The 6th OpenSky Workshop

15/16 November 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany


Since its launch in 2013, the OpenSky Network has quickly evolved to a large-scale air traffic control data collection and sharing platform. With now more than 1000 sensors operated by volunteers across the globe and more than 5000 users, the OpenSky Network is today greatly contributing towards the vision of a more efficient, secure and reliable operation of the airspace by providing open accessibility of air traffic control data to the public. Following the successful workshops in the last years, we are proud to announce the sixth instance of the OpenSky workshop. This two-day event will take place in Frankfurt (Germany) in November 2018. The event is targeted at anyone interested in data-based aviation research. The workshop will serve as a forum to discuss new ideas, the network itself, and research activities around the OpenSky Network. Participants are invited to actively contribute to the program by presenting their projects at the workshop. As in the last years, there will be many opportunities to get to know the community during the social activities around the workshop program. In the past years, the workshop attracted a diverse and interesting audience from research, authorities, and industry.


Thursday, 15/11/2018
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Welcome & Introduction
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Session: OpenSky: Past, Present, Future
OpenSky Development Review 2016-2018
Matthias Schäfer (SeRo Systems)
Update on OpenSky - FLARM Integration
Giorgio Tresoldi (ETH Zurich)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Session: Weather & Co
Using ADS-B and Satellite imagery to analyze weather avoidance strategies
Simon Proud (University of Oxford)
Establishing a flight route database for Opensky Network
Jannis Lübbe (OpenSky Network)
12:15 AM - 01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Session: Security 1 - Location & Track Verification
ADS-B Track Verification Using Signal Reflections
Daniel Moser (ETH Zurich)
ADS-B Message Authentication Protocol Based on Location Verification
Ala' Darabseh (NYU Abu Dhabi)
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Session: Security 2 - Defending against Data Injection
FDI-T: A Testing Framework for Air Traffic Control Systems Based on False Data Injection
Aymeric Cretin (Femto-ST Institute)
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial (ADS-B) Comedy for Serious People
Mauro Leonardi (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Session: Special Topics
ADS-B Archaeology – Evolution of ADS-B adoption in Europe and future prospects
Enrico Spinielli (Eurocontrol)
Using aircraft tracking data to infer state and statistics for firefighting aircraft operations in Australia
Andrew Matthews (National Aerial Firefighting Centre Australia)
Integrating Hardware Feeders with OpenSky
Guenther Koellner (Jetvision)
05:45 PM - 06:15 PM
OpenSky Awards
Vincent Lenders
07:30 PM -
Dinner Frankfurt City
Friday, 16/11/2018
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Session: Understanding Air Traffic (Control)
Detecting controllers' actions on past ADS-B data
Xavier Olive (ONERA)
Understanding airline behaviours on trajectory choices through opendata
Paola Bassi (University of Trieste)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Session: Machine Learning Applications
Exploring density-based clustering for anomaly detection in air traffic data
Axel Tanner (IBM Zurich Research Lab)
Aircraft Classification through Movement Patterns
Martin Strohmeier (University of Oxford)
12:00 AM - 01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Session: Data Processing Challenges
Using a Kubernetes Cluster to generate High-Resolution Flight-Track-Images
Kai Renz (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt)
Radiosondes - New opportunities
Rui Pinheiro (SkySquitter)
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Farewell & Closing
Rui Pinheiro & Vincent Lenders

Also, you may want to have a look at the presentations of the last workshops here.

Important Dates

Presentation titles due October 1st 2018
Notification of acceptance October 7th 2018
Program announcement October 15th 2018
Workshop Dates November 15-16th 2018


General Chair Rui Pinheiro (Skysquitter, Germany)
Program Chair Martin Strohmeier (University of Oxford, UK)
Publication/Web Chair Matthias Schäfer (SeRo Systems, Germany)
Registration Chair Marco Meides (SeRo Systems, Germany)
Technical Program Committee Rainer Kölle (EUROCONTROL, Belgium)
Vincent Lenders (armasuisse, Switzerland)
Ivan Martinovic (University of Oxford, UK)
Fabio Ricciato (OpenSky Network, Italy)
David Scarlatti (Boeing Research & Technology Europe, Spain)
Andrea Schlapbach (FLARM Technology, Switzerland)


The registration fees are*:

Regular Attendance 200€
Speakers Free
Association Members Free

* fees include 2 lunchs (day 1 and 2), 1 dinner (day 1), and coffee+soft drinks during the workshop.

Regular attendees need to buy a ticket using the form below. Speakers or association members with free attendance, please register by sending an email to If you have any questions regarding the registration, please contact Marco Meides.


The workshop takes place in the Hilton Frankfurt Airport. The hotel is located in THE SQUAIRE building in Frankfurt airport and offers direct access via sky walk from Terminal 1. Follow signs to THE SQUAIRE and long distance trains. At the train station, take THE SQUAIRE East entrance then take the lift to level 5. For further directions, please refer to this website.


We recommend to stay close to the workshop hotel to make this event most enjoyable. We have organized special rates from 14 November to 16 November at the following hotels:

Hilton Frankfurt Airport

Website: Hilton Frankfurt Airport
199€ / night | single guest room | breakfast included

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport

Website: Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
184€ / night | single guest room | breakfast included

If you want to benefit from a special rate at one of these hotels, please create your booking by sending an email to or by calling +49 (0)69 2601 200 2288. Just mention "OpenSky". The sepecial rates are not available for online bookings. Please note this is a limited offer on a first come, first served basis.