With extensive industry experience, Trevor Kistan is furthering research in air traffic management systems through a PhD in aerospace engineering.
PhD (Aerospace Engineering)
Product Manager and Design Authority, Thales Australia Air Traffic Management
Air traffic management systems. Thesis title: Towards an Agent-Based, Next-Generation Air Traffic Flow Management System
With the appointment of Professor Roberto Sabatini, RMIT became the only Australian university offering an Aerospace PhD program focusing on air traffic management systems. Roberto has assembled a talented and dedicated team.
By 2050 global air traffic will quadruple and account for 5% of human-induced climate change. Half of all air traffic will be to, from or within the Asia-Pacific region. Air traffic flow management attempts to manage the large scale flow of traffic within and across national boundaries. Balancing limited resource capacity with fluctuating traffic demand, measuring cognitive workload, managing airspace dynamically and making decisions collaboratively are just some of the real-world operational problems.
My research aims to progress the development of an agent-based, next-generation air traffic flow management system that can address these issues.
I have worked for the French multi-national Thales for the past 15 years. In 2008 I designed a new air traffic flow management system and have managed the product since then. It is now time to plan its next generation in order to address rapidly emerging market needs, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
The immediate application for my research is the implementation of a next-generation air traffic flow management system that includes elements from conventional air traffic management systems as well as cognitive science, human factors and CNS+A (Communications Navigation Surveillance + Air Traffic Management) research. However, the research is also expected to yield agent design patterns and lessons-learned of general applicability to the CNS+A domain.