The 7th OpenSky Workshop

21/22 November 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland


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 8000 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 Zurich (Switzerland) in November 2019. 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.

The websites of previous workshops can be found here:


Thursday, 21/11/2019
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Welcome & Introduction
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Session 1: Flight Data Evaluation & Experiences
DFS ADS-B Implementation in High Density Radar Controlled Airspace – Experiences and Challenges
Stefan Stanzel
Evaluation of Flight Efficiency for Stockholm Arlanda Airport using OpenSky Network Data
Tatiana Polishchuk, Anastasia Lemetti and Raul Saez
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Session 2: Geovisualization & Localization
VAT to the Future: Extrapolating Visual Complex Event Processing
Christian Beilschmidt, Johannes Drönner, Nikolaus Glombiewski, Michael Körber, Michael Mattig, Andreas Morgen and Bernhard Seeger
G2A Localization: Aerial Vehicles Localization Using Ground Crowdsourced Network
Hazem Sallouha, Alessandro Chiumento and Sofie Pollin
12:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Demo Time
ADS-B visualisation to qualify weather data
Maxime Warnier
Applying Computer Vision to Understand Plane Turnarounds
Nikolay Kobyshev, Sergey Tsykin and Christiaan Hen
12:30 AM - 01:45 PM
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
Session 3: Anomaly Detection
Building Visual Anomaly Dataset from Satellite Data using ADS-B
Marko Kastelic and Janez Pers
Chasing anomalies in air traffic data
Axel Tanner, Martin Strohmeier
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM
Special Talk
Telecommunication and Drones. The role of telecommunication and Swisscom
Kathrin Hösli
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Session 4: Data Integration
Integrating pyModeS and OpenSky Historical Database
Junzi Sun and Jacco Hoekstra
Air Traffic Data Processing using Python: Trajectory Clustering
Xavier Olive and Luis Basora
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
OpenSky Awards
Vincent Lenders
07:00 PM -
Friday, 22/11/2019
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Session 5: Anti-Jamming
Jamming/Garbling assessment and possible mitigations in the OpenSky network
Mauro Leonardi
Detecting GPS Jamming Incidents in OpenSky Data
Ala' Darabseh and Brice Tedongmo
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 6: Probes: Emissions, Balloons & Transparency
A number-based inventory of particle emissions by civil aviation and the influences on the particle number concentration near Zurich airport
Xiaole Zhang, Xi Chen and Jing Wang
Higher than a kite: ADS-B communication analysis using a high-altitude balloon
Matthias Schäfer, Roberto Calvo-Palomino, Franco Minucci and Brecht Reynders
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Session 7a: Transparency, Regulations & Compliance
Project Peregrine: Enhancing Public Sector Research in Global Transparency and Anti-Corruption Through Open Aviation Data
Peter Kirechu and Jake Glass
12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
Session 7b: Transparency, Regulations & Compliance
Investigating ADS-B MOPS Compliance using Open Data
Enrico Spinielli
Regulation-Oriented Filtering at Web-Based Air Traffic Exploration
Philipp Meschenmoser, Juri Buchmüller and Daniel A. Keim
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM
Farewell & Closing

Call for Presentations & Papers

As every year, the workshop invites presentations from the community. The workshop is interested in presentations that can foster discussions and provide input for future development and research around OpenSky as well as a safer and more secure aviation in general. Potential presenters are free to choose any topic for their presentations, but the presentations should be related to the OpenSky Network in a wider sense.

Novel this year, the authors of accepted presentations shall summarize their work in form of short papers that will be made available as online proceedings. The submitted papers may partially overlap with other submissions to journals or conferences, but there should be an additional contribution that is original and has not been presented yet (e.g., new data analysis, description of a novel application, extension of existing work, etc.). The papers are welcome to depict images, graphs, and data that are part of the presentations. The paper submissions provide a means for researchers in the OpenSky community to incorporate reviewer feedback based on the abstract submissions, provide the opportunity for timestamping work in progress, and can be used as a reference. The program committee may make the short paper requirement optional in justified cases (e.g., cutting-edge industry talks) but all submissions with accompanying papers will be given preferential treatment in the selection process.

The OpenSky Workshop 2019 proceedings will be published as a volume in the EasyChair EPiC series.

Submission Guidelines

Authors can submit their contributions here:

The submissions consist of:

  1. Abstract submissions describing the idea of the work and presentation that will be given at the workshop. Abstracts should have a length of 1-2 pages and are due by September 2nd, 2019.
  2. Paper submissions describing and explaining the work in more details. Papers should be 3-6 pages long and are due by the start of the workshop on November 21st, 2019.

Please ensure that your submissions are PDF files of a maximum of 2 pages (Abstract) and 6 pages (Papers), including references and appendices. Submissions should be double column and be generated using the ACM acmart template available here, using the [sigconf] option. Submissions should not use older ACM templates (e.g., sig-alternate). Abstract submissions may be anonymous (i.e., papers do not contain author names or affiliations), but author names and affiliations must be part of the Paper submissions.

The EasyChair system will be used for collecting submissions, providing reviewer feedback, and notifications. Please visit for further information.

Important Dates

Abstracts due September 2, 2019
Notification to authors October 1, 2019
Programme online October 8, 2019
Full papers due November 21, 2019
Workshop November 21-22, 2019


General Chair Martin Strohmeier (armasuisse, Switzerland)
Program Chair Christina Pöpper (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Web Chair Matthias Schäfer (SeRo Systems GmbH, Germany)
Registration Chair Allan Tart (OpenSky Network)
Program Committee Rainer Kölle (Eurocontrol)
Andrea Schlapbach (FLARM)
Kai Jansen (Ruhr-Uni Bochum)
Fabio Ricciato (OpenSky Network)
David Scarlatti (Boeing)
Rui Pinheiro (Skysquitter)
Vincent Lenders (armasuisse, Switzerland)
Ivan Martinovic (University of Oxford, UK)
Matthias Schäfer (SeRo Systems GmbH, Germany)


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. If you have any questions regarding the registration, please contact Allan Tart.


The workshop will take place at Swisscom's WorkGym, Müllerstrasse 16, 8004 Zurich, Switzerland. The WorkGym is conveniently located in the center of Zurich, within walking distance from the main train station. It is also well connected by tram, with the Stauffacher station in its immediate neighbourhood.