Solution-Space-based ATC support for 4DT heterogeneous aircraft-mix control

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Abstract

Future Air Traffic Management concepts will require air traffic controllers to move from a tactical to a strategic way of operation. This paper evaluates two novel concepts which support controllers to perform four-dimensional trajectory management in a contingency situation. The Travel Space Representation and Time-Space Diagram are both solution-space based displays where automation calculates all possible actions in real-time. All decision-making is still to be done by the operator but is greatly facilitated by this automation, as it shows all possible actions at a glance. An experiment is described which evaluated the performance of novice controllers in managing a sector where suddenly a bad weather cell emerged, requiring them to re-route traffic in space and time. Results show that the display concepts work well and support operators even in complex situations with a heterogeneous mix of aircraft types and speeds. Performance and workload indicators become worse for the higher-density, higher-heterogeneity situations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages3192-3197
Number of pages6
Volume2019-October
ISBN (Electronic)9781728145693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019 - Bari, Italy
Duration: 6 Oct 20199 Oct 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
CountryItaly
CityBari
Period6/10/199/10/19

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    Mulder, M., Yang, L., Borst, C., & Van Paassen, M. M. (2019). Solution-Space-based ATC support for 4DT heterogeneous aircraft-mix control. In 2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019 (Vol. 2019-October, pp. 3192-3197). [8914657] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). https://doi.org/10.1109/SMC.2019.8914657