CENTRAL Forum March - The role of Air Traffic Control and the Application of OR techniques to Airport Optimisation

Thursday 5 March 2020, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


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Steve Hammond, NATS - The role of Air Traffic Control and the Application of OR techniques to Airport Optimisation

Abstract: Airports are complex multi-billion-dollar operations that require many stakeholders to work together to deliver a safe, efficient, and punctual experience for the travelling public. From strategic investment plans, to seasonal scheduling, and on-the-day tactical traffic sequencing, the role of Air Traffic Control is fundamental to managing the fine balance between demand, capacity,and cost. This presentation will explore the challenges facing the aviation community in delivering capacity growth within constrained infrastructure, the application of OR techniques to airport optimisation, and real-life case studies from the UK and beyond. The presentation will also discuss new methods that have been implemented at Heathrow to optimise the runway sequence using stochastic and heuristic methods to overcome the inherent instability of demand in a mathematically chaotic system.


Steve Hammond


Steve graduated from Durham University in 2005 (BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences) before joining NATS Operational Analysis department through their graduate programme later the same year. NATS provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services for the airspace above the UK, the eastern half of the North-Atlantic, and at airports in the UK and Spain. Initially focussed on developing new techniques to assess aviation’s impact on the environment, Steve won the OR Society President’s medal in 2011 for wor

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