University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Winter 1999 Seminar Series
The Future of Air Traffic Control: Human Decision Support Research at
Researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center have been developing decision
support tools for air traffic controllers for the past fifteen years. The
cornerstone of that effort is the Center-TRACON Automation System, or CTAS.
CTAS is a set of software decision support tools designed to help air traffic
controllers manage the increasingly complex traffic flows at large airports.
The tools in CTAS benefit air traffic controllers by reducing stress and
workload, and benefit air travelers by reducing delays and increasing safety.
In 1998, portions of CTAS were chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) as the fundamental building blocks of future automation and are included
in the FAA's Free Flight Phase 1 implementation nationwide. In a unique design
process, scientists, engineers, and air traffic controllers combined their
talents to create the algorithms, software and human interfaces in CTAS,
fashioning them into tools which controllers use to effectively solve complex
traffic problems. Mr. Davis will provide an overview of CTAS and ongoing
research and development efforts to expand the capabilities of CTAS towards
free flight. Information on CTAS can be found at:
Friday, January 29, 1999
Refreshments served after the seminar in
227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Contact Kristal Belisle, Senior