IAI to Develop Predictive Query Language Based Interrogable Federated Toolkit for NASA

NASA is interested in enhancing system capacity, either by optimizing existing aviation assets, or by expanding capacity through new technology or smart infrastructure planning. To address this, IAI will develop a Stakeholder Web-based Interrogable Federated Toolkit (SWIFT) program that answers vital questions about existing projects, while facilitating the involvement of stakeholders to enhance new projects. Existing models and insights from social media will be integrated into a web-based tool that allows NASA and other stakeholders to conveniently ask and answer “what if” questions about various topics. The chief innovation of SWIFT is the development of a Predictive Query Language (PQL). The PQL populates databases with future information provided from aviation models, along with integration of social media networking to augment research, and with an overarching web-based system for finding and generating aviation-oriented research questions. SWIFT will aid stakeholders in their analysis of current trends and future concepts. IAI will demonstrate the utility of SWIFT by investigating the Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO) concept, particularly focusing on how the future state of the National Airspace (NAS) as predicted by the federated models will be different with TBO than without it. Within NASA, the immediate application of SWIFT is as an effective user interface for the SMART-NAS system, providing researchers with access to results from complicated and hard-to-use models. SWIFT could also potentially enable FAA analysts to run a system-wide study using the NASA-developed ACES model with a few clicks of a button. SWIFT, with its embedded PQL statements, could provide a common language of communication between analysts from different organizations using publicly available and proprietary models.