Center for Advanced Simulation and Technology

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CAST Offers and Calls for:

  • We look for co-workers: students (all levels), academia, and industry. See the topics examples.
  • We offer paid scholarship for a CTU in Prague student in a master program who will join our team during summer. The scholarship is approx. 10 000 CZK/month.
  • We offer "Flying Fridays" program under motto " University - the cool place", where you can try our full motion simulator. Every Friday two people associated with CTU in Prague (students, teachers, scientists) can try our full motion simulator for 15 minutes each. Register here.

Contact: Pavel Paces, or check us on Facebook: CTU Flight Sim

Quick links - our projects:

  • HeadUp (look through) display symbology - here.
  • Full-motion Flight Simulator and Pilot testing - here.
  • Electronics Flight Instrument System (EFIS) - here.
  • Small Satellite Platform (SSP) - here.
  • Electronics, Sensors, Data Processing - here.

What we do

Our activities can be divided as research, teaching and industrial projects.

  • Research

Our research activities aim on situation awareness, e.g.: new sensors, electronics, visual and mechanical interfaces and human interaction. Currently we are focusing on: a new system for position angles measurement and a system which is capable to guide a pilot in an emergency situation.

  • A new system for position angles measurement

Position angles are usually measured by laser gyroscopes in expensive systems or by combination of accelerometer and angular rate sensors in case of MEMS based systems: details are available here. In our approach, we are trying to use atmospheric pressure gradient for position angle measurements which are free of numerical integration and multi-sensor fusion. The result of position angles measurement system using two volumes is depicted in the following picture.

MEMS IMU Signals PRS System Transfer Characteristic

First image: The typical data provided by a MEMS sensor based IMU, data with applied processing and Kalman filter resetting position integration with help of an external data source. Second image: Transfer characteristics of a position angle provided by the new two-volumes system for position angles measurement (Image credit: Jan Popelka).

 

  • A system capable to guide a pilot in an emergency situation

Airplane accident investigations usually claim the accident could be avoided in case the pilot would break the chain of events leading to the accident. In these situations the pilots are usually not aware about the threat until it is late. The first part of the project aims on assistive technologies which can help to detect possible dangerous situations and present them to the pilot. The new assistive technologies and their usability has to be tested and evaluated (human-factor evaluation) which leads to development of human rating methodics

 

EFIS Display BMW iDrive Second Generation CAST Simulator

First image: EFIS system with terrain warning (Image credit: Tomas Levora). Second image: BMW iDrive second generation used for EFIS control (Image credit: internet). Third image: CAST simulator used for pilot perception testing (Image credit: Pavel Paces).

 

  • Teaching

We teach in subjects as Robotics, Airborne Monitoring and Control Systems, Electrical Measurements and Instrumentation, etc.

We are developing new tools to support our teaching activities. It includes the Small Satellite Platform (SSP) and 3D wireless motion sensor which are used to support laboratory exercises in Airborne Monitoring and Control Systems subject. There is also a mobile version of the course offered to other universities: please, see flyer here.

SSP Building Process SSP Comparison 3D Motion Sensor

Small Satellite Platforms, their comparison and 3D motion capture sensors used for AE3M38PRS

(Image Credit: Pavel Paces).

 

  • Industrial projects

Please see chapter News and Awards and Collaboration for more details about our industrial projects.  



Who are we

CAST was started by Pavel Paces as a response to the CTU in Prague career plan. He started gaining money for his area of interests and to support further development of systems which he identified as promising for future in his doctoral thesis which was mentored by Karel Draxler. During the time he persuaded Jan Popelka and later also Ondrej Bruna, Tomas Levora and Jaroslav Laifr to start Ph.D. studies. Jan Popelka works on the new system for positional angles measurement where Karel Draxler agreed to be his mentor. Tomas Levora joined the team as a visual navigation aids developer and designer with Jiri Novak mentoring him. Ondrej Bruna task is to develop methods how to test human perception of different visual and hardware Human-Machine Interfaces. Pavel Paces persuaded Jan Holub to become his mentor. Last starting member was Jaroslav Laifr who was supposed to work on space resistant electronics, but he decided to leave the team.

