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UND team named FAA Data Challenge finalist

A team of UND Aerospace students has been named a finalist in the FAA’s first-ever Data Challenge, a national competition that offers as top prize a $25,000 award.

The FAA Data Challenge focuses on the use of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to address aviation-related problems and opportunities. The competition invites teams from U.S.-based colleges and universities to offer creative solutions to current and future aviation challenges.

“We hope to create and stimulate a pipeline of talent who will become transportation leaders of tomorrow,” the FAA declares on its contest website. “The successful submissions will push the boundary and introduce novel approaches to aviation problems as the FAA moves further towards an info-centric National Airspace System.”

Ten teams from eight different U.S. universities were named as finalists. The UND team consists of students Zachary Hoff, Jocelyn Ledin-Bruening, John Dulski and Ryan Peene. Their entry, titled “LAGOM: A Balanced Approach to Real-Time Flight Safety Analysis,” calls for using a common aircraft detection and tracking technology called ADS-B to monitor aviation safety events – and provide information about those events to federal regulators – in real time.

Read the full story at UND Today.