Automation Concepts in Aerospace Systems
The Automation Concepts (AFC) branch conducts research in En Route Decision Support Tools and Traffic Flow Management, combining expertise in guidance and control, optimization, human factors, algorithm design, and software development. As air traffic increases, En Route Decision Support Tools research must address the changing roles of controllers, pilots, and Airline Operation Centers (AOCs). Traffic Flow Management addresses the planning of the flow of several thousand aircraft in the continental U.S. in situations involving uncertain weather information and multiple decision makers. The key requirement in both areas is the development and improvement of appropriate models, followed by algorithm development and optimization, simulation, and validation.