  • Evžen Thöndel: supports the team with his experience in simulation technology. He developed the six degrees of freedom motion platform, which is used for the CAST flight simulator. His activity is focused primarily on research in the field of simulation technology and he is the contact person for cooperation with some business partners. He finished his PhD degree in 2008 at CTU in Prague, where he is currently employed as an assistant professor.
  • Pavel Paces: giving directions, collecting projects and money, controlling results, teaching, etc. He has MSc. and Ph.D. from CTU in Prague. Assistant professor from 2008. Attending places as NASA Ames Research Center, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cranfield University, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, Honeywell, etc. Leading European Space Agency Education Office European Space Moon Orbiter Project ESMO AIM(stopped by lack of funding), etc.
  • Jan Popelka: improving the new system for an aircraft attitude measurement and dealing with smart sensors systems. He received his MSc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Czech Technical University in Prague. Now he studies as PhD. student in Air Traffic Control program.

 


News and Awards

 


Our projects

  • Ing. Pavel Paces (rešitel), European Student Moon Orbiter - Attitude Integration Module, European Space Agency, ESA, SSTL, 2011-2013,TA 86 110701-ZPX.
  • Ing. Pavel Paces (rešitel), Využití asistivních technologií pro zvýšení bezpecnosti letu letadel, létajícího personálu a pozemních úcastníku leteckého provozu v normálním provozu a pri výskytu mimorádných situací, agentura TA CR, 2010-2013, TA01030651.
  • Ing. Pavel Paces (rešitel), Inovace predmetu Palubní informacní a rídicí systémy, FRVŠ, 2011, F1 a, 922/2011, 33/110047/13138.
  • Ing. Pavel Paces (spolurešitel), Inovace laboratorní výuky - letecký simulátor jako prvek kolaborativního prostredí , projekt FRVŠ, A a, 1741/2012.
  • Ing. Pavel Paces (spolurešitel),  Inovace vybavení laboratorí leteckých systému, projekt FRVŠ, A a, 1050/2011.

 


Collaboration

We call for collaboration in the area of visual navigation aids, programming, HMI, human factors, human testing, electronics, etc.

Academic references:

  • Institute of Intermedia (CTU in Prague): We are collaborating on the full motion simulator visualization improvement.

Industrial references:

 


Our students

We offer following topics to national and international students: please see the list. The topics are suitable also for short term projects required by TU Delft: Delft University of Technology, etc.

 

  • Current students
Student Country Note
José Magno Mendes Filho Brazil/France 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: short project
Bruno Schinkmann CZ 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: bachelor thesis
Marek Maska CZ 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: bachelor thesis
Milan Hruska CZ 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: diploma thesis
Jakub Suchý CZ 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: bachelor thesis
Michal Šotola CZ 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: Project 1.
Matej Hudak CZ 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: diploma thesis

 

  • Finished master/bachelor degrees (national study programs)
Student Thesis Note
Milan Hruska Diploma 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces
Tomáš Battek Diploma 2012, mentor: Pavel Paces
Jan Petras Bachelor 2011, mentor: Pavel Paces
Milan Hruska Bachelor 2011, mentor: Pavel Paces
Tomas Levora Diploma 2011, mentor: Pavel Paces
Jan Hajny Diploma 2011, mentor: Pavel Paces, diploma thesis dean's award
Iveta Valova Diploma 2011, mentor: Pavel Paces
Jan Popelka Diploma 2011, mentor: Pavel Paces
Milan Vesely Diploma 2010, mentor: Pavel Paces, diploma thesis dean's award
Vladimir Nekvasil Diploma 2010, mentor: Pavel Paces
Lukas Kostka Bachelor 2010, mentor: Pavel Paces
Jiri Mlejnek Diploma 2009, mentor: Pavel Paces, diploma thesis dean's award
Jan Nedved Diploma 2009, mentor: Pavel Paces, diploma thesis dean's award
Vaclav Zeman Diploma 2009, mentor: Pavel Paces
Vrtel Vaclav Bachelor 2008, mentor: Pavel Paces
Ondrej Fibich Diploma 2007, mentor: Pavel Paces
Petr Livanec Bachelor 2007, mentor: Pavel Paces
Jan Nedved Bachelor 2007, mentor: Pavel Paces
Jan Bernatzik Diploma 2007, mentor: Pavel Paces

 

  • Finished international programs
Student Country Note
José Magno Mendes Filho Brazil/France 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: short project
Luca Matrone Italy 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: Erasmus free mover, diploma thesis
Ariela Pizzol Busato Brazil 2013, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: short project
Emidio Marchitto Italy 2012, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: Erasmus - master thesis
Juan Alberto Cabrera Guerrero Venezuella

2012, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: MSc. student, diploma thesis

Ruben Soler Escoda, Itáile Italy 2009, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: short project
Victor Manuel Aracil Canalejo Italy 2009, mentor: Pavel Paces, Work: short project


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