Decentralization in Air Transportation

Heiko Udluft

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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In this work,we demonstrate that decentralized control can result in stable, efficient, and robust operations in the Air Transportation System. We implement decentralized control for aircraft taxiing operations and use Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation to analyze the resulting system behavior Decentralized controllers at each intersection of the airport taxiway system autonomously guide aircraft through the system. They achieve conflict-free operations with a minimum amount of information, coordinate their actions to improve system performance, and can dynamically accommodate disruptions such as runway configuration changes.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Curran, Ricky, Supervisor
  • Sharpans'kykh, O.A., Advisor
Award date12 Dec 2017
Print ISBNs978-94-028-0885-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Air Transportation
  • Decentralized Control
  • Airport SurfaceMovement
  • Aircraft Taxiing
  • Airport Performance
  • Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation


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