In the media...

Centre Participant Sameer Alam, CI Hussein Abbass and ACCS Research Staff and Collaborators at UNSW@ADFA and Airservices Australia have developed ATOMS: Air Traffic Operations and Management Simulator.

This exciting development has recently received considerable media attention...


Greener flights, thanks to air traffic controllers

By Katie Lee
"The Air Traffic and Operations Management Simulator (ATOMS), developed at the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales, Australia, will allow air traffic controllers to assess new flight procedures for safety, noise pollution and carbon emissions, according to the developer, computer scientist Sameer Alam. "  

Aviation clean up

By Katie Lee
"Air Services Australia (ASA), the government body responsible for managing air traffic, is helping the aviation industry reduce its ecological footprint with the new Air Traffic Operations and Management Simulator (ATOMS)."

Cleaner flights, smaller footprint

Fresh Science
"Our system is the first in the world to integrate air traffic modelling with data and computations on aircraft noise and emissions, says Sameer Alam who developed the system with the assistance of his colleagues at the University of New South Wales, campus located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra."

New simulator aiming to change aviation efficiency

ABC News Online, 3rd August 2008
"A team of Canberra-based researchers is transforming air space management in Australia."

ATOMS: Air Traffic Operations and Management Simulator

Alam,S., Abbass, H.A., Barlow, M.  IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Volume: 9,  Issue: 2, 209-225, June 2008
ISSN: 1524-9050; Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TITS.2008.922877

In this paper, we introduce the air traffic operations and management simulator (ATOMS), which is an air traffic and airspace modeling and simulation system for the analysis of free-flight concepts. This paper describes the design, architecture, functionality, and applications of the ATOMS. It is an intent-based simulator that discretizes the airspace in equal-sized hyper-rectangular cells to maintain intent reference points. It can simulate end-to-end airspace operations and air navigation procedures for conventional air traffic, as well as for free flight. Atmospheric and wind data that are modeled in the ATOMS result in accurate trajectory predictions. The ATOMS uses a multiagent-based modeling paradigm for modular design and easy integration of various air traffic subsystems. A variety of advanced air traffic management (ATM) concepts that are envisioned in free flight are prototyped in the ATOMS, including airborne separation assurance (ASA), cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI), weather avoidance, and decision support systems (DSSs). Experimental results indicate that advanced ATM concepts make a sound case for free flight; however, there is a need to investigate and understand their complex interaction under nonnominal scenarios.

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