Collaborative decision making (CDM) is an operational paradigm where the decisions are based on complete, shared, and up-to-date information among all the stakeholders involved in air traffic flow management. Such stakeholders include air traffic controllers and airlines. However, in Brazil, these operations are still coordinated manually by human controllers. We propose a novel, collaborative approach to decide departure sequencing in airports using game theory. Each aircraft is represented as a player in the negotiation process for slot allocation. The collaborative departure management (CoDMAN) system that we propose is designed to provide efficient departure sequencing based on the negotiation among the aircraft in a dynamic scenario modeled under the Rubinstein protocol and CDM principles. A prototype of this system is used to simulate real-world scenarios based on actual flight plans from the Brasília terminal control area (TMA). Using CoDMAN for departure sequencing reduces the observed delays of aircraft.

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Keywords Air traffic flow management (ATFM), collaborative decision making (CDM), departure sequencing, intelligent system, Rubinstein protocol
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Journal IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems
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Ribeiro, V.F, Weigang, L, Milea, V, Yamashita, Y, & Uden, L. (2015). Collaborative Decision Making in Departure Sequencing with an Adapted Rubinstein Protocol. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, 46(2), 248–259. doi:10.1109/TSMC.2015.2421483