Colloquium: Kostas Fines (C&O)

29 november 2019 14:00 - Locatie: Lecture Room C, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, Delft.

Agent-based Distributed Planning and Coordination for Resilient Airport Surface Movement Operations

Airport surface movement operations are complex systems that experience adverse events which require resilient, safe and efficient responses. In contrast to the centralised approaches currently used by air traffic controllers, distributed planning is performed by several agents, which coordinate plans with each other. This research evaluates the contribution of agent-based distributed planning and coordination to the resilience of airport surface movement operations when runway reconfigurations occur. A Multi-Agent System (MAS) model was created based on Schiphol Airport. Within the MAS model, three distributed planning and coordination mechanisms were incorporated, based on the Conflict Based Search (CBS) Multi-Agent Path Finding (MAPF) algorithm and adaptive highways. MAS simulations were run based on real-world operations from Schiphol Airport. The MAS results show that the distributed planning and coordination mechanisms were effective in contributing to the resilient behaviour of the airport surface movement operations, closely following the real-world behaviour, and sometimes even surpassing it.