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Robust runway scheduling under uncertain conditions

Heidt, Andreas and Helmke, Hartmut and Kapolke, Manu and Liers, Frauke and Martin, Alexander (2016) Robust runway scheduling under uncertain conditions. Journal of Air Transport Management, pp. 28-37. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.02.009. ISSN 0969-6997.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.02.009


The runway is the main element that combines airside and groundside of the ATM System. Thus, it is crucial to develop efficient models and planning algorithms for its effective usage. The best planning algorithm, however, is useless if the resulting plans cannot be implemented in the real world. This often happens because the input data of the planning algorithms face disturbances or changes over time, respectively. For example, an estimated time of arrival/departure of an aircraft may be changed. It is usually not certain for the next ten hours. In this work, we study the runway scheduling problem under uncertain conditions. First, we present mathematical optimization models that ignore uncertainties. In the most effective approach, we compute for every discretized point in time whether an aircraft is scheduled and if so, which one is. Then, in each planning step we take uncertainties into account. We then apply different robust optimization methods in order to devise solution approaches that lead to stable plans. These optimization approaches are integrated into a simulation tool and evaluated in different traffic scenarios. The Monte-Carlo simulations for a mixed-mode runway system show that our robust approaches result in fewer sequence changes and target time updates, when compared to the usual approach in which the plan is simply updated in case of infeasibility. Thus, we show that protection against uncertainties by using robust optimization indeed leads to considerably more stable plans. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/108366/
Document Type:Article
Title:Robust runway scheduling under uncertain conditions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Heidt, Andreasfriedrich-alexander universität erlangen-nürnbergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Helmke, HartmutUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1939-0200UNSPECIFIED
Kapolke, Manufriedrich-alexander-universität erlangen-nürnbergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Liers, Fraukefriedrich-alexander-universität-erlangen-nürnbergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin, Alexanderfriedrich-alexander-universität-erlangen-nürnbergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Air Transport Management
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 28-37
Series Name:Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords:Scheduling Uncertainty Time-indexed model MIP Mixed-integer programming Dynamic time-indexed model Strict robustness Light robustness
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Controller Assistance
Deposited By: Diederich, Kerstin
Deposited On:29 Nov 2016 14:52
Last Modified:13 Jun 2023 13:51

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