 4 nights

    3. Recognition on the conference web site

    4. Banner/signage in the Proceedings Hall

    5. Vendor presentation time of 15 minutes.

    Bronze Level Sponsorship (USD 1000) includes the following:

    1. Recognition on the conference web site

    2. Banner/signage in the Proceedings Hall

    3. Vendor presentation time of 15 minutes.

    My co-hosts from SAA and I are truly looking forward to welcoming you in Johannesburg and we will do whatever is in our power to make your attendance a memorable one.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marcel Sol at

  • 20 February 2017 10:58 | David Foster (Administrator)


    May 22-25, Athens, Greece

    Call for Presentations!

    Come and share with us your ideas, practical innovations, current trends, case studies, strategies, and latest advances on the topics that matter most to you.

    You spoke again – We listened! Based on participant feedback and recent survey results, there is a particularly high level of interest in the following areas

    ·         Leveraging Big Data, visualization, and machine learning in airline operations

    ·         Disruption management and aircraft and schedule recovery

    ·         Dependability/on-time performance/punctuality

    ·         Operational simulations

    ·         Balancing operational robustness and efficiency

    ·         Coordination and feedback between schedule planning and operations

    ·         Customer-centric operations

    ·         Aircraft turn management

    ·         Effective Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for operations

    ·         Organizational design and process flow for Operation Control Centers

    ·         Operational decision making under uncertainty

    ·         Airline Operations and Social Media/Mobile devices

    As always, we will invite high-quality talks from all relevant areas of airline operations, including

    ·         Disruption Management (simulation, solution approaches, visualization, challenges, case-studies, lessons learned)

    ·         Airline Operations Control (effective integration, coordination, processes)

    ·         Delay cost modeling and management

    ·         Post-operations analysis and feedback

    ·         Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) initiatives for airport and airspace

    ·         Airport Operations – Ground Control (taxi management, deicing, etc.)

    ·         Air Traffic Control/Management

    ·         Operational Coordination during disruptions both at the station/network level and at the mainline/regional carrier level

    If you are interested in presenting at the airline operations conference in Athens, please complete the on-line submission form and submit it directly via the web at the official conference website,

  • 29 September 2016 16:18 | David Foster (Administrator)

    The archive of presentations is now available for Members in the member area.

  • 21 September 2016 11:26 | David Foster (Administrator)

    This year we have 75 people (and counting) from 40 organizations (airline, academic and industry) joining us. Details are on the 56th Symposium Attendees page.

  • 02 September 2016 16:14 | David Foster (Administrator)

    Join us at the SWIM Workshop on 10 October 2016 to participate in a one-of-a-kind open forum involving Airlines, ANSPs, data aggregators as well as research & academia – all coming together to collectively brainstorm on how to make the most out of SWIM as it gains momentum on a global scale.

    Now that more real-time data is becoming available (for free) via SWIM, it is time to explore what value this data can provide to airlines. The live SWIM feeds are well-positioned to complement existing data used by airlines or provide faster/cheaper ways of getting that same data – in both cases providing airlines opportunities not just for improvement and efficiency but more importantly for innovation.

    The workshop is structured in 3 parts:

    (1) Part 1: Sets the stage by providing a summary of the state of the art in SWIM from the perspectives of ANSPs, Airlines and vendors.

    (2) Part 2: Showcases SWIM implementation success stories presented by invited speakers from the industry

    (3) Part 3: Focuses on the future opportunities of leveraging SWIM in a moderated discussion with participants and on brainstorming necessary steps to be taken by all stakeholders to get the most out of SWIM.

    Who will benefit?

    - Airlines

    - ANSPs

    - Data aggregators

    - Application providers/system integrators

    - Research & Academia

    What topics will be covered?

    - SWIM State of the Art

    - Success stories of using SWIM

    - Innovation driven by SWIM

    - Use cases for using SWIM to do things differently or more efficiently

    - Roadmap for making the most out of SWIM

  • 02 September 2016 11:12 | David Foster (Administrator)

    We have a full schedule of papers from a wide range of airline OR and analytics topics. We have posted the full list along with abstracts at: Technical Program

  • 31 August 2016 09:36 | David Foster (Administrator)

    The two finalists that will be presenting their research at the 56th Annual Symposium are:

    Many thanks go to everyone who submitted a paper to the competition. You can still read all the submissions at Current Competition.

  • 25 August 2016 16:36 | David Foster (Administrator)

    The list of accepted papers that will be presented at the 56th Symposium has been released and can be found at Technical Program.

  • 12 August 2016 17:02 | David Foster (Administrator)

    If you are interested in presenting at the annual symposium, The deadline for abstracts has been extended to August 29 2016.

    See the 56th Annual Symposium page for details.

    For all questions, please contact Semi Gabteni at

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