Centre Participant Sameer Alam, CI Hussein Abbass
and ACCS Research Staff and Collaborators at
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
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
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."
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
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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