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THE AUTOMATION EVOLVES: CONCEPT FOR A HIGHLY AUTOMATED CONTROLLER WORKING POSITION

Gerdes, Ingrid and Jameel, Mohsan and Hunger, Robert and Christoffels, Lothar and Gürlük, Hejar (2022) THE AUTOMATION EVOLVES: CONCEPT FOR A HIGHLY AUTOMATED CONTROLLER WORKING POSITION. In: 33nd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2022. ICAS. 33th Congress ICAS 2022, 2022-09-04 - 2022-09-09, Stockholm, Schweden.

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Abstract

Air traffic controlling demands planning, coordination, and active management of airspace for safe flight operations. Human air traffic controllers are a highly skilled and trained workforce to perform air traffic control tasks augmented by system support. However, the growing air traffic volumes push human controllers to their limit in safely managing air traffic, compounded by difficulties in increasing the controller workforce. A feasible solution to meet the growing demand is to automate controller tasks by introducing the latest technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Therefore, we propose a concept for highly automated Single Controller Operations (SCO) that provides a roadmap for future air traffic management systems to address this challenge, which was conceived as part of the project The Individual and Automated Air Traffic (DIAL)1. The most important ideas in the proposed concept are the introduction of the Digital co-Controller (DC) as an integral element of the new controller working position and the reduction of the number of human controllers to a single person. This paper describes the three-stage approach to evolve from a setting with two controllers (radar and planning) to a system consisting of a team with one human and one digital co-controller. Our paper presents the grouping of controller tasks along with the distribution of roles, responsibilities, and achievable automation levels in each stage. Furthermore, it discusses the necessary automation tools, the evolution of the role of the air traffic controller, and the technical background supporting the newly defined controller working position. Finally, fallback solutions are discussed in case the DC is unable to cope with an unexpected and complex situation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190172/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:THE AUTOMATION EVOLVES: CONCEPT FOR A HIGHLY AUTOMATED CONTROLLER WORKING POSITION
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Gerdes, IngridUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jameel, MohsanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hunger, RobertUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0008-5127-0832UNSPECIFIED
Christoffels, LotharUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gürlük, HejarUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2022
Journal or Publication Title:33nd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2022
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:ICAS
Status:Published
Keywords:Single Controller Operations, Automation, Controller Working Position, Digital co-Controller
Event Title:33th Congress ICAS 2022
Event Location:Stockholm, Schweden
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:4 September 2022
Event End Date:9 September 2022
Organizer:International Council of Aeronautical Sciences
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Integrated Flight Guidance
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance
Institute of Flight Guidance > Controller Assistance
Deposited By: Gerdes, Ingrid
Deposited On:18 Nov 2022 09:12
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:51

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