Preparation materials

Different from other MSc tracks, in Control and Operations you will mainly focus on the “use” of aircraft and how you can improve the safety and efficiency of aviation operations, whilst reducing the environmental impact. The knowledge and different methodologies to accomplish these goals are contained in three profiles: Control & Simulation, Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects and Air Transport Operations. Each profile has its own unique focus and profile courses. Therefore, a student in C&O has to make a decision from the start in which profile he/she wants to be active.

Control and Simulation

Profile 1, Control and Simulations (C&S), focuses on the control and simulation of dynamic (aerospace) vehicles and systems in order to achieve safe and efficient operations. It builds on top of the following BSc knowledge:

  • Control Theory (ae2235-I)
  • Instrumentation and Signals (ae2235-II)
  • Flight Dynamics & Simulation (ae3212-I/II)

Refreshing your knowledge in control theory (e.g., Fourier and Laplace transforms, Bode diagrams, root locus, state-space systems, transfer functions, etc.) and flight dynamics is certainly not a waste of time for this profile. This may help in gaining new knowledge and skills developed within C&S, such as:

  • Non-linear control theory and techniques
  • Machine learning (and (big) data analysis)
  • (Real-time) human-in-the-loop simulation
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Drone development and “field testing”

For more information on the courses please visit the digital study guide.
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Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects

Profile 2, Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE), focuses on measuring and modelling aircraft noise, as well as emissions and climate effects. In addition, it aims at studying new ways to reduce for example the noise footprint and climate impact of aircraft. Signal processing, data analysis and model development are key aspects in the profile courses. Your BSc knowledge in physics, instrumentation & signals and aerodynamics would be sufficient for starting in this profile.

Interesting about ANCE is that its profile courses are limited to 8 ECTS only (Advanced Aircraft Noise Modelling and Measurement & Aircraft Emissions and Climate Effects), providing you more freedom to explore other track topics and electives, while being fully equipped to respond to future needs to make aircraft operations more environmentally friendly.

Air Transport Operations

Profile 3, Air Transport Operations (ATO), focuses on modelling and optimizing aircraft operations. This includes, amongst others, the optimization of flight operations, airline  operations and airport operations for safety, efficiency and performance. It does so mainly by modelling and simulating stochastic operations using e.g. multi-agent systems in order to study the impact of (new) design choices on the overall and long-term safety, efficiency and cost of operations. Therefore, the ATO profile courses focus on the following methodologies:

  • Operations Research
  • Stochastic Processes and Simulations
  • Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation
  • Trajectory Optimization

For more information on the courses please visit the digital study guide.

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Study Guide