CANCELLED - Defense: A Combinatorial Approach to Free Flight Terminal Airspace

Speaker Name: 
James Herriot
Speaker Title: 
PhD Candidate (Advisor: Gabriel Elkaim)
Speaker Organization: 
Computer Engineering
Start Time: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:00am
End Time: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 12:00pm
Gabriel Elkaim

Please note that this event has been cancelled/postponed!

Abstract:  This dissertation details a research project employing free flight in the arrivals portion of aircraft flights in the terminal airspace. A software simulation was designed and developed to model dynamic generation of local airspace flight paths. Using this computational model, a free flight design was compared to the current constrained system of FAA mandated descent routes. With some caveats, this research project demonstrates safely separated operations, while saving greater than 10% in flight costs. In addition, this model also shows smoother, more efficient responses to dynamic changes in the airspace due to wind, weather, runway reassignments, and missed approaches. A primary innovation modeled here is combining optionality with a novel genomic approach to solving the combinatorics of the many ways the airspace could be flown, to compute in real-time the most efficient safe flight paths, separated from other aircraft as well as ! responding to dynamic flight conditions.