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A chance-constrained programming model for airport ground movement optimisation with taxi time uncertainties

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Wang X, Brownlee AEI, Weiszer M, Woodward JR, Mahfouf M & Chen J (2021) A chance-constrained programming model for airport ground movement optimisation with taxi time uncertainties. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 132, Art. No.: 103382. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2021.103382

Abstract
Airport ground movement remains a major bottleneck for air traffic management. Existing approaches have developed several routing allocation methods to address this problem, in which the taxi time traversing each segment of the taxiways is fixed. However, taxi time is typically difficult to estimate in advance, since its uncertainties are inherent in the airport ground movement optimisation due to various unmodelled and unpredictable factors. To address the optimisation of taxi time under uncertainty, we introduce a chance-constrained programming model with sample approximation, in which a set of scenarios is generated in accordance with taxi time distributions. A modified sequential quickest path searching algorithm with local heuristic is then designed to minimise the entire taxi time. Working with real-world data at an international airport, we compare our proposed method with the state-of-the-art algorithms. Extensive simulations indicate that our proposed method efficiently allocates routes with smaller taxiing time, as well as fewer aircraft stops during the taxiing process.

Keywords
air traffic management; airport ground movement; chance-constrained programming; quickest path search; taxi time uncertainties

Journal
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies: Volume 132

StatusPublished
FundersEPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Publication date30/11/2021
Publication date online31/10/2021
Date accepted by journal06/09/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33231
ISSN0968-090X

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Dr Sandy Brownlee
Dr Sandy Brownlee

Senior Lecturer in Computing Science, Computing Science and Mathematics - Division

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