Thursday, 15 March 2007

PhD Project: Optimisation of Aircraft Taxi Operations

PhD Student Gillian Keith, supported by EPSRC and Airbus UK. This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Network for Industrial Mathematics.

Future growth of air traffic demands faster air-to-gate-to-air transit at airports and the ICAO Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control System specifically identifies the "routing" function as an opening for future autonomous operation. This project aims to apply advanced, robust, non-convex optimisation tools to the taxi routing problem, in order to reduce transit times, increase throughput capacity, and improve safety. For the latter, uncertainty will be considered explicitly, employing robust control and optimisation techniques. Furthermore, the project will investigate the computation, sensing and communication network infrastructure involved in this approach and will identify the functions and capabilities required on board each aircraft.

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