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City PhD student presents air safety research paper

Ilias Panagopoulos contributed to the 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation meeting (EWGT2016), held in Istanbul, Turkey.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

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City, University of London, PhD student, Ilias Panagopoulos, presented a paper on improvements to the aviation safety measurement process at the Aviation/Air Traffic session of the 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation meeting (EWGT2016), held in Istanbul, Turkey, from September 5th to 7th 2016.

Ilias PanagopoulosIlias collaborated with his supervisors, Dr Ivan Sikora and Professor Chris Atkin in preparing, 'Developing performance indicators using a Lean Six Sigma framework for measuring an aviation system's safety performance',  which draws on advanced quality management tools and Lean Six Sigma methodology.

The Working Group meeting was organized by the Transportation Working Group of the Istanbul Technical University, under the patronage of the EURO Working Group on Transportation (EWGT), the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO), and Istanbul Technical University (ITU).

Since 1992, the annual EWGT meeting has provided a platform for sharing the results of research activities and attracts a mixture of researchers, practitioners and decision-making participants in the field of traffic, transportation and logistics systems.

Commanding fighter pilot officer

Ilias has extensive knowledge and more than 25 years of professional experience in the aviation industry from the diverse perspectives ­- as commanding fighter pilot officer, trainer, facilitator and safety manager.

In September 2014, he was appointed by the Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAATO) in The Netherlands as the Regional Europe Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the area of Flight Safety and Safety Management.

Since July 2015, his name has been part of the EASA database of Independent Individual External Experts for providing expertise and support to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in several aviation safety fields. In 2015 he became the Safety Manager at the NATO Airlift Management Programme.

Operations research

Operations research, or operational research is a discipline that deals with the application of advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. Further, the term 'operational analysis' is used in the British (and some British Commonwealth) military, as an intrinsic part of capability development, management and assurance.

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