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Using data-driven statistical modeling and artificial intelligence, Athena is helping transportation hubs integrate and adapt to transformative technologies that support ambitious energy goals.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office, Athena is a collaborative effort led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport, and industry.

Athena researchers have developed sophisticated models of current and future mobility requirements, including a "digital twin" model of DFW Airport to simulate the impacts of future capacity expansion scenarios.

Athena insight will help inform realistic recommendations for long-term investments at DFW airport and other transportation hubs over the next 20 years.

Publications

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Data and Tools

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News


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Athena Papers Accepted to Transportation Review Board Meeting

Two Athena papers were accepted to the 2021 virtual Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting that will bring together government, industry, academia, and research organizations to discuss topics within the theme of Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life.

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DFW International Airport CEO Highlights Athena

In an interview for the Air Transport Advisory Group, DFW International Airport CEO Sean Donohue acknowledged the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Athena project as key factors for reducing emissions, improving efficiency, and enhancing energy systems at the airport.

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Global Smart Airports Market Report Calls Out Athena Project

An overview of DFW Airport’s digital twin from the Athena project was featured in Insights from Smart Airports, the May 2020 market report by NACO, one of the world’s leading aviation consultancies.


Project Team


The Athena project has committed stakeholders consisting of representatives from major U.S. airports, seaports, technology and transportation companies, government agencies, and academic research institutions.

A map of the United States labeled with the various ports, companies, and research institutes associated with the Athena project, categorized by primary research team, industry advisors, and technical advisory board.

The primary Athena research team includes NREL, ORNL, DFW Airport, the North Texas Council of Governments, and the DFW Airport Clean Cities Coalition.

Regional stakeholders and data providers include American Airlines, Hitachi, Toyota, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA.

The project also involves a National Technical Advisory Board of multiple airports and ports, including Denver International Airport (DEN), the Port of Long Beach (POLB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and the Port of Seattle.

Caleb Phillips

Dr. Caleb Phillips

Project PI and Computational Data Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Mike Hilliard

Dr. Mike Hilliard

Complex Systems Modeling Team Lead
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ken Kelly

Ken Kelly

Advanced Transportation Team Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Monte Lunacek

Dr. Monte Lunacek

Data Science Team Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Esther Chitsinde

Esther Chitsinde

Project Manager
Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Lori Clark

Lori Clark

Air Quality and Clean Cities Program Manager
North Central Texas Council of Governments

Matt Eash

Matt Eash

Data Systems Architect
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Karen Ficenec

Karen Ficenec

Data Scientist and Transportation Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Venu Garikapati

Dr. Venu Garikapati

Transportation Data Analytics
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Yanbo Ge

Dr. Yanbo Ge

Transportation and Data Modeling
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Robert Horton

Robert Horton

Vice President of Environmental Affairs
Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Dr. Yi Hou

Dr. Yi Hou

Transportation Data Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Andrew Kotz

Dr. Andrew Kotz

Commercial Vehicles Researcher
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Devonie McCamey

Devonie McCamey

Communications Strategy Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

John Meissner

John Meissner

Partnering and Stakeholder Strategy Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Hoony Park

Dr. Hoony Park

Computational Data Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kris Russell

Kris Russell

Environmental Program Manager
Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Joseph Severino

Joseph Severino

Traffic Modeling and Analysis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Devon Sigler

Dr. Devon Sigler

Applied Mathematician
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Juliette Ugirumurera

Dr. Juliette Ugirumurera

Traffic Equilibrium Modeling Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Lindy Williams

Lindy Williams

Data Scientist and Statistician
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Stan Young

Dr. Stan Young

Transportation and Urban Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Sarah Ziomek

Sarah Ziomek

Sustainability Project Manager
Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Dr. Alec Biehl

Dr. Alec Biehl

Transportation and Mode Choice
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Qichao Wang

Dr. Qichao Wang

Optimization and Simulation
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Fei Xei

Dr. Fei Xie

Simulation and Mode Choice
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Shawn Ou

Dr. Shawn Ou

Simulation and Mode Choice
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Srinath Ravulaparthy

Dr. Srinath Ravulaparthy

Transportation and Mode Choice
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Zhaocai Liu

Dr. Zhaocai Liu

Optimization and Simulation
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Emily Harrell

Emily Harrell

Logistics and Project Management
National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Contact


For more information on Athena, contact athena.mobility@nrel.gov.