University of Nottingham > School of Computer Science > Automated Scheduling Planning and Optimisation > Air Transportation Research


Integrating airport operations at MAN/ZRH

(2009 - ongoing)


Towards holistic airport operations management to improve performance

This research (supported by EPSRC, and both Manchester and Zurich airports) involves students and researchers at four Universities in the UK: Nottingham, Lincoln, Loughborough and Liverpool. The main driver for this research is to decrease any detrimental effects of airport operations upon the environment. A number of airport operations problems are being considered, with the aim of increasing both the automation of the problems and increasing the consideration of the effects of one part of the system upon other elements. For example, this would aid the decision makers to better understand the consequences of decisions and working practices, and could, for example, illustrate ways to reduce the amount of fuel burnt.



There has been significant previous research into the stand/gate allocation problem, the arrival and departure sequencing problems and the ground movement and stand operations problems, however, most research has considered only one of these problems at a time. This project considers the ways in which these problems are linked, and the ways in which previous academic models have deviated from the real problems, in order to increase the level of automation which is practical for real airports.



At Nottingham we are considering the stand/gate allocation problem, the arrival and departure sequencing problems and the ground movement problem, which links them all together. The work at Liverpool will introduce the baggage handling sub-problem into the problem. Lincoln will investigate the multi-objective nature of the problem, since the explicit objectives of each of the sub-problems differ, and Loughborough will investigate the user interaction issues and how to present the information.