The Federal Aviation Administration Traffic Flow Management – Application Integration Design Challenge (FAA TFM-AID Challenge)

Ages:Undergraduate, Graduate

Types:Submission, Presentation

Scope:National

Registration

Entry Fee: $

Contact


victoria.oleary@nianet.org

Through the FAA TFM-AID Challenge, teams will prototype ideas for an interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) design for FAA’s new automation system, Flow Management Data and Services (FMDS). The Challenge seeks designs for a proposed GUI that supports traffic managers in performing these tasks with a more streamlined and modernized interface than they have today, thereby minimizing user training requirements. The scope of the FAA TFM-AID Challenge will center on designing an integrated display to support traffic managers in an Airspace Flow Program (AFP) scenario.

  1. Thoroughly review the Challenge Guidelines
  2. Form a team with a qualified advisor and a diverse team of students.
  3. Ensure that your team meets the eligibility requirements.
  4. Develop and submit an Expression of Intent (EOI) by the deadline.
  5. Develop and submit a PDR package by the deadline.
    1. Based on a review and evaluation of the PDR packages by the FAA TFM-AID Challenge judges, up to five finalist teams will be selected to advance to the next phase of the competition.
    2. Judges’ feedback will be provided to each submitting team. Finalist teams will receive additional feedback detailing specific areas they need to address in the follow-up CDR package.
  6. Finalist teams will take feedback into consideration, update their designs accordingly, and submit a final CDR package. CDR package submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the TFM-AID judges.
  7. Finalist teams will be invited to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA TFM-AID Challenge Forum, a face-to-face presentation/design review in front of subject-matter experts in June 2023.
The first place overall winning team will receive the $25,000 prize award.

Preliminary Design Review submissions are evaluated by the FAA TFM-AID Challenge Judging Panel based on the following criteria:
  • Description of how the team’s design concept will accomplish required tasks (max – 20 points)
    • How well do the user personas represent the ATCSCC traffic managers?
    • How well does the proposed concept align with Challenge goals and objectives?
    • How compelling is the proposed concept?
  • Description of team’s UI design (max 20 points)
    • Does the design account for all aspects of AFP modeling, implementation, and management for ATCSCC traffic managers?
    • How well does the wireframe and mock-up or image communicate the design?
    • Does the integrated UI design support streamlined workflows?
  • Innovation (max - 20 points)
    • How innovative is the proposed solution?
    • How innovative is the UI design approach?
  • Technical merit and feasibility of proposed solution (max – 10 points)
    • Does the proposed design provide a viable user interaction approach?
    • Is the design intuitive for ATCSCC traffic managers?
    • Does the design introduce technical risk?
  • Project plan capability (max – 10 points)
    • Is the proposed project plan adequate and thorough?
    • Does the proposed project plan include an evaluation activity?
    • Has the proposed plan inspired confidence that the team can successfully accomplish the proposed tasks?
    • How viable is the schedule of activities?
  • Compliance and review (max – 10 points)
    • Has the team adhered to appropriate design constraints?
    • Has the team submitted a package that has been thoroughly proof-read?
  • Video (max – 10 points)
    • Relevance to proposed design: Video enhances/highlights aspects of the team’s concept and/or increases understanding of the UI design.
    • Overall impression: Video content is aesthetic, organized, and flows. Viewers can easily follow the material.
TFM-AID Challenge Awards

Team Award.

Up to 5 teams will be selected to continue their work and present their final designs at the FAA TFM-AID Challenge Forum, held June 28 – 29, 2023 in McLean, VA. All finalist teams presenting at the 2023 TFM-AID Challenge Forum will receive travel reimbursements for eligible costs (up to $6,000 per team) to facilitate travel and lodging for the Forum.

The lead university of the 1st place overall winning team will be presented with an award of $25,000, and finalist student will each receive a copy of the winning certificate. A trophy with the winning university’s name, participating students’ names, and date of award will be displayed at an FAA facility, and a display copy of the trophy will be sent to the lead academic institution.

Website: https://faa-tfm-aid.nianet.org/challenge-details/

Managing Organization: National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

Contact:

victoria.oleary@nianet.org

Eligibility:
The FAA TFM-AID Challenge is open to full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited U.S.-based community college, college, or university. Teams may include senior capstone students, clubs, multi-university teams, and/or multi-disciplinary teams. The FAA advocates for inclusion and diversity in all teams. Interdisciplinary teams and minority-serving institution students are encouraged to apply. <ol> <li>Eligibility is limited to students from colleges and universities in the United States.</li> <li>Student team members must have been enrolled in a U.S.-based college or university for at least one semester (or quarterly equivalent) during the 2022-2023 academic year.</li> <li>Team members, including all faculty advisors and students, must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.</li> <li>Each member of the team must meet the eligibility criteria.</li> <li>An individual may join more than one team.</li> <li>There is no charge to enter the competition.</li> <li>Team sizes may vary. From the lead academic institution, the core team must contain, at a minimum, one faculty advisor who has worked on the project, and two students who can be available to present the final project at the culminating FAA TFM-AID Challenge Forum in late June 2023. A maximum of ten students may participate on any single team.</li> <li>A faculty advisor may advise more than one team.</li> <li>A team may submit more than one proposal.</li> </ol> Team members may not be federal employees acting within the scope of employment (this includes co-op students with civil servant status).

