RPI computer scientists receive airplane safety grant

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Two local computer scientists have received a $325,000 grant to develop technology to help make flying safer.

Stacy Patterson and Carlos Varela are computer scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will go toward developing an improved way to analyze flight sensor data reliably and quickly.

Patterson and Varela are developing a system to selectively share some of the massive amounts of meteorological, mechanical, environmental data modern airplanes collect.

The researchers will test the system with pilots on a flight simulator. 

This work is a part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s modernization of the National Airspace System. 

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