Research Cluster 2

Traffic Assistance

This Research Cluster is supervised by PD Dr. Jürgensohn and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rötting.

Submission of individual PhD project proposals is appreciated, too.

Currently supervised colleagues/scholarship holders and projects:

Ground decision making as safety threat - human-machine breakdowns in aviation ground operations (working title)

Dipl.-Psych. M.Sc. Stefanie Huber

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgensohn
2nd Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Rötting
3rd Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Sträter

This PhD thesis tackles the question of how to further enhance ground safety on German airports. In particularly, the project deals with a special kind of incidents and accidents on the ground, i.e. runway incursions (RI). Similarities as well as singularities between and in given incidents in Germany that have happened over the last ten years are analyzed by qualitative content analysis. Afterwards, dealing with Airport Moving Maps (AMM) shall reveal if existing AMM-functions can already compensate for the factors found through qualitative analysis. The last step is to develop an innovative functionality for AMM to help avoiding RI in the future. Testing the functionality in a simulator study with pilots terminates the project.

Cognitive Simulation of the aiport traffic control system based on coloured petri nets

Hardy Smieszek, M.Sc.

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgensohn
2nd Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nele Rußwinkel

Because of intensively growing volumes of air traffic, aerodrome air traffic controllers face increasing workloads, having to deal with more aircraft in the same time. Because of that erronous actions and therefore a higher rate of accidents and incidents can become more probable. Computerized supporting systems are often meant to compensate for these effects. 

To investigate the usefulness and the effects of such supporting systems on the human operator simulations can be used. The research project deals with modelling the system of airport traffic control. Therefore a holistic approach is followed describing the airport as well as the technical system and the behaviour and cognitive processes of the air traffic controller, to provide a means of prospective evaluation of new supporting systems for air traffic controllers. As a modelling framework coloured petri nets are used. This framework provides the required fexibility to describe the complex dynamic human-machine system air traffic control as a whole.

Kommunikationssysteme in der Flugverkehrskontrolle.
Stubbe, T. Bachelorarbeit im Studiengang Verkehrswesen
Technische Universität Berlin.
Hardy Smieszek, M.Sc. | FSP 2

Evaluation verschiedener Befeuerungsverfahren zur Optimierung des Rollverkehrs an Flughäfen.
Hahn, L. Diplomarbeit am Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Fachbereich Flugführung, TU Berlin.
Dipl.-Psych. M.Sc. Stefanie Huber | FSP 2

Sicherheit im Rollverkehr? Analyse von Runway Incursions.
Beyer, A. (2008). Bachelorarbeit im Studiengang Luftfahrtsystemtechnik und ?management. Universität Bremen.
Dipl.-Psych. M.Sc. Stefanie Huber | FSP 2

Intuitivität von Mensch-Maschine-Systemen aus Benutzersicht
cand.-wi.-ing. Dominik Scholz
Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Mohs, Prof. Dr. Matthias Rötting | FSP 2

Erstellung eines Katalogs möglicher Interaktionsprinzipe und Schnittstellenkomponenten für die Interaktion zwischen Fahrer und Infotainmentsystem (Studienarbeit)
cand. wi.-ing. Lisa Buchner
Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Mohs, Prof. Dr. Matthias Rötting | FSP 2