Structural Knowledge Analysis of Aviation Safety Reports

The objective of this project is to develop and evaluate methods to aid aviation analysts working with the Voluntary Data Reporting Program (VDRP). VDRP reports consist of statements of problems (e.g. violations) and proposed solutions. The project proposes to develop a taxonomic structure for these reports. The approach differs from standard taxonomic methods in that the project will first derive an expert knowledge structure for the domain of aviation safety. The expert knowledge structure, which will consist of a set of core concepts along with their structural relations, will serve as a type of template to better capture generic aviation safety issues. The taxonomic structure is best viewed as a rich web of interlinked core concepts. Each problem statement and each solution will be represented by a set of nodes (concepts) that are linked (connected) in a specific pattern. Further, the problem structure will be linked to the solution structure, providing a functional mapping of problems onto solutions. It is this functional mapping that will provide the usefulness of the taxonomy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Aviation Grants


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $745000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Project Managers:

    Edens, Eleana

  • Performing Organizations:

    The Regents of the University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque, NM  United States 
  • Start Date: 20070410
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120125
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30200

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01480013
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 2007-G-004
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2013 1:01AM