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A Control Theoretic Approach to the U.S. National Airspace System


A.M. Bayen, P. Grieder, C. J. Tomlin

AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, Monterey

We present a hybrid system model of sector air traffic control performing the routing and sequencing of aircraft to meet separation requirements and imposed flow conditions. We use this model to predict, both analytically and through simulation, delays in traffic flow due to imposed aircraft throughput conditions on the boundaries of the sectors, and to merging and crossing of different aircraft traffic flows. In our simulation, we use a decision-making logic based on a cost function which attempts to match the human air traffic controller's behavior. After motivating the need for such an emulation system, we describe its implementation in detail and discuss the computational complexity involved in such a simulation. We then present theoretical models which enable accurate analysis of the traffic flow under certain conditions. These models are then used to validate the performance of the simulator in given scenarios. We discuss the limitations of our approach and conclude with a discussion of our current work.


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@InProceedings { BayGri:2002:IFA_203,
    author={A.M. Bayen and P. Grieder and C. J. Tomlin},
    title={{A Control Theoretic Approach to the U.S. National Airspace
    booktitle={AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and
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