AIMS@ATO: Applied Innovative Modelling and Simulation techniques for Air Transport and Operations

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming meetings will be posted here.

Past Meetings

When: Thursday June, 29th at 13:00-13:30
Where: Room A
Theme: Operational Challenges in ATM

Speaker: dr. Rong Su (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Title: A Hierarchical Heuristic Approach for Solving Air Traffic Scheduling and Routing Problem with a Novel Air Traffic Model

Abstract: Efficient flight routing and scheduling plays an important role in air traffic flow management (ATFM), which aims to maximize the utilization of airport and en-route capacities to ensure safety and efficiency of air transportation. In this paper we first propose a novel discrete-time flow dynamic model for an air traffic network, consisting of airports, waypoints and air links, upon which we formulate an air flow routing and scheduling problem as an integer linear programming problem.
Considering the NP-hard nature of the problem, we present a novel hierarchical flow routing and scheduling approach, where the hierarchical architecture is derived naturally from the network containment relationship, and computation is carried out in a bottom-up manner, which relies on an incremental strategy. Upon resulting flow routes and schedules, a heuristic algorithm is carried out to determine flight plans for individual aircraft. The effectiveness of the proposed hierarchical approach is illustrated by realistic air traffic data in four ASEAN Flight Information Regions (FIRs).

Bio: Rong Su received the BE degree in Automatic Control from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1997, and the MASc and PhD degrees both in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Since then he was affiliated with University of Waterloo and Technical University of Eindhoven before he joined Nanyang Technological University in 2010. His research interests include discrete event simulation, supervisory control, model based fault diagnosis, control of multi-agent systems, optimisation and scheduling with applications in smart buildings, smart manufacturing systems, power management and intelligent transportation systems. In the aforementioned areas, he has over 130 publications in journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and two patents. Dr Su is an Associate Editor for Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, Journal of Control and Decision, and Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, and the Chair of IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Smart Cities.

When: Tuesday May, 16th at 13:00-14:00
Where: Meeting room 1
Theme: Operational Challenges in ATM

Speaker 1: dr. Tomislav Radišić  (University of Zagreb)

Title: The Effect of Trajectory-based Operations on Air Traffic Complexity
Abstract: Airspace capacity is limited primarily by the saturation of air traffic controllers’ capacity, whose workload increases as air traffic complexity increases. Implementation of trajectory-based operations (TBO) has been proposed as a way to reduce workload, but few studies have examined how TBO affects the air traffic complexity. This presentation deals with the results of the study, which compared complexity experienced by the air traffic controllers in real-time simulation environment involving the conventional operations and TBO.

Speaker 2
: PhD Javier Pérez Castán (Technical University of Madrid)

: Impact of Continuous Climb Operations on the capacity of high-density TMA
Abstract: Continuous Climb Operations are the following step to optimise departure trajectories by minimizing fuel consumption, pollutants or noise emissions in the vicinity of airports. Moreover, these procedures has the distinctive factor that airlines could fly it without the interaction of any ATC clearances. These procedures will have a great impact on capacity of high-density TMA due to uncertainties associated to their climbing profiles (currently airlines do not share this information). Perhaps this capacity reduction will inhibit their use in high-density TMA.
Presentation can be downloaded here.

When: Tuesday April, 4th at 13:00-14:00
Where: Meeting room 1
Theme: Operational and Safety Challenges of UAVs

Speaker 1: ir. Christophe De Wagter (MAVLab)
Title: Mirco Air Vehicles; the Challenges and Opportunities of Miniaturization
Presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker 2: PhD  Borrdephong Rattanagraikanakorn
Title: Safety and risk modelling and analysis of very low level RPAS operations
In this presentation an overview of the recently started XFRIS project will be provided, which is performed in collaboration among ATO, SIC and MAVLab.
Presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker 3: MSc Busso Gellert
Title: Agent-based modelling and simulation of risk of collision between a drone and a commercial aircraft
Drones are the flavour of the time. In the USA already more UAVs have been registered than manned aircraft in the past. Most of the drones are used as toys but there is also desire to fly for professional reasons in commercial airspace . From a collision avoidance perspective this poses a new risk as current TCAS II has not been designed to operate with non-TCAS equipped aircraft. Hence, a thorough safety analysis should be carried to identify whether UAVs with a new ACAS system can safely operate in airspace with TCAS II equipped aircraft.
Presentation can be downloaded here.

