Air Traffic Management - Overview

 
With the establishment of a five-year grant from The Boeing Company in September 2001, the Air Traffic Management Research Group developed analytical models that addressed high air traffic volume under stochastic weather conditions.
 
UW ISE professors, Zelda B. Zabinsky and Joyce W. Yen, led the research group and were the principal investigators.  The team also involved five graduate students, all who have graduated since the conclusion of the grant.
 
Lisa Grignon graduated with her master's thesis on "Analyses of Delay in an Air Traffic System with Weather Uncertainty" in December 2002.  M.S. student Catherine Serve extended Lisa's research and investigated the trade-off between ground delay and air delay, given probabilistic weather predictions.  She also addressed how inaccuracies in weather forecasts affect flow decisions.
 
Berkin Toktas graduated with his Ph.D. dissertation on "Addressing Capacity Uncertainty in Resource-Constrained Assignment Problems" in December 2003.  His research included developing methodologies to incorporate weather uncertainty in airline schedule recovery problems.  He worked closely with Boeing colleagues in evaluating different methodologies and successfully generalized his approaches to a class of generalized assignment problems that are classic in the Operations Research (OR) literature.
 
Ph.D. student Yanto Prasetio focused on simulation of the air traffic management system.  He assisted the Boeing team on developing and evaluating a comprehensive simulator of the National Air Space.  The tools he utilized included Design of Experiments and Response Surface Methodologies, applied to a complex computer simulation.  Not only was this work useful for air traffic management, but also production facilities relying on simulation as an analytical tool benefitted from this research.  He graduated in 2005 with his dissertation, "Simulation-Based Optimization for Complex Stochastic Systems."
 
Ph.D. student Orcun Molvalioglu's research interests included integer programming, linear programming, game theory, and its applications.  He graduated in 2007 with his dissertation, "Interacting -particle algorithm and meta-control of temperature parameter."