Using multi-agent negotiation techniques for the autonomous resolution of air traffic conflicts

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Title: Using multi-agent negotiation techniques for the autonomous resolution of air traffic conflicts
Author: Wollkind, Steven Robert
Abstract: The National Airspace System in its current incarnation is nearing its maximum capacity . The Free Flight initiative , which would alter the current system by allowing pilots to select more direct routes to their destinations , has been proposed as a solution to this problem . However , allowing pilots to fly anywhere , as opposed to being restricted to planned jetways , greatly complicates the problem of ensuring separation between aircraft . In this thesis I propose using cooperative , multi -agent negotiation techniques in order to efficiently and pseudo -optimally resolve air traffic conflicts . The system makes use of software agents running in each aircraft that negotiate with one another to determine a safe and acceptable solution when a potential air traffic conflict is detected . The agents negotiate using the Monotonic Concession Protocol and communicate using aircraft to aircraft data links , or possibly the ADS -B signal . There are many benefits to using such a system to handle the resolution of air traffic conflicts . Automating CD &R will improve safety by reducing the workloads of air traffic controllers . Additionally , the robustness of the system is improved as the decentralization provided by software agents running in each aircraft reduces the dependence on a single ground based system to coordinate all aircraft movements . The pilots , passengers , and carriers benefit as well due to the increased efficiency of the solutions reached by negotiation .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1452
Date: 2005-02-17

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Using multi-agent negotiation techniques for the autonomous resolution of air traffic conflicts. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1452 .

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