When: Thursday March, 23rd at 13:00-14:00
Where: Meeting room 7
Theme: Agent-based Modelling of Security

Speaker 1:  PhD Stef Janssen
Title: Agent-based Security Risk Assessment
Presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker 2: PhD Laobing Zhang
Title: Applying Game Theory for Adversarial Risk Analysis in Chemical Plants
Presentation can be downloaded here.

When: Wednesday March, 8th at 13:00-14:00
Where: Meeting room 1
Theme: Agent-based Modelling of Collaborative Decision Making in Air Transport

Speaker 1: dr. Soufiane Bouarfa
Title: Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation of Coordination by Airline Operations Control
Presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker 2: ir. Jelmer Borst
Title: A Multi-Agent Operational Planning Model for Airport Stakeholders
Better collaboration is required to increase efficiency at airports among the many stakeholders involved in airport operational processes: ATC, airlines, de-icers, snow removal, baggage handling, etc. But how to integrate the goals and plans of each stakeholder? Here I present a multi-agent model for collaborative planning among stakeholders using principled negotiation. More specifically we’re looking at winter scenarios, where many stakeholder dependencies are at place.
Presentation can be downloaded here.

When: Thursday February, 23rd at 12.45-13.30
Where: Lecture room C

Speaker: ir. Henk Hof, head of the European ATM Master Plan Maintenance Unit of EUROCONTROL
In the talk the main focus was on two new SESAR operational concepts: the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) and Trajectory Based Operations (TBO). Other new ATM concepts were briefly considered too. Furthermore, the MSc thesis opportunities at EUROCONTROL were presented.
Presentation can be downloaded here.


When: Monday January, 9th at 14:00-15:00
Where: Meeting room 1
Theme: Big Data in Air Transport

Speaker 1: PhD Floris Herrema
Runway decision support tools through machine learning
Presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker 2: PhD Junzi Sun
ADS-B Mining: Construct Aircraft Performance Models with Open Data
Presentation can be downloaded here.


When: Tuesday December, 20th at 13:00
Where: Meeting room 2
Theme: Agent-based Airport Surface Traffic Planning

Speaker 1: MSc Jeroen Siebers
Airport Surface Traffic Planning as a Markov Decision Process
During ground movement, a lot of uncertainties are present that may be of influence on the taxi time for an aircraft. Not only in start time of the operation, but also during. Therefore, it is hard to predict whether aircraft have conflicting plans. Within my presentation, I will present a method that sets up a vector field that presents the optimal routing choice to make at each piece of taxiway present within an airport infrastructure. Values for arrival (end) time, holding and taxiing can be manipulated to influence the vector field and influence behaviour of aircraft.
Presentation can be downloaded here.

Speaker 2: PhD Heiko Udluft
Agent-Based Simulation of Decentralized Control for Taxiing Aircraft
Presentation can be downloaded here.


Welcome to AIMS@ATO

Dear all,

We are happy to announce that a new focus group AIMS@ATO (Applied Innovative Modeling and Simulation techniques for Air Transport and Operations) is established.

The ever-increasing  complexity, uncertainty, and dynamism of air transport call for a new generation of methods and tools to model, analyze, predict, and improve the performance of such systems. A number of promising approaches and techniques to tackle challenges of complex systems are currently being developed, among which agent-based modeling and simulation, advanced stochastic modeling and optimization, Big Data analysis techniques, diverse methods of artificial intelligence.

These methods and tools have already been proven to be very useful to address challenges of road and rail transport, energy grids, telecommunication systems. However, their application to address challenges of air transport systems is yet to be explored.
The goal of AIMS@ATO is to unleash the potential and power of these innovative modeling and simulation methods and tools in application to different types of air transport systems.

AIMS@ATO group meetings will be organized every two weeks on Tuesdays and will last 1 hour.

It is our pleasure to invite you to the first AIMS@ATO meeting:

When: Tuesday December, 20th at 13:00
Where: Meeting room 2
Theme: Agent-based Airport Surface Traffic Planning

Speaker 1: MSc Jeroen Siebers
Title: Airport Surface Traffic Planning as a Markov Decision Process

Speaker 2: PhD Heiko Udluft
Title: Agent-Based Simulation of Decentralized Control for Taxiing Aircraft

AIMS@ATO organizing team:
Alexei & Mihaela
Heiko, Soufianne, Stef

Presentation Format

The presentations at AIMS@ATO meetings are given in a specific format. You can download the template here.

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