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.