December 15-16, 2022 – Lisbon, Portugal 

Within the scope of the 6th International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, with the participation of companies, students and professors of Computer Engineering and related areas of ISCTE, which will take place between the 15th and 16th of December.


The Persistent Runway Monitoring (MPP) project addresses an innovative airport solution for monitoring and analyzing the condition of the runway pavement and the operations carried out, without compromising airport operations. The project is being developed in partnership by TECMIC – Tecnologias de Microeletrónica, SA, INOV – Institute of Systems Engineering and Innovation Computers and ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA. with the support of the Portugal 2020 program.

The participation of the MPP – persistent runway monitoring consortium in the EAI INTSYS 2022 will be ensured by Tiago Rocha and Gabriel Pestana.

The MPP Project aims to detect cracks and deformations on the runway, detect foreign objects debris and level of contamination and identify the risk of aquaplaning, as well as introduce runway safety (incidents and accidents), using LIDAR technologies, and optical transmitters. In the context of MPP operation and process (workflow), and in the non-intrusive detection of runway contamination, software developed as it performs data analysis in Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) format is used.

During the conference, the concepts of visualization and contextualization of information will be presented, which are essential to support the surveillance of the condition of the runway. In particular, the detection of debris and the level of contamination of the runway, associated with events that can lead to aquaplaning phenomena. The monitoring of events related to the existence of water tables makes it possible to detect drainage problems, as well as to identify areas that could compromise the safety of the runway, in line with the recommendations of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency).

The event will serve to present the main results obtained with the project and show how the work carried out can contribute to improving safety on the runway at airports.