The 5th OpenSky Workshop

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 700 sensors operated by volunteers across the globe and more than 2000 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 fifth instance of the OpenSky workshop. This two-day event will take place in Kaiserslautern (Germany) in November 2017. The event is open to all contributors of the network (sensor operators, users, system developers and administrators, and researchers) as well as to any interested party that wishes to get involved to the OpenSky Network in the future. 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.


Thursday, 23/11/17

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Welcome & Introduction
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Session 1: New Data Sources
Expanding the View on Avionics Communication: The Mode S Uplink
Daniel Moser, ETH Zurich
A Flarm Receiver for the OpenSky Network
Giorgio Tresoldi, ETH Zurich
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Session 2: Aircraft Tracking Models
A general aircraft multi-lateration framework with independent non-synchronized receivers
Fabio Ricciato, University of Ljubljana
Development of a community driven, open, reference trajectory dataset
Enrico Spinielli, EUROCONTROL
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM Session 3: Data Integrity and Trust
OpenSky Feeder: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Markus Fuchs, SeRo Systems
Using Trust to Detect Attacks on and Optimise ADS-B Based Air Traffic Surveillance
Kai Jansen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and William Seymour (University of Oxford)
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM Break
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Session 4: Security and Privacy
ADS-B system’s performance improving by the use of crowd-sourced sensors network
Mauro Leonardi, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
New Challenges to Aviation Privacy raised by Large-scale Sensor Networks
Martin Strohmeier, University of Oxford
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM OpenSky Award Ceremony
07:00 PM - End Dinner in Kaiserslautern City

Friday, 24/11

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Session 5: Use Cases
A case study for safety risk assessment using Mode S data
Xavier Olive, ONERA (The French Aerospace Lab)
Sensordata distribution within Eurocontrol (SURNET and ASTERIX)
Rui Pinheiro, Skysquitter
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Session 6: Receivers
Towards a new advanced ADSB receiver in GNURadio: design, first implementation, lessons learned and outlook
Blaz Repas, University of Ljubljana
Nanosecond-precision Time-of-Arrival Estimation for Mode S Signals with low-cost SDR receivers
Roberto Calvo, IMDEA Networks Institute

Call for Presentations

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. 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.
Proposals including a presentation title and short abstract should be submitted no later than October 1st 2017 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attendance will be limited to a small group to facilitate lively discussions at the workshop. The organizers reserve the right to reject submitted proposals if they do not fit into the program.


If you want to attend the workshop (with or without presentation), please register by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The number of attendees is limited. Early registrations and presenters will be preferred.


The workshop will take place at the University of Kaiserslautern, Building 36, Room 438

Address: Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse 36, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Exact Location on Google maps:


We recommand the Hotel B&B which is located very close to the train station of Kaiserslautern (3 minutes walking distance). Mention the code "OpenSky Workshop" when you book to profit from a special rate.

Important dates

Presentation titles due: October 1st 2017
Notification of acceptance: October 5th 2017
Program announcement: October 5th 2017
Workshop dates: November 23-24th 2017


Local Chair:

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Program Chair:

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