Overview

Through the FAA TFM-AID Challenge, teams will prototype ideas for an interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) design for FAA’s new automation system, Flow Management Data and Services (FMDS). The Challenge seeks designs for a proposed GUI that supports traffic managers in performing these tasks with a more streamlined and modernized interface than they have today, thereby minimizing user training requirements. The scope of the FAA TFM-AID Challenge will center on designing an integrated display to support traffic managers in an Airspace Flow Program (AFP) scenario.

Process

  1. Thoroughly review the Challenge Guidelines
  2. Form a team with a qualified advisor and a diverse team of students.
  3. Ensure that your team meets the eligibility requirements.
  4. Develop and submit an Expression of Intent (EOI) by the deadline.
  5. Develop and submit a PDR package by the deadline.
    1. Based on a review and evaluation of the PDR packages by the FAA TFM-AID Challenge judges, up to five finalist teams will be selected to advance to the next phase of the competition.
    2. Judges’ feedback will be provided to each submitting team. Finalist teams will receive additional feedback detailing specific areas they need to address in the follow-up CDR package.
  6. Finalist teams will take feedback into consideration, update their designs accordingly, and submit a final CDR package. CDR package submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the TFM-AID judges.
  7. Finalist teams will be invited to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA TFM-AID Challenge Forum, a face-to-face presentation/design review in front of subject-matter experts in June 2023.
The first place overall winning team will receive the $25,000 prize award.

Criteria

Preliminary Design Review submissions are evaluated by the FAA TFM-AID Challenge Judging Panel based on the following criteria:
  • Description of how the team’s design concept will accomplish required tasks (max – 20 points)
    • How well do the user personas represent the ATCSCC traffic managers?
    • How well does the proposed concept align with Challenge goals and objectives?
    • How compelling is the proposed concept?
  • Description of team’s UI design (max 20 points)
    • Does the design account for all aspects of AFP modeling, implementation, and management for ATCSCC traffic managers?
    • How well does the wireframe and mock-up or image communicate the design?
    • Does the integrated UI design support streamlined workflows?
  • Innovation (max - 20 points)
    • How innovative is the proposed solution?
    • How innovative is the UI design approach?
  • Technical merit and feasibility of proposed solution (max – 10 points)
    • Does the proposed design provide a viable user interaction approach?
    • Is the design intuitive for ATCSCC traffic managers?
    • Does the design introduce technical risk?
  • Project plan capability (max – 10 points)
    • Is the proposed project plan adequate and thorough?
    • Does the proposed project plan include an evaluation activity?
    • Has the proposed plan inspired confidence that the team can successfully accomplish the proposed tasks?
    • How viable is the schedule of activities?
  • Compliance and review (max – 10 points)
    • Has the team adhered to appropriate design constraints?
    • Has the team submitted a package that has been thoroughly proof-read?
  • Video (max – 10 points)
    • Relevance to proposed design: Video enhances/highlights aspects of the team’s concept and/or increases understanding of the UI design.
    • Overall impression: Video content is aesthetic, organized, and flows. Viewers can easily follow the material.

Awards

TFM-AID Challenge Awards

Team Award.

Up to 5 teams will be selected to continue their work and present their final designs at the FAA TFM-AID Challenge Forum, held June 28 – 29, 2023 in McLean, VA. All finalist teams presenting at the 2023 TFM-AID Challenge Forum will receive travel reimbursements for eligible costs (up to $6,000 per team) to facilitate travel and lodging for the Forum.

The lead university of the 1st place overall winning team will be presented with an award of $25,000, and finalist student will each receive a copy of the winning certificate. A trophy with the winning university’s name, participating students’ names, and date of award will be displayed at an FAA facility, and a display copy of the trophy will be sent to the lead academic institution.

Participate

Website: https://faa-tfm-aid.nianet.org/challenge-details/

Managing Organization: National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

Contact:

victoria.oleary@nianet.org

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
The FAA TFM-AID Challenge is open to full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited U.S.-based community college, college, or university. Teams may include senior capstone students, clubs, multi-university teams, and/or multi-disciplinary teams. The FAA advocates for inclusion and diversity in all teams. Interdisciplinary teams and minority-serving institution students are encouraged to apply. <ol> <li>Eligibility is limited to students from colleges and universities in the United States.</li> <li>Student team members must have been enrolled in a U.S.-based college or university for at least one semester (or quarterly equivalent) during the 2022-2023 academic year.</li> <li>Team members, including all faculty advisors and students, must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.</li> <li>Each member of the team must meet the eligibility criteria.</li> <li>An individual may join more than one team.</li> <li>There is no charge to enter the competition.</li> <li>Team sizes may vary. From the lead academic institution, the core team must contain, at a minimum, one faculty advisor who has worked on the project, and two students who can be available to present the final project at the culminating FAA TFM-AID Challenge Forum in late June 2023. A maximum of ten students may participate on any single team.</li> <li>A faculty advisor may advise more than one team.</li> <li>A team may submit more than one proposal.</li> </ol> Team members may not be federal employees acting within the scope of employment (this includes co-op students with civil servant status).

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